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Into the Lion's Mouth

Into the Lion’s Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov – World War II Spy, Patriot, and Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond

The Bottom Line: The real-life inspiration for James Bond proves to be every bit as riveting as any of Ian Fleming’s creations. Larry Loftis’ tale of true espionage, assassination and seduction is one of the most remarkable books we’ve read all year. “If a spy wasn’t a criminal before the secret service,” writes biographer Larry Loftis, “he became one in the process.” That certainly seems …

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An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

Book Review: Robert Harris’ Historical Thriller, An Officer and a Spy

The Bottom Line: A delicious police procedural based on one of France’s most intriguing real-life spy scandals. [easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00EBRU05I” cloaking=”default” height=”500″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”//ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51I4467-aJL.jpg” tag=”bestthricom-20″ width=”338″]The bachelor detective in an Officer and a Spy is French, not Belgium. Rather than operating a private detective agency, he serves as an officer in the French government. Still, the fastidious observations of Georges Picquart …

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Best Books: 5 G-Men Turned Novelists

Many people who worked in national security and espionage—professions that prize discretion—have turned to successful careers as novelists. These former spies, security advisers, counter-terrorism operators and intelligence directors lend a realistic, veteran approach to their prose, but their books still don’t give up all their secrets. Here are some of the best. John Stockwell A former CIA agent, Stockwell resigned and made a splash with …

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