In 1939 Carl Coles, a merchant seaman just out of his teens, docks on the shores of Nova Scotia where he happens upon a young waitress. So begins a love story that will last into an eternity but not before both Coles and that love are tested by Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and his own intelligence community. We follow Carl Coles throughout World War II as he moves up the ranks of the Royal Navy. He shows a clear aptitude for leadership and a strategically thinking mind. Those traits ultimately elevate Carl Coles to the rank of Commander of a secret army of Black Ops and an agent for the fledgling MI6.
We follow the exploits of this naval officer throughout the war and are surprised that his post-war exploits are as thrilling and dangerous as those he endured during the war.
As one critic observed:
"Where do I start with this book? Let’s start at the back with the author page explaining who DC Mahoney is. Mahoney states that this is his first novel. It really can’t be! It is written with all the gloss and finesse of a writer more accomplished than the amateur status that ‘First Novel’ gives you. This is historical fiction at its best, written as if the author himself had lived the story, but it spans a sixty year period of history with effortless aplomb. From the outbreak and subsequent adventures during World War II, the relative infancy of the Secret Intelligence Service that would become MI6, espionage with no technology, the training and creation of the CIA, and the Canadian equivalent, are all included to give even the most avid spy thriller fan something to get their teeth into.
The landscapes of Canada and the war torn descriptions of Dover, the way people just got on with their lives, and the feel Mahoney gives you about war are reminiscent of the stories I grew up listening to at the knee of my Grandfather, the action is exciting and edge of seats stuff yet wholly believable, but it is the characters Mahoney has created that really show this novel off as something more than a war book. I found myself rooting for Carl Coles throughout the book. I cried with him, I laughed with him, I fell in love with him. Maureen, the love of his life, and her commitment to the man she had never even been on a proper date with was romance at its best, and again supported memories of my Grandparents in my mind.
The entire sixty year adventure is worth a read on its own, but with the human elements that DC Mahoney has added to Ageless Spy, this really is a book that I doubt will ever be beaten in its genre." Steve Taylor-Bryant
Come along on this roller coaster ride and see how Carl's and Maureen's lives intertwine in the most amazing love story ever contrived.
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About the Author
DC Mahoney was born and raised in Windsor Ontario. Married to his longtime love, he now hangs his cap in Hamilton Ontario living close to his two exceptional daughters.
After a lifetime of business consulting, he has returned to his first love of writing with the 113,000 word work Ageless Spy. His first, he promises, of many.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ageless Spy by D. C. Mahoney is a wonderfully well-written historical fiction novel set in the World War II time period. This book has something for everyone - adventure, suspense and romance. The author either draws on personal experience or did his research well, because his writing makes every situation so real to the reader. The main character, Carl Coles, is a British seaman who joins the Navy. He is sent to war, having just met the love of his life, a Canadian girl named Maureen. His strong sense of duty and drive require him to leave her behind. Maureen is just as smitten with him, and proclaims she will wait for him. The story unfolds through his many journeys and expeditions. His experiences, hardships and successes are detailed expertly through the author's writing, which draws you in so completely, invoking your emotions. I felt that I was standing in his parents' house and felt the sadness when Carl's parents were incorrectly told that he had perished at sea. I was angered at the adjutant who betrayed his fellow soldiers. Carl's career continues to advance and he is continuously presented with choices between his career/duty and his personal life, but still manages to balance it all. As written by the author, "These two people... have spent more than a lifetime together and have endured more than most." I had a hard time putting it down, though my daily duties required me to do so. Even if you do not normally care for historical or wartime novels, I urge you to give this book a chance. It is certain to be one of the great books of our time.