Ring of Spies by Alex Gerlis Review

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Genre: Mysteries/Thrillers (Political)

Age: Adult

My rating: 5 stars

Originally published on Goodreads October 16, 2020

I would like to thank Damppebbles, Alex Gerlis, and Canelo Digital Publishing Limited for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is the third book in The Richard Prince Thriller series, an exceptionally mind-twisting Espionage-Political-Thriller, but you can read this as a standalone. Gerlis’ writing here definitely reminded me of John le Carré’s The Night Manager but without the annoying ill-placed flashbacks. Thankfully he included a character list – unlike le Carré – so readers don’t have to try and memorize all of these characters but I had to take notes regarding each characters’ role due to the overwhelming number of double-spies, which also meant I couldn’t finish this in as little as three days. Most characters are trying to hide their allyship through subterfuge, so along with major historical details to remember I had to take my time finishing this, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for a quick read.

Gerlis wove together an impressive list of true historical military strategy with his major fictional plot: Richard Prince’s fight to take down a British spy ring. The British government is involved but they don’t know for sure who the spies are so they recruit Richard to help them infiltrate them (the spies) using his wit and their resources. Every character is memorable, and I learned some new facts amongst the true parts. (did you know Britain had a real fascist party?) If you enjoy political thrillers that include espionage or WWII historical fiction you’ll love this book!

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