Audiobook Review: The Good Spy Dies Twice by Mark Hosack


Author: Mark Hosack

Narrator: Mark Hosack

Length: 10h 19m

Publisher:Wide Awake Audio⎮2017

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Release date: Jan. 19, 2017


Jake Boxer, investigative journalist and host of the conspiratorial news show Bullseye, is in serious trouble. Not only is his soundman murdered by Russian intelligence agents while reporting on a secretive New World Order, but his network cancels his show, leaving Jake humiliated and spiraling into a deep dark depression.

Years later, a condemned murderer, who claims he was abandoned by the CIA, and who starred in an early episode of Bullseye, is finally executed for killing two supposed Soviet spies back in the 1970’s.

Jake Boxer, still trying to piece his life back together, is on his honeymoon in a posh ski resort in the Alaskan mountains when he gets word of the inmate’s execution . . . and the old killer’s final words: “The good spy dies twice.”

Those five words, seemingly meant for Jake, draw the ex-reporter from his forced retirement and into a complex and deadly global conspiracy involving his newlywed wife, the secretive New World Order, and the hotel’s hundred or so “guests.”

Everyone is a suspect.

Described as James Bond in a Stephen King novel, THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE is the explosive first book in the Bullseye Series. Part spy thriller, part whodunit, this fast-paced novel introduces an exciting new hero, the intrepid, conspiratorial journalist, Jake Boxer.


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About the Author

Mark Hosack is the author of THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE (Book 1: The Bullseye Series, nominated for the 2016 RT Source Award), and IDENTITY (Simon & Schuster). He also wrote on the web series SEQUESTERED for Sony Crackle, the screenplay for GIVE ‘EM HELL, MALONE (Thomas Jane, Ving Rhames), and he both wrote and directed the award winning independent film PALE BLUE MOON. Mark lives in Los Angeles with his wife and a brood of gremlins who insist on calling him Dad.





My Review

I chose to listen to this audiobook after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Good Spy Dies Twice starts with a bang and I was immediately hooked.  It begins with a mysterious hum and the murder of an audio expert when he tries to record it. Jake, the victim’s boss and friend, knows when he identifies the body that the Russians murdered him even though they claim it was an accident.

Unfortunately, things slow down after the beginning of the book. Jake and Claire are on their honeymoon after he has recovered from a severe depression. Jake is paranoid, though, and his ramblings are a little too much. The funny thing is, he’s right to be paranoid. 

Things eventually pick back up toward the end of the book. There were several twists and I was kept wondering who the murderer was right until the end. I do like it when I’m surprised.

It was difficult to connect with Jake, not only because of his paranoia but also his anxiety and constant fear of losing Claire. I also found it strange that Claire kept disappearing. Yes, it was a working honeymoon but she had to know she was making things worse for Jake and his issues.

I’m a little wary when an author narrates their own book. Of course, they know the timing they want but do they have a good voice for speaking? In Mark Hosack’s case, the answer is yes. He did a very good job at narrating The Good Spy Dies Twice.

This is the first book in a series and I will probably try the next one to see if Jake’s character gets a little less whiny before I give up on him.

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3 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: The Good Spy Dies Twice by Mark Hosack

  1. Kristine Hall May 8, 2017 / 1:03 am

    I felt the same way about Claire leaving him all the time! I will also give the next book a try especially since by the end of this one, Jake seems like he may have gotten his act together.

    Liked by 1 person

    • sleepygirl2 May 8, 2017 / 8:32 am

      That’s what I’m hoping. He needs to find a woman who supports him.


  2. Ally Swanson May 8, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Great review! This book sounds like a very intriguing read! I have added it to my TBR List and look forward to checking it out!

    Liked by 1 person

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