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Doublespeak: A Novel

(Lena Stillman #2)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The followup to the literate and action-packed historical thriller Speakeasy, Doublespeak finds plucky protagonist Lena on a journey back to her past.

Lieutenant Lena Stillman has been left, nearly alone, on her code-breaking mission in remote Alaska. World War II has been over for a month, but due to crimes committed a lifetime ago, Lena is still under the control of the
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Hardcover, First U.S. edition, 272 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by St. Martin's Press/Macmillan Publishing (New York) (first published April 2019)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Apr 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2019
To be reviewed over at Fresh Fiction!
Stanley McShane
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Written in noir style, the novel is dark and intriguing using multiple first persons. Lieutenant Lena Stillman is an ex-bank robber and ended up in Shemya, Alaska at the end of WW2 as a code-breaker. Years before, Lena was part of a criminal element that was called the Clockwork Gang. There were four in the gang. Bill Bagley was the brains and two others besides herself, Byron Godfrey and Link Hughes. Bill settled in Siam and secured a lucrative enterprise. Lena feels responsible for what happen ...more
Jessica
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to St Martin's Press for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review

It’s no secret that I love historical fiction and I love mysteries, well when you combine them then it’s a surefire hit for me. DOUBLESPEAK by Alisa Smith hit the elements from both genres that I love. This is book two in the series, but I think this read just fine as a standalone because I never felt lost. I do, however, want to go back and pick up SPEAKEASY because I’ve heard nothing but incredible things.

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Sherri Lewis
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
*** I received an advanced e-copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review

This is the follow-up book to Speakeasy, and it begins with Lela code-breaking in the Alaskan wilderness right after the end of World War II. Lena gets a shocking message from someone she thought to be dead, giving Link's location as Siam. What follows is a tale of intrigue and a possible shot at Redemption for Lena.
I enjoyed Speakeasy, so I was excited to read this one. Unfortunately, I was never really able to ge
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Seema Rao
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thrilling ~ Perplexing ~ Wraught

tl;dr: Spies don't get breaks in peace time.

Doublespeak follows the path of a code-breaker Lena Stillman into post-World War II South East Asia. The writing is more John Le Carre than Ian Fleming with a matter-of-factness. While this is the second book in the series, it was my first. I didn't necesarily feel lost. I did wonder for much of the book where the truth lay, and often wondered if the protagonist was reliable. But, the reader's feeling of uncertainty mig
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Robert Hudder
Another adventure by a woman who seems trapped but still trying to figure it out. This time, it is the spy business.

A decent read but I find it hard to call this a feminist spy thriller. I guess if you have a female protagonist who kicks against the pricks, then it is enough. Maybe it reflects a female experience but I am not one to be able to judge.

What I can say, is that the two main characters are fleshed out and feel real. While you wonder why they continue to be drawn into these dangerous
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Kathleen Gray
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
An intriguing and interesting thriller. I do wish I'd read the first novel because it likely would have made entering Lena's world easier. A former gangster turned Navy codebreaker during WWII, this outing sees her attempting to rescue Link, who she wronged. He's in "Siam," which was a real hotbed of espionage during WWII and immediately after. Those familiar with that scene will wonder who several of the characters are really. Everyone's motives are suspect and Lena doesn't trust easily, which ...more
Ramona
May 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: espionage
I can't recommend a book that has profanity. The storyline concept was intriguing, and that is why I picked it up. Great book cover art.
nikkia neil
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given a ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review.

Love this change of location to the far East. This is a fast paced, dangerous, exciting, and provocative novel.
Carol Custer
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This was more of a 'spy' novel than I usually read and I'm afraid it didn't hold my interest very well. Still, the writing is good and the characters were well-defined. Just not my favorite kind of book
Torie
Mar 02, 2019 added it
I couldn't get into this book!
Heather Bennett
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Doublespeak is the follow-up to Speakeasy and it did not disappoint. Well written and great characters. The historical detail makes you feel like you are part of the book.
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Shkolnikjx
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book really touched me. I felt completely engrossed by the intricate storyline and the characters that were beautiful inside and out.
A truly marvelous piece of writing.
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Alisa Smith, a Vancouver-based freelance writer who has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, has been published in Outside, Explore, Canadian Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Utne, and many other periodicals. The books Way Out There and Liberalized feature her work.

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