Thursday, July 7, 2016

#Thursday Review - CITY OF SPIES by Nina Berry (YA, Historical Fiction) @Ninaberry @HarlequinTEEN

Series: Pagan Jones # 2
Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Library
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Genre: YA, Historical Fiction

Celebrating her escape from East Germany and the success of her new film, teen starlet Pagan Jones returns to Hollywood to reclaim her place among the rich and the famous. She's thrilled to be back, but memories of her time in Berlin—and elusively handsome secret agent Devin Black—continue to haunt her daydreams. The whirlwind of parties and celebrities just isn't enough to distract Pagan from the excitement of being a spy or dampen her curiosity about her late mother's mysterious past. 
When Devin reappears with an opportunity for Pagan to get back into the spy game, she is eager to embrace the role once again—all she has to do is identify a potential Nazi war criminal. A man who has ties to her mother. Taking the mission means that she'll have to star in a cheesy film and dance the tango with an incredibly awful costar, but Pagan knows all the real action will happen off-set, in the streets of Buenos Aires. 
But as Pagan learns more about the man they're investigating, she realizes that the stakes are much higher than they could have ever imagined, and that some secrets are best left undiscovered.

City of Spies is the second installment in author Nina Berry's
Pagan Jones series. City of Spies takes place four months after the ending of The Notorious Pagan Jones. 17-year old Pagan Jones is enjoying her time back not only in the States, but in the spotlight after previously finding her self in a Reformatory for Wayward Girls and a rough and humbling experience in Berlin. She's stopped drinking, she's found a roommate, and she's actually made a movie that was been critically acclaimed which could net her a major award.

"See the world and spy on it." she said. "That's my plan."

But, that doesn't get her out of yet another undercover operation where she has to play actress by day, while being a spy at night in yet another dangerous city that is on the brink of chaos. Not when her handler Devon Black, from MI6, asks her to travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina where she is to find and expose a German Scientist who is living there. This is no ordinary German scientist.

This is someone that Pagan knew when she was a child and was friends with her mother Eva Jones who we are slowly learning a great deal about years after her death. The good thing about this mission: she gets to take along her best friend/roommate Mercedes who knows her way in and out of trouble. The worst part? She once again finds herself up against a familiar adversary and having to make a choice whether to follow orders or making her own way.

If you like Cold War Era novels that have action, suspense, mystery, and a bit of romance thrown in, then you should definitely be reading not only this book, but this series as well. This series hits on some really interesting historical aspects that the world of the
millennials may never know about because schools today are so worried about political correctness and offending the sensibilities of prima donna's, that they continue to ignore history at their own expenses. 

Trust me kids, I lived through the Cold War, and it was nothing to sneeze or laugh at. City of Spies takes place between December 15, 1961 and April 5, 1962. In Berry's Buenos Aires, Pagan not only has to identify Rolf Von Albrecht, but she also has to stay alive after finding herself in the middle of a Jewish/Nazi powder keg that threatens to take Mercedes along with it. She has to navigate treacherous waters of intrigue and high stakes life or death situations that would leave the Mary Sue among us weeping and falling to pieces.

"Any Government, maybe any large institution, was capable of horrible things, justifying anything and everything in the name of their security." 

You should definitely read this book, and then, read the article below about how the CIA used ex-Nazi's in the Cold War. You should also research about how our own (US) government used soldiers as test subjects, up to and including force marching them into areas that had just been irradiated with nuclear fallout, and injecting them with LSD to see how they reacted.

AT LEAST 1,000 ex-Nazis were hired by the U.S. as spies during the Cold War... and the CIA even helped them move to America.

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