Maryland Blogger: Book Recommendation: Jack of Spies by David Downing

Book Recommendation: Jack of Spies by David Downing

Book Recommendation: Jack of Spies by David Downing

 

Jack of Spies (2014) is the first novel in the series of spy thrillers featuring British Intelligence Agent Jack McColl by the award winning British author David Downing. This is a good series to add to your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and his books.

Books by David Downing

Goodreads Review of Jack of Spies 

"Set on the eve of the First World War, across oceans and continents, steamliners and cross-country trains, David Downing’s complex and thrilling new espionage novel takes us all the way back to the dawn of that most fascinating of 20th century characters—the spy.

It is 1913, and those who follow the news closely can see the world is teetering on the brink of war. Jack McColl, a Scottish car salesman with an uncanny ear for languages, has always hoped to make a job for himself as a spy. As his sales calls take him from city to great city—Hong Kong to Shanghai to San Francisco to New York—he moonlights collecting intelligence for His Majesty's Secret Service, but British espionage is in its infancy and Jack has nothing but a shoestring budget and the very tenuous protection of a boss in far-away London. He knows, though, that a geopolitical catastrophe is brewing, and now is both the moment to prove himself and the moment his country needs him most. 

Unfortunately, this is also the moment he begins to realize what his aspiration might cost him. He understands his life is at stake when activities in China suddenly escalate from innocent data-gathering and casual strolls along German military concessions to arrest warrants and knife attacks. Meanwhile, a sharp, vivacious American suffragette journalist has wiled her way deep into his affections, and it is not long before he realizes that her Irish-American family might be embroiled in the Irish Republican movement Jack's bosses are fighting against. How can he choose between his country and the woman he loves? And would he even be able to make such a choice without losing both?"

 

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Comment balloon 12 commentsRoy Kelley • June 28 2018 03:25PM

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Thank you for the book recommendation. I will look for it at the library.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 16 days ago

Thanks for the recommendation, Roy.  I will be adding this one to my list.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 16 days ago

Thanks so much for your feedback. Enjoy a good book or two this week.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 16 days ago

Roy, sounds like a great book for enjoy, and you sure read a lot of them!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 16 days ago

Good morning Roy Kelley,

I always enjoy your book recommendations! Sounds like a good one and a new author for me.

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 16 days ago

Thx for the book review. I’m currently reading “The old man and the sea” by Ernest Hemingway. You probably have read it already since you’re an avid reader. But if you haven’t, it’s excellent reading about perseverance, motivation and physical limitations from aging. Oh yea, and fishing 

Posted by Suzanne Strickler, School is never out for the Succesful. (Realty Mark Associates) 16 days ago

Good morning Roy. The summer heat has not slowed you reading pace. Enjoy your day.

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) 16 days ago

Roy,

Great recommendation of a novel.  And that photo of the dahlia is gorgeous.  Happy Monday, stay cool an hydrated. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 16 days ago

I will make a note of this author, Roy. I need more time for good reading.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 16 days ago

Sounds like another great read for book worms to add to their reading lists, Roy!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 15 days ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

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