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American Spy: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2019; vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Lauren Wilkinson (Tekijä)

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"American Spy updates the espionage thriller with blazing originality."--Entertainment Weekly "Gutsy . . . challenging boundaries is what brave fiction does."--The New York Times "So much fun . . . Like the best of John le Carré, it's extremely tough to put down."--NPR NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019 (SO FAR) BY TimeEsquire * VultureVogue * Real Simple 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 "Inspired by real events, this espionage thriller ticks all the right boxes, delivering a sexually charged interrogation of both politics and race."--Esquire "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 Prizewinning author of The Sellout… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:American Spy: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Lauren Wilkinson (Tekijä)
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2020), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
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I'm a bit of a sucker for book covers and this one managed to snare my attention as soon as I saw it at my local Waterstones. A spy novel, set during the height of the Cold War and a Barack Obama summer reading pick, whats not to like?


The book follows Marie Mitchell who is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She is very talented, but she has come up against the dual walls of sexism and racism and as a result her career has somewhat stalled. She find herself doing paperwork and menial intelligence work instead of being trusted with higher profile work. Frustrated, she jumps at the chance to work for a task force outside the FBI aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the president of Burkina Faso.


The first chapter starts with a real bang and I thought that I would really enjoy this. Sadly it rapidly went down hill and turned into a plodding, frustrating battle to avoid DNFing it. As the synopsis shows there is loads to work with. Spy intrigue, race, sexual, and world politics. There are also family issues and personal tensions but none of these are satisfactorily brought to a conclusion. I couldn't help but feel that Wilkinson would have been better served to either cut some of these issues or write a longer book to do justice to them. The endorsements on the front cover promise 'A compelling read' and 'Pacy and very exciting' but on both these accounts I have to disagree. It took a lot of effort to not give up during the first part. The second part is better and probably the best part of the book, but then the final part sags once again.

Wilkinson has also used an awkward method of telling the story in that Marie is writing a journal to her children telling them about her life. I found this especially annoying when mixed pronouns for different people at different times and often lead me to having to jump back to she who she was referring to. Coupled with constantly shifting time lines I found it to all be a bit of a mess if I'm honest.

Despite this I don't think it's a complete loss. The world politics angle is interesting, as is the way Marie admires Sankara despite some of his less democratic (in her eyes) actions. The little action there is, is handled pretty well, but there just isn't enough to push the story along when it is needed. I also think it's admirable that Wilkinson has used a protagonist that is black and female in a setting when both were dismissed as not being fit for the job at that time. When I picked this up I kind of expected more of an Lorraine Broughton from Atomic Blonde type character but that probably shows up my own unconscious biases more than anything else. ( )
  Brian. | Mar 8, 2021 |
Marie is an intelligence officer with the FBI. As a young black woman, she isn't taken all that seriously, although she's good at her job. When she is suddenly offered the chance to be part of a task force to gain intelligence on, and undermine, Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary president of the African country Burkina Faso, she takes the opportunity. She has mixed feelings about the job, the Burkina Faso government, and Sankara himself, whom she finds charismatic, brilliant, charming, and magnetic.
The book is written as a letter to her young twin sons, in case she isn't around to tell them her stories later in their lives. In her letter, she wrestles with her thoughts about women, sexism, racism, America's role in the world, her broken family, and more.
Sankara is a real historical figure, though the story is fiction. ( )
  cherybear | Mar 5, 2021 |
I am not well versed with the spy genre and so am mostly unable to situate [b:American Spy|40274582|American Spy|Lauren Wilkinson|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1534064514l/40274582._SY75_.jpg|58241066] within any kind of useful context. I echo other reviews - the story starts quickly and ends slowly and takes its good time getting there. And yet - the few modern thrillers I have read seemed more focused on delivering big Hollywood blockbuster moments than stories told by characters with feelings and goals and aspirations. Marie Mitchell's not as fun as James Bond, but she felt a hell of a lot more real. ( )
  eshaundo | Feb 10, 2021 |
An exploration into the murky boundaries between right and wrong, love and duty, truth and deception. Revenge and reconciliation.
  SimB | Jan 23, 2021 |
An interesting book, interweaving different levels of history with an African-American family in New York, through a mother writing her story for her young boys. I did not know about Thomas Sankara, the African Che. The ending of the book seemed rushed and too simple, but I encourage everyone to read this book. ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
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"American Spy updates the espionage thriller with blazing originality."--Entertainment Weekly "Gutsy . . . challenging boundaries is what brave fiction does."--The New York Times "So much fun . . . Like the best of John le Carré, it's extremely tough to put down."--NPR NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019 (SO FAR) BY TimeEsquire * VultureVogue * Real Simple 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 "Inspired by real events, this espionage thriller ticks all the right boxes, delivering a sexually charged interrogation of both politics and race."--Esquire "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 Prizewinning author of The Sellout

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