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Book By Author:  Tom David

Varga's Passage
 
 Varga's Passage
 
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A THRILLER SET IN THE 1980'S WHEN THINGS WERE LESS COMPLICATED, OR WERE THEY? THE COLD WAR, PEOPLE TRAFFICKING AND MURDER BECOME FATALLY ENTWINED. WHAT LINKS THE 17TH CENTURY TO THE LATE 20TH CENTURY? WHY ARE THE KBG IN YORKSHIRE? FROM ANCIENT CITY TO WILD MOORLAND & RUGGED COAST. THE MYSTERY UNFOLDS WHEN A CYNICAL CIA AGENT AND A MUSEUM CURATOR WHO GIVES AS GOOD AS SHE GETS ARE THROWN TOGETHER. AN ATTRACTION OF OPPOSITES WHO JOIN FORCES IN THE RACE TO SOLVE THE CONNECTION BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. SUFFUSED WITH HISTORICAL NARRATIVE FROM ERIC BLOODAXE TO GUY FAWKES AND RASPUTIN. ALL WITHIN THE TIME-LINE OF THAT CLASSIC ENGLAND/AUSTRALIA CRICKET MATCH AT HEADINGLEY. 

 
Date Reviewed:   

22-02-2016

 
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Take a ride with this witty, humorous spy caper throughout the English countryside.

 
 

Let me introduce you to two unlikely cohorts, Colby and Kate. Colby is a brash American CIA agent in the midst of searching for his partner’s killers in England. Kate is a beautiful intelligent museum director in a small English city secretly wanting more out of life. Before his death, Colby’s partner mentions a “Varga’s Passage”. This embarks Colby on a path to find out what or where Varga’s Passage is, who killed his partner and, unbeknownst to him, save the planet from a Russian attack during the cold war era of the 80’s. Tom David, the author, makes reading Varga’s Passage extremely entertaining. He does this using the two strong main characters, Colby and Kate. Colby, while trying to find out about Varga’s Passage, enlists the help of Kate at her museum. Within the first interaction, I immediately realized that I was in for a great read. The two new partners clash in a fun way. He is egotistical and she loves to push his buttons! It soon becomes apparent to Colby that he is being followed and he takes Kate along with him to protect her. Kate jumps in with both feet and becomes an integral part of his investigation. What they don’t know is that they have stumbled upon an international smuggling ring and a group of hardened criminals that will do anything to keep it secret.

The rest of the book is a merry chase throughout the English countryside. Colby and Kate are up against the odds: the smugglers; the KGB; assassins; and the police who should be helping them. David, the author, is well schooled which becomes apparent with his use of cultivated words and phrases throughout. His historical quips from Kate are intensely researched and add to the richness of the book without becoming dry and distracting. David has a knack at building up each chapter or sub chapter to a climax. Many times I thought oh no, how are they going to get out of this situation only to find...Well I can’t let that out of the bag, can I? You will just have to read through the twists and turns of this passage. Varga’s Passage is a delight and I anticipate reading any other novels written by this talented writer.



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Author:  Tom David