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  • Title: Ring of Spies
  • Author: Alex Gerlis
  • Publisher: Canelo
  • Publication Date: 15th October 2020

Copy received from publisher & blog tour organiser for review purposes.

Description:

As the war approaches its end, Prince once more has to risk everything.

Berlin, 1939: A German intelligence officer learns a top agent is quickly moving up the British Army ranks. He bides his time.

Arnhem, 1944: British paratroopers have been slaughtered in one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War. A shell shocked officer is convinced: the Germans knew they were coming.

But who betrayed them?

Back in London, Richard Prince, detective and spy, is approached by MI5 about a counterintelligence operation. Information is leaking and British troops are dying. Prince has to stop it, and crack the suspected spy ring at all costs. But in the world of espionage nothing is as it seems…

The latest WWII espionage thriller from Alex Gerlis is perfect for readers of Robert Harris, John le Carré and Alan Furst.

My Thoughts:

I have loved WWII espionage thrillers for some time, and Alex Gerlis is one of my go-to authors for books in this genre, along with John le Carré and Phillip Kerr.

For readers perhaps not familiar with the Richard Prince series, it’s not mandatory to have read the previous books (Prince of Spies and Sea of Spies), there is enough detail woven into the narrative to clue you into events that have led to this point, but if you want to really experience the mastery of Gerlis’s writing and get the full picture of Richard Prince then I would highly recommend reading them! I’d also recommend delving into the Spy Masters series by this author, those books are fantastic too!

As always, readers are spoiled with detail, intricate plottings, and fantastic characterisation. One of the things you can always rely on in one of Gerlis’s books is high level of detail, the research that must be done for his books must be immense, but it’s got to be worth it when the reader is faced with such a brilliant book. Bringing the settings alive, readers can almost watch the scenes play out in their minds, watch the characters become embroiled in dangerous situations and hold your breath as they try to break themselves free.

I found that I was racing through the book, eagerly devouring chapter after chapter, and couldn’t wait to see if Prince would crack the spy ring. I loved the way that tension was built throughout and kept me hooked. There is a feeling of authenticity in this that really brings the story to life and reminds me of the other great writers of this genre, and I would highly recommend Ring of Spies (and all the other books by Alex Gerlis).

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