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An absorbing thriller, with a twist,
This review is from: Kingmaker (Perfect Paperback)
Spy novels are typically driven by Byzantine plot twists and action sequences. Braguine's debut espionage thriller is a slight departure from that formula--Kingmaker derives its power from the narrative and characters in the story. CIA operative John Trager has seen enough, and no longer relishes the life of danger and distrust. He is offered an out, with one condition--he must venture into a tumultuous African hot spot and size up the political situation. The catch--the two previous agents went in but never returned. Trager find he has walked into a trap, but who is behind it? The ex-KGB defector who props up the benign dictator? The lovely and deadly government official, a Frenchwoman who has no qualms about shedding her clothes with Trager nor shedding his blood, if it comes to it? The brutal African security chief, who appears to be setting up a shadow government? His CIA handler, a gratuitous and false Presidential suck up? Trager is a spy with bad timing and often farcical spycraft. It's one of the many delightful aspects of Kingmaker. He seems to bob along the currents of intrigue, never really getting his footing, until crunch time. And then Trager reveals he is a force to be reckoned with. Kingmaker is a nice piece of work by a promising writer.