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The Good Spy Dies Twice (Bullseye Book 1) by [Hosack, Mark]
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"AN UNDENIABLY SPRY AND ROUSING ESPIONAGE TALE." - Kirkus Reviews TAKE THE COLD WAR, SNOW, RUSSIANS, MURDER SECRETS, A MASTERPIECE, AND MENTAL ILLNESS, AND WRAP IT INTO ONE EXPLOSIVE BOOK! TALK ABOUT HITTING THE BULLSEYE, HOSACK HAS DONE IT!" - Shari Shattuck, author of Invisible Ellen and Loaded

About the Author

Mark Hosack is the author of THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE (Book 1: The Bullseye Series), and IDENTITY (Simon & Schuster). He also wrote on the web series SEQUESTERED for Sony Crackle, the screenplay for GIVE 'EM HELL, MALONE (Thomas Jane, Ving Rhames), and he both wrote and directed the award wining independent film PALE BLUE MOON. Mark lives in Los Angeles with his wife and a brood of gremlins who insist on calling him Dad.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3297 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wide Awake Books; 1 edition (13 Sept. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01IMZZ39M
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #209,965 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The lead character, Jake, and his new wife, Claire, set off to Blind River for their honeymoon. He is an ex 'investigative' journalist, she a travel journalist using their honeymoon as an opportunity to get paid for a travel article.

Neither character ring true. Both are 1-D, lack any depth of characterisation and are pretty annoying. The plot is plain unbelievable. No more take-a-chance purchases for me. I wonder, as I write, if two stars is too generous.
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If you are a reader of authors like Graham Greene, John LeCarre, Ian Fleming or Alan Furst then you are sure to enjoy Mark Hosack’s fiendishly clever, THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE, a tale where suspense takes second place to the dynamics of psychological texture, morality and loss putting it far above the usual run of the mill espionage thriller brand of fiction.

Hosack’s novel features Jake Boxer, a TV news journalist whose reputation was tainted and his career curtailed three years earlier by his on air meltdown in which he accused the Russians of the murder of his sound-man Brody White, the individual who was investigating what appeared to be a secret intelligence project.

Brody’s murder is only the tip of the iceberg in this convoluted tale of Russian spies, CIA assassins, double agents and secret codes. Since the story is told from Jake’s perspective, the reader is never quite sure about Jake’s mental or emotional stability when he begins his “conspiracy theory” speculation.

The corkscrew twists in this narrative are many and are sure to keep any aficionado of spy novels completely riveted.
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Mark Hosack was a new author to me, but when I was given the opportunity to read the first book of the Bullseye series I was not disappointed. The story of Jake Boxer as a discredited journalist moved at a fast pace whilst still giving sufficient insight into the main character. There are sufficient twists and turns along the way to keep the reader interested throughout the book. This was an enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book in the series.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling story that is filled with just enough twists and turns to make your head spin 8 May 2017
By Tamara B. - Published on Amazon.com
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In this first installment of the Bullseye series, we are introduced to Jake Boxer, an investigative journalist and host for a very controversial news show called Bullseye. When his soundman and best friend is found murdered while on an investigation concerning a secret group, Bullseye gets cancelled. Bullseye was Jake's livelihood, so without any clear direction and his dream job nixed, he spirals into a deep depression. Fast forward a few years, and we find Jake newly married and on his honeymoon with the love of his life. This honeymoon does not go as planned though as the events from the past collide with the present and Jake must find who is behind the secretive group and a killer.

The Good Spy Dies Twice is filled with tense action that held me in its grasp right from the beginning and was impossible to put down. Mr. Hosack’s uncanny ability to create a plot that is both engaging and thrilling kept my interest throughout – needing to know what would happen next. This well written, fast paced thriller is raw, gritty and suspenseful with extreme amounts of action and solid, well-developed characters.

I was a bit leery to listen to this audio book due to it being narrated by the author himself. Sometimes authors just need to the leave performance of their book in the capable hands of professional narrators and just concentrate on the writing. My thinking though was quite wrong in this instance – a whole lot of wrong. Mark Hosack narrated this book outstandingly. His voice is crisp and concise, with pacing that was perfect. Not only was the narration top notch, each chapter begins with sound effects that not only complement the story but in my opinion adds a level of uniqueness that sets this audio book apart.

Overall, if you love action packed thrillers then you don’t need to look any further than The Good Spy Dies Twice. Mr. Hosack is a masterful story teller and amazing narrator who has created a thrilling story that is filled with just enough twists and turns to make your head spin. This was a great start to the series and I can’t wait for the next installment.

Story – 4 stars
Performance – 5 stars
Overall – 4.5 stars
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MARK HOSACK THRILLS US, AGAIN!! 22 Sept. 2016
By RosellaW - Published on Amazon.com
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Passion ignites and bullets fly in Hosack's (IDENTITY) latest worth-staying-up-late-at-night, page-turning thrill ride that is guaranteed to keep your mind and heart racing from beginning to end and well beyond. Character-driven and layered thick with jaw-dropping secrets, intriguing conspiracies, and "whodunnit" mysteries, THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE is a must-read for every fan of the spy/political world and reader with a pulse.

It's by far one of the best books I've ever read & MY #1 FAVORITE BOOK OF 2016! I love it & I can't wait to continue on with the Bullseye series to see what happens next!

Be sure to keep an eye out for Hosack and more of his amazing writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Satisfying Read! 28 Mar. 2017
By Cynthia Hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has it all: a twisted, perilous plot, relatable characters, up-to-the-minute world events, intrigue, and most importantly, flawless writing. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves good crime or espionage stories, or anyone looking for a book they can’t put down. It’s a gripping read that’s not afraid of the consequences. It’s uncompromising and satisfying on every level. This book would make a terrific summer read, but I would say don’t put it off until then! So looking forward to more by this very talented author!
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold War espionage causes present predicament. 4 May 2017
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Jake Boxer was a brilliant newscaster, shining a light on the world’s wrongs. However, in Russia with the death of Brody (the soundman), things spiral out of control for Jake. He gets sucked into his own paranoid conspiracy theories and his show is canceled. It takes years, but with the help of Claire (now his wife), a good therapist, and some regulated meds, he is a stable and caring person. Claire and Jake are on their honeymoon at a ski resort in Blind Creek, Alaska. The future is looking up for Jake… at least until an old source dies and his Claire starts acting a bit erratic. A murder and severe back injury may just be the thing to unhinge him as he gets caught up in yet another conspiracy.

I don’t always care for espionage novels because I find them a bit formulaic and therefore, predictable. This book was not that way and I quite enjoyed it. Jake is an interesting character. When we first meet him, he has confidence, charisma, and a drive to hunt down the truth. Circumstances in Russia break him and the story jumps forward several years. Jake is a changed man and he continues to change through this tale.

There’s skiing (which always makes me think of James Bond flicks), a valuable piece of art, the missing artist (did she defect or is she dead?), the mysterious accident that left Jake injured and two dead, and a colorful cast of characters. Jake has a lot on his plate to deal with: severe crippling pain, guilt over the newly dead, unraveling the mystery behind the art and artist, and just plain staying alive!

One of the most interesting aspects to this story was the Dagestan Hum. I labeled this as a red herring initially. We have the Taos Hum here in New Mexico and there isn’t anything particularly nefarious about it. At any rate, the Dagestan Hum is a jumping off point for this tale with Jake running a bit wild with his theories as to what causes that Hum and why Brody was killed for recording it.

As the story unfolds, there are conversations that only Jake is privy to. For a while, I wondered whether or not Jake was an unreliable narrator, having become addled after his latest accident. I loved that I was unsure right up to the last hour or so of the book. Of course this coincided with the big reveal of who was responsible for what. Some I had guessed but not the whole of it and I quite enjoyed being wrong on a few of my guesses.

Let’s talk about those wolves! That was a small but significant creepy bit tossed in by the author. The local wolf pack has been heavily hunted and their heads and bodies have been mounted in the not-yet-opened wing of the ski resort. Now who wants to sit around in a room full of stuffed wolves on a dark and cold night? Definitely a bit creepy and it allowed me to hate on the bad guys just a bit more.

This mystery closes by opening Jake’s eyes to the fact of a larger conspiracy. The loose ends for these immediate events were nicely tied up and the author did a good job of opening the door for more books in the series. It was good to see Jake regain some of his confidence.

I received a free copy of this book via The Audiobookworm.

The Narration: Mark H. Hosack narrated his own book and as always when an author narrates their own work, I get a bit concerned. In this case, there is no need to be. This is a quality performance and a quality production. He goes out of his way to add little bits of music and sound effects here and there but not often enough to call this an audio drama. His female voices are believable and he does accents as well.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical spy story! 26 April 2017
By Hall Ways - Published on Amazon.com
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Audio book review. Overall rating clarification 3.5. The Good Spy Dies Twice is a contemporary conspiracy thriller from author Mark Hosack that apart from the flashbacks, places readers in the US, post-2016 election time frame. It is tense and at times intense. Our main character, Jake Boxer, is not at all the typical lead man readers would expect in this kind of story; rather, he is deeply flawed, which for me is a refreshing break from the stud hero spy guy.

Due to some occupational hazards in his former line of work as an investigative reporter, Jake suffers from paranoia – but then, with all that transpires, doesn’t he ultimately have a reason to be paranoid? Jake is an unreliable narrator because the reader can’t be sure if what he’s saying/feeling/doing is because he’s paranoid, under the influence of his pain meds, haunted by his nightmares, or being visited by ghosts (real or imagined). He is mostly operating in a fog, but he also has his moments of clarity, and even brilliance as we come to the big reveal, which surprisingly happens with a fair amount left in the story.

The premise is excellent, the characters are interesting and even intriguing, Hosack’s descriptions are detailed and realistic, and the plot is intricate and full of twists and turns and surprises – all elements that kept me listening. Where I struggled was in the details. There are decisions characters make that don’t ring true (especially for survival situations). There are procedures that seem illogical and unrealistic (and even incorrect – land lines that aren’t digital do not need electricity to work), and there are a lot of deus ex machina solutions and resolutions. YET. . . that story kept my interest piqued.

The narration by author Mark Hosack at times slips into a Rod Serling-ish vibe, but it is performed with passion and real emotional investment. Jake’s fears, paranoia, and anxiety are depicted very well. There is some inconsistency in the voices of other characters (primarily Al, the concierge), but overall, author and narrator Hosack does an admirable job carrying the story and the tension. I did find the pace a little slow at regular speed, but bumping to 1.25x was perfect for me (and probably even adds to the tension ramping up.) An unexpected aspect to the audio book was the inclusion of some sound effects and musical transitions that sometimes work well (especially towards the end of the story) and other times feel awkward.

I listened to The Good Spy Dies Twice while on a road trip, and I have no regrets that I spent my time that way. As is always the case with audio books while driving, the downside is that I can’t retain specific quotes - and there are some good ones - and I don’t have the luxury of being able to flip back pages to do some re-reading to clear-up any confusion. I’ll be looking forward to book two of the Bullseye Series, The Chaos Agent, hopefully coming later this year.

Thank you to Audiobookworm Promotions for providing me a the audio download in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give. This review and more features on Hall Ways blog kristinehallways.blogspot.com
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