The Billion Dollar Spy by David E. Hoffman Book Review

What’s up readers? It’s the 7th day of Blogtober! If you don’t know what Blogtober is, it is a series I am conducting that starts from the first of October where in I post on my blog eveyday until Halloween. 🎃📚🌟📖🍁🎃

Today’s book review is The Billion Dollar Spy by David E. Hoffman. I hope you enjoy! 😄

Synopsis

It was at the height of the Cold War and a dangerous time to be stationed in the Soviet Union. One evening, while the chief of the CIA’s Moscow station was filling his gas tank, a stranger approached and dropped a note into the car. The chief, suspicious of a KGB trap, ignored the overture. But the stranger had made up his mind. His attempts to establish contact with the CIA would be rebuffed four times before he thrust upon them an envelope with contents that stunned U.S. intelligence. In the years that followed, that man, Adolf Tolkachev, became one of the most valuable spies ever for the United States. But these activities posted an enormous personal threat to Tolkachev and his American handlers. They had clandestine meetings in parks and on street corners, and used spy cameras, props, and private codes, eluding the ever-present KGB in it’s own backyard – until a shocking betrayal put them at risk.

My Thoughts


I was walking in the aisle of the bookstore with a pile of books I’ve chosen for my fall TBR and I was looking if there are any more books that would interest me for a fall read. 


Particularly looking for dark-colored covers and along the lines of mystery and thriller,  The Billion Dollar Spy caught my attention. Not only because of its black cover but also because it is a novel about a spy. I have to admit, the words “Billion” and “Dollar” in the title intrigued me when I first laid eyes on this book in addition to the word “Spy” that made my hand immediately grab it.

Hoffman did a great job with keeping his title short, simple and catchy. I also like the cover design created by Henry Steadman with its simplicity and depth.

Deeply engrossing and skillfully written, this is a must-read for those interested in Cold War and espionage. With betrayal from both sides of the party fueled with vengeance, it makes you think twice or thrice about your trust with the people around you. 

It was an eye-opening read for me since I’ve  never read a book about espionage before let alone based on a true story and I’m not a fan of history no thanks to the boring history classes I had at school.

I learned so much with just this one book like the Jack-in-the-Box, the brush pass, the dead drop, L-pill, parole, etc. and it cast a whole new light on my view of what being a spy is like in real life as compared to the cartoons I’ve seen like Totally Spies when I was younger.

I’m so glad I picked this book up because although there were a lot of terms that were unfamiliar to me and I had to pause every once in a while to use a dictionary, it was worth the read. Definitely worth the read.

 A true story paced like a thriller, it kept me in suspense with every page turned. It’s almost as if reading a spy fiction. 

Don’t miss out an episode of Blogtober! 😄

Blogtober Day 1: October Book Releases

Blogtober Day 2: Ask Me Anything

Blogtober Day 3: Q and A with Flexi 

Blogtober Day 4: Book Haul 3

Blogtober Day 5: September 2017 Book Wrap Up

Blogtober Day 6: Books to Read This Fall 2017

Did you enjoy this post? Want more posts like this? If you do, you can click on the follow button to be notified everytime I write a new post. 😄

Also, I’m doing an Instober (Instagram version of Blogtober) so if  you’re interested, you can follow me on Instagram @flexireads. See you there!

Thank you for reading and cheers to more books! 🍷📚💕😄

Love,


Flexi

広告

Books to Read This Fall 2017

What’s up readers? It’s the 6th day of Blogtober! If you don’t know what Blogtober is, it is a series I am conducting that starts from the first of October where in I post on my blog eveyday until Halloween. 😄📚🌟🍁🍃🍂

No idea what books to read this fall? Then you’ve come to the right place. Grab a coffe or tea or whatever you fancy to drink while reading and whithout further ado, here are books to read this fall of 2017.

1. Warcross by Marie Lu

Publication Date: September 12, 2017

Synopsis:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game— it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships— only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation. Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem… and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.



2. The House at 758 by Kathryn Berla

Publication Date: October 17, 2017

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Krista is still grieving the death of her mother when her father’s new girlfriend moves into their home. Distancing herself from everyone around her, Krista spends all of her time watching a mysterious house, the house at 758. It isn’t until her grandfather makes a surprise visit from Venezuela that Krista is finally able to confront her grief and begin to let things go.



3. All Things New by Lauren Miller

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Jessa Gray has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn’t help, the anxiety meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and noticeable scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumble— now she looks as shattered as she feels. Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, but things go from bad to worse when she realizes she’s seeing bruises and scars on the people around her that no one else can see. She blames it on the accident, but as her body heals and the hallucinations continue, Jessa wonders if what she’s seeing could somehow have a deeper meaning. In her quest for answers, she falls for Marshall, a boy with a heart defect whose kindness and generous spirit slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world— a place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.

I wrote a book review of All Things New here.



4. All Right Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

 Publication Date: August 29, 2017

Synopsis:

In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.


5. The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

Publication Date: October 17, 2017

Synopsis:

Ryan, Harley and Miles aren’t friends, they’re just three guys with the same best friend: Isaac. When Isaac dies, they’re thrown. Told in three parts, The Sidekicks is the story of three teen boys dealing with their grief over the death of their best friend, and the impact his loss has on each of their lives.



6. The Gatekeepers by Jen Lancaster

Publication Date: September 19, 2017

Synopsis:

A seemingly perfect small town that is rocked when one student’s suicide becomes a suicide cluster and students form a watchdog group called the Gatekeepers— named for the patrolman on the Golden Gate Bridge who prevented more than two hundred suicides— to prevent more tragedy.



7. Solo by Kwame Alexander

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Synopsis:

Solo tells the story of seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison, whose life is bombarded with scathing tabloids and a father struggling with just about every addiction under the sun— including a desperate desire to make a comeback. Haunted by memories of his mother and his family’s ruin, Blade’s only hope is in the forbidden love of his girlfriend. But when he discovers a deeply protected family secret, Blade sets out on a journey across the globe that will change everything he thought to be true.


More Blogtober: 

Blogtober Day 1: October Book Releases

Blogtober Day 2: Ask Me Anything 

Blogtober Day 3: Q and A with Flexi Reads 

Blogtober Day 4: Book Haul 3 

Blogtober Day 5: September 2017 Book Wrap Up


Do you want more posts like this? You can click on the follow button to be notified everytime I write a new post. 😄

I have a bookstagram account where I post photos of books and I’m doing a Instober so if you’re interested you can follow me on Instagram @flexireads. 📷📚💕

Thank you for reading and cheers to more books! 🍷📚💕😄

Happy reading, 


Flexi

September 2017 Book Wrap Up

What’s up readers? It’s the 5th day of Blogtober! If you don’t know what Blogtober is, it is a series I am conducting that starts from the first of October where in I post on my blog eveyday until Halloween. Today, I’m gonna share to you the books I’ve finished reading this September! 😄📚🌟🍁


1.
続星守る犬 by 村上たかし (Zokuhoshi Mamoru Inu by Takashi Murakami)

🌟🌟🌟 (3 stars) First is Zokuhoshi Mamoru Inu. I borrowed this from the library at school and I picked it up because of its cover. It’s so cute with all the cherry blossoms and a cute dog. It’s in mangga form and I like the story but it just didn’t meet my expectations so I give it 3 stars. I shouldn’t have expected that much.
2. ナルニア国物語: ライオンと魔女、訳: 間所ひさこ (Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe translated by Hisako 

🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars) I got this from Book Off for only ¥108. The Chronicles of Narnia is my favorite series growing up. This is the translated version of Narnia: The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe and I picked this up because I thought it would be fun reading a translated version of one of my favorite books. I really enjoyed it but I like the original one better than the translated so I give it 4 stars.


3. House of Chaos by Sarai Henderson

🌟🌟🌟 (3 stars) I received an ARC of House of Chaos via NetGalley. Overall I think it is a very interesting book and a unique way of telling a story. I like the setting and the characters are great but the only problem I have with this is the antagonist because I don’t find him that powerful when they were fighting with the protagonist. It would have been better if the antagonist was a little bit stronger.



4. Beginning French by les Américains

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (5 stars) Another ARC I received via NetGalley. It’s a travel memoir and what I like most about this book is that it’s set in France. Another feature I like about Beginning French is that at the back there is a Glossary of French words being used throughout the book so you can learn French vocabulary while enjoying reading. It’s great for those who are learning French or even those who are not. I give it 5 stars because I loved everything about this book. From the setting to the character to how the story is told. I think it’s a magnificent story that deserves to be read by many. I wrote a book review of Beginning French so if you’re interested, it’s here. After I reviewed their book, they e-mailed me asking if I would like to receive a signed copy of their book and I said yes so they sent me their book. I’m so happy to have a signed printed copy of one of my favorite books of the year! 😄

5. Buzz Books 2017 YA Fall/Winter

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (5 stars) This is another ARC that I received via NetGalley and I like most (not all) of the books being featured in this book. Books within a book. Cool. It contains 1 or 2 chapters of each featured book. It’s nice that you get to read a chapter or two to get the feel of the book and the writing style of the author before buying a book instead of just the blurb and summary to decide.


6. ドラえもん 第一巻 (Doraemon)

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟(5 stars) Next is Doraemon, which I borrowed from the school library. It’s also in mangga form same with ZokuHoshi Mamoru Inu and I enjoyed it. I used to watch Doraemon on tv when I was younger and it’s nice to read it as mangga. If you know Doraemon, comment down below. 👇☺
7. The Billion Dollar Spy by David E. Hoffman

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (5 stars) This is one of the books that I got from Book Off when I was shopping for Fall Reads. This is a true story of espionage during Cold War and I really enjoyed reading this. A true story paced like a thriller, it kept me in suspense with every page turned. Deeply engrossing and skillfully written, this is a must-read for those interested in Cold War and espionage. I will be writting a review of this book so I’m excited for that. Overall, I give it 5 stars.
8. Edgar and Ellen: Under Town by Charles Ogden

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (5 stars) The last book for September is Edgar and Ellen: Under Town by Charles Ogden is another one of the books I got for my Fall Reading. I think it’s a perfect book for Halloween because of the theme and the cover of the book is freakin’ awesome! It’s a story about two mischievous kids which means trouble. If you’re a fan of The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch and A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, I highly recommend this book.


More of Blogtober:

Blogtober Day 1: October Book Releases
Blogtober Day 2: Ask Me Anything 
Blogtober Day 3: Q and A with Flexi Reads
Blogtober Day 4: Book Haul 3

Do you want more posts like this? You can click on the follow button to be notified everytime I write a new post. 😄

Also, I’m doing an Instober (Instagram version of Blogtober) so if you’re interested, you can follow me on Instagram @flexireads.  See you there! 😉📷📚💕

Thank you for reading and cheers to more books! 🍷📚💕😄
Love,


Flexi

Book Haul 3

What’s up readers? It’s the 4th day of Blogtober and today I’m going to do a book haul in video form. I hope you enjoy it!😄🍁📖🍃📚🍂

Do you want more posts like this? You can click on the follow button to be notified everytime I write a new post. 😄

Also, I’m doing an Instober at Instagram so if you’re interested, you can follow me on Instagram @flexireads. 📷📚💕

Thank you for reading and cheers to more books! 🍷📚💕😄

Love,


Flexi

Q and A with Flexi Reads

What’s up readers? It’s the 3rd day of Blogtober! Today’s post is a Q and A with me answering the questions you submitted yesterday. Thank you for those who participated! Without further ado, here are the answers. 😁📚🍃📖🍁👍🍂


Q: If you could live in any book world, what book would it be?


A: Peter Pan – Neverland because I don’t want to grow up. Haha
😅😅


Q: Are there any languages you want to learn?


A: There are so many languages I want to learn and if possible, I want to learn all languages but my tiny brain can’t fit everything. I’m currently studying Japanese and planning to take Korean after that then probably Mandarin Chinese. I also want to learn French, Spanish, Russian, and Thai.
😊


Q: If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?


A: Probably Canada because I’ve heard lots of good things about it and I think the people there are really nice.


Q: What is your favorite genre?


A: I like Dystopian Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Memoir, and Chic Lit. It’s so hard to pick a favorite but if I had to pick only one, probably dystopian fiction.
📖


Q: Who is your favorite author?


A: Dan Brown. I never get bored whenever I read his books. I love all of them!
📚❤

Thanks again to iArtichokeu and mistysbookspace who submitted their questions! I really appreciate your cooperation. 😄

Also, it would be lovely to know where my readers are from. Would you mind typing down your country on the comment section below? That would be great! 👍

Do you want more posts like this? You can click on the follow button to be notified everytime I write a new post. 😄

I’m doing an Instober in my Instagram so if you’re interested, you can follow me on @flexireads. 📷📚💕

Thank you for reading and cheers to more books! 🍷📚💕😄

Love,


Flexi

Books, Chess, Languages, Japan

広告
%d人のブロガーが「いいね」をつけました。