Apr 10, 2016

Review: Trapped in a Hall of Mirrors: How The Luckiest Man in the World Became a Spy

Trapped in a Hall of Mirrors: How The Luckiest Man in the World Became a Spy Trapped in a Hall of Mirrors: How The Luckiest Man in the World Became a Spy by Michael Connick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book as a free giveaway by the author.

I have not read "About the Author" before reading the novel "Trapped in a hall of mirrors" The story is narrated in first person which will tire us soon, but the author Michael Connick cleverly placed some dialogs in between and rushes in some places so the reader will continue to enjoy.

Stephen Connor is a computer programmer who joins the NSA to protect the nation's secure communications. His first job is to translate the Russian documents into English.

After couple of years he was assigned to Iran during the reign of Shah, to help in their program by chance through him KGB mole was found out, and also after Shah's abdication Stephen was issued a fatwa by the Khomeini administration.

He returns to US and he was assigned to Vienna, Austria a work more of less of paid vacation. There he gets a friend Captain Lehner who believes that Stephen is working for CIA on counter espionage after he takes Stephen to Heurige and buys him a Sturm. Lehner asks Stephens help in finding out the mole in STAPO.


Their friendship lands trouble to Stephen and Franz Lehner, the head of the STAPO transfers Lehner. While in Vienna KGB extends their arm to grab Stephen. A computer nerd now becomes a spy by sheer luck.

Ursula and Heinriette were sent by the KGB, but again by luck Stephen survives the ordeal and by the help of CIA, the mole in STAPO was found.

I very much liked the chapters in Vienna, especially the friendship of Lehner and visiting his family, meeting with Ursula and the one night stand.

The story has a lot of potential to be made as a movie.


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