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American Spy

A Novel
Auteur(s): Lauren Wilkinson
Narrateur(s): Bahni Turpin
Durée: 10 h et 50 min
Catégories: Littérature, Contemporain
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 évaluations)

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American Spy updates the espionage thriller with blazing originality.” (Entertainment Weekly

“Will snatch your summer away. There has never been anything like it.” (Marlon James, GQ

“So much fun.... Like the best of John le Carré, it’s extremely tough to put down.” (NPR) 

Named one of the best books of 2019 (so far) by Time • Esquire • Vulture • Vogue • Real Simple

What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? 

It’s 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She’s brilliant, but she’s also a young black woman working in an old boys’ club. Her career has stalled out, she’s overlooked for every high-profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she’s given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. 

Yes, even though she secretly admires the work Sankara is doing for his country. Yes, even though she is still grieving the mysterious death of her sister, whose example led Marie to this career path in the first place. Yes, even though a furious part of her suspects she’s being offered the job because of her appearance and not her talent.

In the year that follows, Marie will observe Sankara, seduce him, and ultimately have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American.

Inspired by true events - Thomas Sankara is known as “Africa’s Che Guevara” - American Spy knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance. This is a face of the Cold War you’ve never seen before, and it introduces a powerful new literary voice.

Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

Praise for American Spy:

“Inspired by real events, this espionage thriller ticks all the right boxes, delivering a sexually charged interrogation of both politics and race.” (Esquire

“Echoing the stoic cynicism of Hurston and Ellison, and the verve of Conan Doyle, American Spy lays our complicities - political, racial, and sexual - bare. Packed with unforgettable characters, it’s a stunning book, timely as it is timeless.” (Paul Beatty, Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sellout)

©2019 Lauren Wilkinson (P)2019 Random House Audio

Ce que les critiques disent

“What does it do to a person to work for a country that doesn’t work for her? Lauren Wilkinson’s unforgettable protagonist thrillingly forges her own way through the tangles of patriotism, service, love, and loyalty in this extraordinary novel.” (Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State)

“Like all secret agents, Lauren Wilkinson is a keen observer, capable of gathering real intelligence. American Spy is a trenchant commentary on race and gender in America, disguised as a spy thriller.” (Elliott Holt, author of You Are One of Them

“[Lauren Wilkinson] navigates the psychic and physical terrain of this tale of divided loyalties with the poise of such classic masters as Eric Ambler and Graham Greene spiked with late-twentieth-century black American intellectual history.” (Kirkus Reviews

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  • Grace76
  • 2019-02-19

Wow! What a wonderful surprise.

Positively original historical fiction that you will not be able to put down. I'm blown away and will be eagerly awaiting the 2nd installment...please have a 2nd one!!! Oh and Bahni is amazing as always. I'll listen to anything she's reading and to be honest she's the reason I decided to give this a shot. So very happy I did.

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  • T. Hassan
  • 2019-02-16

Expected more...

The story was just “ok.” I expected much more from such a rich topic with the potential for excellence. There were many occasions were I got annoyed by the characters and “lag” in the plot development - and just wanted to get fast forward through. Telling the story as if reading from a journal did not manifest as fluidly as I imagine it was in the author’s concept. Bahni Turpin, again, was phenomenal in her narration. Probably the only reason I finished the story. Had it been anyone else, I would’ve stopped and returned the book.

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  • Adriane Edwards
  • 2019-08-30

So Disappointed!

I selected this book for my book club . I downloaded the paper sample and the first chapter was intriguing so I purchased the audible version. I tried and tried and tried... I hate to not finish a book but the story was uninteresting and the narrator’s voice did not match the characters or the plot , I could not force myself to finish. It was so disappointing I reached out to my book club and cancelled the reading of the book . I wanted to like it .

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  • STEPHEN F COPELAND
  • 2019-04-22

A slow story with no big bang.

I liked the character development but so much of the story was drawn our over extra detail, I prefer my stories to be a little more exciting but who knows maybe this is the way it plays our in real life. After all spies can't all be Jame Bond or Jason Bourne. It was easy listening and I did not want to stop but I could walk away for several days and not miss the book. Sounds like the plot left wide open room for a squeal.

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  • Truly Blessed
  • 2019-04-04

Big let down

This book started out so great and I was excited to read it. But it was a huge disappointment. What could’ve been an interesting and intriguing story turned out to be much ado about nothing.

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  • Karen
  • 2019-09-17

The American Spy is smart

I love how the protagonist was smart and strong without being over-the-top. Wilkinson made her human without being superhuman. She is a mother, a daughter, a sister, and a friend just trying to do the right thing for her job and a lover trying to be real and be honest. Wilkinson writing is so fluid, and it's not preachy or braggadocios.

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  • J. G.
  • 2019-09-15

Excellent but listen at 1.25x!

I see why this book made it on Obama's reading list! Its clever, intriguing, empathetic, and explores both sides of every issue. I do recommend listening at 1.25x as the narrator reads a little slowly. Once I sped it up, I really got into it.

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  • Jai Walk ❤
  • 2019-09-13

Diary of a Spy

As I was listening to the book I felt like I was in the character's shoes. Bahni Turpin does a fantastic job of narrating this piece. She takes you on a journey. Very strong character who had to "do what she had to do!" She needed to let her children know her truth and the risks she took - and the danger that comes with being a spy. While I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes of the main character, I would have liked more action and a developed relationship between Marie and Thomas. Less politics / war - more emotion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-09

great read, but started really slow

I started getting into the book around chapter 10. I feel indifferent that it took 10 chapters for me to care about the story, but once I did, it was great. the date bounces were offputting, but I was able to make the connection and understand why the author formatted it that way.

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  • Patricia Gardner
  • 2019-09-07

Unfortunately, tedious

Started off kind of interesting but it was a struggle to finish. Halfway through my partner asked, "What is the point of this story?" and I told him, "I don't know. I keep waiting for it to reveal that." It just finished and, sadly, we were both relieved.

We kept going on the hopes that it would get better but the characters never really took hold and after all that the story didn't really finish.