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Gayle Lynds
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May 30 2006
Charles "Jay" Tice was a spy's spy. The chief of the CIA's elite Clandestine Services, he was a legend throughout the world of international intelligence. But secretly he was also a traitor, reputedly selling information that will seriously compromise the security of the United States for decades to come. Since his treachery was exposed, Tice has been kept under strict surveillance in a maximum security prison. Then one morning, his cell is discovered empty. Jay Tice has vanished - without tripping an alarm or leaving any trace of his passing. Elaine Cunningham is a hunter - a CIA operative who specializes in finding people who don't want to be found. Young, gifted and a maverick, she is assigned to track Tice and bring him to ground before he disappears forever. But as she matches wits in a perilous game with one of the greatest spymasters of all time, she discovers there is far more at stake than an old spy's last run for freedom. Lurking in the shadows are other hidden players with their own lethal agendas and, from Geneva to Washington, Berlin to New York City, a deadly conspiracy is coalescing. With only a few hours to go, and the future of millions in the balance, she must uncover the truth behind the legend of the last spymaster.

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Colacci brings the perfect resonance to his reading of Lynds's latest and best espionage thriller. Jay Tice is a legendary spymaster from the Cold War era, one of the last of the old school CIA operatives. However, his distinguished career ended in disgrace when he was sentenced to life in prison for treason against the U.S. Tice is a model prisoner for years until he escapes. Elaine Cunningham, a CIA agent headed toward the end of her career, is assigned to track him down. Her hunt will take her into the darkest corners of the spy game, where nothing is what it seems and death can come at the hands of a friend as easily as those of an enemy. Colacci offers a capital performance, handling the mounds of expositional narrative and spy technospeak with ease. He's just as adept with his characterizations as he slips effortlessly from one character or accent to another. Colacci and Lynds make an excellent combination for lovers of spooks and spies.
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 “Today’s finest espionage writer unleashes an instant classic!”
—Lee Child
 
“A sizzling thrill ride!”—Steve Berry
 
“Nerve-tingling…will keep you turning the pages well into the night.”—Vince Flynn
 
“As high octane as they come”—Chicago Tribune
 
“Plentiful tradecraft and relentless danger combine with some clever plot twists for an entertaining read.” —The Economist
 
“Lynds [is] superbly gifted…. Her narrative skills and her character-creation engine are as high octane as they come.”—Chicago Tribune

 “Lynds’ books have long been acclaimed for their authenticity in describing the covert world, and this one is no different. The Last Spymaster is filled with rich characters and details ripped from the world of espionage...reminiscent of the work of Robert Ludlum or Frederick Forsyth.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“The Queen of the international spy thriller is back with her best novel yet!  The Last Spymaster is tremendous…great plotting, fascinating characters, amazing technical accuracy, breath-taking action. But best of all is her unrelenting examination of the moral ambiguity inherent in intelligence and counter-terrorism. Set aside of a few days of your life for this one—it’s well worth it!”—Marcus Wynne, author of Brothers in Arms
 
“Non-stop…[a] stand out….An outstanding read.” —Wichita Falls Times Record News
 
"This classic espionage thriller from bestseller Lynds ... strikes a perfect balance between the private lives of her characters and the blood and betrayal of their professional adventures."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"Lynds' first-rate espionage novel is gripping and intense ... a never-ending, spine-tingling thrill ride that will keep readers glued to the pages."
--RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)
 
"Like the fearsome plunge on a dangerous roller coaster, this thriller's denouement gets your heartbeat racing up to just short of tachycardia speed....  Lynds ... has added another jewel to her tiara as one of the reigning queens of the international spy-thriller genre."
--Library Journal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action-Packed Masterpiece of Intrigue Feb. 15 2007
Format:Hardcover
In THE LAST SPYMASTER, Gayle Lynds' riveting suspense embedded with literary finesse eclipses thriller stars John Le Carre and Robert Ludlum at the peak of their form. Unlike Le Carre's exhaustive angst and Ludlum's lengthy detours into topics or causes that fascinated him, Gayle's economy of language makes her political point without wasting a word while engaging the readers' eyes, ears, nose and heart.

Sprinkled throughout are awesome examples of:

ALLITERATION--"Dense forests flowed dark;" "as the dark night deepened toward dawn;" "footsteps echoing in the emptiness;"

SIMILES--"she seemed to shrink, grow calcified, as hard as a tombstone;"

METAPHORS--"bolts of silver lightning speared the distant Alps;"

IMAGERY--"she found a slot in which to wedge the Jag;" "sunlight filtered down in strawlike rays;"

and POETIC RHYTHMS--"His family. But not his family. A charade, a farce, a travesty of the living and the dead. His eyes felt hollow."

Such literary devices are what writing groups and English professors can use as models of powerful literature, but if readers miss them, it is because they are stitched in seamlessly.

THE LAST SPYMASTER is a classic because no one element or technique stands out over another--the sum of the parts makes it one great read and Gayle's best work. She gives us superb storytelling at supersonic speed and sets the bar, not only for her own future novels but also for every other author in the thriller genre. In character development, for instance, individual idiosyncrasies that distinguish her previous heroines in `Masquerade' (Asperger's syndrome), `Mesmerized' (cellular memory), `Mosaic' (conversion disorder) and `The Coil' (a peacenik aversion to violence) make way for broader scope.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still At the Top of Her Game June 1 2006
By John R. Linnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was once told by a friend who had been offerred the job of CIA Director and declined, that there "are no more spymasters."

Well, thanks to Gayle Lynds, he was wrong. There is one. His name is Jay Tice and he has just broken out of prison. One he was put into as a result of traitorous activities against the United States. One that was considered escape proof.

To try and tell you much more than that can be to spoil the story which is full of deception, intrigue and suspense.

There is a huge illegal arms sale afoot. If completed it will shift technological advantage in sophisticated weaponry to the terrorists. Stopping that sale is the objective of the good guys in the book. But, which ones are the good guys? That is for the reader to discover.

Ms. Lynds tells this story in a most believeable and entertaiing way which makes the act of reading a pure pleasure. This is a keeper.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lynds At Her Best... May 30 2006
By C. Cunningham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
With the debut of _The Last Spymaster_, veteran novelist Gayle Lynds has soldified her reign as the true "Queen of Suspense".

Jay Tice is a seasoned "spymaster" who is serving a life sentence in a federal penitentiary. Somehow, against all odds, he escapes and is now being tracked by Elaine Cunningham, an intelligent, but washed-up CIA "hunter". Elaine must get to Tice and have him captured before his escape is made public. As she follows clues that lead her closer and closer to Tice, she becomes an unwilling participant in an even wider conspiracy. Those she trusts are savagely murdered as her own life hangs in the balance. The hunter now becomes the hunted; and how it all ends is absolutely ingenious.

Every chapter of this novel plays a crucial role in the unraveling of the plot. There are no extraneous words or characters. Gayle Lynds takes us on a roller coaster ride through many international (and some surprise national) settings and introduces us to a myriad of colorful characters. I am stunned at the sheer genius of this work. It reminds me of Ludlum when he was at his peak. I seriously would not wait to pick this up at the library. If you are a devoted thriller fan, then this one belongs on your shelf alongside the best of them.

A couple of caveats: Lynds takes her time to give you a complete and thorough lay of the land in the first part of the book. Stay with it. Everything she does here serves a bigger purpose. The pace picks up very quickly shortly thereafter, but without this thorough "briefing" you would miss a few important nuances as the story unfolds. Secondly, watch what the characters DO as well as what they SAY in the first part. Their meticulous actions lay the foundation for an electrifying conclusion.

It just doesn't get any better than this.

Enjoy!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Spymaster from the First Lady of Suspence Sept. 18 2006
By J. Abbott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Gayle Lynds best work to date, The Last Spymaster straddles the hazy void that separates The Cold War and The War on Terror, and sets the scene for a new generation of spies to inhabit our imagination.

In this wonderfully written and breakneck paced novel, Lynds demonstrates that however menacing the treat of terrorism is, the gravest threat to Western nations is our abandonment of conscience. Whereas honor once defined Western masculinity, those who still claim it as their own are few and far between, and more often than not very old men, or women.

Deftly interweaving the public and private lives of her characters, Lynds demonstrates that private life is the foundation of morality and that true morality begins with the commitment to the mother one's children and to those children themselves. But is the man who is true to his family, most often the man who is true to his country? You'll have to read The Last Spymaster to find out.

Jay (great name for a leading man) Tice, Spymaster and traitor's escape from Federal prison triggers the reactivation of a group of Cold War warriors set on hunting one of today's most lethal and fanatical terrorist organizations. But each step is marked by betrayal, and in a plot that twists and turns more energetically than a worm with a fork through its middle, Lynds reveals her characters ambitions, loves and disappointments.

This is an exciting, entertaining and meaningful thriller; one I'd have no hesitation recommending.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT PERFECTION!!! BETTER THAN EVER!!! June 1 2006
By G. S. Foster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When was the last time that you got so caught up with a book that you really lost track of time? When was the last time that the characters in a book you were reading became so real to you that you started to think about them when you weren't even reading the book? When was the last time that you actually had to cover the opposite side of the page so your wandering eyes wouldn't spoil the surprise in the next several lines? I bet you're going reply that it's been a long, long time. Well, THIS is the book you want to whisk you away to another world....the world of espionage. No , not the dry, uncompromising world of espionage that we typically think of when we hear that but rather one filled with intrigue as well as twists and turns on every page.....characters that are so fully developed that you do think of them as real that you truly care about...or, in the case of a couple, come to detest!!! Gayle Lynds had set the bar so high for herself with her previous gems that it amazed me that she even topped herself with this phenomenal book. This is the consummate suspense thriller... relentlessly chilling with a shattering climax!!! Ohhhh but the epilogue...just wait until you read that...brought tears to my eyes....reallly!!!! One final thing....the writing is so incredible that there are no words to describe just how good it is....so, find out for yourself and grab THE LAST SPYMASTER as fast as you can ... shut off the phones so as to wallow in this seductive thriller....you will not be disappointed!!! Trust me!
30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action-Packed Masterpiece of Intrigue May 30 2006
By Bonnie Toews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
In THE LAST SPYMASTER, Gayle Lynds' riveting suspense embedded with literary finesse eclipses thriller stars John Le Carre and Robert Ludlum at the peak of their form. Unlike Le Carre's exhaustive angst and Ludlum's lengthy detours into topics or causes that fascinated him, Gayle's economy of language makes her political point without wasting a word while engaging the readers' eyes, ears, nose and heart.

Sprinkled throughout are awesome examples of:

ALLITERATION--Dense forests flowed dark; as the dark night deepened toward dawn; footsteps echoing in the emptiness;

SIMILES--She seemed to shrink, grow calcified, as hard as a tombstone;

METAPHORS--Bolts of silver lightning speared the distant Alps;

IMAGERY--She found a slot in which to wedge the Jag; sunlight filtered down in strawlike rays;

and POETIC RHYTHMS--His family. But not his family. A charade, a farce, a travesty of the living and the dead. His eyes felt hollow.

Such literary devices are what writing groups and English professors can use as models of powerful literature, but if readers miss them, it is because they are stitched in seamlessly to Gayle's prose.

THE LAST SPYMASTER is a classic because no one element or technique stands out over another--the sum of the parts makes it one great read and Gayle's best work. She gives us superb storytelling at supersonic speed and sets the bar, not only for her own future novels but also for every other author in the thriller genre. In character development, for instance, individual idiosyncrasies that distinguish her previous heroines in `Masquerade' (Asperger's syndrome), `Mesmerized' (cellular memory), `Mosaic' (conversion disorder) and `The Coil' (a peacenik aversion to violence) make way for broader scope. This time she tackles the universal flaws of globalization within today's political framework in her portrayal of power brokers--whether greedy or altruistic--competing in the war on terrorism.

Jay Tice, one of the legendary chiefs of the CIA in the Cold War, is a turncoat. Convicted of selling secrets, he's languishing in the formidable Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex in Pennsylvania, when he suddenly disappears. His locked cell is empty. Current CIA Deputy Chief Lawrence Litchfield engages a top CIA hunter, Elaine Cunningham, to track him down. She's a woman with her own psychological baggage, but gifted in probing the psyches of her prey. As she zeroes in on Tice, she becomes his target, and discovers nothing is as it seems. Instead, she finds, in the clandestine world of black ops, there are illegal arms dealers, information traders and cover-ups far more dangerous to the free world than one man's treachery. She joins forces with Tice to hunt down the real traitor before terrorists take possession of a shipment of top-secret, cutting-edge technology that can destroy automated intelligence networks worldwide and throw the `infidels' into chaos.

Using her characters' perspectives and personal agendas, Gayle masterminds a maze of crossover subplots and merges them on the final ramp of "the last spymaster's" odyssey. Also weaving through the maze is a classic love tale between Tice and his former double agent from the East, Raina Manhardt. They are lovers who are sadly doomed yet deeply passionate without being sexually explicit. That's art. And in addition to compelling storytelling, the ultra `smart' inventions and security technologies Gayle introduces make Orwell's vision of the future seem primitive.

Against such a backdrop of global conspiracy, I looked for cynicism or disillusionment seeping into Gayle's writing, because the more we learn the more we see how much our governments lie to us. Instead, with a keen journalist's nose for truth, she relentlessly sniffs out the corruptive realities existing inside the covert catacombs of international intelligence, while keeping her eye on the ultimate sacrifices and dedication of those who serve to protect us.

As Gayle explains in a Question and Answer dialogue with readers, "Holding on to one's ideals while working for a better world is the most difficult personal challenge. Those who succeed against such odds are the stuff of quiet legend, occasionally receiving secret honors and awards, and living out their days without telling tales . . . They pay high prices personally, and they deserve our respect."

THE LAST SPYMASTER chronicles such hope in a `tour de force' that catapults Gayle Lynds to the top of the thriller genre. As a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Operatives, the Military Writers Society of America and co-founder/co-president of the International Thriller Writers, Inc., she can be proud of the brilliant work she has delivered to represent their high ideals of service.
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