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The Last Spymaster


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GAYLE LYNDS is the "New York Times" bestselling author of four international thrillers including "Masquerade "and "The Coil." She is also the co-author with Robert Ludlum of three bestselling novels in the Covert-One series including "The Hades Factor" and "The Paris Option." She has been a newspaper reporter, a magazine editor, and a think-tank editor with top-secret clearance before turning to fiction. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband, writer Dennis Lynds. Visit the author's Web site at


Like the fearsome plunge on a dangerous roller coaster, this thriller's denouement gets your heartbeat racing up to just short of tachycardia speed. Jay Tice, a legendary CIA spymaster recently exposed as a traitor, disappears from a prison cell. Petite agent Elaine Cunningham, whose resume leads with her "hunter" credentials, sets out to bag him. While paying attention to the details of spycraft such as dazzling technogear, the novel benefits from some exploration of feelings and emotions besides the usual fear and terror. Apart from one plot lapse where Elaine is caught in a villain's clutches but inexplicably pops up free later, the plotting is satisfactorily convoluted in the best mole-within-a-mole tradition. Best of all for Washington, DC, junkies is the rich portrayal of the area. The action-packed story makes grand use of Baltimore Harbor and other fabled venues. Lynds (The Coil; Masquerade) has added another jewel to her tiara as one of the reigning queens of the international spy-thriller genre. Strongly recommended for spy and suspense collections.-Barbara Conaty, Moscow Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Today's finest espionage writer unleashes an instant classic!"--Lee Child "A sizzling thrill ride!"--Steve Berry "Nerve-tingling...will keep you turning the pages well into the night."--Vince Flynn "As high octane as they come"--C"hicago Tribune""" "Plentiful tradecraft and relentless danger combine with some clever plot twists for an entertaining read." --"The Economist" "Lynds [is] superbly gifted.... Her narrative skills and her character-creation engine are as high octane as they come."--"Chicago"" Tribune" "Lynds' books have long been acclaimed for their authenticity in describing the covert world, and this one is no different. "The Last Spymaster "is filled with rich characters and details ripped from the world of espionage...reminiscent of the work of Robert Ludlum or Frederick Forsyth."--"Chicago"" Sun-Times" "The Queen of the international spy thriller is back with her best novel yet! "The Last Spymaster" is tremendous...great plotting, fascinating characters, amazing technical accuracy, breath-taking action. But best of all is her unrelenting examination of the moral ambiguity inherent in intelligence and counter-terrorism. Set aside of a few days of your life for this one--it's well worth it!"--Marcus Wynne, author of "Brothers in Arms" "Non-stop...[a] stand out....An outstanding read." --"Wichita"" Falls Times Record News"" ""This classic espionage thriller from bestseller Lynds ... strikes a perfect balance between the private lives of her characters and the blood and betrayal of their professional adventures."--"Publishers Weekly""" "Lynds' first-rate espionage novel is gripping and intense ... a never-ending, spine-tingling thrill ride that will keep readers glued to the pages."--"RT Book Reviews "(Top Pick!) "Like the fearsome plunge on a dangerous roller coaster, this thriller's denouement gets your heartbeat racing up to just short of tachycardia speed.... Lynds ... has added another jewel to her tiara as one of the reigning queens of the international spy-thriller genre."--"Library Journal"

Colacci brings the perfect resonance to his reading of Lynds's latest and best espionage thriller. Jay Tice is a legendary spymaster from the Cold War era, one of the last of the old school CIA operatives. However, his distinguished career ended in disgrace when he was sentenced to life in prison for treason against the U.S. Tice is a model prisoner for years until he escapes. Elaine Cunningham, a CIA agent headed toward the end of her career, is assigned to track him down. Her hunt will take her into the darkest corners of the spy game, where nothing is what it seems and death can come at the hands of a friend as easily as those of an enemy. Colacci offers a capital performance, handling the mounds of expositional narrative and spy technospeak with ease. He's just as adept with his characterizations as he slips effortlessly from one character or accent to another. Colacci and Lynds make an excellent combination for lovers of spooks and spies. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's Press hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 3). (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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