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The Good Spy Dies Twice
(Bullseye Book 1)
(Bullseye Book 1)
by Mark Hosack
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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 out of 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.
Panting (he was an audio guy, not an athlete), Brody reached the fence. He put a hand on it and felt his arm spasm uncontrollably in one long, sustained, hot pulse.
The same type of electric shock that had knocked him off the second fence was once again rushing through his fingers and into his arm. He crumpled to the ground with a new, yet familiar, scream on his lips. Luckily, he fell backward, and the weight of his body jerked his hand away from the fence, breaking the electrical current.
Lying in the snow, his arm shook violently for several seconds, and Jesus, his heart—it was skipping beats like a rock skimming a lake. He looked back at the fence. It was just fifteen feet high, and slouching in parts where the support poles were bent, or in some cases missing. It was old, a relic of a bygone era. Totally unassuming.
Or so he’d thought.
Somehow, there was now electricity coursing through it, electricity that hadn’t been there when he’d first scaled it, just minutes earlier.
Someone had turned on the juice, and that meant someone was watching him.
When he first parked his car, he’d counted two fences from the road.
Two fences between him and the rumored Soviet installation.
No problem, he’d thought. The fences were falling apart—he could easily climb them. But now here he was, stuck in between them. Like a rat in a cage.
With his stomach in his throat, Brody cradled the audio recorder.
Okay, so he’d recorded a sound that just might change the world, but as several headlights appeared in the road just beyond the now-electrified fence, as dark silhouettes of bulky Russian men poured out of the cars and hurried through the snow toward him, he found himself asking a much more personal question:
Was it also a sound worth dying for?
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Praise for the Book
"Sometimes it seems as though real, hard-hitting journalism has faded away, replaced by social media, viral videos and celebrity gossip. But The Good Spy Dies Twice, the first book in author Mark Hosack's new spy series, finds a retired journalist compelled to dig for the truth ... Part mystery and part Cold War spy thriller, The Good Spy Dies Twice is a twisting, turning adventure that's sure to have readers questioning what's real and what's just paranoia." ~ Nights And Weekends
"A disgraced journalist tackles a story his newlywed wife had been covertly researching, involving Russians, spies, and murder at an Alaskan ski resort in this thriller ... readers know only what Jake does, so even if he's merely paranoid, his various conjectures on what's happening epitomize a dedicated man piecing together a puzzle. The narrative, too, fittingly relays his emotional state: Jake's hatred of the chairlift is ultimately well-founded ... an undeniably spry and rousing espionage tale." ~ Kirkus Reviews
"Fans of old-school Cold War spy novels will cheer for the first of Hosack's Bullseye series, a sweeping and dynamic tale of dangerous intrigue, ill-fated love and emotional loss. Jake Boxer is a broken anti-hero whose mental anguish will resonate with readers as he works to solve a mystery intensely personal to him. His determination to do right is palpable, and readers will be caught up in both his physical and emotional struggles. At its core, Hosack's novel is a fast-paced tale of espionage, filled with unexpected and brilliant twists that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Don t miss this one." ~ RT Book Reviews - Top Pick
"Non-stop intrigue, heart pounding action, twisted emotion, and cold blooded murder make The Good Spy Dies Twice a masterpiece of suspense." ~ Shari Shattuck, author of Invisible Ellen and Loaded
About the Author
Mark Hosack is the author of The Good Spy Dies Twice (Bullseye Book 1), 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 that insist on calling him Dad.
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