The Wayward Spy by Susan Ouellette

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a story filled with action, high-speed storytelling, secrets, and danger! It was fast-paced, and had me racing to the end to see what would happen!

The main character, Maggie, is engaged to an American spy. She used to be a CIA analyst, and creates a strong female lead for this story. When her fiancé is murdered and is implicated in a plot to give US secrets to Russia, Maggie takes on the burden of clearing his name on her own.

I was a bit nervous this would end up being over my head with the political storyline, but the author did a great job of helping me through it. I didn’t feel confused or lost at all! I really enjoyed the pace with this one. It doesn’t take long for the action to start, and Maggie quickly gets moving to find out what really happened!

This is a great story for readers that enjoy American spy novels and strong female protagonists.

Where to Find This Book:

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The terrorist threat has changed. The consequences haven’t.

When her fiancé, a CIA operative accused of treason, is killed overseas, intelligence analyst Maggie Jenkins smells cover-up and sets out to clear his name. Maggie disobeys direct orders and travels to Tbilisi, Georgia, to follow a trail littered with secrets and lies, corruption and deceit, risking her own life to expose the terrorist threat at the intersection where the Russian Mafia, Chechen rebels, Al Qaeda and … US government officials meet.

From the halls of power in Washington, D.C. to the political chaos of the former Soviet Union, Maggie must confront players from the intelligence, political, and criminal worlds who will do anything to stop her. How far will Maggie go to uncover the truth?

Just the Facts:

The Wayward Spy by Susan Ouellette
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: CamCat Books
Pub Date: March 2, 2021

Susan Ouellette is a former intelligence analyst for the CIA. Her debut novel, The Wayward Spy, to be released from CamCat Books on March 2nd, 2021, heavily draws on her academic studies of international relations and Russian language and culture at both Harvard University and Boston University. As the Soviet Union teetered on the edge of collapse, she worked as an intelligence analyst at the CIA, where she earned a commendation for her work done during the failed 1991 Soviet coup.

Subsequently, Ouellette worked on Capitol Hill as a professional staff member for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). There, she participated in several overseas staff and congressional delegations focused on intelligence cooperation with allies and classified operations against adversaries.

It was there, during quiet moments in the attic of the of the U.S. Capitol Building, that Ouellette conceived of Maggie Jenkins in The Wayward Spy, an intrepid young woman thrust into a life-threatening situation borne of tragedy. “She has walked the halls of the House Intelligence Committee and the CIA and knows those institutions as very few novelists do,” says Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal, former CIA Assistant Director for Analysis and former Staff Director, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. “Susan Ouellette has written a well-crafted page-turner that benefits not only from her imagination and way with words—but from her experience.”

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