Red Cell

Red Cell

by Mark Henshaw
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Red Cell 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Helen_Ginger More than 1 year ago
Red Cell by Mark Henshaw is non-stop action, from the opening chapter to the final word. Rookie case officer, Kyra Stryker, after almost losing her life on an assignment in Venezuela, is brought back to Langley where she joins the CIA’s Red Cell and is paired up with analyst Jonathan Burke. That pairing takes Stryker and Burke from Langley to China to impending war in the South China Sea. Red Cell is an intense, fast moving read that’ll keep you turning pages. Lives are on the line and war is rumbling like a dark cloud overhead. What makes Red Cell even more intense is knowing that the author, Mark Henshaw, knows what he’s writing about. Henshaw is a decorated CIA analyst and was awarded the Director of National Intelligence Galileo Award. And he is a former member of the CIA’s Red Cell think tank. But as much as the book is about Henshaw and Stryker, it is also about Red Cell’s undercover operative, called Pioneer, in the People’s Republic of China. At constant risk of life, he passes on information to his handlers, knowing that at any time he could be found out and killed by his own countrymen. There’s a lot of action in Red Cell, with time to catch your breath along the way. As the intensity built, though, I found myself reading faster, wanting to find out if Pioneer would survive as the MSS close in on him and if the U.S. warships in the South China Sea can win the air war and stop an invasion of Taiwan. I give Red Cell by Mark Henshaw a rating of Hel-of-a-Story. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FTC Disclaimer: Red Cell was sent to the Heart of Texas chapter of Sisters in Crime by Shida Carr with Simon & Schuster. HoTSinC then sent it on to me to review. Getting the book for free did not influence my review.
syphi More than 1 year ago
An espionage thriller writer for the 21st Century. Red Cell is a great read. Exciting, fresh. The nongratuitous use of a female spy gives this book spark.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminescent of an early Tom Clancy techno-thriller Obvious knowledge of the "lay of the land" Good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although some of the important characters should have been more fully developed, this is a believable and entertaining story. No, it's not on a par with Clancy's blockbuster, but it IS better than most of the so called "thrillers" you'll come across, and the plot is fresh and realistic. If you're tired of the same hackneyed stories about neo-Nazi & neo-Soviet spies, I think you'll enjoy this page-turner! by aj west
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Zeifus More than 1 year ago
Impressive espionage thriller from Mark Henshaw. He strikes the perfect balance between plausibility and the extraordinary events perpetrated by evil operators - requiring the unique skills of two remarkable CIA agents. With Red Cell and Cold Shot (his 2nd novel), Henshaw demonstrates the same tradecraft expertise as the greats - early Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, Alex Berenson and John Le Carre. That is to say, he introduces a scenario that threatens to upend the world, but then uses his two heroes (Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke) to resolve the conflict without them coming across as too amazing - indestructible. These are real people. Even good thriller authors will sometimes substitute spectacle for solid story and character development. These efforts too often come across as silly and the characters as 2-dimensional and wooden. (Dan Brown is a perfect example.) Red Cell doesn’t have this problem. Henshaw breathes life into his story with fascinating details of the real CIA Red Cell and Burke’s and Stryker’s roles inside it. Spy thriller aficionados won’t be disappointed by Henshaw’s amazing debut.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A mix of clancy and flynn.
PauloQ More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Great addition to the espionage genre.
Fighterjock More than 1 year ago
I think this was a good story, well told, with a likeable main character, but it pales in comparison to Clancy's Red Storm Rising.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well written story with a great assembly of hard charging well developed characters. A must read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read 40+ books a year and this book is the most boring i have ever read glad it was cheap ana
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is very busy in the first half and I had trouble remembering who was who, who they once were as well as what they are now. I also got confused about what country they were now in because the writer gave so much background info. There was a wide range of weapons and I got overwhelmed by what a weapon was, where it was developed, which country sold it, what the weapon was used for and which weapon it replaced. Then there were acronyms! The pages were filled with them. It was difficult to remember what they all stood for. The story got lost in all the info. I finally quit reading the book. It was just too much work to be enjoyable.
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