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To Free a Spy: Deception and revenge in Washington, Tokyo, and Moscow

To Free a Spy: Deception and revenge in Washington, Tokyo, and Moscow [Kindle Edition]

Nick Ganaway
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Boris Petrevich looks at his hands as he approaches the checkpoint in his old Volvo. No tremor. Better than his insides. He figures his chance of survival beyond the Russian checkpoint is fifty-fifty. Stuck under his belt in the small of his back is the World War II-vintage Russian TT-33 7.62 mm semi-automatic pistol he was issued years ago. It is all he has; guns and ammo inside the old Soviet nuclear research compound are too carefully controlled. He has not fired the gun since the collapse of the Soviet Union, saving up his ration of ammunition.

Petrevich, former chief scientist there at the old Soviet nuclear research and weapons center, feels a moment of relief when he sees only two guards rather than the usual eight or so at the checkpoint. One of them approaches the Volvo and sticks a hand-held Geiger-counter inside the car. It begins its signature ticking. “Do you know of any reason your car might be hot, sir?”

“My work is at the research center. That’s probably why.”

“Step out of the car so that I can check inside more thoroughly. And I will need to see your credentials.”

Petrevich has hoped to avoid these intrusions. He gets out of the car and reaches behind his back as if to retrieve his papers. The officer does not see the T-33 before the 7.62 mm round destroys the left side of his head.

A year later, counterterrorism expert Cam Warfield tracks the bomb-grade uranium to Tokyo where a bitter Japan aviation official uses it to plan mass destruction inside the U.S. It becomes Warfield’s job to convince the skeptical President of the United States that a bomb made from that same uranium sits in the belly of a Japanese passenger airliner as it approaches the California coast off Los Angeles. The President must decide whether to shoot the plane out of the sky and risk international disaster, or to believe Warfield. Only minutes remain as he weighs the unfathomable consequences of either of the two courses of action that become his duty to choose from.

About the Author

Nick Ganaway is an avid reader of the likes of thrillers written by of Daniel Silva, John Grisham, Michael Connelly, Ben Macintyre, David Baldacci, Don Winslow, Ken Follett, Vince Flynn, Nelson DeMille and so many others of the genre, as well as true accounts of military special operations. Nick lives in Dunwoody, GA, and has three loving children and five beautiful grandchildren.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2014 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484885732
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Greyhart Press (5 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DV5ZW54
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By michael
To Free A Spy rocks at the opening, containing measured amounts of dialogue and description with an emphasis on the story being related by the words of the characters. As well, it blasts forward using a great mix of dialogue to narrative in the last 100 pages. Unfortunately, the book bogs down in the middle with a preponderance of extensive, narrative-based descriptions involving sometimes-unresolved conflicts and events, such as the explosion of a vehicle belonging to a retired Colonel (and main character) that never gets an adequate explanation as well as other protracted descriptions.
In the section in Japan, the quantity of quality research ties the writer's hands instead of liberating him. We are led from one highly improbable scene to another. Would a pizza deliveryman take all the risks for a stranger, the main character that he does during the sequence about penetrating the Narita Airport security? Maybe, but this reader doubts it. As well, the even-handedness of the President concerning the latitude he gives to Cam Warfield seems a tad unbelievable. In addition, the way that Warfield gets out of the most dangerous situations without a scratch remains incredible.
Despite these problems, I really liked the book as a whole. The author displays enthusiasm for his subject and his characters succeed in being alive on the page. He very fruitfully recreates the folksy down-home feel of the south of the United States in his three-dimensional people. Karly's surprise appearance at the close and the way the system manipulates the ex-chief of the CIA struck me as highly plausible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best for a long time !! 2 Oct 2013
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This book is excellent from the very first chapter, through to the end. It's Nick Ganaway's first political thriller, and it maintains a pace and authenticity that keeps the reader gripped throughout. I took it on holiday, and couldn't put it down until I finished. Twists and turns, and political intrigue, it gives a fabulous insight into American politics, allied to CIA/FBI involvement. The best book I have read in a long, long time !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent spy novel! 7 Aug 2013
By Robert Massey - Published on
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This is one of the best I've read. Obviously well researched and well written. The surprises kept coming; really got my heart pumping. Nick Ganaway is very creative in his story telling and character development. A great read. We want more!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Ride! 18 July 2013
By LoveToRead - Published on
To Kill A Spy is an exciting and serious read! I wait for the end of the chapter to put it down for the night but when I get there there's no way. There are times where you think, "Oh, that could never happen" but you know it could! Cam Warfield is blocked at every turn by a resentful FBI director as he pursues the Russian nuke scientist whose actions threaten the world, and he spends all too much of his time at the It'll Do lounge. But he finds time for some intimate moments with his girlfriend Dr. Fleming DeGrande on her Virginia ranch or at their favorite hangout, Ticcio's restaurant, where I'd like to go sometime! I give it five stars!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible that a new novelist could write such a gripping first book!! 27 July 2013
By Jim W - Published on
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To Free A Spy: Deception and Revenge in Washington, Tokyo and Moscow

This is a real thriller that captures you from the minute you begin reading. There are lots of moving parts involving terrorists, espionage and government corruption. The story line is easy to follow and it's completely wrapped up at the book's end. Lots of research went into this work of fiction making it come to life. Even though he is a first time writer, I would rank Nick Ganaway right up there with the likes of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Balducci, etal. This is a real page turner that's hard to put down.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Never Ending Story 3 Oct 2013
By David Island - Published on
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"To Fee a Spy" by Nick Ganaway is a difficult story to stay with from page 1 to the end.

Its first problem is Ganaway's massive overkill on background. While the story gets an electric jump start on the first 25 pages with the hair-raising theft of radioactive atomic materials from Russia, the story then devolves into about 100+ pages of background to set the stage for the American part of the story. It's just way too much background, and I put the book down several times, wondering, "Am I reading a Mafia story, or is this a true espionage thriller, or not?" This writing failure provide too much background detail causes the reader to simply lose interest in the bigger picture (which disappears completely by page 100).

The second problem is pressure on the reader to suspend disbelief at the too-cute-for-its-own-good story lines at times. The Japan episodes; the hurricane episodes, all the coming-back-from-death episodes and others are all not credible or believable. Too many coincidences and after-the-fact revelations do not make a good story. The extra-cute twist at the end (someone is alive who we had believed was dead) actually destroys the story permanently.

The third problem (the fatal one for me) is that the story just simply never ends. Too many events are surprises (not the good kind), and as a reader, I hoped time and time again that writer Ganaway would simply end my misery by ending the story.

The concept is interesting; the settings are exotic. But the characters are lame, especially the women and the political figures; the hero is not credible - at all. And worst of all, the story just goes on and on and on and on. And on. But unlike the flashlight battery that keeps its energy, this one's power dies before the light comes on. All in all it's a 2.49, rounded down to a 2. Sorry Mr. Ganaway. Better luck in your next (second) attempt at a thriller.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars new england journey 9 Aug 2013
By Stephen L. Delaney - Published on
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Not being a regular reader of fiction, I was hesitant to grab this book, but I am glad that I did! It is a great read, with many unpredictable twists and turns. I read this on vacation, and it was tough to put down! I would highly recommend this book.
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