REVIEW: This riveting spy thriller about an American merchant banker drawn into a world of espionage where no one can be trusted is one not to be missed.
As the story gets underway, Jack Devlin narrowly escapes Tehran during the 1979 hostage situation in Iran, losing almost all of his business, and more importantly, leaving the love of his life, Farideh, behind. He is subsequently approached by an old, trusted friend who offers him a devil’s bargain: become an expendable spy, one the agency will deny; help the CIA and British MI6 obtain the ledger of Farideh’s father, arms merchant Mustafa Khaki; and they will get Farideh out of Iran for him.
Devlin is sent on a wild roller coaster ride through the treachery and mayhem of the Middle East, into a circle of agents, double agents, defectors, and collaborators, where he discovers that the warning of the British MI6 Chief who trains him.
David Paul Collins’s timely historical spy novel An Improbable Spy has all the elements of a classic Cold War-era tale, as the CIA goes against the KGB, but with a Middle Eastern twist.The story begins with a chill on the streets of Moscow in 1980. KGB agent Vladimir Sudakov, who has information about Soviet machinations involving the American hostages in Iran, is about to betray his country on a metro platform, beneath the gaze of a mosaic of Lenin.
In London, Jack Devlin, the owner of a struggling merchant banking business in Kuwait, is approached with a business proposition: his old friend Hugh, who’s now a CIA agent, will help Devlin sneak his love interest and her sister out of Tehran in exchange for an arms trafficker’s ledger.
Reviewed by Michelle Newby for Clarion Reviews
REVIEW: “An Improbable Spy” by David Paul Collins is the story of a man as he tries to get the woman he loves out of danger, but he might have to give more than he can take.
Some Americans are being held hostage in Iran and the CIA is looking for someone who will be least likely to get caught in the thick of things. Jack Devlin is the man with enough motive to take the risk and get the job done.
Jack’s girlfriend Farideh is stuck there and he will do whatever it takes to get her back in his life. The price of her freedom: get the ledger of a dangerous arms traﬃcker.
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite
REVIEW: Much has been written about the Iran hostage crisis, a diplomatic standoﬀ between the United States and Iran. After a group of Iranian college students belonging to the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line, who supported the Iranian Revolution, took over the embassy, ﬁfty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days from 04 November 1979 until 20 January 1981.
This is the background for David Paul Collins’ spy thriller, “An Improbable Spy“. In this story, set in the 1980s, when the students stormed the embassy, Jack Devlin, a merchant banker, narrowly escaped the chaos, leaving behind 80% of his business. He also had to leave behind the love of his life, Farideh. Determined to get her back at almost any cost, Jack accepts a deal with the CIA and Britain’s MI6 to return to Tehran to retrieve the ledger of a major arms traﬃcker and at the same time rescue Farideh. But spies will be spies and Jack soon ﬁnds that there is only one person involved in the saga who he can trust – himself. His quest to carry out his mission takes him to Kuwait, Cairo, London, and eventually to Tehran — where things don’t go quite as planned.
Reviewed by Darryl Greer for Readers’ Favorite
REVIEW: “An Improbable Spy” by David Paul Collins is a fast-paced, actionpacked thriller that explores the theme of espionage in an international setting.
It follows the story of Jack Devlin, an American businessman who loses almost all his business and ﬂees Tehran when radical Islamic students storm the US Embassy in 1979. Dozens of Americans are held hostage, but he has a narrow escape, and while he must live with his losses, the greater loss is Farideh, his girlfriend whom he has left behind in Iran.
Reviewed by Ruﬃna Oserio for Readers’ Favorite
REVIEW: In “An Improbable Spy” by David Paul Collins, in November 1979, merchant banker Jack Devlin’s world falls apart when the US embassy in Tehran is stormed by radical Muslim terrorists and hostages are taken.
He is forced to leave his business and girlfriend, Farideh, and escape from Iran. Now he is given the opportunity to rescue Farideh and her sister Leah. The opportunity comes in the form of a joint mission by the CIA and MI6. In return for their safety, Jack must return to Iran and retrieve a ledger containing all the clients and sources of the biggest and most dangerous arms dealer in the Middle East, Mustafa Khaki.
Review: Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers’ Favorite
REVIEW: “An Improbable Spy” by David Paul Collins is set in London, Egypt, Iran, and Kuwait at the time when a party of Americans in Tehran were taken captive in the longest hostage crisis in history.
The hero, Jack Devlin, is a banker with interests in the Middle East. He is on the point of losing his fortune since it was extremely unwise for westerners to enter Iran where Jack’s assets are located. His problems are further complicated by his love for Farideh, the Jewish daughter of Mustafa Khaki. The Iranian arms dealer’s other daughter, Leah, is on dialysis and needs a kidney transplant.