Seven Sided Spy by Hannah Carmack #NewRelease @MainlyHamm @ninestarpress



In the midst of the cold war, the CIA’s finest and most fatal female agent, Diana Riley, vanishes. Kidnapped by the KGB and taken to the backcountry of North Carolina, she and her team of unsavory partners are forced to undergo illegal experimentation.

But, when the experiments leave them horribly deformed and unable to reenter society without someone crying monster, the previously glamorous and high-maintenance spies must escape KGB captivity and avoid recapture at the hands of Nikola, a ruthless KGB agent with an intense and well-justified grudge against her former flame.


This is such an unusual story and although there were some direct clues in the blurb what I read was quite a surprise. I do enjoy stories that have that little bit of something different about them instead of the same structure and this one certainly had that. There were a bunch of some of the strangest characters in books that I have met about spies.

It is the nineteen sixties and the cold war is really bubbling away under the surface, with neither the CIA or KGB playing fair games. There isn’t just the battles of the two high powers going on but also personal conflicts between the people on the ground that have crossed paths before. A deadly game of cat and mouse as the KGB hunt the CIA agents down. Experiments are performed on the captured CIA team, which leaves them outcasts and isolated from the rest of society and having to hide in North Carolina.

Although grossly disfigured and still with the mutations developing further every day, the team were not only changing physically but also inwardly. Once a cold blooded, don’t question orders group were beginning to question the reasons behind what they were doing and who they really were as people. The characters do seem very complex to follow to start with as there are so many of them and even more so when their under cover names come into play .

Once I settled into the characters and who was who I loved the story more and more the further it progressed. I certainly don’t want to spoil the plot but the story wasn’t anything like I thought it was going to be. A fascinating read, Da Vinci I felt for more than any other. Totally unexpected outcomes for so many. A book that definitely leans more to the side of the paranormal than that of spy verses spy normal stuff.


Hannah Carmack






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