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The Powers that Be by Cliff Ryder

3 Jan

Favorite Line: ” Francisco Garcia Romero’s world had been reduced to two sensations: light and pain.” (p. 7)

Room 59 is a covert “multinational” agency that oversees many different worldwide threats. Today they must prevent a double agent from assassinating a dictator.

When Jonas Schrader learns about a possible problem in Cuba, he immediately offers to help. This comes as a surprise to many of the heads of Room 59, because it involves active duty and Schrader is head of the European faction.

Jonas has his own agenda. He was in Cuba in the ’70’s and has a blood tie to the double agent. He is willing to risk it all for one moment with the agent. Will he be able to complete his mission or will personal tie cause him to fail?

This book reminds me of an action movie.  I could picture the fight scenes in my mind just like a movie at the theater. I’m quite pleased with the clear imagery Mr. Ryder is able to portray with words.

There are several different actions taking place at the same time in this book. We meet the head of Room 59, Kate and her liaison Judy, who are learning to work with each other, Marcus an undercover agent, Jonas head of the European department, Damason a double agent in Cuba, and many others.

The story jumps from chapter to chapter to the different characters. For example, it starts off following a prisoner, then watches Kate, before spying on Marcus and his undercover assignment.  It is an easy to follow transition that is reminiscent of the video camera.

If I had to think of a group this book was aimed at I would definately say men. It’s not a bad book and I think that women would like it too, though. There is a small romance thread that is remembers the past and an ill fated affair. There are hard choices made and the major theme seems to ask, can you give it all up for your country?