Author: Hannah Carmack
Title: Seven-Sided Spy
Genre(s): Thriller; Mystery; Fiction; LGBT; Historical fiction
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Review: This novel begins with intriguing and action packed scenes that follow CIA agents as they are captured by the rivaling KGB. Unexpected turn of events kept me turning the page throughout this entire book, especially the aspects of paranormal experimental transitions that each CIA agent was forced to endure after they were captured. One thing I really enjoyed was the relationships each trio of agents had on both sides. They all had history together even across the CIA and KGB, which made the situation that much more tense through betrayal and deceit. Additionally, Hannah did an incredible job at providing character development with the use of flashbacks and detailed descriptions of character personalities. When the point of view changed, I could picture exactly the kind of person each character was and given the number of characters in this novel I can imagine being successful in this was extremely difficult. There were a few areas I think could have been improved, such as the transition from current perspective to flashbacks. I had a hard time keeping track of when the scenes were current and when they were flashbacks until I got further into the scenes. Maybe utilizing shorter chapters could have been helpful. Additionally, it took me a little bit to remember all of the real names and aliases, so I found myself thinking a bit too hard while reading a novel. Overall, I found Seven-Sided Spy to be incredibly enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read from multiple character view points and who likes action novels with character development.
Book Description: "In the midst of the cold war, the CIA’s finest and most fatal female agent, Diana Riley, vanishes. Kidnapped by the KGB and taken to the backcountry of North Carolina, she and her team of unsavory partners are forced to undergo illegal experimentation. But, when the experiments leave them horribly deformed and unable to reenter society without someone crying monster, the previously glamorous and high-maintenance spies must escape KGB captivity and avoid recapture at the hands of Nikola, a ruthless KGB agent with an intense and well-justified grudge against her former flame."
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