|Plot Summary of Spy Dust: Two Masters of Disguise Reveal the Tools and Operations that Helped Win the Cold War|
with Bruce Henderson
Atria, Sep 2002, 26.00, 306 pp.
Spy star retired CIA agent Antonio Mendez and his wife Jonna (also a retired CIA agent) provide an intriguing look at a key mission during the last years of the Cold War. The couple explains in alternating chapters how their separate missions starting in the mid-1980s converge into saving the lives of American moles inside the KGB. If nothing was done, the plants would have eventually fallen victim to the danger caused by the actions of Soviet moles (American traitors) inside the CIA.
What makes this spy chiller even more exciting besides the true espionage thriller angle is that it reads like the spy duo falls in love with one another as their two projects commingle. Their feelings add depth to a true adventure that already feels more exciting than most espionage novels. The spots where the writing team conjecture and fill the gap of someone else's efforts seem weaker than the insider thrill when the writers talk directly about themselves. This book is a winner for the genre audience and will do a lot more to sell clandestine operations than donning the cone of secrecy demanded under the guise of homeland security by the Attorney General.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Spy Dust: Two Masters of Disguise Reveal the Tools and Operations that Helped Win the Cold War|
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War/Cloak & Dagger story?
- Spying for secrets
- Searching for spies
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Very much smarter than other people
- very athletic
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
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