Book Review Of “The Last Man In Tehran” By Mark Henshaw @touchstonebooks


Decorated CIA analyst Mark Henshaw continues the “authentic, compelling, and revealing” (Jason Matthews) Red Cell series following agent Kyra Stryker who must work with retired analyst Jonathan Burke to save the CIA from being torn apart by a conspiracy of moles.

New Red Cell Chief Kyra Stryker has barely settled into the job when an attack on an Israeli port throws the Middle East into chaos. The Mossad—Israel’s feared intelligence service—responds with a campaign of covert sabotage and assassination, determined to protect the homeland. But evidence quickly turns up suggesting that a group of moles inside Langley are helping Mossad wage its covert war.

Convinced that Mossad has heavily penetrated the CIA’s leadership, the FBI launches a counterintelligence investigation that threatens to cripple the Agency—and anyone who questions the official story is suspect. With few officials willing to help for fear of getting accused, Kyra turns to her former mentors—now-retired Red Cell Chief Jonathan Burke and his wife, former CIA Director Kathryn Cooke—to help uncover who is trying to tear the CIA apart from the inside out.  (From Goodreads)

Thank you Touchstone Books for sending me this book for free, in exchange of this honest review. I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Okay, Going to keep this one pretty simple, as it’s book number four in a series. I had not previously read any of the books when Touchstone sent me this. So I went in blind, and hoping that it could be read as a stand-alone. Thankfully it wasn’t too hard to follow along, and the other provided a decent amount of back story, so I was not completely lost whilst reading.

Typically, this is not at all my style of read. Spy/Espionage books really have just never been my thing, (same when it comes to movies) So I do not have a lot of experience reviewing them. I did like the development of the characters, and  I appreciated the fact that it was a very fast paced read. Also can we just say, the lead is a take charge, tough as nails female, which was fantastic. I love seeing women in power in the literary world, so Kudos to the author for that.

While I haven’t read the first three books in this series, I appreciated how deeply woven this plot was, I imagine if I had read the others, I would appreciate it that much more. For someone who doesn’t really read this genre, I enjoyed it, so I am betting that readers of Spy/Espionage novels are going to devour this one.

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