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SpyCo #4

Assignment: Sydney

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A tiny device causes big trouble in Assignment: Sydney, the fourth installment in the SpyCo Novella Series.

When an Australian scientist develops technology capable of revolutionizing nuclear missile warfare, North Korea's rogue government will stop at nothing to get their hands on it. Straight from a harrowing mission in Istanbul, top SpyCo agent James Burke is dispatched to head off disaster. Little does he know he will face one of the most difficult decisions of his career.

116 pages, Kindle Edition

Published November 22, 2017

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Craig A. Hart

103 books216 followers
Craig A. Hart is a writer of thrillers. In a past life, he was also director for Northern Illinois Radio Information Service, a broadcast outreach that brought daily news and information to the visually impaired.

In 2015, Kindle Press published his literary novel BECOMING MOON. NPR affiliate Northern Public Radio featured BECOMING MOON in their Winter Book Series, and it won Best Novel of Summer 2015 from Pinnacle Awards. He is also the author of the historical mystery NIGHT AT KEY WEST, which is based on true events.

In 2016, he publishing SERENITY, the first book in the popular Shelby Alexander Thriller Series. Serenity alone has been downloaded over 400,000 times by eager readers.

In 2022, he launched the Maxwell Barnes Adventure Thriller Series, co-written with S.J. Varengo. The award-winning first book in that series, MAYAN SHADOWS, was published on May 11, 2022. Two more books follow in that series: MAYAN THUNDER and MAYAN TEMPEST.

A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Craig lives in Iowa City, Iowa with his wife, sons, insane dog, and anti-social cat.

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1,492 reviews24 followers
March 2, 2021
I’m DNFing this one. I’m OK with irreverent humor, but this is too frequent and seems to cross the line more than I’m comfortable with. Burke's repeated comments about other women, especially when supposedly in a relationship, were particularly cringeworthy. Also, despite being warned by Dot that Park has probably been in his room and planted bugs on his clothing Burke just ignores this and continues to travel without checking any of his belongings. Then is surprised when a tracker is found. I don’t expect protagonists to be perfect - but this seems really, really dense on Burke’s part. It kind of killed it for me and I found I lost the minimal interest I had in the plot... 🤷🏻‍♀️

I enjoyed the first 3 and they only seem to be loosely connected, so I’m still inclined to check out the next one, Assignment: Alaska.
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1,691 reviews391 followers
September 10, 2018
Assignment series:
Assignment: Athens #1 - A well written little spy story. Not in Ludlum's league, but Hart does a good, simplistic job. The prologue starts the ball rolling with favors of Mr. Majestyk and The Mechanic, which made me laugh. While this isn't my favorite story, I love the other books I've read from this author, especially the Serenity Series.

If you like Assignment: Athens, prepare to get your socks knocked off with Serenity. I am curious to see if the next book in the SpyCo series will be as well written as the Serenity, which by the way are all 5-star books. 4*

Assignment: Paris #2 - Another well written spy story from a good storyteller. The characters are believable, the fast paced plot twists and the humor rampant. Mr. Majestyk is replaced with James Bond, but the story still rocks. 5*

Assignment: Istanbul #3 - Another well written little spy story. The books in this series are getting better, as most good things do with age or practice, and the reader has a fast paced, suspense filled story laced with humor. I recommend reading the series from the beginning as the well developed characters pop in and out from various books. Plus, why not, they're a fun way to spend a couple of hours. 5*

Assignment: Sydney #4 - Again, another well written, suspense filled novel that keeps the reader immersed in the story while having fun reading it, too. The characters are interesting and the plot is well thought out, plus there's the signature humor found in this series and other Hart books. 5*

Assignment: Alaska #5 - These stories get better and better. A well written, action packed, humorous novel that keeps the reader in stitches while glued to the pages. Some of the characters have returned from previous stories and get more interesting. The well thought out plot and the return of Dot makes the intrigue rock. I noticed a new coauthor and can tell a difference with his contribution.

Update: I found the coauthor did not help write this book; it was written strictly by Mr. Hart. This is my favorite book of the series so far, including Dublin #6. The other books are missing him not being the only writer, but I understand his reason. 5*

Assignment Dublin #6 – Another well written little spy story. Dot appears again; she’s my favorite character. The gang’s off again with a new assignment, which if you read the other books, you know what to expect. A quick read done in a couple hours, good for relaxing. 4*
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125 reviews8 followers
March 11, 2018
James Burke is off to Sydney for his next assignment he has to meet another agent at the airport Archibald Withers hes seen a photo of him he looked familiar so he should spot him.
On arrival James spots Withers and realises he isn’t only familiar he’s actually the actor from Gone With The Wind. On meeting the two men hit it off before they check their assignment they go for some food. They ordered Burke noticed a man drinking water and trying to act relaxed he failed miserably after asking Withers if he had back up he was told it was a fan looking for an autograph and makes his way over to oblige the fan. That’s when the man reaches to get his pistol and shoots Withers.
Another great SpyCo read from Craig and Scott. I love the SpyCo series with each assignment you get to know the agents better and they visit all over the world and of course nothing ever runs smoothly for the agents.
354 reviews1 follower
November 29, 2017
I received a free copy of this book from the author. I had the opportunity to review or not.

This is the 4th in the SpyCo series written by Craig Hart and S. J. Varengo. You can’t lose reading these novellas. They have plenty of action and hold your interest throughout the entire story. Even though the stories are short, they fill that empty spot that needs a good story, but gets down to business quickly. Sometimes a novella is perfect for a busy life when reading time is at a premium.

This novella has some of the same characters in them while introducing new characters for that added interest. One new character introduced in Assignment Sydney is a rascally old lady named Dot. She plays a major part in this tale begging the question – will we see her again? Hopefully we will. I have enjoyed the Assignment series and I’m sure you will too
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196 reviews1 follower
April 10, 2020
A fun short story thriller!
Another SpyCo story, this being book 4 and revolves around Sydney and a Australian scientist who develops a revolutionary nuclear missile that North Korea’s rouge government want and send one of their most deadliest agents to capture and steal it. James Burke nicknamed “The Tiger” top agent for SpyCo sent with his partner Lyndsey save the day. I loved the delightful and colourful character of his handler for this operation an old woman who had worked with the CIA after the war and is called “Dot” she adds some fun onto the story.
Easy read with lots of twists and an enjoyable short read
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872 reviews7 followers
November 28, 2017
This series of humorous spy novels continues in fine style with this adventure set in Australia.The plot is clever and funny with lots of references to classic spy novels.
Although this is an affectionate parody of the classic James Bond et al spy books, it still packs some very strong characters, some great action sequences and lots of details of the locations, making it a very enjoyable read in it's own right.
Very highly recommended for anyone who loves spy thrillers and has a sense of humour
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1,263 reviews4 followers
December 1, 2017
Another of these fast reads - this time featuring Agent Burke who is sent to Sydney almost immediately after returning from Istanbul. The mission this time is more serious than the routine Scorpion plots and is in fact up-to-the-minute (the North Korean missile programme) and while the location isn't too crucial (almost anywhere in Australia would have served) the Olympics Park does provide a background for one scene.
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626 reviews2 followers
November 29, 2017
I received this book free with no obligation to review. However, knowing how much reviews help potential readers to decide on reading, I want to say that this is another in the super SpyCo Novella series, book 4 by Craig Hart. Fast moving, interesting well developed characters and a timely plot. What could be better? Read the series and travel the world with your favorite spies!
486 reviews1 follower
February 9, 2018

A complex story of Agent Burke in Australia trying to find out about a nuclear device being designed by a scientist. With capabilities to reach the US, the device is being sought by North Korea. I like this book especially because it has some humor. Old-time agent Dot, who looks like someone's grandma, gives Burke a hard time. But she's also still very good at her job.
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2,871 reviews2 followers
November 25, 2017
Wow! Amazing spy read, lots of suspense and action. I could not put it down. It captivated my full attention. I want to read more. Wonderfully written with great plot and strong characters. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
9,858 reviews108 followers
December 29, 2017
Wow. So much action to keep your interest. Top spyco James is on another case even though he’s just come back from another one. Short book and outstanding reading. This author just keeps on producing these amazing stories.
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277 reviews3 followers
November 25, 2017
I like the fast-paced nature of this book. Some surprising twists and turns. I’m looking forward to the next book because this one was the best so far.
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276 reviews1 follower
December 10, 2017
Sydney was FUN!

(With a grin) I am not sure this was supposed to be a comedy, but Burke's handler Dot was a hoot! Some of her lines left me giggling long after I turned the page. She had the wittiest reparte' I have read in an awful long while and she had Burke tongue tied most if the time! Funny stuff. The assignment was pretty good, too! I think we're gonna like the new girl. She appears to be fearless! On to Assignment: Alaska! Spyco rocks!
898 reviews2 followers
March 14, 2018
Another assignment combines a great plot with several new characters…my favorite of whom is Dot. Kudos to the author for another rousing adventure and I hope Dot appears again sometime
196 reviews2 followers
March 15, 2018
Wow!! Burk is running out of lives,

This one gives Burk a real challenge. Can he really make it out? Looks like he is at the end of the line, with no way out this time for sure
16 reviews
April 19, 2018
SpyCo 1-4

Really enjoyed these 4 books. I love a little humor in my spy novels. I’m ready to read the rest of The SpyCo novellas.
Thank you and keep them coming!
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34 reviews
June 24, 2018
One Fun Read

Sydney is the location and plot twists is the game. SpyCo agents plan to save the world but from whom? Read this thrilling adventure filled with humor and danger.
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704 reviews5 followers
July 13, 2020
Received free for review:
Normally I don't like short stories, but this series is great!
Full of action!
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December 31, 2020
Down under thunder.

Australia. Land of venomous snakes, kangaroos and wombats. Then bring in the spies, from both sides, techies, and some explosives. Sound like fun. Enjoy.
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33 reviews1 follower
November 5, 2022
Another thrilling SpyCo story. A short but great read
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