Jake Boxer, investigative journalist and host of the conspiratorial news show Bullseye, is in serious trouble. Not only is his soundman murdered by Russian intelligence agents while reporting on a secretive New World Order, but his network cancels his show, leaving Jake humiliated and spiraling into a deep dark depression.
Years later, a condemned murderer, who claims he was abandoned by the CIA, and who starred in an early episode of Bullseye, is finally executed for killing two supposed Soviet spies back in the 1970s. Jake Boxer, still trying to piece his life back together, is on his honeymoon in a posh ski resort in the Alaskan mountains when he gets word of the inmate's execution...and the old killer's final words: "The good spy dies twice".
Those five words, seemingly meant for Jake, draw the ex-reporter out of his forced retirement and into a complex and deadly global conspiracy involving his newlywed wife, the secretive New World Order, and the hotel's 100 or so guests.
Everyone is a suspect.
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The Good Spy Dies Twice is an action-packed, psychological thriller that never lets up. Jack Boxer is a newlywed, ex-investigative journalist and ex-host of Bullseye as well as a man tortured by the death of his sound man. Add in the Cold War, double agents, a lost painting and greed to complete the psychological thrill and mystery of this book.
Recovering from a nervous breakdown, Jack comes face to face with espionage and the New World Order in Alaska at an isolated ski resort. Having lost his sound man to the New World Order and espionage, Jack is taken by surprise when he discovers his new wife is neck-deep in spying where she texts him the same words as a recently executed killer. Jack discovers that Claire (his wife) is writing an earth shattering news story that is Bullseye worthy.
Trapped in a closed resort facing starvation, starving wolves and members of the New World Order, Jack is left to save the day. Can he get those few left with him to a safe place before the bomb arrives or will they all meet the same fate as his sound man? Recovering from a near death experience and crippled with a broken back, Jack pushes forward to tell the world.
Mark Hosack creates a world where the Cold War still exists and there are mind-blowing twists and turns in this thriller that keeps the listener mesmerized. The Good Spy Dies Twice is a well-written plot with characters that are developed in a realistic way. The situations that Jack finds himself are realistic as well. Hosack describes the helplessness of Jack not being able to find Claire to the possibility of being wolf food in a vivid and detailed style. Hosack does an excellent job of tying everything together and in growing Jack into a character that connects to the listeners.
The narrator, also the author Mark Hosack does his novel justice as the listener is treated to a passionate performance and the smooth flow of a narrator connecting to the story. He speaks clearly and concisely. His passion, excitement, doubt, fear, pain and more are portrayed in a riveting performance.
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While this story kept me riveted and entertained I can certainly understand why some may find it tedious. Most of all you should know it's good enough for me to purchase the coming sequel.
For all it's good aspects there are several glaring flaws. The author is a good narrator, but he and the producer made the huge mistake of using sound effects and music introducing every chapter. It not only is distracting, but it takes away from an otherwise good performance. If the story is good, it needs nothing but a good narrator.
The second is not a flaw at all. Our hero is a former investigative journalist and star of a once popular show entitled Bullseye. He is now disgraced, having fallen victim to paranoia. This paranoia is a continuous thread that permeates his thought process. It is as exhausting to read about as it is to actually live through.
My last criticism is that the author does a poor job of explaining who the villain is and especially revealing his demise.
In the end it is indeed an excellent mystery, worthy of your time.
As an avid listener to audiobooks, it was really refreshing to have the narration accompanied by real foreign accents and background sounds really putting you in the environment. An added plus is the author actually performing the narration, who else knows how the spy tale mixed with Indiana Jones adventure should be told.
In Mark Hosack's audio version of his thriller The Good Spy Dies Twice, he reads with an animatedly alluring baritone of a voice that draws the listener into the story, oftentimes making the listener not want to take pause between chapters. Suspenseful music punctuates the book's opening sequences, lending the feel of a '40s style radio play.
In 43 juicy, action-filled chapters, TGSDT is replete with action, sass, red herrings and at times, raunch that keeps the reader engaged in the plot's multitude of intricacies. I often found myself forwarding through chapters to find out what happens next in this chilling whodunit that takes place mainly in a ski resort town that houses a mysterious painting that is central to the novel.
This tale of espionage and love recounts hero Jake Boxer's quest to decipher a cryptic text message from his newly betrothed wife. All this amidst a politically-themed backdrop involving a possibly murdered friend, Russians, drones and a mine.
Hosack has a natural gift for writing and oral narration that is entertaining and packed with punch, both metaphorical and literal punch. For an all-around depthful and edge-of-your-seat piece of work, look no further than The Good Spy Dies Twice. Great for anyone who appreciates a good mystery thriller, listen to this book on long drives or to unwind at the end of your work day or work week for some suspenseful escapism. You won't regret it!
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The Good Spy Dies Twice was a riveting spy novel, perfect for the conspiracy theorists. I was hook on page one. The author weaves a fantastic tale of global espionage. Every one has a secret and no one is whom they appear in this story I was glued to the story and shocked by the outcome.
My favorite character was the MC, Jake Boxer. He is like a dog with a bone when he gets on the trail of a story. Pure genius!
I have not listened to any other of Mark Hosack's performances but I am definitely adding him to my list. Mark did a wonderful job with narrating the story. The added sound effects and music interludes at the being of each chapter was a unique aspect and set the tone of the chapter.
I look forward to reading and listening to other books by Mark Hosack.
Authors voice is so engaging and leaves you wanting more of his books on tape. A wonderful thriller with twists and turns you didn't see coming. As a fan of Mark Hosack's books I was prepared for twists and still didn't see them coming.
Mark's voice is perfect for this on edge thrill seeker, deep voice keeps you alert.
I wish, with kids and a full time job, I couldn't make this happen, but I would have likes to.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Mark Hosack. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Jack Boxer is recovering from a nervous break down after being publicly humiliated during the last episode of this TV show Bullseye. In that episode Jack mentioned a Russian conspiracy related to the New World Order to be behind the death of his soundman during a trip to Russia in which he was expected to record a mysterious hum. Years later, Jack still with no future prospects, marries Claire, a travel journalist, and they decide to spend their honeymoon in a small resort in Alaska, where she is supposed to write an article about extreme honeymoons. Things seem to get complicated when the old conspiracy resurfaces and Claire seems to be secretly investigating it.
'The Good Spy Dies Twice' is a thriller in which the Cold War is still a reality, where everyone is not what they seem, and where even your wife is holding secrets from you. It is a 10+ hours book but it caught my attention from the start. The mystery, the intrigue, kept me listening without being able to stop. It is also a psychological thirller in which sometimes we do not know whether Jack is right or he is losing his mind. Jack is a broken man, and his thoughts and conspiracy teories will keep us on edge, trying to discern whether there is a real danger and whether it is related to the death of his soundman.
I was at first quite annoyed at Claire's behavior, as I suppose Jake was feeling, but it all made sense afterwards. I would like to point out that the intrigue was wonderfully built and executed, but not all the questions were answered. It could be that some were left for future books (I hope so).
The book is narrated by Mark Hosack himself. I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised at how well he narrated this book, even though this seems to be his first narrating job. He transmitted all the emotions of the characters and did a wonderful performance.
After having finished this book Hosack has left me hungry for more. His writing style coupled with his narrating skills made this book irresistible.
Judging by the cover, I thought this book was going to be a cheesy spy story but thought I would give it a chance. I found myself sucked into the story and narration from the very beginning. It is a face paced thriller with many unpredictable and entertaining twists and turns. The farther you read the more twists and turns show up. It leaves you thinking that anyone can be the suspect. Fantastic writing that keeps you guessing throughout while pulling you to the end where you will then wonder how you didn’t figure it out sooner. It takes a good writer to not have me figuring everything out before the final page and this one definitely kept me guessing. The plot is original and leads to an exhilarating ending that I was not expecting.
As a fairly new listener to audio books, it was really fascinating to have the narration accompanied by real foreign accents and the background sounds really put you in the environment. The added sound effects and music interludes at the beginning of each chapter was an added unique aspect and definitely helped in setting the tone of the chapters. This is one of the first audio books that I have enjoyed listening to. I didn’t realize until half way through that he writer was also the narrator. You can hear the passion in his performance with the concise and clear speech while adding depth to the story. He really brought his characters to life.
Overall this book was a suspenseful action packed thriller. This was the first book by Mark Hosack that I have had the pleasure to read and listen to. I recommend this book to anyone that is enjoys a thrilling suspense read. If you want an added bonus, definitely get the audiobook.
I loved the setting, the characterization, the suspense - everything!
I don't want to spoil anything!
Sometimes, when an author performs their own book, it feels like a vanity project. Not so in this case - Mark Hosack really brings his characters to life!
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