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SPIES LIE

 
Full Name: Spies Lie
Nationality: American,Israeli
Organization: Mossad
Occupation Agent

Creator: D. S. Kane
Time Span: 2014 - 2-19

ABOUT THE SERIES

Jon Sommers is an agent with Mossad.

Cassandra Sashakovich was an agent with an unnamed American Intelligence organization who would later work with Mossad.

Ann Silbee (later Sashakovich) is a highly skilled computer programmer/hacker.

These three people make up the major players, along with a handful of almost as equally important ones, in a series of adventures where each prove to themselves and to others that as the title says, Spies Lie.

Jon Sommers is a 24-year-old Brit. We get a brief introduction to him a dozen years before where we learn that as a teenager he already spoke "seven languages and read five". He lived with his parents in London and was as normal as most teenagers until he learned his parents had died in a car crash. Jumping back to the present, Sommers had just earned his MBA. He was happily engaged to Lisa and looking forward to their future when he learns she died in a terrorist bombing. He also learned that Lisa had really been Aviva and she had worked for Mossad and had been sent to recruit him to work for them as well just like his parents had which he had never known about. After some hesitation and anger about the deception, Sommers will join Mossad.

Cassandra Sashakovich is a 28-year-old Yank. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford where she also minored in computer science. She had been working for a company helping startups get backing from investors when she learned her fiance serving a tour in Afghanistan had died in an IED explosion. Her life took a temporary spiral down until she was approached by and offered a job with a small unnamed department in the intelligence community. For two years she would perform more than adequately with them until on a mission to Saudi Arabia, her cover was blown, she was assaulted, and she got fired. Shortly afterwards, she would be invited to join Mossad.

Ann Silbee was a Brooklyn born and raised teenage girl when her life turned horrid in a short time. Her mother died. She and her little brother were kicked out of their apartment. Within a week they were assaulted, he was killed and she raped. That was when she ran across Cassandra and would be adopted by her and would soon learn how very, very smart she was with computers.

These three would have their lives entwined over and again in a good many adventures.

BOOKS

Number of Books:10
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2-19

       This is an amalgam of really three different sibling series where major characters in one show up in the other but since each of the three major "series" characters get involved with each other's business, the author encapsulated them all into one uniform "Spies Lie" grouping. I thought about separating them but then saw he was right (duh!) so went with what he had.

MY COMMENTS

First of all, I love the title of the series: Spies Lie. No, I gasp in disbelief, say it isn't so! Alas, they do. A lot. And if you go to the author's website, you find this man is a former covert operative for the U.S., the name he writes under is an assumed one, and his site has the tag line of "A former spy, still telling lies". I love it!

Luckily, these three usually do not prevaricate with each other since they get along. In fact, I am not sure how the title pertains to them but since the statement is true - they are fibbers - who cares as it is a great title.

Also pretty darn good are these adventures. They are fast and really enjoyable reads with plots just a tad out there enough to make them really interesting. There are bad guys worthy of being hunted. There are two - and then three - protagonists worthy of following and watching them grow.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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