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Second book in series. Tells a lot about the spy world as it is not as we wish it could be. Tells a lot about the China few know or realize. Will look forward to future books by Mr. Brookes.
If you could sum up Spy Games in three words, what would they be?
Globally connected thriller.
What other book might you compare Spy Games to and why?
Of course, Spy Games can be compared to the first novel in this series, Night Heron, and serves as an excellent follow up. While Spy Games can be taken in on its own, I would highly recommend those interested in exploring this book to begin with the first installment as they do build on each other.
Any additional comments?
I've been a reader of old-school spy thrillers for a long while, but have found that over the last decade (at least) the classic approaches have really lost their luster, clinging to cold war dynamics. Adam Brookes brings a more contemporary, global, perspective to his work by weaving characters together not only in multiple countries, but through drawing on themes that touch on modern espionage, international industry, and related struggles with inequality. It's particularly notable that within this genre Brookes is one of the few to include rich involvement of characters and story lines that bring China into the fold - and in a rather informed way, to boot!
My one issue is that his books (and Spy Games in particular) remain rather short, which make the introduction of such abundant subjects and characters somewhat thin. That being said, it allows for a quick (and fast paced) listen. I look forward to new installments and would recommend Spy Games particularly to those who have read/listened to Night Heron.