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Agency Woman by [Logan, John A. A.]
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A lost, wandering and damaged man finds himself drafted back into the world he thought he had escaped, when the local branch of a powerful, international Agency needs a mysterious job done in the remote Highlands of Scotland.
The new companion who leads him out of disaffected early retirement is a seductive, young, novice female agent, but could there really be far more to her than there at first seems?
They find themselves in a world of natural beauty, mountain and beach, which they will only contaminate with extraordinary rendition, abduction, bloodshed and torture.
The modern bureaucratic world of paperwork and subcontracting will mean that no-one actually knows which government or country is behind the operation, but one man will soon remember why he left Agency work like this and why he hates it so much, even though it may really be love that has dragged him back into it all.

A dark, Scottish tale of conspiracy, espionage, murder and terrorism, with an existential edge, and the spirit of an ancient mountain looming at its centre.

“The specific character of despair is precisely this: it is unaware of being despair.”
Soren Kierkegaard

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John A. A. Logan is also the author of Storm Damage, and The Survival of Thomas Ford, an Amazon bestseller with over 125,000 downloads, and the winner of a Special Award in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBooks Awards 2012

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Comments about John A. A. Logan’s work:

"Bold" SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

"New talent" THE HINDUSTAN TIMES

"Writerly prowess" THE SPECTATOR

"Logan writes in very original terms" SCOTTISH STUDIES REVIEW

"The literary survival of author John Logan" THE NORTHERN TIMES

"Positive new chapter for thriller man" HIGHLAND NEWS

"City author's e-book breaks into Top 100" THE INVERNESS COURIER

"A blistering, tough book, tempered with tenderness and mystery"
Alan Warner, author of THE STARS IN THE BRIGHT SKY

"He's a great writer. He should be read"
Cally Phillips, author of BRAND LOYALTY

"The storytelling is effortless, the echoes are long lasting"
Roz Morris, author of MY MEMORIES OF A FUTURE LIFE

"Beautifully written…compelling…literary fiction/tartan noir/thriller/zany black comedy…Logan dances on a literary knife edge…blazing talent"
Linda Gillard, author of A LIFETIME BURNING

"I loved this book and the storytelling style…an amazingly talented author"
Joni Rodgers, New York Times bestselling author of
BALD IN THE LAND OF BIG HAIR

"This is writing and literature at its best. Imagine Stephen King combined with maybe Cormac McCarthy and a bit of Edgar Allan Poe tossed in"
Bestebookreviews.blogspot.co.uk

“A thrilling page-turner, a quite extraordinary book…brilliant”
Amazon.com

"Wonderful characters who have haunted me throughout the reading, even to the point that one invaded my dreams"
Goodreads.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1169 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
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  • Publisher: White Butterfly Press (Feb. 1 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I6VUFAA
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HASH(0xa14539fc) out of 5 stars Notes from the overground: watching him watching her. Feb. 11 2014
By Leila Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Agency Woman is an Absurdist novel, featuring a quote from Soren Kierkegaard twice in its text. Despair is at its center.

Absurdist spies who live in interior worlds people this story. Fyodor Dostoyevsky meets Franz Kafka on the way to a Woody Allen film, or Foinaven Mountain in the Highlands of Scotland in this novel.

Jim, the antihero or perhaps Byronic hero suffers from, among other maladies, an inability to find meaning in life or work, but leads us to believe he still seeks inherent value, despite his history with "The Agency" and his tortured (literal and figurative) past.

Kierkegaard developed his existentialism to meet these conflicts head on: commit suicide to escape absurd ineffable choices; choose a non-rational transcendent "leap of faith"; or finally accept the Absurd and achieve freedom from moral constraint. Freedom or lack of freedom figures prominently in Logan's newest work.

Most of the male characters in this novel (Munroe, Tim, Samuel) seem not to have any meaning or purpose and the first-person narrator leaves it to the reader to figure out what they are doing and why. Their situation is absurd and they appear to have chosen to accept The Absurd. There are two exceptions: the German tourist and Lachlan.

Only the two female characters have been given a purpose: Lucy, the Agency Woman and Elsie, Lachlan's aunt. Interestingly, they both claim to be or have been nurses, healers, real or imagined.

As Kafka used Gregor's transformation into a giant insect, to tell us of an oppressive and inescapable system, trapping his subjects in bizarre situations, Logan uses a dream of transformation into scorpions to reveal the interior landscape faced by Jim; to tell of his self-loathing and despair. Kafka never told us why Gregor woke up an insect one morning. Logan's narrator does not tell us nor speculate either. Jim is also a narcissist, looking at his own reflection in a mirror while a man lies dying in the same room, Lucy serving as a kind of accessory with red shoes, to mirror his existence. The absurdity of pop culture even makes several jarring appearances, in similes and metaphors.

There is in Agency Woman, however, a more traditional structure than we would expect from Kafka. But we find the same alienation, physical and psychological brutality, somehow not terrifying in this novel.

Dostoyevsky's narrator of Notes from Underground does not even have a name. But like Logan's Jim Balkergan, he is isolated, misanthropic, and fearful of attaining his goal. He is a veteran of the Russian civil service; Jim is a veteran of "The Agency." Both are intensely attached to suffering. Both see themselves as unattractive. Both have a sense of the absurdity of their existences.

"But this menu of sea and sand and peace, it's a foreign language to me. I need a translator. No , no, that's wrong. I'm doing fine. Just lying here. I won't need a translator, at least I wouldn't need one, if I was just left alone here and not expected to talk about anything. But she will be here soon. For me. For the rucksack and its contents. For her Agency job. Her career. God, if they could just have left me in peace."

About freedom, Jim says: "I've been asleep, dreaming, thinking who knows what. And now the dream is over. The nightmare of freedom, over at last. Now I'm a turtle that's been flipped over on its back, left helpless, for later."

"I had wanted the freedom, craved it, but once it arrived it had made no sense to me. Life, without the context of the Agency, I hadn't been able to work out what to do with it."

Some readers will be pulled in by the physical interaction between Jim and Lucy; some will be drawn to the beauty of the Highlands (Logan's mastery of descriptive detail is wonderful); some will like the Peckinpah-like violence; but some, like this reader will respect the quality of the writing and the intellectual orgy of absurdism.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1453c48) out of 5 stars Immense depths Feb. 22 2014
By Ignite - Published on Amazon.com
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This story is told in the first person by someone we later know as Jim. He has worked for a Scottish 'Agency' which deals with espionage and terrorism. He has dropped out, attempting to retire, but is effectively kidnapped by a group of fellow Agency members, including an attractive green-eyed woman, to take part in another mission. She awakens things in Jim he thought long lost. We get snatches of his past life and details of how he came to lose earlier memories.

The writing is superb as anyone who has read any of John Logan's previous work will expect. However, if I find any fault in it, I found the beginning difficult to engage with and slow to grab my interest. I also found all but the two main characters a little sketchy and kept mixing them up. This is probably because they were referred to both by Jim's description and later by their names. The second half of the book became full of action and I was drawn into it at that point and eager to read on. My little niggles are not enough to fault writing of this quality, but if you feel as I felt, stick with it! There are immense depths as we learn with Jim the role of the Agency Woman.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1453e88) out of 5 stars Compelling and intense Feb. 8 2014
By Amanda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Agency Women is set in the beautiful villages of Achriesgill, and Kinlochbervie, in the North West of Sutherland, in the Highlands of Scotland. It is compelling and it has something for everyone. It is a thriller with literary depth. It is a story of lust and love. It is action packed throughout and sometimes fairly violent. There also appears to be spiritual and symbolic significance. It is also deeply psychological.

I'm going to have a bad `come down' from this book. I've never read a story like it; It has been cleverly crafted. The suspense kept building while the plot was twisting and turning in places that I couldn't have predicted. John A. A. Logan has engulfed my mind with his powerful prose. The writing is exquisite in every aspect. Through skilled use of language, I've been captivated, yet again, by the Author's beautiful descriptions of the surroundings, and people. I feel especially enchanted by Foinaven, and Oldshoremore.

Foinaven, the mountain, is very much central to the story. I could really feel the atmospheric and spiritual pull towards it. I felt touched by the calmness and the purity. It almost seemed like it was alive and ready to cleanse the souls of any wrong doers; I could almost feel the influence of Dante's Purgatorio.

The characters are well developed, deep, and memorable. My favourite characters: Jim, Lucy, and Samuel are likeable even though they are deeply flawed.
Jim is an intense character. The story is told from his point of view. He is fragile and broken, and seems to be damaged beyond repair by his past.
Lucy (Agency Woman) has been uncontaminated by Agency work, or has she? She has been sent in to lure Jim back into the Agency.
Samuel seems to feel some sort of sympathy with Jim...why?
What about Elsie and Lachlan...what do they know? Are they involved?
I even developed a bit of sympathy for the unlikeable characters as the story went on.

Lucy's green eyes are mentioned throughout the story. I have read previous works from this Author, and everything that he writes has deep meaning to it. I wondered if the use of the green eyes is perhaps symbolic, spiritual, or maybe even both? It has been said that green is the colour of harmony. It can give a sense of peace and also a revival of life; Lucy gives Jim peace and brings him back to life. Green eyes are also a sign of rarity; Lucy is most definitely a rare occurrence. Lucy's green eyes seem to be a powerful aphrodisiac for Jim.

Above all, my favourite element was the developing story between Lucy and Jim. I really enjoyed the romantic suspense, and sexual tension. It's not the usual romance that I'm used to reading, this was somehow better. It blended in so perfectly.

I highly recommend Agency Woman. I can confidently say that you will not be disappointed!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1455120) out of 5 stars Agency woman May 28 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The beginning didn't seem to hold my attention very well. It just didn't make itself clear . But after about half way to three for it was clearer. If I had understood a little more earlier in the story I would have enjoyed it more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1453f9c) out of 5 stars deserves being rated Dec 24 2014
By Ron Kell - Published on Amazon.com
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Ok I didn't like it and normally would not have bothered to rate it, but it is very well written and it is like that old TV program about the secret agent, Patrick somebody or other, who is being held in some secret prison. Stream of consciousness writing and well done, but just not my thing. Maybe it is yours.