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:292 pages pages

American Spy Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Aug 03, 2019
    This is the last of the Camp TOB books for the Tournament of Books and I thought it was pretty good. It is largely set in Burkina Faso and Martinique, two countries I have not yet had the chance to read books from, and I always enjoy learning more about places. Despite the alternating ...
  • 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. ...
  • Rincey
    Aug 05, 2019
    3.5 stars ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Amanda
    Aug 18, 2019
    I really enjoyed this twist on the typical spy novel. I loved Marie and her story. I didn?t really know much about the actual history so I I had to do some googling. Well written and engaging. Definitely recommend. ...
  • 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...
  • Lulu
    Jun 06, 2019
    Misleading synopsis, but the story we did get was pretty good. Not the action packed thriller I was expecting. More of a memoir. ...
  • 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...
  • Lata
    Oct 02, 2019
    I enjoyed this a lot. Part spy story, but also so much more, with essentially a giant letter to main character Marie?s sons framing this story. This book has so much going on in it, as Marie describes different periods of her past to her sons, explaining how she got to where she di...
  • 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 ...
  • Alison Hardtmann
    Jun 20, 2019
    Marie is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She's brilliant, knowledgeable and dedicated. But it's 1986 and Marie is a young black woman, so the FBI doesn't know what to do with her, leaving her to fill out paperwork and cultivate assets she'll never be allowed to use. She's see...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Katie Long
    Sep 26, 2019
    Set during the Cold War while the US was engaging in troubling covert operations to stop the spread of Communism in West Africa. The description (and of course the title) makes it sound like a spy thriller, and to a certain extent that?s what it is, but that was the least interesting...
  • 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 ...
  • Dean the Bibliophage
    Jul 11, 2019
    The synopsis for American Spy ignites the espionage thriller neurons in your brain and forces you to excitedly purchase Lauren Wilkinson?s novel of a black female intelligence officer during the Cold War, a well researched work of fiction inspired by true events. As the blurb summari...