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5.0 out of 5 stars Sava Back in Action
Mark Sava, formerly working for the CIA, but currently freelancing for an independent contractor returns for his third adventure. He continues his travels around the Middle East with the action this time around centred on the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan and the island state of Bahrain. As previously the author writes about this area with some authority and the...
Published 11 months ago by Brett H

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3.0 out of 5 stars another excellent book
Excellent plot .book finishes properly unlike many other novels. Also about an interesting area of the world. Suggest you buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sava Back in Action, 18 Feb. 2014
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Brett H "pentangle" (Brighton) - See all my reviews
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Mark Sava, formerly working for the CIA, but currently freelancing for an independent contractor returns for his third adventure. He continues his travels around the Middle East with the action this time around centred on the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan and the island state of Bahrain. As previously the author writes about this area with some authority and the descriptions of these places invariably have a ring of authenticity about them which adds credibility to the story.

These are very much standalone tales. It is not necessary to have read the previous instalments to enjoy this one as the author is not constantly harping back to what went before. However, it does help to understand the past relationships between Sava, Daria Buckingham who is now his live in partner, ex SEAL John Decker and others.

This is quite a complex tale involving a two year old boy who various parties seem to have an interest in and whom Sava wants to do the right thing by. What that is is not at all clear to him or the reader for quite a while. A certain amount of concentration is necessary since there are a number of groups involved, each with their own agenda and whose intentions, good or bad are not entirely clear until very late in the book. A further layer is that, for the first time, we learn something of Sava's background and upbringing which has quite an impact on him during this story.

On balance this was probably not quite as strong as the two preceding stories, but nonetheless its an enjoyable, action packed read which most will enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent spy thriller, 19 Feb. 2014
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This is the third of the novels featuring ex-CIA operative Mark Sava and his companion Daria and their friend John Decker. Having been exiled from Azerbaijan Mark and Daria are now living in Kyrgyzstan where Daria is running an orphanage and Mark is working for a private contractor and playing board games. The story starts with a small boy and an attempted abduction and becomes an action packed action thriller eventually moving to Bahrain. Along the way we will see how the vulnerable are pawns in the plans of the powerful and learn a lot about Mark's early life and family.

This is excellent spy/action/thriller writing. The book is fast paced and full of climaxes and revelations. The book has a large scope in that it deals with the fate of nations but the actual story concentrates on the fate of a few individuals. The characterisation is excellent and Mark Sava is a well rounded and interesting person who faces real issues and problems. The locations are unusual and the culture and lifestyle in these less known places adds an exotic element to the book.

I really enjoyed this story and thought that it was an interesting sequel to the two previous novels featuring the same characters. I would highly recommend this series if you like the works of David Baldacci, Robert Ludlum or Tom Clancy and I don't think that you would have any problem following this story even if you hadn't read the previous books. The ending gives hope that there will be more books in the series - if there are then I am very much looking forward to reading them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another compulsive read by Dan Mayland, 11 Nov. 2014
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Yet another great and compulsive read.

After what seemed to be a slower start than the first two books, the plot took off on a roller-coaster ride around the middle-east, as was only to be expected from one of Dan Mayland's Mark Sava novels.

Despite trying to make the best of the unwelcome turn of events that had led to him being thrown own and excluded from his beloved and comfortable home in Baku, Azerbaijan, Mark Sava is again unwittingly drawn back into the intrigue and double dealing that is the corrupt political arena of the middle-east.

He is torn away from a less comfortable, but moderately satisfying, life with Daria Buckingham in his newly adopted home in Kyrgyzstan, through events brought about by the duplicitous actions of his previous employer, the CIA.

This time it gets personal for Mark, and we get to learn more about his previous life, before he joined the CIA.

The character of Mark Sava reminds me of the shadowy figure of real-life Sidney Riley (aka Sigmund Rosenblum), who lived (dangerously) on his wits as a freelance spy, mainly for the British, during the early part of the 20th Century. (Sidney Riley was the subject of a TV series in the 1970s - 'Riley, Ace of Spies', starring Sam Neil - and in more recent years the subject of several books attempting to document his life, and to separate the intertwined myths and truths which surround Riley's escapades.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, 3 April 2014
I couldn't put this book down, it was like been on a roller coaster ride. I can't wait to read more of this author's books.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dan Mayland does it again!, 18 Feb. 2014
An excellent third novel in the Mark Sava story. I was hooked when I read the first one and would recommend they be read in sequence. Spy for Hire lets readers have some of the 'back story' to Mark's life and gives a pointer of things to come. However, this is set amidst a plot where a mystery orphan becomes a pawn between rival players in power politics. Quite a fast paced book with thousands of miles travelled between various countries to find the child some semblance of a normal life whilst shielding him from those agencies which have their own agenda.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 15 April 2014
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Enjoyable read, well written and attention getting.Very good author. Would recommend and plan on reading more from him.Good from Start to Finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 July 2014
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Gripping !!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 3 July 2014
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Good Read. Enjoy very much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spy for hire, 14 Jun. 2014
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....... Another great book from Dan Mayland. He has a wonderful way of telling a well t th ought through and researched story and this was no exception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spy for hire, 3 Jun. 2014
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I had read the previous book in this series so was well equipeed to pick up the thread. This is a very exciting tale whic I couldn't put down.
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