Audiobook Review: The Good Spy Dies Twice by Mark Hosack

Author: Mark Hosack

Narrator: Mark Hosack

Length: 10h 19m

Publisher:Wide Awake Audio⎮2017

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Release date: Jan. 19, 2017

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 from 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.

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  Mark Hosack is the author of THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE (Book 1: The Bullseye Series, nominated for the 2016 RT Source Award), 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.

This is unequivocally a fantastic audiobook. The next time someone tells me that audiobooks are boring, I will personally gift them a copy of The Good Spy Dies Twice. Masterfully-written conspiratorial fiction, it gets the listener’s mind reeling about the reality of the current political landscape. 

The Good Spy Dies Twice captivates me in a way very few audiobooks do. It contains a mood-altering soundtrack that placed me in a trance while listening. It is the perfect combination for readers who often like to create a soundtrack in an effort to make the book come to life. With the music and clips from famous speeches, this perfectly paced audiobook is a literary treat for those who enjoy thrilling espionage.

While listening to the author narrate his story, I almost believed he secretly produced the perfect audiobook just for me. His perfect tonal changes incited emotion making it easy to know who was speaking and what they were feeling at the moment. Better still, with well-developed characters and strong writing, his narration made the story present itself right before my eyes. 

There were some heart-wrenching parts – lost love, death, and betrayal. But, that is the very essence of a conspiracy gone wrong. Knotted with a multi-layered plot, Hosack brilliantly weaves a tale causing the reader to have trouble discerning fact from fiction.  He skillfully places the listener in the cross-hairs of the one and only Jake Boxer.  



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