Life has never been better for Mark Sava, the former CIA station chief of Azerbaijan. He’s recently married, has a newborn daughter, and the launch of his spies-for-hire business in Central Asia has been a great success. Then he gets a call from the US Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia–one his employees, seventy-two-year-old Larry Bowlan, has died of a heart attack.
Bowlan was also Sava’s first boss at the CIA, so Sava feels a responsibility to personally recover the remains of his friend. He hops on a flight to Tbilisi, visits the hotel room in which Bowlan died, and is shocked when he discovers an oil painting that depicts a woman he knows all too well…
So begins four of the most violent and blisteringly personal days of Sava’s life as he struggles to protect his future, and the future of a country he loves, by fighting demons from his past.
One of my favourite spy authors, actually, one of my favourite authors full stop, was kind enough to send me an ARC of his latest book: Death of a Spy. This is the fourth in the Mark Sava series and we continue on from the last book, Spy for Hire.
Mark and Daria have settled down, or have they?
I did wonder what the title meant, who was it that died or going to die, I didn´t have to wait long for the answer and from then on it is full on action and nicely paced thrills. The writing is brilliant, I have seen the author get better through his books, these are modern spy books, in the Azerbeijan, Nakhchivan, Georgia area, with superb descriptions and details of the area which I found fascinating and it brings it alive. The relationship with Daria is great, but I would have liked to have seen a little more of her in this book.
“We are not so young any more Sava, perhaps you should stay with me in the van”
On the website danmayland.com there are photographs which give a perspective of all the places visited.
This book sees some of the past of Mark Sava, we learn a little more about him and his background. Although this is the 4th in the series, it can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend starting reading from the beginning.
The title and the cover are just brilliant, automatically drawing you in.
Dan Mayland is the author of The Colonel’s Mistake, The Leveling, and Spy For Hire, the first three novels in the Mark Sava spy-thriller series. The novels are set in and around Iran and the greater Caspian region, a volatile corner of the world that Mayland has studied extensively. Click on this photo link for more information about his travels to the region. Some of Mayland’s thoughts on contemporary Iranian politics can be found here. Sign this guestbook to receive email updates about his books.
Before starting the Sava series, Mayland graduated from Dartmouth College and founded Mayland Real Estate. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.
Death of a Spy by Dan Mayland
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• Print Length: 334 pages
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• Language: English
• ASIN: B00N2ZXB74