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City of Exiles (Icon Thief #2)

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In the lightning-paced sequel to The Icon Thief, Europe’s turbulent past and terrifying future are set to collide in the streets and prisons of London—and beyond.

Rachel Wolfe, a gifted FBI agent assigned to a major investigation overseas, discovers that a notorious gun runner has been murdered at his home in London, his body set on fire. When a second victim is found unde
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Signet
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Paul Pessolano
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
“City of Exiles” by Alec Nevala-Lee, published by Signet Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

“City of Exiles” is a sequel to “The Icon Thief” but I found no problem in following the story even though I had not read “The Icon Thief”.

Rachel Wolfe is an FBI agent that has been assigned as a liaison to a special department of the London Police Force. Her initial acceptance of the position was to further her career, although she now finds herself bogged down in a nowhere job and facing a return to the U
Darren Goossens
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This is a high quality thriller. Like The Icon Thief it refuses to insult the intelligence of the reader, it has a likeable female protagonist, interesting settings, a good villain -- always absolutely crucial -- and is told economically. It plausibly conflates the real and imagined, and the research is good enough that there is no clear division between t

Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Agent Rachel Wolfe and her partner Alan Powell go to investigate the murder of gun runner. The murder is unusual because the chemical potassium permanganate is used to douse the victim and set him on fire. This method starts the investigation down the road of Russian Intelligence involvement. There also appears to be a possible leak within the department. Additionally, the Russian thief and assassin Ilya Severin, know as the Scythian, has successfully survived an attempted hit on him and is in L ...more
Maria Mitchell
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for a review.

I hadn't read the first book in this series by Alec Nevala-Lee "The Icon Thief". So in the beginning I felt like I was catching up a little bit. However it was still fairly easy to read this book without reading the other, with only some references to the first book.

The book is very fast paced for its size. It is an exciting thriller that presents two villains early on. And then another extremely surprising villai
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
A complicated plot but one worth sticking with. An international thriller involving two foreign assassins , one Russian...Ilya Severin , and Lasse Karvonen, the Finn. Both are involved in several gruesome murders but they probably are working on different political agendas. Most of the action takes place in London, where the police are working with an American FBI agent, Rachel Wolfe.
As first stated the plot has many parts and comes from slightly different angles before they all merge. The key
Mike Bull
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This murder mystery set in London England and Helsinki Finland got better and better throughout the novel. The novel centers around FBI agent Rachel Wolfe who is temporarily working with the British police services under Alan Powell. As they investigate the London death of a gun runner / machinist, signs lead to the involvement of Russian Intelligence involvement.

Meanwhile a Russian, known as the Scythian, formally associated with Russian intelligence, has survived a plot against his life in Spa
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
God bless the mass market paperback shelf at the Kroger, because I’m not sure who else will. But this one was packed in there beside the covers with shirtless cowboys with Magic Mike abs, and it was a pretty diverting read of the international thriller variety. I found the characters and their arcs interesting enough, especially Wolfe and her lapse from Mormonism, and also enjoyed Ilya as a frustrated academic. I thought that some of the other characters were a little off the rack psychopaths, b ...more
Bj Johnson
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I finally can make this review. I received an advanced copy of this book from a give away on Goodreads, but unfortunately had some book club books to read first.

The book picks up where "The Icon Thief" leaves off, so I suggest reading that first if you have not already. Unlike that book this one is set in London ant other places in Europe. I like how the characters are developed. The plot lines are good and the suspense is just right. Unlike some other books I do not find myself thinking just f
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Second book by the author of The Icon Thief and I did no read his first book. For a book that is nearly 400 pages this book clips write along. The audience that would enjoy this most would be those into dirty deeds, international plots assassinations and bombing. The story centers around the civil and military arms of Russian security and the novel moves to many different locales. This kind of book is generally not my cup of tea but I liked it. So I imagine that those into the world of internat ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Okay, book 2. No wonder I couldn't figure out what was going on. I think the writer got a little too clever with the twists and turns of the intrigue, and left too many loose threads in the narrative. I may or may not look for book 1.
Kelli Lynn Dwyer
Oct 15, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Thanks for doing this giveaway, I am so excited to recieve and read this sequel. Thank you so much for the chance and as soon as I get this in the mail and read it, I will edit this and make a proper review. Thanks!
Oct 15, 2012 marked it as to-read
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"*** I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads ***
** The Giveaway was Listed By Sarahjanet **
* I received my copy on Thur, Nov 15th, 2012 *

Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Better than the Icon Thief. Just kept turning the pages and was sorry when it ended.
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
this was a good read although I found the Mormon references gratuitous and added limited value to the plot. It's a good airplane or beach read - it will keep you interested throughout.
Rosemary A.
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I think the story will continue. Too many lose ends.
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I'm the author of The Icon Thief, City of Exiles, and Eternal Empire, a trilogy of thrillers published by Penguin Books. I'm also an occasional author of short fiction, most of which has appeared in the magazine Analog Science Fiction and Fact, and my nonfiction has been featured in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Salon, The Rumpus, and The Daily Beast.
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