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Undertow (Johnny Fedora #12)
by Desmond Cory
This is my first introduction to Desmond Cory and his British Intelligence man Johnny Fedora. Cory is known for these spy novels among other written works. The first Fedora novel made its debut in 1951 and the character actually predates the first James Bond book by about three years I believe. I have never read a James Bond novel but have watched the movies and enjoy ...more
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Published December 1st 1983 by Walker & Co
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By the time Ian Fleming's Casino Royale (the first James Bond novel was published, two of Desmond Cory's Johnny Fedora novels had been published. Johnny Fedora is a character who is similar to James Bond and that's why I read Undertow. It's not the first book in the series but it's the start of a narrative arc, which features the series main villain, that spans five books (so I'm guessing it's like Thunderball, which is the first book in what James Bond fans call "The Blofeld Trilogy".
This is my first introduction to Desmond Cory and his British Intelligence man Johnny Fedora. Cory is known for these spy novels among other written works. The first Fedora novel made its debut in 1951 and the character actually predates the first James Bond book by about three years I believe. I have never read a James Bond novel but have watched the movies and enjoy them. I can say the same for my first Johnny Fedora book. Half Spanish and half Irish Fedora is a professional who is both ...more
Johnny Fedora is a semi-retired British Intelligence spy living in Spain off the dime of a rich woman who isn’t around much. His best friend and cohort Trout has taken up permanent residence with him. When the infamous Russian spy Moreno breaks out of a Spanish prison leaving a wake of dead bodies, Fedora can’t help but wonder what’s going on – a mad man like that doesn’t just escape by chance. And when one of Moreno’s dead bodies shows up in Fedora’s swimming pool, he takes it personally.
My first Johnny Fedora spy thriller. A fast-paced, gripping narration with rich characters and complex plot, it was enjoyable enough to complete in two sittings with a Kindle. Undertow is a book I'll recommend without reservation to others who enjoy the genre...I'll look forward to reading more from Desmond Cory.
Moreno is a crazy killer who escapes from prison and takes refuge as part of the K.G.B. It is an excellent story full of first class action and adventure with a great finale. I can highly recommend this if you are looking for fast tough spy action.