“Sometimes Mai Fisher felt like Lady MacBeth, bemoaning the gouts of blood only she could see on her hands and which never paled after constant washing. When she pulled off the filthy latex gloves at the end of each day, she still felt as if the stench and mess of death had been tattooed into her skin.”
From the story, “Giving the Death Back Their Names,” in Blood Vengeance.
Real spies are a special breed. The glamor portrayed on television is far from the harsh reality experienced by those exceptional individuals who live double lives and risk losing themselves in their surrogate identities. Blood Vengeance is a compilation of missions from an extraordinary couple taking place in the very real world of espionage and involves a fiction U.N. intelligence organization. From Ireland to the Balkans to America’s extreme right wing, operatives Alexei Bukharin and Mai Fisher juggle their personal lives against the demands of their unusual work. Just as Bukharin seeks to retire, Fisher needs her adrenaline fix, and she just may sacrifice happiness for it.
Words of praise for Blood Vengeance:
“This is as real and intense as it gets. The stories mix real events with fictional characters in a way that makes everything extremely believable. The fact that those events can be researched on the web, where explicit pictures show the extent of the horror, is hair-raising. The characters’ expertise takes them to world hotspots. They get the job done while trying to lead normal lives, which is a lost battle. But they try very hard, and live very intensely. I enjoyed their struggles immensely and hope to read more about their undercover work. A great find.”
A Reader’s Comments:
“I loved Blood Vengeance. It’s better than any of Stieg Larson’s books.”