American Spy

American Spy

A Novel

Book - 2018
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What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? One woman struggles to choose between her honor and her heart in this enthralling espionage drama that deftly hops between New York and West Africa.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812998955
Branch Call Number: F WIL
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: American spy


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Aug 25, 2020

This book unfolds as Marie an FBI agent writes in a journal to her sons her story and the beginning of their story. Marie's life is anything but smooth. Contains family struggles /complexities and frustrations of being female and black in the FBI male dominated world. Enjoyed the reading of verbal and non verbal cues and ability to figure out another's motives. Marie accepts a 2 wk job gathering info on Thomas Sankara in an African nation, Burkina Faso which evolves into a more sinister operation. Ultimately it is a story for good over greed and power.

Aug 19, 2020

How do I schedule to pick it up at library?? nothing gets me to do so

ArapahoePaige Jul 20, 2020

In a journal to her young sons, Marie writes about her upbringing, influential family members and events in her life that put her on a complicated, dangerous path that eventually, she hopes, will lead to a better life for her boys. Will she be around to see it?

knitsewrainbow Jul 09, 2020

This is such an incredible book. Great story line that propels you to keep reading, insightful commentary on what it means to have multiple identies: American, Black, Woman, Spy, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Revolutionary. This novel really makes you think about what it means to inhabit multiple identities and how those roles intersect and change us. It's a story about individuality and being part of something greater: family, country, community, organizations, government. The complexity of those relationships form the person we are and who we become. I couldn't put it down.

Mar 30, 2020

During the Cold War in the 1980s an FBI agent is sent to Burkino Faso. The novel is very good on the presentation of Thomas Sankara, one of Africa's great leaders, and American actions to undermine him. It is an interesting spy story from the perspective of an African American. It suffers from some of the problems of a first book - voice, loose ends, telling instead of showing - but is nevertheless an interesting read.

Dec 10, 2019

A first novel that somehow got published despite a plodding writing style that undermines the storytelling, which, it turns out, is just dressing on a mechanical plot. The narrator/protagonist seems to have an inflated sense of her own likability and — OMG! — analytical skill. This character is as unlikely FBI agent as you will ever find. Add in the author’s need to insert an unbelievable turn toward romance and it can’t be salvaged.

IndyPL_KimE Dec 09, 2019

American Spy is narrated as a letter and set in 1986 during the Cold War. Marie Mitchell is the only black female working for the FBI in her stale position as an agent. She works dutifully with informants which she hopes will show her boss that she is capable of leading a special case.

Soon she is given an opportunity to work with a CIA task force to undermine the President of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara. Marie is smart enough to know that she must get close enough to Sankara to undermine him. But what will she sacrifice in order to complete the mission? What is truly at stake?

With a nod to author John le Carré (which perhaps will make me read him now), I was blown away by this spy thriller that kept me interested the whole way through.

This is a carefully woven story about Marie Mitchell’s mission, her identity and family.

Sep 29, 2019

What, at first glance, may seem a simple spy thriller turns into something far more compelling and satisfying. Beyond our protagonist, Marie, a black woman working for the FBI during the 80s, and the settings of Martinique and West Africa, so unusual for a Cold War spy novel, AMERICAN SPY also gives the reader such well thought out and well executed writing: a piece of information shared well into the book that, for me, completely changed the book I thought I was reading, and the confidence to give the reader the ending the book deserves, rather than what we might want. Wilkinson is one to watch.

Aug 29, 2019

It started off with a bang then seemed to settle into details and backgrounds. I was determined to stick it out and was glad that I did. Around chapter 8, the story really seemed to get to the meat of it, and from then on I couldn't put it down.

Aug 25, 2019

Part of former US President, Barack Obama's summer reading list for 2019.

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