Wow! I’ve been told that reviews sell books, and great reviews make bestsellers. Well, I Just received this email from Anna M. Cooper of Kirkus Reviews:
I hope you're well. I wanted to reach out and let you know that our review of ProxyWar was included in the January 22nd, 2016 content feed to Kirkus' licensees, which included Barnes & Noble, Google, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and more. Your review appeared in the feed along with the reviews of books published by traditional publishers and is made available to consumers and industry professionals (booksellers, librarians, publishers, agents, etc.) via these outlets. Congratulations!
… your review is now published on Kirkus.com and was distributed to our licensees…
All the best,
Anna M. Cooper
I’m so pleased that, ProxyWar, my newest title in the Spies Lie series has been so well received by the prestigious Kirkus Reviews organization. In case you haven’t read the review, I’ve placed it immediately below for your convenience:
“In the sixth book in Kane’s (Baksheesh Bribes, 2015, etc.) Spies Lie series, a motley crew of spies, hackers, and mercenaries unite to stop China and Russia from declaring war on the United States.
Former Mossad spymaster Yigdal Ben-Levy is dying of cancer, but he refuses to live out his remaining days in a hospice. Rather, he’s dead set on getting from Washington, D.C., to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, so that he can warn its members of a plot cooked up by Russia and China to attack America. What’s bad for the United States is bad for Israel, and Ben-Levy refuses to die with his beloved country in limbo after devoting his entire life to keeping it safe. In order to make it to the U.N. without getting killed by Russian and Chinese assassination squads, he calls on Jon Sommers, a former Mossad recruit who’s now working as a banker in New York. Sommers is furious with Ben-Levy, who’s responsible for the death of his fiancée, but when the dying man calls on him in his hour of need, he reluctantly agrees to help. He teams up with Israeli-soldier-turned-mercenary Avram Shimmel, expert hacker William Wing, and former covert operative Cassandra Sashakovich, a Russian, to get the job done. The strengths of this thriller are its lack of especially graphic violence and relatively straightforward plotline, both of which make it more accessible than previous installments. Other Spies Lie stories occasionally got so complicated that it was difficult to keep track of whom to root for. The story here essentially boils down to a long chase scene, packed with action movie set pieces that wouldn’t be out of place in a Michael Bay film. Kane neatly ties up all the loose ends left over from the roller-coaster story arc that began in Bloodridge (2014), while also setting up Jon, Cassie, Avram, William, and company for further adventures together, which will please fans and give newcomers an opportunity to enter this addictive fictional world.