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Baksheesh (Bribes): Book 5of the Spies Lie series (Volume 5) Paperback – June 24, 2015
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"In the fifth installment of the Spies Lie series, former covert operative Cassandra Sashakovich is finally ready to settle down with her family, though a plot to start World War III threatens to pull her back into danger.
At the conclusion of the fourth installment, GrayNet (2014), Cassie had barely survived being shot by an assassin determined to collect a bounty placed on her head. As she recovers both physically and mentally, Cassie, her boyfriend, Lee, and their adopted teenage daughter, Ann, plan for a new life in a new city under new identities. Hopefully, none of their old enemies--many of whom are still hungry for revenge--will find them. Cassie decides to sell her consulting agency, The Swiftshadow Group, to the Israeli mercenary Avram Shimmel and to finally put her obsession with great food to good use by opening a restaurant. Yet an obstacle arrives in the form of Amos Mastoff, the U.S. vice president who becomes president when the president-elect is assassinated the day after the election. Mastoff plans to make Christianity the sole religion in the world by wiping out Israel and rest of the Middle East via a few well-placed suitcase nukes obtained from a Russian arms dealer. The Swiftshadow Group must utilize all of their very special skills to stop Mastoff and his cronies before they wipe out half the world. To do that, they need Cassie's talents as a hacker. Author Kane shows no sign of running out of wild plot twists and corrupt figures out to destroy Cassie, not to mention the world. ...for the most part, readers will be swept away on the tidal wave of sexy, espionage-laced prose. Ann, Cassie's teenage daughter, ...has... adopted mom's knacks for hacking and wild sex...
More wild, violent adventures in the world of international espionage." -- Kirkus Reviews
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If you like spy thrillers with lots of plot twists then you'll enjoy this one. There are multiple main characters so it's easy to find one you relate to. I just liked that every ten minutes or so there is another action scene. So this book is almost more action than mystery. There are so many bullets flying that you don't have much time to even wonder whodunnit.
If you like spy thrillers or action then this book is right up your alley. There is also a lot of hacking mixed in, so that might whet your whistle.
A strong book for it's genre.
This fictional novel is an Action-Adventure book and is targeted to people interested in reading stories about conspiracies and high crimes with political intrigue. This is the fifth in a series.
What was the Amazon Rank on the date this review was published? #61 as a free download. As of 6:30 PM Nov. 22, 2015, it ranked 29,895.
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Is this a book that I can read without having to read others first? Yes, I did, but I am confident that I missed out on some important points of the preceding books that might have made this a little less confusing. Even so, this can be a stand alone read.
Are there a lot of typos/misspellings, grammatical errors or other editing failures? I found none of these types of errors.
For a 316-page book, this is a fast read, especially as you get beyond the first couple of chapters.
What sort of language does this writer use to amplify the points made? Plain English. As with most books in this genre, there is foul language. Generally, though, the words used in dialogue are consistent with the characters and genre.
My biggest pleasure or disappointment was? This is an interesting story, weaving together a complex quilt of treachery and deceit at among some at the highest echelons of government. Of course, it was not easy to suspend disbelief, but, I was able to. Doing so allowed me to enjoy the story as it was meant to be, not as necessarily indicative of how our leaders think and operate. As one example why suspension of my disbelief was difficult, look to the scene at the airport in Tel Aviv.
Anybody who has traveled to Israel, including Americans working on a project funded by the USAID, knows just how difficult the passage through Israeli security is. It is harsh and strenuous, but, for a good reason. They have very little terrorism coming from outside their borders, save for their border with the future state of Palestine. I’ve made the journey twice and I shall never do so again, primarily because the interrogators have you standing for the two hours or so of their interrogation. Ironically, one of my interrogators was the daughter of a Syrian immigrant to her country.
Having said that, I don’t think I, personally, was so enthralled with the story that I will go back and start reading the first book in the series. But, if I get it using my Audible membership, I would probably listen to each of the previous books while commuting. Listening takes just a wee bit less personal investment in the process than does reading using the Kindle app on my iPad.
The chartered 727 landed in Ben Gurion Airport with a screech of tires, taxied to a private hangar, and slowed to a stop. Shimmel sat at the very back of the aircraft so he could see the heads of every one of the sixty-three men and women he commanded. He watched their demeanors as they rose and headed for the aircraft’s exit. They seemed to be calm and ready. He looked at his cellphone’s screen. It depicted the interim objectives for the mission:
• Arrive Jerusalem at Ben Gurion Airport.
He checked this first item off as now complete.
• Transport Mercs to the West Bank of Jerusalem.
• Infiltrate the Al Aqsa Mosque.
• Possible battle.
• Recover the suitcase nuke.
• Exit the mosque and the West Bank of Jerusalem safely.
• Disembark for US via Ben Gurion Airport.
It looked easy on the screen, but the only easy day was yesterday. He knew people would die, and their deaths would smother his conscience. Not just mercs, but very possibly peaceful civilians who loved their mosque. How many deaths this time?
Avram rose from his seat and moved down the aisle. Exiting the door and going down the steps, he turned, faced the troops, and spoke as if this was a trivial task he needed done. “Form up with your packs and remove your disguises from the satchels as you enter the bus. Put the disguises on and go to your seats. Our cover documents for this phase of the operation states we’re Muslim merchants called to prayer. When we’re finished with the op, we’ll return to the Israeli side via the bus and stay for the night before we go back home. In Israel our cover documents state we’re kibbutz workers for a furniture factory. Kill no one unless they try to do you harm, and may the Lord’s mercy be with you.”
Kane, DS (2015-06-29). Baksheesh (Bribes) (Spies Lie Book 5) (Kindle Locations 3582-3596). The Swiftshadow Group. Kindle Edition.
The writing is electrifying in its intensity and you feel connected to all the characters as if you were in their story
I might try another one by the author but I will have to let this settle first.