American Spy

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 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 an...

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Title:American Spy
Author:Lauren Wilkinson
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:American Spy
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

American Spy Reviews

  • Nadine Jones
    Feb 27, 2019
    While her gift for secrecy put distance between us, it also taught me the value of intelligence: I learned that a secret is power, that power in application is force, that force is strength, and strength advantage. This was amazing! Ten stars!! Framed as a mother's (very long) ...
  • Jessica Jeffers
    Jan 13, 2019
    This is a delightful twist on the spy thriller. More to come. ...
  • Sara
    Feb 25, 2019
    I really like the way Marie thinks, how she tries to take care of herself. She's working through her past traumas and she's always analyzing people and their motivations. Obviously I love the intersectionality of her experience as a Black woman FBI agent, how she was always up against ...
  • Paige Shelton
    Apr 11, 2019
    I will give any spy book a shot - however, I'm usually disappointed and put most of them back down quickly. Not this one. Really liked the way it was written. ...
  • Julie Christine
    Apr 02, 2019
    After fending off an attempted assassination, former FBI agent Marie Mitchell flees with her young twin sons to the Caribbean island of Martinique, where her mother lives. She begins a letter to her boys, "I'm writing this to give you honest answers to the questions I hazard to guess y...
  • Katelyn
    Nov 15, 2018
    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 ...
  • Emily
    Feb 20, 2019
    A reinvention of the Cold War spy novel that is marred by a stilted narrative voice. In the 1980s, an African-American woman becomes involved in a complicated scheme to promote the interests of American-style democracy in Africa. Only too late does she realize who and what she's really...
  • Shawna
    Nov 26, 2018
    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 a...
  • Jill
    Mar 09, 2019
    There are many spy novels out there but the best are novels that capture the CIA?s nation destabilization efforts in a compelling and eye-opening new way. Kudos, then, to Lauren Wilkinson, whose protagonist is Marie Mitchell, a black woman whose parents are a Harlem-born cop and a...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    Feb 23, 2019
    What initially attracted me to this book were two things?the artful, vibrant cover and the title. I?m not a fan of genre spy novels like Bourne Identity, but prefer when the spy content is linked to something deeper and more thematic, such as in Mailer?s HARLOT?S GHOST, DeLillo...
  • Aimee Dars
    Mar 06, 2019
    American Spy is an espionage novel that transcends genre. Marie Mitchell, an FBI agent working in the late 1980s who was seconded to the CIA to help undermine the administration of popular communist prime minister of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara. After an assassin almost completes ...
  • Sydney
    Feb 19, 2019
    This book felt like a missed opportunity. It was such an interesting premise, I went into it with high hopes. Then it committed the fatal error of being boring. The framework of the book--the way the narrator is telling the story in a journal for her sons--didn't work for me. The writi...
  • Vivian
    Apr 29, 2019
    This has the worst opening paragraph: first person point of view that manages to make what should be a tension-filled moment into a myopic moment of tedium. I unlocked the safe beneath my desk, grabbed my old service automatic, and crept toward my bedroom doorway, stealthy until I was ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Apr 19, 2019
    3.5 stars. As promised, this is a spy novel driven less by plot and more by character. It's unique and interesting and I want so many more books like it in the world. For this specific story and me, we didn't quite see eye to eye because I wanted *more* character. I wanted to get de...
  • Michelle
    Sep 30, 2018
    Revised Review 10/2018: 4 Stars Thank 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...
  • Heather Fineisen
    Jan 12, 2019
    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 ...
  • Jiny S
    Mar 08, 2019
    This is best story I?ve ever read that gives black women a voice as a marginalized minority in society. It is also one of the best spy books on my shelves. The storytelling is coherent, cognoscible, and not to mention heartpoundingly intense. Throughout the narration, political...
  • Jan
    Mar 14, 2019
    A different kind of spy story?light on suspense, thanks in part to a choppy timeline, but with an interesting story of an African-American woman coming to terms with her family background and her career choices. Not everything works, but this debut novel shows an author worth watchin...
  • Katie
    Mar 03, 2019
    I was enamored by the cover of this book. It is so lovely, and that's what drew me into this book. That, and I was intrigued by a spy book written by a woman of color. But what I forgot is I have no interest in political or spy stories. I wasn't sure if it was just because the book jac...
  • Taryn Pierson
    May 10, 2019
    I?ve never gotten into spy novels because I don?t really want more alpha white male energy in my life, but THIS spy novel is about a black woman working undercover in the 1980s! Now that I can get behind. Marie is sent to Burkina Faso to undermine the Communist leader Thomas Sankar...
  • Karen (idleutopia_reads)
    Jan 23, 2019
    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 ...
  • Shelley Gibbs
    Mar 18, 2019
    Slow burn, character driven, spy thriller. It was a little stop & start with respect to the suspense (in stark contrast to the breakneck beginning), perhaps because of the structure - flashbacks over a couple of different time periods, interspersed with a present day letter/journal...
  • Katie.dorny
    Apr 16, 2019
    This was a 3.5/4 star read for me. I can?t believe it?s not on others people?s radar! I really enjoyed meeting Marie and getting inside her mind. We travel with her through childhood, her adolescence and everything that shape her into her current federal agent she is. Moreover...
  • Karin
    Mar 07, 2019
    I had to binge-read this book when someone else put a hold on it, and I'm grateful for that. I absolutely loved this book. This is a character-driven story of a woman in the FBI, starting out when she escapes an intruder in her home and flees to her mother's home in Martinique with her...
  • Sarah
    Feb 12, 2019
    DNF at 20%. I wanted to love this--the blurb sounds amazing--but I was too bored by the time I quit to have patience to get to the actual story. There was too much time spent on the main character's childhood and early life, and no real plot had yet emerged. I DNF ruthlessly and us...
  • Books on Stereo
    Feb 23, 2019
    A mid-tier spy narrative that quickly loses steam after its neck-breaking opening sequence. ...
  • Kay
    Apr 24, 2019
    I feel like I was sold a 6 for a 9. This book has been marketed as a thriller/mystery. It's not. It's closer to historical fiction and I definitely feel that the marketing influenced my final opinion. The story feels like a diary entry, which it kinda is, but this is no something I...
  • Read By RodKelly
    Mar 14, 2019
    Solid 3.5 There are great things here: a complex protagonist who's a black FBI agent embroiled in a case that becomes more dangerous and violent as time passes. The author explores how sexism affects the main character her at the work place, and also delves into the complicated expe...
  • Nicole O
    Dec 08, 2018
    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...
  • Rachel | mrs.bennett.reads
    Mar 19, 2019
    I'll start by saying that this book wasn't great. I wanted it to be, but it was not. However, it gets 3 stars for me for some really refreshing originality. One of the reasons I was so excited to pick this book up in the first place is the unique premise. It's the 1980s, and Marie ...