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Department Thirteen Paperback – September 15, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Aleksandr Talanov is the above-mentioned ex-KGB agent. According to the author, and I'm quoting his exact words here, he said, "Talanov has gone through so much because in many ways my life parallels his, and I have felt--and fought--many of his same demons." In many ways when reading Talanov--the detachment or attempt to detach from love, starting a new life, and so on--resonated with me, as well. Although my life is nowhere near as exciting as that of the agent's (and of course, the author's), I felt for Talanov. What makes him even more likeable is his vulnerability despite being a super thinker and fighter.
So yes, this is a fast-paced book and the storyline totally believable. The author, originally from Kansas now residing in Australia, has made numerous trips as a courier and smuggler behind the old Iron Curtain, so it is not a wonder that the story sounds so real. It's been a while I stayed up past midnight to finish a book and DEPARTMENT THIRTEEN helped me accomplish that. There are enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat (I know many of you probably said or used this term so many times) and for me on my bed with eyes very wide opened. It was an incredible, exhilarating journey.
Now living in Sydney, Australia, Talanov and dozens of dinner guests are suddenly the target of assassins. Talanov and his beautiful wife Andrea are mistakenly spared, but soon find themselves running for their lives, hunted by the killers and blamed by the police ...
What I enjoyed about this thriller was that it is a bold departure from the norm: the hero is an ex-pat Russian who is also ex KGB rather than the usual American or British stereotype. The setting too is different with most of the action taking place in Australia. Noteworthy are all the different cultures and communities of contemporary inner city Australia that are captured and reflected accurately. Turner knows this territory and it shows.
This is the second James Houston Turner book I have read and I saw a few of his quality trademark stamps: Lots of exotic food, alluring women, misdirection, deceit, fake identities, fast and frenetic action and plenty of suspense. This time there is also strong grasp of international law and the world of finance to add to that list.
I enjoyed reading how Talanov (turned fugitive and detective by circumstance) attempts to clear his name and solve the mystery. Who or what is `Tango Blue' is just one of the many questions and problems thrown his way. Turner clearly has firsthand knowledge of the media and how it can be manipulated and presented in a certain way thanks to his days as a journalist in LA.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderfully written book that takes the reader on an adventure into the life of a spy. The characters are well developed, and the plot exciting and intriguing. Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by Rhonda L. Davis
Turner has a way of keeping you reading. Unfolding one scenario after another as he thickens the books seemingly never ending plotPublished on February 19, 2014 by Peme
I read Greco's Game first. That being said, you can read them in any order you like. Both books are well written and you never know where the story line is going to take you. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by sharll45
great read! really thrilling and excited to have seen there was a follow up, GRECO'S GAME. highly recommend to all!!!!Published on January 16, 2013 by Leslie Rabb
This is simply a masterpiece on espionage, a very intense thriller, like the good ones from the old days, when John le Carré, Ian Fleming and Frederick Forsyth were the... Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Roberto Mattos
This was a faced paced book with lots of twists and turns that kept me wanting to read. The characters were all well written and you either like them or you don't. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Vicki