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Joe Goldberg
The Spy Devils
Joe Goldberg, author

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

A deadly case. An international operative. When a mission turns personal, who will make it out alive? Trowbridge ‘Bridger’ Hall was raised to be a spy. Leading a highly trained team of covert agents, he’s loyal to his squad and his country. But when his infamous CIA controller and mother assigns his crew an unusual off-books operation, his finely tuned senses scream danger. Hunting a stolen briefcase across the world, his instincts proven lethally correct when one of his men ends up dead. And with potentially ruthless maternal betrayal and treacherous enemies closing in, it’s play or be played in a vicious game of death… Can he crack the conspiracy before it costs his life? The Spy Devils is the high-octane first tale in The Spy Devils thriller series. If you like pulse-pounding espionage, explosive action, and insidious double-crosses, then you’ll love the page-turning story of Bridger and the Spy Devils.
Goldberg’s (Secret Wars) international thriller sets its game of cat-and-mouse among a group of renowned covert operatives scouring the globe on a mission to retrieve a mysterious briefcase. Trowbridge “Bridger” Hall lives to unmask bad guys and deliver justice, and he has assembled a crack team known as the Spy Devils to unveil the worst of the worst. When this crew gets tasked by a private intelligence legend to retrieve a silver case requiring biometric keys to open it, they have no idea what they’re getting into— fast-paced international adventure with dangerous twists and a slew of criminals on the hunt.

Fans of the spy genre will quickly feel at home in this speedy story of deception. Readers are whisked away to Ukraine, Taiwan, Texas, Serbia, and China, the worlds of CEOs, oligarchs, assassins, and customized Devilbot drones. What’s inside this “oddly-shaped silver briefcase?” That’s for the Spy Devils to find out before it falls into the wrong hands. At times, the sprawling cast feels crowded, making it challenging for readers to keep track of the leads, but Goldberg’s crisp, inviting prose propels the adventure forward.

With cliff-hangers and clear, gritty action—“He gagged, stiffened, and jerked back as his feet spasmed against the floor, propelling him and the chair backward”— Goldberg escorts audiences behind the curtain of one of the world’s most secretive and risky professions. Dynamic scenes where the Spy Devils use any means necessary to get information from their enemies accentuate a rather quick read, and Goldberg’s past as a CIA covert action officer gives him distinctive authority to make Bridger’s story convincing. Passion and admiration for this dangerous profession shine from the pages. Espionage fans looking for a quick dip into the world of spies, lies, and justice will enjoy tagging along with Bridger and his team.

Takeaway: Global espionage and fast-paced action collide in this spy thriller.

Great for fans of: David Ignatius’s The Quantum Spy, Mark Greaney The Gray Man.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: B-