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The Good Spy Dies Twice

(The Bullseye #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  226 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
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 wa
ebook, 328 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Wide Awake Books
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Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
If this is, as the description suggests, the first book in a series, it's off to a pretty good start. The characters are interesting, the plot intriguing and the action relatively fast-paced. Leading the case is investigative journalist Jake Boxer, who used to host a tabloid-type show called "Bullseye."

Several years back, Jake's sound man on the show is murdered - presumably by Russian intelligence agents - while he was digging up fodder for the show related to a strange humming noise said to b
Cynthia Hamilton
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has it all: a twisted, perilous plot, relatable characters, up-to-the-minute world events, intrigue, and most importantly, flawless writing. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves good crime or espionage stories, or anyone looking for a book they can’t put down. It’s a gripping read that’s not afraid of the consequences. It’s uncompromising and satisfying on every level. This book would make a terrific summer read, but I would say don’t put it off until then! So looking forwar ...more
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
Years after an incident of extreme paranoia, Jake settles down, marries a beautiful woman, and embarks on a dream honeymoon to Alaska. But his wife keeps disappearing, strange things keep happening - and is Jake just being paranoid? This was a fun thriller - it kept me guessing. There isn't a lot more I can say without spoilers, but it definitely was an enjoyable story.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Good Spy Dies Twice is an intriguing title and the book doesn't disappoint! From the twisting, turning plot to the realistic characters, it keeps you interested until the last page when you say to yourself: Oh, didn't see that coming! With thanks to NetGalley for my copy.
Cindy McBride
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm just dumbstruck by this book. I was immediately engaged with the characters, locations, and storyline... and the surprise ending will send a little shiver down your spine.

This is a tale centered, at first, on the Alaskan honeymoon of a couple of famous individuals: Jake, once a hugely popular host of a news broadcast focused on the exposure of facts surrounding high-profile stories, but whose career exploded after one broadcast which cast his sanity into question. And Claire, a renowned jour
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
My original The Good Spy Dies Twice audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

The Good Spy Dies Twice is an action-packed, psychological thriller that never lets up.  Jack Boxer is a newlywed, ex-investigative journalist and ex-host of Bullseye as well as a man tortured by the death of his sound man.  Add in the Cold War, double agents, a lost painting and greed to complete the psychological thrill and mystery of this book.

Recovering from a nervous breakdown, Jack comes
In this first installment of the Bullseye series, we are introduced to Jake Boxer, an investigative journalist and host for a very controversial news show called Bullseye. When his soundman and best friend is found murdered while on an investigation concerning a secret group, Bullseye gets cancelled. Bullseye was Jake's livelihood, so without any clear direction and his dream job nixed, he spirals into a deep depression. Fast forward a few years, and we find Jake newly married and on his honeymo ...more
Don Gorman
Sep 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
(1 1/2) This book reminds me of one of my sayings when I am having a bad time on the golf course, I call it a Beatles day, because I am 'Here, There and Everywhere.' This book is as disconnected and disjointed as it can be. Very little makes sense even though there seems to be lots going on. We have a protagonist who is barely interesting and a backstory that dominates but is even less interesting. Not worth the time.
Scandal (Scandalicious Book Reviews)
Completely outside my box of normal reads but hang on tight, we have a winner! Longer review and rating to come closer to release date.

I gave this one 4.5 stars and enjoyed the hell out of every single page!
Danny Demarco
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mark Hosack has done it once again. He has made me love a book written in a genre that I normally care nothing about. It goes to show that exceptional writing and talent transcends the boxes we find our comforts in. I wanted to read his new book: ‘The Good Spy Dies Twice’ based on how much I enjoyed Mark’s first book: ‘Identity’. However, as a High School English teacher I was teaching 6 different novels in my classes, reading a novel at home, and one for a book club I’m in. I’ve never listened ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exciting to read and hard to put down, Mark Hosack's latest novel is an intelligent thriller which puts current issues with the US administration into perspective (who cares about a hacked election when there's an "old world order" which renders our political problems inconsequential?). The plot is easy to follow, clever, and original, with artwork being given as central a role as in The DaVinci Code. I'm glad to hear that it's book one in a series because I would like to learn more about the co ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley for this one. It took me forever to find it on my Kindle, I think it"eats" my books.
This was a typical mystery/spy novel in most ways. Except since the main character was thought to be nuts, I kept thinking he was paranoid and off base. I was wrong about him.
Tonstant Weader
The Good Spy Dies Twice is a contemporary thriller by Mark Hosack and by contemporary, I mean it takes place right before the election this year. By contemporary, I mean the drone program, Brexit, and the Panama Papers are part of the narrative. It is happening now and it captures much of the paranoiac zeitgeist that roils our body politic.

The story opens with a frightening scene with Brody White, a sandman for a streaming news program called Bullseye. Brody was trying to record the rumored “Dag
Olivia Farr
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Good Spy Dies Twice" was a surprisingly fantastic spy thriller. Jake Baxter, lead anchor for the show Bullseye (he's "got you in [his] crosshairs"), was on assignment in Russia, following up on a lead from Buck Masterson, a man on deathrow who claimed to be a spy for the CIA. On this mission, his sound guy Brody was out making a recording to prove Masterson right. Brody dies in a way that makes Jake think it was murder but officially is ruled as an accident. Brody's fiancé and Jake's produc ...more
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a spellbinding series opener that takes the reader through an amusement park of rides, beginning with the tilt a whirl and ending on the carousel. It's a book you have to pay attention to, the plot takes unexpected twists and turns, and the beginning remains a strong component in the ending.
The story begins with Brody White, soundman for the TV cable news show "Bullseye" recording the 'Dagestan hum' at a Soviet installation. He is captured by the FSB, interrogated, and killed. Jake Boxe
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Wide Awake Books for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I adore a good spy novel. I have fond memories of cozying up to Robert Ludlum books in college and enjoying the thrill of a cliff-hanger ending to a chapter that entices you to stay up far later than you intended. And there was a decent dose of that here. What set this book apart was the personality of the hero. He is not your dashing, confident, movie star. He is a deeply flawed, emoti
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you are a reader of authors like Graham Greene, John LeCarre, Ian Fleming or Alan Furst then you are sure to enjoy Mark Hosack’s fiendishly clever, THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE, a tale where suspense takes second place to the dynamics of psychological texture, morality and loss putting it far above the usual run of the mill espionage thriller brand of fiction.

Hosack’s novel features Jake Boxer, a TV news journalist whose reputation was tainted and his career curtailed three years earlier by his o
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a good thriller, but the plot and the hero's paranoia were just a little too much for me. Jake used to host a TV expose show and imploded on the air. Following therapy, drugs, etc., he is gradually returning to the world. He and his wife, Claire, are on their honeymoon in Alaska where all his paranoia reasserts itself after his serious injury in a major ski lift accident. Years earlier the hotel where they were staying was built over a mine that was used for intelligence activity during ...more
Sep 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I would say this is a competent action thriller. Two of the key people in the hero's life get bumped off, but that is but a small proportion of the body count.
The worse the characters get, and there are some real shockers, the more interesting they are. I feel that the book would benefit from having some sympathetic characters that the reader could identify with and scenes with the genial cousin (or whoever) would add a bit of contrast to the flash bang wallop bits.
I agree with other reviewers
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mark Hosack has a great new series starting here. The first book was intriguing in location, plot and characters. Jake, the main character, is fighting his way back from a breakdown after the blowup of his highly popular show and the loss of his best friend. Starting over with a new bride, a honeymoon in Alaska and a lukewarm ambition to go back to school for a law degree, his life is suddenly and tragically turned upside down. Getting to the bottom of what really happened is the true plot of th ...more
Laura Furuta
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book! It tells the story of Jake Boxer. He is the star of his own investigative show. We start with one of Jake's crew dying while they are in Russia. That is when Jake's world and show collapses. Now newly married and on his honeymoon in Alaska, Jake is trust back into investigating a mystery that he may not survive. I loved every minute reading this book. You have a story that doesn't stop from page one to the final. Characters that you either love or hate and enough questio ...more
Book Him Danno
Sep 08, 2016 rated it liked it

I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning and looked forward to reading the entire book. Some parts were a little off-putting and seemed to drift away from the main plot but still followed along the same general path. I was not enthralled with the ending as it appeared, to me, to be a vague. But if I consider it from a conspiracy angle it does appear to have a motive and tie into the overall premise of the book.

I have rated this book 3.5 stars and would recommend it if you enjoy conspiracy theories.

I r
Charlotte Skibicki
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Great story, reminiscent of Hitchcock's Rear Window. Lots of plot twist that I didn't see coming. Would highly recommend. I can't wait to read the second one, though it can be read as a standalone and does not end in a cliffhanger.

I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mark Hosack immediately draws the reader into the plot and characters in The Good Spy Dies Twice. Lots of edge of your seat moments while rapidly turning pages. Anyone who is interested in a good conspiracy will enjoy! I was given an early copy to review. ...more
Jake Boxer was a brilliant newscaster, shining a light on the world’s wrongs. However, in Russia with the death of Brody (the soundman), things spiral out of control for Jake. He gets sucked into his own paranoid conspiracy theories and his show is canceled. It takes years, but with the help of Claire (now his wife), a good therapist, and some regulated meds, he is a stable and caring person. Claire and Jake are on their honeymoon at a ski resort in Blind Creek, Alaska. The future is looking up ...more
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
While I really enjoyed this book, I felt that it was a little off in a lot of ways. The storyline of Jake trying to figure out what his wife was doing on their honeymoon, especially after she died was interesting. He figures out she had never let the past go and was still looking for her dead fiance’s killer. There is a lot of mystery and intrigue to the story, but I don’t think I enjoyed the way it turned out/developed.

The first thing to really confuse me was the back and forth from present to
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Wide Awake Books and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of The Good Spy Dies Twice. I was under no obligation to review this book and this is my honest opinion.

Jake Boxer, an investigative journalist who is the host of the conspiracy theory laden news program Bullseye, becomes involved in his own convoluted web of lies and deceit. After his soundman is murdered in Russia while on a story and Jake's paranoia on-air reaches a fever pitch, his removal from his job ushers in a deep depres
Beth Peninger
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Wide Awake Books for this free readers edition. In exchange I am providing an honest review.

Whoa! What a great start to a series. Well, maybe it is a series? No "The Bullseye #2" has appeared but I'm really hoping there is a #2.

Jake Boxer is a TV journalist that has fallen from favor after a very public meltdown but he's better - he's just married Claire and they are honeymooning in Blind River, Alaska. Claire is writing a travel article about Blind River so
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The title of this book is what caught my attention and I have to say, this one did not disappoint. This story has a lot of twists and turns that I did not see coming and I really like that in a good book. Jake had a show that he worked on when his sound man was murdered. The sound man was engaged to a woman named Claire who was the producer of the show then. Unfortunate events happen and Jake is taken off the air with his show.

Onto the present, Jake has just married Claire who is now a travel w
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I received an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

I really wanted to like this book. At first glance it has it all. A disgraced protagonist trying to redefine his life but pulled back into mystery, an old Cold War mystery, a tragic love story, an evil wealthy businessman, and even a bloodthirty wolf! But I had a hard time believing Jake Boxer could connect the dots the way he did. It was almost like he had the script ahead of time. But seriously, it felt like there
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Mark Hosack is the author of THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE (Book 1: The Bullseye Series), 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 wh ...more