The Price of Honor Book Review
|Title:||The Price of Honor|
|Published:||2014, Outskirts Press|
|No. of Pages:||235|
|Cover Price:||$15.95 Paperback, $25.00 Hardcover, $7.99 Kindle|
Set in the 1980s during the Cold War, Danny Odato's novel, The Price of Honor tells the story of James Coville (CIA), who has infiltrated the Soviet system and goes by the name of Adam Novakov and poses as a clerk. He falls in love with Natalya Novakova, who is actually KGB, but keeps this secret from Adam. Adam and Natalya marry, and because they are on different sides, there are a series of dangerous incidents for both. One of the biggest conflicts, besides Adam carrying covert operations against the Soviets, is the fact that Natalya is extremely loyal to her country and employer. She expects Adam to feel the same, and he has to play the part to keep her happy.
Odato has written an interesting novel with plenty of twists and turns. Readers will get the feeling that they are living in the 80s and experiencing what went on behind the scenes at that time. Readers will also experience what it must have been like to be a spy at that time, and the price that spies are expected to pay for their country. Although the story and Soviet scenarios seem true to life, most readers were not privy to actual happenings, since the government kept things a secret, and it is unknown just how much is made up and how much the facts are woven into the plot.
All in all, this is an appealing novel, and is a fast read; Odato's books are fairly short, and most can be read in just a few hours. That is not to say there is anything wrong with that; he is a great storyteller, and doesn't waste time on too many words. The Russian names can be a little difficult to keep track of, and there are several acronyms that are either not explained or are difficult. Most of us have no idea what being a spy entails, so this book is not only a good thriller, but informative as well.
Special thanks to Danny Odato for supplying a review copy of this book for a fair and honest review.
This book may be purchased at Amazon: The Price of Honor: The Life of a Spy (Paperback)
The Price of Honor: The Life of a Spy (Hardcover)
The Price of Honor: The Life of a Spy (Kindle Edition)
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