The Good Spy Dies Twice

The Good Spy Dies Twice

by Mark Hosack

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Overview

The Good Spy Dies Twice by Mark Hosack

Jake Boxer, investigative journalist and host of the conspiratorial news show Bullseye, is in serious trouble. Not only is his soundman murdered by Russian intelligence agents while reporting on a secretive New World Order, but his network cancels his show, leaving Jake humiliated and spiraling into a deep dark depression.

Years later, a condemned murderer, who claims he was abandoned by the CIA, and who starred in an early episode of Bullseye, is finally executed for killing two supposed Soviet spies back in the 1970's.

Jake Boxer, still trying to piece his life back together, is on his honeymoon in a posh ski resort in the Alaskan mountains when he gets word of the inmate's execution . . . and the old killer's final words: "The good spy dies twice."

Those five words, seemingly meant for Jake, draw the ex-reporter out of his forced retirement and into a complex and deadly global conspiracy involving his newlywed wife, the secretive New World Order, and the hotel's hundred or so "guests."

Everyone is a suspect.

Described as James Bond in a Stephen King novel, THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE is the explosive first book in the Bullseye Series. Part spy thriller, part whodunit, this fast-paced novel introduces an exciting new hero, the intrepid, conspiratorial journalist, Jake Boxer.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157435257
Publisher: Wide Awake Books
Publication date: 12/16/2016
Series: The Bullseye Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 300,791
File size: 910 KB

About the Author

Mark Hosack is the author of THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE (Book 1: The Bullseye Series), and IDENTITY (Simon & Schuster). He also wrote on the web series SEQUESTERED for Sony Crackle, the screenplay for GIVE 'EM HELL, MALONE (Thomas Jane, Ving Rhames), and he both wrote and directed the award winning independent film PALE BLUE MOON. Mark lives in Los Angeles with his wife and a brood of gremlins who insist on calling him Dad.

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The Good Spy Dies Twice 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Rose-butterscotchbubbles More than 1 year ago
This is fiction...right? I always enjoy novels that make me question whether it's based on a true story. When just enough realistic details are thrown in, to make the fiction come to life. This novel does that brilliantly, pulling it's reader into a world of spies, conspiracies and danger. Most people have heard of The New World Order conspiracy, and the fantastic ideas swirling major world leaders. Even without all that, books with a strong element circling "Mother Russia" always seem intriguing, as the nation is still somewhat of a mystery to the majority of the population. Those sensational elements mix wonderfully in this story, and left me wanting more. The writing seemed smooth and concise, without any obvious plot holes or gaps in timeline. The section breaks and several chapter starters were confusing, as the author did jump around a bit, but it always made sense later. It's an enticing way to keep your reader engaged, and paying attention. I also enjoyed the fact the author narrated his own book. He did quite well, and the added scenery noises in several chapters were a welcomed addition I haven't come across in many audiobooks so far. He did a wonderful job bringing his story to life audibly, and hopefully will inspire other authors to put the same amount of effort into their own audiobooks. Really, the only things I didn't like about this story, was the intimate 'adult' scene, and a few plot twists that happened, that seemed unnecessary to me. Overall, the story is thrilling, and definitely one I would recommend. *I received a complimentary audiobook copy of this book, from the author via Audiobookworm Promotions, to listen to in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A cast of antipathetic characters in a thoroughly unbelievable plot. Germaine
onemused More than 1 year ago
"The Good Spy Dies Twice" was a surprisingly fantastic spy thriller. Jake Baxter, lead anchor for the show Bullseye (he's "got you in [his] crosshairs"), was on assignment in Russia, following up on a lead from Buck Masterson, a man on deathrow who claimed to be a spy for the CIA. On this mission, his sound guy Brody was out making a recording to prove Masterson right. Brody dies in a way that makes Jake think it was murder but officially is ruled as an accident. Brody's fiancé and Jake's producer leaves him, and Jake, blaming himself for Brody's death, spirals into paranoia and madness in Russia until his show is canceled. Fast forward to a few years later and Jake has married Brody's fiancé and they are honeymooning together at a remote resort in Alaska. Claire tells him she is working on a travel article about the resort and keeps disappearing. After a freak ski lift accident which kills Claire and injures Jake, Jake knows there is something more going on and follows his wife's clues to get to the bottom of things. The book is fast paced and lined with mystery- it reads quickly and needs to be done so in a couple of sittings (or its easy to forget the details). I ended up reading it in less than a day once I finally started because it's so hard to pull yourself away. The writing style is fantastic and lends itself to a quick and straight-forward story. Although the mysteries remain until the final conclusions, it is easy to follow and understand, so the reader can feel that they are solving these mysteries along with Jake. As a content warning, there is mention of rape in the story which Jake works to stop. Jake is a fantastic character himself, more detective than news anchor. He is easy to care about as he clearly cares about the people around him, even if he has some problems in general which he must overcome. The setting was fascinating and the characters were well written and easy to follow- even if we only saw them in a couple scenes. Overall, it was a really great spy thriller/mystery! I am curious to read more about Jake Baxter in the future! Please note that I received this book through a goodreads giveaway. All opinions are my own.
RochelleRosesandThorns More than 1 year ago
The Good Spy Dies Twice was a pretty good read. At times it was difficult to tell what was real and what Jack Boxer was hallucinating, but as he followed the bodies and the clues uncovering a conspiracy that reached back to the 1970s, it was difficult to tell the good guys from the bad. He wasn’t even sure he could trust his bride. After all, she’d been in love with his soundman who was killed in Russia. Why had she chosen a remote mountain in Alaska that had ties to the Cold War? Why did she insist on skiing a double black-diamond trail knowing he wasn’t that good? Where did she disappear to the rest of the day? When Jack was injured in a ski-lift accident, I found it somewhat difficult to believe some of the feats he mastered with a broken back. I was amazed he didn’t manage to become at least a paraplegic. But then, I guess it depends on the type of fracture the vertebrae sustained, and he didn’t get up until after a surgeon removed the splinters from his spine. Still, even popping pills and fighting the pain strained a bit of my credibility. At any rate, if you’re looking for a rather eerie thriller, The Good Spy Dies Twice is it.
rfcurious More than 1 year ago
One of the better spy thrillers I have read. Fast moving, filled with details and likeable characters. The only reason I only gave it four stars was the ending seemed a bit rushed. But even that "flaw" didn't hurt the overall story. (Just my opinion.)
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
This is a good story of deceit, love, and human development. The main character is not too likeable, but serves the story well. Beginning with a death in Russia, the action quickly shifts to a small town in Alaska. The plot is very imaginative and leads to a thrilling ending. The title plays a critical role in the mystery, which keeps the reader guessing right up to the end.
Sue_H More than 1 year ago
The Good Spy Dies Twice is the first book by Mark Hosack that I have read, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was a fast paced contemporary, but yet historic, thriller.  This is the first book in a new series Bullseye. This is a standalone with no cliffhanger, though it is open-ended for future books in the series. I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. There is some violence. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that all of that info here. The author did a great job of explaining the cold war and describing the processes a journalist uses to uncover a story. There are a lot of clues in the storyline that keep you guessing what twists and turns will be revealed next all the way to the end. It definitely kept me riveted. As usual, not everything and everyone are as they appear. I look forward to reading more of Mark Hosack's books and future books in the Bullseye series books. I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.