I, Spy

I, Spy

by Jordan McCollum


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ISBN-13: 9781940096001
Publisher: Durham Crest Books
Publication date: 09/28/2013
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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I, Spy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
minreads More than 1 year ago
Right away I knew I was going to love this book. Such great characters and exciting plot. I loved Talia instantly. So many clever lines. I smiled and laughed a lot. Jordan wrote this perfectly. Excited to read the next book. 
lindz_armstrong More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The main character, Talia, has a wit and slight cynicism that makes her a delight as a narrator. I'm a huge fan of first person, and this book had first person narrative at its best.  I really enjoyed the "spy lingo" used throughout the novel. It immersed me in the story. I really liked the unique setting of Canada. How many spy books are set in Ottawa? So fun! The pacing was fast and I liked how the various subplots all connected at the end.  I wish we had gotten to see more of Danny and Talia's relationship in the beginning. It took me awhile to feel like I "knew" Danny, and because of that it took me longer than I would have liked to root for their relationship. Once I hit the halfway point, I was totally Team Danny, but in the beginning I wasn't sure why Talia loved him. It also drove me nuts how long it took Talia to relay her secret at the end. I kept screaming at my kindle, "Just tell him already!"  I, Spy was a perfect blend of romance, spies, work problems, and bad guys. The author's narrative style had me laughing out loud. There are some seriously awesome one-liners in this book. This book is an intense spy thriller with heavy romantic elements. I definitely want to read the novella Mr. Nice Spy, and I can't wait for the sequel to be released! 4.5 stars raised to 5.
Friz4 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars. I saw a few cover reveal posts for I, Spy back in April, but I'll admit that I didn't look further into the book due to the sexy cover. Yes, I know you aren't supposed to judge books by their covers, but with so many novels on my to-read list, I tend to avoid those with covers that don't grab me, or those that imply content that I don't care for. BUT, I was totally wrong about the content of I, Spy, and I'm very grateful the author contacted me about reviewing her book. She thought I might enjoy it because I've liked books by Ally Carter and Traci Hunter Abramson-she was so right! I, Spy is the kind of book that makes you avoid housework and other non-pressing duties. I read this romantic suspense novel in one day, and didn't feel too bad about my kids having some extra time on electronic devices (hey, it's summer vacation). There is some violence, but it's not very graphic. The language and romance are clean, and Talia is a great main character. She's an excellent spy, and I really liked her humorous side too. It kept some of the very serious situations from giving the book a heavy feel. I thought the writing was excellent and I'm looking forward to reading more of McCollum's work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, can't stop, the best I have read in a long time.keep up the great writing, you have me hooked. I HAVE READING THREE OF YOU BOOKSEADY. YOU BOOKS ARE LIKE A GREAT FIND!!!
BookLover5000 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Initially, the relationships and the character back stories were not clear. But once I got beyond the first few chapters, the book was a page-turner that kept me guessing. It had action and romance. The story was well-written. I will purchase other books by this author.
Writespot More than 1 year ago
I was pulled into I, Spy right away from the beautiful cover and intriguing first line into getting to know Talia. A saucy attitude and being good at her spy job mixes with Talia's compulsive obsessions. A fun, admirable, and flawed character combination that hits its mark. Throw in romance and great spy adventures to win readers' hearts. I liked the realism of using the Russian language and Canadianisms to bring the setting alive, teach me something, and add validity. A clean read for YA and up. I'm giving this book a rare five stars. My only issue was my being visual enough to notice and have to adjust to the use of parentheses for Talia's thoughts or explanations. If it had been an audio book this wouldn't have bothered me. I was over it before too long. The ending includes an unexpected life lesson learned. I look forward to Talia's next adventure.
RachelD4 More than 1 year ago
I, Spy (Spy another day series-Book number 1) This book was written by character Talia. She lives two separate lives-one where she goes to church and has a boyfriend Danny. The other where she works with Elliott and is a CIA operations officer. Then her two separate lives collide and people start getting hurt and she doesn't know who to trust. This book was fast paced-great adventure! I felt like I was reading a "James Bond" type book and couldn't stop reading it! Good clean reading and definitely not boring!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is no way I could ever be a spy! My heart races at the thought of a sticky situation and I'm sure my mind would be a muddled mess. Yet, I love reading these types of suspenseful books. This one definitely had it all: suspense, action, romance, and mystery. Add to that some foreign languages and it was fantastic! Talia is a likable character. She's human and no some superhero, yet she pulls off some crazy things. She's super smart (she can get by in 4 different languages), brave, and talented. She is also very conflicted--she's not willing to put her boyfriend in any danger, therefore, she can't be completely honest with him and that seems to bother her. I liked Elliot, her partner. His wife was about to give birth to their first child and he was super distracted, but he and Talia had a good working relationship and that saved him. These bad guys were really creepy! There were some twists and turns in the plot and with the characters that kept throwing me off, but things all made sense in the end. Content: no swearing; some violence--it's an action spy thriller! Not too graphic; some kissing (mild). I'd consider it clean for an older reader.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I woud die for more fast paced books with plots like this one nic sex sean ; )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never tred it this is the first time i read this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want a good spy book read Russel Blakes "Jet", not this one. I can't finish it, it is so poorly written.
JamiGold More than 1 year ago
Okay, I'll admit it. I'm completely biased about this book. :) I loved, loved, LOVED the TV show Alias, and this story follows in Sydney Bristow's footsteps. Like the Alias TV show, I, Spy features a fantastic, likeable spy heroine who's trying to juggle her personal life with her work life. Talia Reynolds struggles with doing the right thing while under pressure to catch the bad guys. The edge-of-my-seat undercover operations kept me turning pages, and just when I thought the story would go one way, plot twists sent it down another path. Thrilling, adventurous, and romantic, this book has it all for an Alias fan. :) Full disclosure: The author gave me a copy in exchange for an honest review. Like I said, I loved Alias, so I'll admit I'm biased on that end. LOL!
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a page turner! Although Talia Reynolds had been a CIA officer for a while, she has never killed a person before. This changes when Fyodor Timofeyev becomes her next case. As the operation progresses, Talia's love life as well as the life of her boyfriend, Danny, hangs in the balance. I could simply not put I, Spy down once I started reading. The action is nonstop and the nail-biting suspense never lets up. The book is written in such a comfortable, flowing style that it is easy to just forget to put it down. Action and scenes of fighting is described in a very realistic way. Unlike so many heroes and villains books where the heroes always win, I, Spy tells it more like it is; sometimes the bad guys are just too strong.  Talia, the main character, is the kind of tough female protagonist that I like. Yet, tough as she is, she still balks at inflicting bodily harm or killing people. She deals very realistically with attempted rape, her disintegrating love life and incredible work pressure. Her extensive knowledge of languages, especially Russian, makes Talia invaluable to the CIA. She has this to say about her work.  "I can’t describe what it’s like to be involved in an op. You’re a master puppeteer, but you’re not pulling the strings. You’re synchronized swimming, moving in perfect harmony. You’re playing a symphony. Only instead of applause, you’re working for life or death. The invisible connection with your team flows through your veins. You’re pushing yourself to the fullest of your capacity, and everyone else on your team is, too. Even when you’re left running on adrenaline and fumes, the conviction you’re doing the right thing for the right reason sings in every breath you take, and for that second, you own the world." The other characters and specifically Danny, are very realistic with all the flaws and strengths of normal people. Although the book is written from Talia's point of view, I got a good impression of Danny's inner turmoil over him and Talia. If you like spy stories with lots of action in a very realistic setting, this edge-of-your-chair read will definitely appeal to you. (Ellen Fritz)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can’t resist a great sit-at-the-edge-of-my-comfy-chair-and-read-‘til-I’m finished suspense, and Jordan McCollum’s I,Spy satisfied my ravenous hunger for that adventure. But I had to switch from my iPhone (when its battery ran too low**hangs head in embarrassment**) to my Macbook and read to see if C.I.A. operative Talia Reynolds managed to . . . wait!, I'm getting ahead of myself.   Talia Reynolds, an operative for the C.I.A. is stationed in Ottawa, Canada, not exactly the place where you’d think American secrets are kept, let alone where they might be stolen. Her boyfriend, Danny, an American aerospace engineer, also works in Ottawa, but he doesn’t know Talia’s a spy. All Danny knows is Elliot, her partner at a “law firm” is always calling or texting, and coming between them in someway. Talia keeps breaking dates with Danny, hurting him in the process, but it’s necessary for her to do her job. On the other hand, she’s almost caught by the (possible) enemy mid-operation when Elliot is distracted talking to his wife on the phone. Talia struggles with her boss’s stupid warning: she’s better off alone. Jordan’s writing is witty and fun, and I found myself laughing at Talia’s snarky attitude around all her male co-workers. She has interesting, if not weird flaws. I, Spy is an enjoyable, page-turning read. I highly recommend it.
Linda_Weaver_Clarke More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. It was so much fun to read. It's done in first person so it took me a while to get used to it since I usually read third person novels. But after I got into it, it was a totally fun spy novel. The woman acts like a spy, thinks like a spy, and is extra cautious like a spy. Since she knows Russian, the CIA decides to use her in that capacity. It was a fun story. Written by Author Linda Weaver Clarke
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
This book is SO. SO. SO. GOOD! It keeps you turning the pages as it twists and turns in the plot. Set in Canada, Talia is this amazing CIA operative! She must be one of the boys... Date one of the bad guy.... Climb through ventilation shafts... Protect her partner... Put her feelings aside... Keep secrets from those she loves... Sacrifice the man she loves... And she willingly does it all to serve her country and protect its citizens! An AMAZING book! A DEFINITE MUST READ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The spy books I have read I have really liked, so I was happy to accept this book for review. I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed reading this, staying up late one night to do so. The author seems to have a quirky set of humor, which comes through in her book. The book kind of meanders along, with the plot slowly thickening until about two-thirds of the way through and then it gets rather intense. I wasn't quite sure what was going to happen and how things were going to end. I was surprised a few times, and then again. I really liked the characters! Talia has this great internal monologue and matter-of-fact way of thinking and saying things that I thought was great. She is somewhat of a tomboy, overly cautious (almost OCD), and very loyal. Danny is a very smart and romantic golden boy (he is an Eagle Scout, an engineer, and good-looking). Talia and Danny are an interesting combination. Elliott is Talia's counterpart in her job. He can be quite charming, but is more of a brother to Talia. The looks and inside jokes that these two shared! I love it when characters can convey so much with a glance or word. I felt like the situation was more realistic than anything. Talia's character tells us all sorts of true and not true things about the spy department. I really loved reading the excerpt from the first chapter where she talks about not being in a catsuit and why that just doesn't work. The sarcasm cracks me up! The CIA division Talia works in tends to handle more low-key operations. They have a tough job though, because the Canadians aren't very forthcoming with information, even though they're supposedly allies. I would assume it would be that way in every security division that isn't on its home turf. We don't find out very much about what exactly is going on with the relationships and security matter until about two-thirds through, which I mentioned earlier, is where things really pick up. I do wish that there would have been less acronyms or that they were explained better so they would have become more concreted in my mind. Having said that, I could still get the general gist and they didn't take away from the story. Overall, this was a very enjoyable read! I will definitely be picking up whatever McCollum writes in the future. I love the cover as well! On a side note, the MC is Mormon, but there isn't any religious content in this book. Content: Clean Source: Received a copy from the author for review, which did not influence my opinions in any way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Talia Reynolds is a CIA operative. She is having a hard time right now, because her boyfriend Danny is demanding a lot of her time, but so is her job.  She's always thought that loving someone would jeopardize her job, so she didn't really let herself get to that point. However when bad things start to happen with the Russian's she's not so sure she was right any more.  This is a wonderful story about a women who has to do some very dangerous things for the CIA, finding out that maybe what she really needs to be fighting for is her boyfriend.  Talia is a wonderful women who is very good at her job. She is used to taking risks, and now she might be taking one of the biggest she's ever taken. Danny, is also a good guy. We don't really see a whole lot of his personality. But when it really counts he's there for Talia.  This book has lots of action, drama, and some romance. I love women CIA agents, they rock! And Talia is one of the best. I can not wait to read more. I highly recommend this book, if your into the women is good at kicking butt.