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American Spy

A Novel
Lu par : Bahni Turpin
Durée : 10 h et 50 min
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Description

"An expertly written spy thriller...that tackles issues of politics, race and gender... Like the best of John le Carré, it's extremely tough to put down." (NPR)

A book of the month pick by: The Guardian, Refinery29, Well-Read Black Girl

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Lit Hub, HuffPost, Essence, Southern Living, Bustle, CrimeReads 

What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? 

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. 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 Sankara 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 Sankara, 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” - American Spy 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.

Praise for American Spy:

“Echoing the stoic cynicism of Hurston and Ellison, and the verve of Conan Doyle, American Spy lays our complicities - political, racial, and sexual - bare. Packed with unforgettable characters, it’s a stunning book, timely as it is timeless.” (Paul Beatty, Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sellout)

©2019 Lauren Wilkinson (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critiques

“What does it do to a person to work for a country that doesn’t work for her? Lauren Wilkinson’s unforgettable protagonist thrillingly forges her own way through the tangles of patriotism, service, love, and loyalty in this extraordinary novel.” (Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State)

“Like all secret agents, Lauren Wilkinson is a keen observer, capable of gathering real intelligence. 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-century black American intellectual history.” (Kirkus Reviews

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • T. Hassan
  • 16/02/2019

Expected more...

The story was just “ok.” I expected much more from such a rich topic with the potential for excellence. There were many occasions were I got annoyed by the characters and “lag” in the plot development - and just wanted to get fast forward through. Telling the story as if reading from a journal did not manifest as fluidly as I imagine it was in the author’s concept. Bahni Turpin, again, was phenomenal in her narration. Probably the only reason I finished the story. Had it been anyone else, I would’ve stopped and returned the book.

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  • Global
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  • Grace76
  • 19/02/2019

Wow! What a wonderful surprise.

Positively original historical fiction that you will not be able to put down. I'm blown away and will be eagerly awaiting the 2nd installment...please have a 2nd one!!! Oh and Bahni is amazing as always. I'll listen to anything she's reading and to be honest she's the reason I decided to give this a shot. So very happy I did.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Charles Singer
  • 23/02/2019

Where's Waldo

When you find Waldo, maybe you will find the spy story too. Just a story without resolution. Where did those 11 hours go.

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  • Michelle S. White
  • 12/03/2019

John le Carré -- NOT

Whoever compared this book to those of John le Carré had never read him. I found American Spy to be very uneven--the first 3/4 was simplistic and the dialogue juvenile (even when the protagonist talks to her colleagues.) Moreover, the story line is naive, e.g., it's not "embarrassing" to forge one's superior's signature, it's illegal! And the spy was on a first name basis with the president of Burkina Faso in the first 5 minutes of meeting him? Give me a break. There was nothing in the book that would lead you to believe that the protagonist is a good spy. And the ending? There's none. I wasted 10 hours on this book.

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  • TSwingle
  • 07/03/2019

Unreal bore

This book is a real bore and sleeper.
Too much monotony and endless jabber.
Dead read.