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(Spies Lie #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  367 ratings  ·  47 reviews
The night Jon Sommers finds out his fiancé Lisa Gabriel has died in a terrorist bomb attack, he is visited by spymaster, Yigdal Ben-Levy, who tells him that Lisa was not a fellow graduate student but a Mossad spy sent to bring him to Israel. Ben-Levy also tells him that the death of his parents was no accident and persuades Sommers to join Mossad to seek justice for Lisa's ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 394 pages
Published April 25th 2014 by The Swiftshadow Publishing Group
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Clare O'Beara
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I like that the story starts in London, nicely scenic; you can still tell it's written by an American as the main character hits the sidewalks, while I noticed a lack of past perfect tense. From one end of the book to another a lot of deaths occur. Violent deaths with exploding heads and the like. Too many for me, but then I am reading a modern spy story and it's not going to be pretty.

A young man named Jon Sommers who was orphaned as a child when his parents' mysterious activities caught up
James N Fulton, Jr.
An interesting story

This started out fairly straightforward but got complicated towards the end. The plethora of intelligence and I use the term loosely) agencies and their interaction or lack of is puzzling. Each has their own agendas which may or may not reflect the "common good".
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story is massive. It covers multiple countries' covert agencies, terrorist banking operations, hacking communities and higher education. It is a sprawling set piece with a plot that is fairly straight-forward in spite of the book's length. It is an awkward book to read in spite of the story and really needed a first-rate editor. Thrillers don't just work because of the taut tale; language use plays a critical role in building tension and capturing the reader's attention. The author ...more
Kristina Stanley
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved the story and the author's writing style, which made me feel present in every scene. Bloodridge is full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too. Jon Sommers is a character you want to cheer for. You can understand his motivation. The best part of this story is that its frightening because its so believable. I wonder if some of the scenes actually happened. The author makes you dive right into the life of a spy and have insight into what that might be like. Ill definitely read more ...more
John Dizon
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bloodridge by D.S. Kane is a well-crafted espionage novel set in three different countries at breakneck pace as we follow the action alongside major protagonist Jon Summers. After learning of the death of his intended, Lisa Gabriel, Jon meets with Israeli assassin Yigdal Ben-Levy who opens a Pandoras Box that turns his life upside down. He learns that his parents were Jews working for the Secret Service and were killed in the same manner as Lisa. Jon signs up in seeking closure and finds himself ...more
Babus Ahmed
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bloodridge is a moreish conspiracy thriller with mystery, intrigue and suspense. Jon Sommers is left angry and devastated after the death of his fiance, Lisa. He soon learns more than he bargained for, when he meets a spymaster, who tells him his girlfriend was working for mossad and one of her aims was to recruit him. Jon also learns that his parents were also mossad and their death was not the car accident he was led to believe.

Jon, feeling an acute sense of betrayal nonetheless is driven to
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
First off I think the Author has potential
As others had said it's in need of a good american English editing..
Ok by the time I got to page 50 I felt I had enough information for a 300 page Brad Thor Novel...
This was written like a non-fiction book.. Think Dragnet TV show(I know I'm showing my age:)
I read somewhere that if a reader has to pick up a dictionary to find've lost them :)
Ok... and when does I operative tell a trained killer how to enter a hostile area?? "Shooter
Mary Hastings
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this through first reads giveaways.

It took me a good long while to finish this book. It had a good premise, but it was only averagely written. There were some continuity and plot issues that really bugged me. Aside from that, however, I did ENJOY the book. The story was good. I just think that it could have really benefited from some hardcore editing before publication. With a little polishing up, it could have easily been a four/four and half star book.
Mary E. Munisteri
There are spies among us.

This book was not as exciting as I thought it would be, but it kept me interested. I was never slow. There were so many characters to try to keep track of, I lost several along the way. I will most likely read the next one though. May as well keep following Jon.
Ruben Zamorano
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too many twists and confusion with several key characters. .

I found this to be a difficult read. Just when you think someone is dead they show up again. Twisted story has too many competing agendas.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character is Jon Sommers, who has just gotten a job in banking and proposed to his girlfriend, Lisa Gabriel. This has caused somewhat of a disagreement, as he wants to accompany Lisa to Tel Aviv, where she wants to tell Mother of their news. She wants to do this alone first and says he needs to stay home this time. Unfortunately she dies in a terrorist attack whilst in Israel!

No one informs him and he spends days trying to find out if shes just left him or if something has actually
Jay Williams
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
While this book had all the elements I look for in a black ops thriller, it did not draw me in as I would have hoped. Most of the characters were described in depth, but the dark side of all the personalities involved just dragged me down. The interplay between the various spy agencies of different countries was depicted in depth, leading to a certain amount of fright as the reader has to wonder if the countries involved are allies or enemies. It is probably a realistic description of the ...more
Karina Rhode Ifbb Pro
I'll be honest and say I'm not a political kind of person so once I got into this, I didn't enjoy it. I'd say I feel bad giving it a poor review because of storyline preference but then again I've encountered politics in other reads and was still able to enjoy the story simply because the book offered a better story telling experience outside of the political details.

That being said, I'm not sure it was written very well. It seemed a bit stilted. It seemed the entire story read more like
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG, I don't think the author, DS Kane, could have put his main character, Jon, through more trials and obstacles in his way to becoming a spy than he did in this opening book in the Spies Lie series. This book had action, betrayal, double-cross, mayhem, murder, revenge, romance, suspense, and of course lies, in spades. The reader didn't know whom to trust or whom to believe as the spies lied to each other and to other agencies. I have already added book 2 to my TBR. This is a voluntary review ...more
Martin Pingree
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first chapter or two kind of left me confused and I wondered where this story was going. I marched on and I am very glad I did. This international espionage thriller will keep your heart pounding from start to finish. Great cast of characters with loads of action make this a truly fun read. Once you get into it you wont be able to put it down ! ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Spy is made from an accountant.

Jon Sommers is living a lie. Unaware of his deceased parents' true identities. He is unaware of his godfather who is controlling his destiny until the day he is recruited to take the road pa an agent for Israel as his parents were.
Linda Look
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finding out your entire life (including your parents and fiancee) is a lie creates resentment and hate. Intelligence services including the Mossad only value you when they can benefit from your services. I rate this a 4.0
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Real page turner

Told by a retired covert operative, this book has an attention to detail that speaks to realism at the same time as being a real page turner. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Joan Cameron
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Lots of action. Interesting characters and story line. Descriptive scenery and plot. Looking forward to reading more from this author.

Don Vert
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Really enjoyed the story. Assuming that It has a bit of reality to it and is current. Thought provoking topics. Thanks
Sep 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was one of thirty-something freebies I downloaded as a group. I just dont have much interest in spy novels these days, so I abandoned this one at 30%. ...more
Hillary Baumann
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Loved the detail and description of the Israeli characters. Fast paced, but engaging. Modern spy novel. Useful glossary and appendix
Jacqueline E Raccio

I loved the characters,main and minor. The plots were very well integrated. It kept me on my toes. Nicely done.
Betty Richard
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

New author for me. Strong story line. Will recommend my friends . have a place in my heart for Israel be it fact or fictiin
Jan Kazimi
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great book. I read from start to finish.
A new twist just when you thought it was finished.
I recommend to all
Michael Westcott
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keep your eyes open

Nothing is as it seems! No one is who they are. And everything changes while you watch. And we all die.
Adrion Kusant
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great thriller. Hard to put down. On a par with Robert Ludlum. Kane is a former spy, so draw your own conclusions.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
somehow i couldn't connect with the characters. Even though the plot was good, i feel it didn't provide the thrill.
Roy Rutledge
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Very interesting book, lots of twists and turns. Surprises throughout the book. Highly recommend this book.
Now onto the next one by Mr. Kane.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this series. I am there is more to come...
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DS Kane is the name I've chosen to write under. I worked in the field of covert intelligence for over a decade. During that time, my cover was my real name, and I was on the faculty of NYU's Stern Graduate School of Business. I traveled globally for clients including government and military agencies, the largest banks, and Fortune 100 corporations, and while in-country, I did side jobs for our ...more

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