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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Mission: Prague

It’s 1975 and Czechoslovakia’s people are still kicking against the Soviet invasion. Tana Standish, a British psychic spy, is called in to repair the underground network. But there’s a traitor at work. And there’s an establishment in Kazakhstan, where Yakunin, one of their gifted psychics, has detected her presence in Czechoslovakia. As he gets to know her, his loyalties become strained: does he hunt her or save her? When Tana’s captured in a secret Soviet complex, London sends in Keith Tyson in a desperate attempt to get her out - or to silence her - before she breaks under interrogation. 

Mission: Prague (International Espionage Thriller)
By Nik Morton
Manatee Books
ISBN #978-1544199902
Price 10.35 (Paperback)
292 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

Tana Standish, now 38, was an orphan Jewish girl trying to escape Warsaw by sneaking on a ship with her brother. Her brother is killed trying to find food on the ship. She was also caught later but before she is killed a British submarine torpedoes the ship. The survivors included the young girl. MI6 learns that she has psychic abilities, and when she grows up they train her as an espionage agent. She doesn’t really read minds, but receives impressions, and can detect danger, hostile and friendly elements, as well as pick up hidden names. She is also studying remote viewing in connection to her abilities.

Mission Prague is not her first assignment, but it is the first published tale about this psychic spy. It’s 1975 and the height of the Cold War. Russia has their thumb on Czechoslovakia, and the underground has been broken. Britain sends Tana to Prague to help reestablish the underground, suspecting her own British organization may have a spy in their midst. Discovering something secret is going on at a mining camp she plans to penetrate the mine and find out what’s going on. But things go awry, and her every move has been watched, and the underground is demolished and she is captured and tortured. Now Russian intelligence may be able to open her mind for all the secrets she holds. The only chance she has is a rescue mission, but it’s bound to be too late.

This is a brand new British espionage thriller set in the Cold War, and Tana Standish is a great new action heroine to be watched. The novel is topnotch, though the author goes off on tangents a bit too much in order to tie the story and real people into real events. Still, if you are looking for a great new series, try this author out. You’ll like Tana Standish, the psychic spy. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

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