American Spy

American Spy

Lauren Wilkinson / Jun 24, 2019

American Spy What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love One woman struggles to choose between her honor and her heart in this enthralling espionage drama set against an unforgettable histor

  • Title: American Spy
  • Author: Lauren Wilkinson
  • ISBN: 0812998952
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love One woman struggles to choose between her honor and her heart in this enthralling espionage drama set against an unforgettable historical backdrop.It s 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI She s brilliant but she s also a young black woman working in What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love One woman struggles to choose between her honor and her heart in this enthralling espionage drama set against an unforgettable historical backdrop.It s 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI She s brilliant but she s also a young black woman working in an old boys club, and her career has stalled out she s overlooked for every high profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork So when she s given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic, revolutionary president of Burkina Faso, whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes Yes, even though she secretly admires the work Thomas is doing for his country Yes, even though she is still grieving the mysterious death of her sister, whose example led Marie to this career path in the first place Yes, even though a furious part of her suspects she s being offered the job because of her appearance and not her talent.In the year that follows, Marie will observe Thomas, seduce him, and ultimately, have a hand in the coup that will bring him down But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American.Inspired by true events Thomas Sankara is known as Africa s Che Guevara this novel knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance This is a face of the Cold War you ve never seen before, and it introduces a powerful new literary voice Get A Copy Kindle Store UKOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 304 pages Expected publication February 12th 2019 by Random House More Details ISBN 0812998952 ISBN13 9780812998955 Other Editions 3 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about American Spy, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Forthcoming Books for 2019 by African Americans 38 books 28 voters Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 13, 2019 Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves diverse lgbtq, fiction, netgalley This is a delightful twist on the spy thriller More to come flag 13 likesLike see review Sep 30, 2018 Michelle rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Revised Review 10 2018 4 StarsThank you to Netgalley and Random House for providing me an advance copy of this book I greatly appreciate the opportunity and below have provided an unbiased review.Marie Mitchell is an FBI agent who while extremely qualified, is consistently passed over for high profile assignments When you work for the FBI in the 1980 s, you re living in a man s world While buried in paperwork, she is left to wonder when her opportunity will come One day, she is approached by Revised Review 10 2018 4 StarsThank you to Netgalley and Random House for providing me an advance copy of this book I greatly appreciate the opportunity and below have provided an unbiased review.Marie Mitchell is an FBI agent who while extremely qualified, is consistently passed over for high profile assignments When you work for the FBI in the 1980 s, you re living in a man s world While buried in paperwork, she is left to wonder when her opportunity will come One day, she is approached by the CIA to take an assignment in West Africa, where she is asked to get close to the young President and help the United States advance their interests over a budding Communist ally, Marie accepts the mission, but unexpectedly falls for her mark and so begins a story of complexity that only a talented author such as Lauren Wilkinson could tell.While things have improved today in some instances and definitely on paper, there still exist the subtle ways women face constant discrimination Whether it be that women are consistently underestimated, second guessed, mansplained to, etc So it doesn t take much stretch of the imagination to put myself in Marie s shoes, trying to push against the current of the good ol boys club, where she outmatches her supervisor and colleagues in intelligence and skill How Marie s strengths and weaknesses are used against her are interesting to watch unfold I enjoyed this book and not only felt that it was very well written and researched, but was unique in its category Having the main character be a black woman and the setting of the story take place outside of Europe or the Soviet Union was a way to set this apart from many other Cold War era spy novels Marie is a complex character who has many flaws, but that only makes her interesting My one criticism, which prevented me from giving the book a higher rating was the ending I don t want to give anything away, but for me it left too many things unresolved flag 7 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Nov 26, 2018 Shawna rated it did not like it DNF 1 3 of the way through I really wanted to like this book, I just couldn t read it.Thank you to Edel Weiss for the advanced copy I now notice that all of the other reviews are just a summary of the story line, and not about the actual book itself I appreciate that the author was trying to do something different she is using a narration where the protagonist is telling a story to her twin boys The problems come in when the story will go on for a few pages, and she is talking to people DNF 1 3 of the way through I really wanted to like this book, I just couldn t read it.Thank you to Edel Weiss for the advanced copy I now notice that all of the other reviews are just a summary of the story line, and not about the actual book itself I appreciate that the author was trying to do something different she is using a narration where the protagonist is telling a story to her twin boys The problems come in when the story will go on for a few pages, and she is talking to people in one story line, then just randomly uses words like you to talk to her children, while she is in the middle of talking in the past to another person I was constantly confused as to if we were in the story, or if she was talking to her children She would interchangeably talk about characters referencing them in different ways Grandma, mom, her real name, it was just a mess It is possible that there is some distinction page breaks, different font, something in the physical book that is not there in the ARC I hope so The story line sounded great, I think it would have been awesome if she would have just told the story, and left out the first 20 pages, and the back and forth timeline flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 23, 2019 Karen rated it really liked it Immersing myself into the world of American Spy was an experience unlike any other It was thrilling from beginning to end I loved the tapestry of words that Lauren Wilkinson created She had me hooked from the beginning with her story of a suburban mom who one night gets attacked in her own home and kills the intruder So begins a story that takes us towards an escape and flashes back to tell the story of Marie Mitchell, an intelligence officer with the FBI She s pulled into an intricate web Immersing myself into the world of American Spy was an experience unlike any other It was thrilling from beginning to end I loved the tapestry of words that Lauren Wilkinson created She had me hooked from the beginning with her story of a suburban mom who one night gets attacked in her own home and kills the intruder So begins a story that takes us towards an escape and flashes back to tell the story of Marie Mitchell, an intelligence officer with the FBI She s pulled into an intricate web that puts her on the path of Thomas Sankara, the charming Communist leader of Burkina Faso I was fascinated by the spy thriller aspect of this story and by the history I glimpsed of Burkina Faso Lauren Wilkinson does such an amazing job in showcasing the thrall of Sankara and why he rallied so many people around him I found myself falling for his ideology and having to pull back and see how easy it would have been to follow his charm You could tell that this book was very well researched The way it paints the United States is a harsh truth that we have all come to realize about this country The way it insidiously makes its way into a country s dynamics and works behind the scenes to shake them The other aspect that were just so brilliantly executed in this novel were its themes on race, identity, misogyny and family dynamics I just couldn t put this book down There were so many times that I fell in love with how Wilkinson tethered words to feelings that seemed to completely resonate with the emotion they were attempting to showcase There was such deep respect for her characters in this novel and the journey we were allowed to visit was one I was incredibly grateful to be a part of I will leave you with a quote from Sankara taken from this amazing book, But it s not enough to discuss things We are the elites We can t just talk about human rights, while we conveniently forget that we condemn thousands of children to die because we couldn t agree on the best policy to help Or in my government, if we can t agree on a pay cut so that a little clinic out in the country could be built Those kinds of choices make us part of the international complicity of men of good conscience Please read this amazing debut from this brilliant writer I can t wait to read of her workThank you to Negalley and Random House Publishing for the free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review Thank you to Lauren Wilkinson for sharing this book with us It is definitely a historical fiction spy thriller at its finest flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 15, 2018 Katelyn rated it really liked it This is a stunning debut novel Marie hears a creak in the middle of the night and is instantly on alert Her sons are asleep down the hallway When the would be killer breaks into her room, she is ready for him Marie has spent much of her FBI training in NYC, a black woman kept away from the table by the boys club that runs the office So she jumps at the chance to go undercover and retrieve information from the charismatic dictator of a small African country Wilkinson s tightly constructed s This is a stunning debut novel Marie hears a creak in the middle of the night and is instantly on alert Her sons are asleep down the hallway When the would be killer breaks into her room, she is ready for him Marie has spent much of her FBI training in NYC, a black woman kept away from the table by the boys club that runs the office So she jumps at the chance to go undercover and retrieve information from the charismatic dictator of a small African country Wilkinson s tightly constructed story is written as a letter from Marie to her twin 4 year old boys, explaining who their father is and why Marie needs to go away for a little while, to settle accounts.This is a powerful novel of growing up as a black girl, motherhood, espionage and politics My favorite chapters were of Marie and her sister growing up and Marie trying to carve out a safe life for her sons The chapters on Thomas Sankara were less interesting to me, although I was interested to know that this story is inspired by true events I m looking forward to seeing what Wilkinson writes next flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 06, 2018 Jo Dervan rated it really liked it This story is based on a historical character, Thomas Sankara, the charismatic leader of the African country of Burkina Faso In 1986 Maria Mitchell, a black female FBI agent was sent to Africa to seduce and assassinate Sankara The story rotates between NYC and Africa and Martinique.Maria is a smart woman who encounters the old boys club when she tries to advance in the NY office of the FBI Her older sister, Helene, had been killed while in the CIA and Maria feels that she wants to continue He This story is based on a historical character, Thomas Sankara, the charismatic leader of the African country of Burkina Faso In 1986 Maria Mitchell, a black female FBI agent was sent to Africa to seduce and assassinate Sankara The story rotates between NYC and Africa and Martinique.Maria is a smart woman who encounters the old boys club when she tries to advance in the NY office of the FBI Her older sister, Helene, had been killed while in the CIA and Maria feels that she wants to continue Helene s legacy So when she is recruited for a job that involves becoming intimate with Sankara in an effort to have him overthrown, Maria accepts it However when Maria meets Sankara, she falls under his spell but eventually is complicit in his death.Maria s loyalties to the USA are tested when she realizes that there are many dishonest things being done under the guise of saving the world from a Communist dictator This book is a first novel from an author who came from a law enforcement family So she gives insight into how the agencies treat black employees and women I enjoyed the book but would have liked character development of the dictator flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 28, 2018 Audrey rated it really liked it Shelves first reads This book is so many things slow burn of a thriller, mystery, family dynamics, loyalty to country, politics and international relations But, mostly, this book is just smart It s smartly plotted and executed with a smart heroine Marie is an FBI agent during the Cold War and, who grew up during the Cuban missile crisis She becomes involved in the US intervention in an African country that has a charismatic leader who has socialist leanings Told in a journal format to her sons, the plot jumps This book is so many things slow burn of a thriller, mystery, family dynamics, loyalty to country, politics and international relations But, mostly, this book is just smart It s smartly plotted and executed with a smart heroine Marie is an FBI agent during the Cold War and, who grew up during the Cuban missile crisis She becomes involved in the US intervention in an African country that has a charismatic leader who has socialist leanings Told in a journal format to her sons, the plot jumps between her history with her sister as well as the events that led to the journal itself I received this arc from the publisher but all opinions are my own flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Paul rated it liked it Delicate and subtle in the telling at times and a rush of violence at others, American Spy is a book with an excellent premise and original character, yet a plot that occasionally stalls.For my full review all my reviews flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 14, 2018 Rachel Ackley Roffman rated it really liked it A federal agent working undercover Secrets and plots and devious acts Twists and turns aplenty Yes, please American Spy was a thrill to read But it was also so different from your run of the mill federal agent, action packed suspense novels American Spy had all of that, but it also had so many thoughtful, heart wrenching elements that made me cry, NO when the book ended I wasn t ready to let go of this story.Set mostly in the 1980 s, Marie is a federal agent running from something The A federal agent working undercover Secrets and plots and devious acts Twists and turns aplenty Yes, please American Spy was a thrill to read But it was also so different from your run of the mill federal agent, action packed suspense novels American Spy had all of that, but it also had so many thoughtful, heart wrenching elements that made me cry, NO when the book ended I wasn t ready to let go of this story.Set mostly in the 1980 s, Marie is a federal agent running from something The book begins with her almost murder, and follows as she escapes with her two young, twin sons to Martinique The story is told in the form of a journal written to the young boys, explaining the path that will eventually take their mother away from them perhaps permanently Marie tells them of her life growing up, of her complicated relationship with her sister, father, and mother, of her path to becoming a federal agent and eventually working with the CIA She tells them how she fell in love with their father the target of her investigation This story is compelling and well written While it doesn t leave you in constant suspense, it does keep pulling you back in Definitely recommend flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Karen Lewis rated it it was amazing One of the most anticipated debuts of 2019, Lauren Wilkinson s AMERICAN SPY plays with a fun notion what if James Bond was a female, black, young, single parent doing her best to live the American Dream that her father and grandfather anticipated Intrepid Marie comes of age during the Cold War and does her best to figure out what it means to serve one s country and one s own sense of justice A big crush on a charismatic African leader and huge doubts about who to trust propel the narrative One of the most anticipated debuts of 2019, Lauren Wilkinson s AMERICAN SPY plays with a fun notion what if James Bond was a female, black, young, single parent doing her best to live the American Dream that her father and grandfather anticipated Intrepid Marie comes of age during the Cold War and does her best to figure out what it means to serve one s country and one s own sense of justice A big crush on a charismatic African leader and huge doubts about who to trust propel the narrative The story takes place in NYC, Martinique, and Burkina Faso Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC The book releases Feb 12, 2019 flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 12, 2019 Heather Fineisen rated it really liked it Centers on the backstory of a black female spy and how she ended up in the present time with a threat to her and her twin boys The book is really strong and well written until the end when action gets lively but the storyline putters This is a debut author to keep an eye on.Copy provided by the Publisher and NetGalley flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 08, 2018 Nicole O rated it liked it Shelves arc, fiction, netgalley I was initially drawn to this book due to its unique plot and strong female protagonist It s a fictional story rooted in historical truths, and so I figured this book had great potential similar to what Marlon James did with A Brief History of Seven Killings Unfortunately, this novel fell short for me The story is told both in flashbacks and to her sons in the form of a letter journal, which presents the author the opportunity to really delve into the character development Instead at the I was initially drawn to this book due to its unique plot and strong female protagonist It s a fictional story rooted in historical truths, and so I figured this book had great potential similar to what Marlon James did with A Brief History of Seven Killings Unfortunately, this novel fell short for me The story is told both in flashbacks and to her sons in the form of a letter journal, which presents the author the opportunity to really delve into the character development Instead at the the end of the book, rather than wondering what the future holds for each of the people introduced within its pages, I was left wanting to know about the inner workings of each of the characters So much could have been done when it came to fleshing out the backgrounds of Marie s sister, mother, and lovers Overall, the strengths in this book lie at the core of the story being told, especially from the perspective of a black woman in a male dominated field during an era of grave social injustices and civil unrest However, this book could have and should have been a lot longer, if only to give the author a chance to flesh out the characters and let their stories be told I m especially upset at the way the novel ended I understand that at times authors want to leave their readers wanting , but it was so anti climactic that I almost wanted to throw my kindle at the wall Regardless, I recognize that this is a debut novel, and despite my gripes with this book, I m looking forward to seeing what else this author has in store flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Joy Clark rated it liked it Shelves 2019, aoc, historical fiction, mystery thriller, reading women 2019 Interesting premise a young female FBI agent is called upon to help overthrough an authoritarian Communist government in Burkina Faso during the late Cold War era There is espionage, yes, but also family drama, rampant narcissism I could write an entire review on these characters psychological disorders , political unrest, and even some albiet relatively short commentary on diversity I did not like second person pieces of the book It is written as a long letter story to the main chara Interesting premise a young female FBI agent is called upon to help overthrough an authoritarian Communist government in Burkina Faso during the late Cold War era There is espionage, yes, but also family drama, rampant narcissism I could write an entire review on these characters psychological disorders , political unrest, and even some albiet relatively short commentary on diversity I did not like second person pieces of the book It is written as a long letter story to the main character s children, and second person, even in small bits, drives me crazy, but I get the author s purpose She was highlightining the main character s love for and desire to protect and care for her children I get that, but it didn t add to my enjoyment of the book It is a slow thriller, so if you are looking for a page turner, this isn t for you If you are looking for a thriller with a bit emotional and literary heft than the typical paperback, pick this one up.Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Jan 15, 2019 The Library Lady rated it it was ok Shelves adult fiction, edelweiss, disappointing books I wanted to love this, but didn t The narration is somehow aggravating, and the back and forth of the story telling was jarring There was too much detail of Marie s early life that really wasn t needed, and yet her sister s fate is just too vague Is the author planning a second novel And what should be the main part of the book where she is out in Bukina Faso as a spy femme fatale whatever just didn t make sense The whole point of it seemed to be her having a single assignation that was eno I wanted to love this, but didn t The narration is somehow aggravating, and the back and forth of the story telling was jarring There was too much detail of Marie s early life that really wasn t needed, and yet her sister s fate is just too vague Is the author planning a second novel And what should be the main part of the book where she is out in Bukina Faso as a spy femme fatale whatever just didn t make sense The whole point of it seemed to be her having a single assignation that was enough to create the twins to whom she is leaving this story And then there is the fact that this story is about a REAL person and REAL events, into which she apparently juxtaposed her character It s doable, but it s not believable.The author had tons of help with this, judging by the thank yous at the end Why didn t someone help her shape this better flag Like see review Jan 25, 2019 Drew rated it really liked it I fell through the first half of this book, just completely compelled to keep reading From the whiz bang opening to the curious narrative structure allowing for bouncing all over the timeline, not to mention a compelling voice and a fascinating injection into history, I was just so completely sold Once Marie gets to Burkina Faso, things falter a bit and there s a rush towards the ending that feels less fleshed out than I d hoped it would be not to mention a move away from the le Carr style I fell through the first half of this book, just completely compelled to keep reading From the whiz bang opening to the curious narrative structure allowing for bouncing all over the timeline, not to mention a compelling voice and a fascinating injection into history, I was just so completely sold Once Marie gets to Burkina Faso, things falter a bit and there s a rush towards the ending that feels less fleshed out than I d hoped it would be not to mention a move away from the le Carr style spy novel and into something a bit dramatic The machinations get in the way as the ending careens forward and while I admire Wilkinson s decision to leave the story where she does, I imagine it might frustrate some That said, I still really loved it, especially the larger double meaning of the title flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019, arc, january What, at first glance, may seem a simple spy thriller turns into something far compelling and satisfying Beyond our protagonist, Marie, a black woman working for the FBI during the 80s, and the settings of Martinique and West Africa, so unusual for a Cold War spy novel, AMERICAN SPY also gives the reader such well thought out and well executed writing a piece of information shared well into the book that, for me, completely changed the book I thought I was reading, and the confidence to g What, at first glance, may seem a simple spy thriller turns into something far compelling and satisfying Beyond our protagonist, Marie, a black woman working for the FBI during the 80s, and the settings of Martinique and West Africa, so unusual for a Cold War spy novel, AMERICAN SPY also gives the reader such well thought out and well executed writing a piece of information shared well into the book that, for me, completely changed the book I thought I was reading, and the confidence to give the reader the ending the book deserves, rather than what we might want Wilkinson is one to watch flag Like see review Emily Requested Jan 29, 2019 06 12PM Stephanie Eeek I hope you like it It s definitely not literary, FYI Jan 30, 2019 10 45PM Jan 17, 2019 Johnjphillipsiv rated it it was amazing I was lucky enough to get my hands on this early The year is young, but it s safe to say that American Spy has secured a spot among my top five reads for 2019 Hopefully we won t have to wait too long for from Wilkinson flag Like see review Jan 21, 2019 Tina Buster rated it it was ok Shelves dnf The narrative style distracts from the story to the point that I gave up on it flag Like see review Dec 07, 2018 Nancy rated it liked it Shelves , fiction I won this in a giveaway.An interesting premise for a spy thriller genre I enjoyed it flag Like see review Jan 21, 2019 Lizanell rated it really liked it A unique spy novel but I had a hard time getting into it which is why I only gave it 4 stars Part 3 was my favorite.Thanks Net Galley and Random House for the advanced reading copy flag Like see review Jan 17, 2019 James Beggarly rated it really liked it A book that reads as a spy novel, but is really an extended examination of one family A really nice read from a new novelist flag Like see review Katerina rated it it was amazing Jan 10, 2019 Mike He rated it really liked it Dec 08, 2018 Snowden Wright rated it it was amazing Jan 01, 2019 Nick rated it it was amazing Dec 07, 2018 Jan 17, 2019 Lauren Wilkinson rated it it was amazing Review from the author 3 likesLike Shirley rated it really liked it Jan 16, 2019 Caroline rated it really liked it Jan 28, 2019 Linda Perlstein rated it liked it Dec 27, 2018 Mary rated it it was amazing Dec 19, 2018 previous 1 2 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Librari Cover Change Request 4 27 Aug 15, 2018 03 30AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

    List of American spies This is a list of spies who engaged in direct espionage It includes Americans spying against their own country and people spying on behalf of America. American Spy Is A Thrilling Debut With No Simple Answers American Spy Is A Thrilling Debut With No Simple Answers Lauren Wilkinson s sharp debut novel about a black woman living a double life as a spy spans three decades and leapfrogs from New York to American Spy A Novel Lauren American Spy is by turns suspenseful, tender, and funny, always smart and searingly honest Lauren Wilkinson renders the world of spies with vivacity and depth, and shines a penetrating light on what it s like to be a black woman in America. American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson is a novel taking place in the last half of the th Century, following an African American FBI officer, recruited by the CIA to undermine an African leader This Book Review American Spy, By Lauren Wilkinson NPR American Spy is a beautifully paced spy thriller as well as a promising debut from a writer who s not content to rely on the settled tropes of any literary genre. American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson review The Washington American Spy is a morally nuanced and atmospheric political thriller The climax of the novel is set in Burkina Faso, which means Land of Incorruptible People, but as Marie s American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson PenguinRandomHouse American Spy is a trenchant commentary on race and gender in America, disguised as a spy thriller Elliott Holt, author of You Are One of Them Lauren Wilkinson navigates the psychic and physical terrain of this tale of divided loyalties with the poise of such classic masters as Eric Ambler and Graham Greene spiked with late twentieth American Spy Suspect Paul Whelan Had Russian State Paul Whelan, , appears at the Moscow City Court following his arrest on charges of spying against Russia. American Spy is a Thriller Like You ve Never Read Before A good spy must be comfortable leading two lives at once Marie Mitchell, the young FBI intelligence officer at the heart of Lauren Wilkinson s thrilling debut novel American Spy, is forced to I Was an American Spy I Was an American Spy I Was An American Spy is a film dramatizing the true story of Claire Phillips, an American of Filipino descent who spied on the Japanese during World War II and was captured, tortured, and sentenced to death before being rescued The film, produced by Allied Artists and directed by Lesley Selander,

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        Lauren Wilkinson earned an MFA in fiction and literary translation from Columbia University, and has taught writing at Columbia and the Fashion Institute of Technology She was a 2013 Center for Fiction Emerging Writer s Fellow, and has also received support from the MacDowell Colony and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program Lauren grew up in New York and lives on the Lower East Side American Sp Lauren Wilkinson earned an MFA in fiction and literary translation from Columbia University, and has taught writing at Columbia and the Fashion Institute of Technology She was a 2013 Center for Fiction Emerging Writer s Fellow, and has also received support from the MacDowell Colony and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program Lauren grew up in New York and lives on the Lower East Side American Spy is her first novel


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    1. Revised Review 10 2018 4 StarsThank you to Netgalley and Random House for providing me an advance copy of this book I greatly appreciate the opportunity and below have provided an unbiased review.Marie Mitchell is an FBI agent who while extremely qualified, is consistently passed over for high profile assignments When you work for the FBI in the 1980 s, you re living in a man s world While buried in paperwork, she is left to wonder when her opportunity will come One day, she is approached by Rev [...]


    2. DNF 1 3 of the way through I really wanted to like this book, I just couldn t read it.Thank you to Edel Weiss for the advanced copy I now notice that all of the other reviews are just a summary of the story line, and not about the actual book itself I appreciate that the author was trying to do something different she is using a narration where the protagonist is telling a story to her twin boys The problems come in when the story will go on for a few pages, and she is talking to people DNF 1 3 [...]


    3. Immersing myself into the world of American Spy was an experience unlike any other It was thrilling from beginning to end I loved the tapestry of words that Lauren Wilkinson created She had me hooked from the beginning with her story of a suburban mom who one night gets attacked in her own home and kills the intruder So begins a story that takes us towards an escape and flashes back to tell the story of Marie Mitchell, an intelligence officer with the FBI She s pulled into an intricate web Immer [...]


    4. This is a stunning debut novel Marie hears a creak in the middle of the night and is instantly on alert Her sons are asleep down the hallway When the would be killer breaks into her room, she is ready for him Marie has spent much of her FBI training in NYC, a black woman kept away from the table by the boys club that runs the office So she jumps at the chance to go undercover and retrieve information from the charismatic dictator of a small African country Wilkinson s tightly constructed s This [...]


    5. This story is based on a historical character, Thomas Sankara, the charismatic leader of the African country of Burkina Faso In 1986 Maria Mitchell, a black female FBI agent was sent to Africa to seduce and assassinate Sankara The story rotates between NYC and Africa and Martinique.Maria is a smart woman who encounters the old boys club when she tries to advance in the NY office of the FBI Her older sister, Helene, had been killed while in the CIA and Maria feels that she wants to continue He Th [...]


    6. This book is so many things slow burn of a thriller, mystery, family dynamics, loyalty to country, politics and international relations But, mostly, this book is just smart It s smartly plotted and executed with a smart heroine Marie is an FBI agent during the Cold War and, who grew up during the Cuban missile crisis She becomes involved in the US intervention in an African country that has a charismatic leader who has socialist leanings Told in a journal format to her sons, the plot jumps This [...]


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