Book Review: The Thyssen Affair

Author: Mozelle Richardson

Publisher: Mountain West Publishing

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

Format: Paperback

Source: The Cadence Group, Publicists

Why I Read The Book:  When asked to read a review copy, I agreed because I was intrigued by the mixture of a mystery and a Cold-War spy novel.

Short Synopsis:

Canyon Eliot was an OSS agent during World War II. Now, 35-years later, he’s a Colorado rancher. A close friend, working for the CIA, brings him a skull that was dug up by the Russians. What’s wrong is that the Russians are the enemy, and they dug this skull up on federal property. The skull supposedly belongs to a Nazi army officer who died in a POW camp in Oklahoma during World War II.

The CIA wants to know why the Russians are so interested in the former Nazi. What’s so important about this skull? As a favor to his friend, Eliot agrees to get involved in the case and do a little spying. He sets off for Germany and the twists and turns begin. Pretty soon lots of spies are involved – KGB, OSS, CIA and the Mossad. The reader wonders – all this for an old skull? Who did that skull really belong to?

What I Liked:

This was a good old-fashioned spy novel of the Cold-War era. You know, the ones where the Russians are the bad guys.

It reminded me of Robert Ludlum’s earlier novels. It was heavy on characters’ actions and not car chases and bombs.

What I Didn’t Like:

There were a few incidents in the story in which the characters’ actions didn’t ring true. It was mostly small stuff but, at the time, pulled me away from the story.

The book was too long – 460 pages.

My Rating: B

Recommend? Yes, for people who like spy stories.

The Thyssen Affair is available at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)

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9 Responses to Book Review: The Thyssen Affair

  1. I’ve found it hard to get back into Cold War spy stories, which I used to love. I guess because on some level, we know how it turns out!

  2. I used to love books like this too, but haven’t read any in a while. This one sounds good, but it probably would have been even better if it had been edited tighter.

  3. Martha says:

    I’ve read a few spy thriller stories but there not top of my list. Given this one is too long as well, I may have to give it a pass.

  4. Rural View says:

    I love Cold War spy stories, the thicker the better. I don’t know why except maybe the enemy was clearer then, black was black and white was white. Now you don’t know who the enemy is except for bin Laden. Anyway, I really get into this kind of thing so it’s going on my list.

  5. kaye says:

    I like an occasional spy story–if it’s fast paced and intriguing. Nice review.

  6. Not my genre, although you wouldn’t know that if you looked at the titles I’ve checked out from either of our libaries. Bill devours them.

  7. Staci says:

    I’ve never read any books like this but often wondered if my husband would enjoy them. I totally loving the review style!! 😀

  8. Beth F says:

    I like mysteries but I’ve never been that taken by spy stories or political thrillers.

  9. stacybuckeye says:

    I like thrillers but not so much spy stuff.

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