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Thursday, June 29, 2017

First Mission Paris

"A standard half-comic secret agent thriller with an overeducated protagonist undertrained in standard James Bond skills or attitudes."

When the news about a stolen list of Europol’s crucial undercover agents hits the global black market, agency’s top man Enrico Moretti is sent to Paris to retrieve the list, minimize the damage and capture the traitor. ClichĂ©? Maybe… But this young Italian isn’t James Bond - he doesn’t know much about fighting, chasing or killing. But he knows something about seducing. And gambling. And drinking. And being a former police negotiator, most of all: storytelling. So when he gets a proper cover story, unlimited amount of money to spend in the City of Lights and teams up with a beautiful but dangerous black-haired girl and tough guys from Balkan’s underground, his mission can begin…

First Mission Paris (Spy)
By Leone R. Giuliani
Independent Publishing Platform
Price $2.99
174 Pages
Rating 2-Stars

“Poor Structure, Wordy, and Badly Edited.”

The story begins with an informer entering the Europol office in The Hague, offering information for thirty million euros. Number Four calls in their new agent Enrico Moretti, a rich playboy fond of super-charged automobiles and beautiful women. The only thing redeeming was the Paris backdrop for the story. Unfortunately, for me the story failed as a spy novel, and felt more like a sex romp of a teenage boy’s first trip to the City of Lights. It was poorly written, badly edited, needed work on the structure, and way too many characters to keep straight.

Tom Johnson

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