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League of Shadows

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There are certain betrayals for which there is no forgiveness.

The OVRA. Mussolini's secret police... A wartime mission to infiltrate its ranks... A spymaster who betrayed his agents... Now, fifty years later, three survivors are marked for assassinationand all that stands between them and death is an ex-cop on a mission.

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published January 2nd 2005 by Stuyvesant & Hoagland
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Sarah Welver
Aug 10, 2013 Sarah Welver rated it it was amazing
League of Shadows> is one of the best historical thrillers I've ever read. I can see why the novel got great blurbs from writers like Brad Thor, Thomas Perry, Olen Steinhauer, and Steve Berry. I rank it not far from the high quality of other historical novelists along the lines of John Le Carré, Jack Higgins, and the early Ken Follett. That's high praise but I was impressed by Terpening's research and how well that's integrated into the action. This novel has both contemporary scenes set in A ...more
Brian Strauss
Mar 25, 2013 Brian Strauss rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-thrillers
It takes a while to figure out what's going on in this spy thriller since the author alternates between scenes set in the past (World War II Italy) and the present. I really enjoyed the action in Rome under Mussolini. Very suspenseful. Excellent research, convincing characters, a complex but well plotted story line, all make for a gripping thriller as a spy tries to survive while the OVRA--the Fascist secret police--are intent on tracking him down. The author's website lists great blurbs from ...more
Oct 05, 2011 Shane rated it it was ok
Shelves: thrillers
This book wasn't that bad, but I'm giving it a "2" mostly because the whole time I found my attention wandering. I would read a paragraph and not remember what it said. There was solid action and the characters were memorable, but there was just something about the overall prose that didn't keep my attention. Another negative was I got bogged down in details. Terpening seemed to like to impress with his research into gun brands and specific Italian streets, but sometimes that kind of information ...more
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I like writing thrillers (and teen novels) because they're so much fun to read. And I love reading. Reading's my favorite pastime whether it's a crime novel by Elmore Leonard or Dennis Lehane or Thomas Perry, or a spy novel by Daniel Silva or Charles McCarry, or a thriller by Nelson DeMille or Harlan Coben. I have so many favorite authors that I hesitate to name even those just listed!

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