Amazon Best Books of the Month, January 2012
: Soldier turned actor Ty Hunter craves nothing more than some R&R after his latest Hollywood blockbuster…until he’s tasked with thwarting a potential nuclear arms deal. Using his celebrity sway and former training, Hunter goes undercover within a wealthy, powerful inner circle in search of a rogue. A sketchy businessman with Russian dealings and a megalomaniac ‘collector’ of riches top the list of suspects, while Isabella Cavill, a jewelry maker for foreign and often questionable clients, is a charming, if not entirely trustworthy, love interest. Hunter struggles to come to terms with a violent military past in order to complete the job, and his reluctance adds to his heroic charm. Stylish and smooth, Hunter is a protagonist reminiscent of James Bond-era machismo, where sophistication reigns supreme.
Bill Clinton pens the introduction, and author Thomas Caplan writes with decisive, well-paced prose. Part spy thriller, part Hollywood dazzler, The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen is a satisfying and fun intrigue story. --Heather Dileepan
*Starred Review* Caplan takes a long time between novels (his last, Grace and Favor, was published in 1998), but this one was definitely worth the wait. It has a kick-ass premise. Ty Hunter, once an intelligence officer and now a major movie star (it’s a lot more plausible than it sounds), is tasked by the U.S. president to find out whether billionaire Ian Santel has anything to do with some nukes stolen by a now-deceased Russian colonel. The novel boasts great, James Bond–style supporting characters—the colorful Santel; his alluring goddaughter, Isabella Cavill, who designs expensive jewelry and seems to have designs on Ty; Santel’s protégé and henchman, Philip Frost. And it has a story that, with its action and intrigue, is guaranteed to keep readers glued to their seats. This is the kind of novel that the superb Trevanian might have written; his Jonathan Hemlock, art professor, mountaineer, and assassin, is surely no more nor less imaginatively conceived and executed than Ty Hunter. An excellent, don’t-dare-miss-it kind of thriller. --David Pitt