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A Spy's Daughter: A Novella (A Life Upside Down) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 17, 2015
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"I'm a big fan of spy fiction, and, until recently, it has been rare to see a strong female protagonist; John le Carré's Charlie in THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL is one of the earliest to come to mind. The thing I like most about Victoria Ichizli-Bartels's A SPY'S DAUGHTER is that an interesting woman is at the center of the story. It's European setting and post-Soviet mood are also incredibly appealing. Ichizli-Bartels does a good job of scene setting and character development. My main issue with the book seems to be with its pacing. The novel moves a little bit too swiftly for my taste, and it seems as though just when we're getting into a chapter and settling in, the scene is cut off. Perhaps I'm a bit too used to the kind of spy fiction that le Carré writes, which is slowly and deliberately paced. The pacing here often feels perhaps a bit more suited to the screen than to the page--this would make an excellent screenplay. But since this is also book one in a series, perhaps this issue would seem less noticeable when all of the books are read together. Having said that, the book's plot is fascinating, and the protagonist extremely well-drawn, which isn't always the case with spy fiction."
About the Author
Victoria Ichizli-Bartels is a writer and specialist in information technology, semiconductor physics, and electronic engineering. She is the founder of Optimist Writer, an independent writing, publishing and consulting company. She lives in Aalborg, Denmark, with her husband and their two children. Before publishing her first novel “The Truth About Family” in 2015, she authored a number of scientific and technical publications.
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