Saturday, May 27, 2023

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Dead Drop by M.P. Woodward


International nuclear negotiations turns allies into enemies in this electrifying thriller from the author of The Handler.

Nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran have reached a crisis point. The new American administration is determined to move ahead, but there are several stumbling blocks, not the least of which is Lieutenant Colonel Kasem Khalidi, the Iranian intelligence officer the CIA has hidden away in one of its safe houses. 

As always, John and Meredith Dale are caught in the middle. Mossad—the Israeli intelligence agency—wants Meredith's help to find the lead Iranian rocket scientist; while John is in a desperate race to keep Kasem one step ahead of an Iranian hit squad. 

They are pawns in an international chess game, and any player knows you cannot capture the king without sacrificing some pawns.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

It's been a bit since I read a spy thriller, and now I'm wondering why I got away from the genre. Needless to say, I haven't read the first Handler book, but now that I've met these characters, I want to know more about them. That doesn't mean this one can't be read as a standalone. As far as I'm concerned, it works well as a standalone - at least, I didn't feel like I was lost at any point. The story is fast-paced, and the writing draws you in and holds on tight. It's the kind of book that makes you want to read just one more chapter before going to sleep, then you find that you've been up long past bedtime reading another and another chapter because you're hooked. There's plenty of intrigue to keep you guessing, and M.P. Woodward is certainly worth checking out. I've thoroughly enjoyed this one and the only thing left is to read the debut that started it all and introduced these terrific characters. If you like a good spy thriller, this one should definitely make your TBR. 

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