I picked the book up since it mentioned a small town in Germany I had visited many years ago. I was pleasantly surprised to not only have places I been to vividly described but the story accompanying it be so exciting. A dual military couple, being stationed in Kiplinger's and now being proposition to be spy. Oh, just another day in the office. The main characters are actually relatable and you root for them in their mission. The only issue I had was with the book was I was so invested in it that the last page seemed to come too soon. Author, please keep the story going!
I love reading spy novels. This time, I got my hands on Ian Griffin's "The Birth of a Spy Couple". Rick and Katja are on a military assignment. One moment they were in America and the other moment, they were in Germany. They were approached by one stranger who gave them a proposal to be on active duty and secretly do the spy work.
Nick and Katja thought that we only live once and this is their chance to have financial freedom as well. They agreed for the spy work. This assignment involves so many risks including Rick and Katja's loyalty towards each other. Read the story to find out what all adventures they will experience.
The story is well paced and the writing style of the author is amazing. The cover photo is eye-catching. Rick and Katja would become your favorite characters immediately. Looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
"The Birth of a Spy Couple" written by the author Ian Griffin is the first installment in the Rick and Katja book series. The main characters of the story are Rick and Katja. They are husband and wife who are on military duties. When they were in Germany, they were contacted by a man named Franz. He works for an agency from America.
Franz explained to Rick and Katja that they will have to spy, listen, acquire information, kill, maybe sleep with someone else but they have to fulfill the mission at any cost. In return they will get financial freedom, a babysitter for their kids and are supporting their country.
Read this story to know what lies ahead for Rick and Katja. The storyline is interesting and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time as I read this book. The title of the book couldn't have been better than this. The author has created a perfect backdrop of the story. Go ahead with this book.
A must read for any thriller fiction book fan. The subtleness of integrating familiar landscapes in Germany, mixed with spy couple action leaves you on the edge of your seat. The development of the characters takes you along on the journey to understand the struggles with every day relationships. How would we react if our love ones were in certain situation? This book is well written, and the maturity of the author comes through in exhilarating ways throughout the entire book. I have my copy of the second book ,33 or 9, and ready to continue this journey and experience.
The protagonists of the story are Rick and Katja. They are on a military assignment from a stranger. It is an invitation into the dark world of espionage and assassinations while still on active duty. But they didn't realize that they would step into a world that would test their lives, their commitments to each other, and their family.
It would also take their tour of duty in Germany deeper and darker than either would expect.
To know the whole story, you must read this fabulous book.
I loved each and everything about the book. Where do I even start?? I honestly can't even believe how much I enjoyed this book.
The plot is super engaging with lots of unexpected twists and turns. The writing style of the author is lucid. Language used is clear and concise. The title is perfect.
One of the strengths of the book is the way it gradually builds tension and suspense throughout the course of the narrative. Just when you think that you have it all pinned down and all figured out, the characters once again outsmart you and leave you in a sense of awe and admiration for it's creator.
Overall, it was a fantastic read and one must not miss this book. I highly recommend this book to everyone. The book is true to it's genre and will leave you asking for more.
This book was fun to read and provide adventures at every turn. If you had some military background, many things the author mentioned clearly showed the author talked from experience. The strong bond of the main characters kept you rooting for them in their adventures. Open-ended at the end allows imaginations to ride wild on the next chapter of the Spy Couple. No matter a reader's preferred reading genre, this book is guaranteed to entertain and a must read. I would recommend The Birth of a Spy Couple to absolutely everyone! I enjoyed my time with it and look forward to more in the future. Outstanding job author, Ian Griffin!
A book for mature audiences who want to imagine an adventure with their best friend...their spouse
How does a couple with a family while serving in the military in Europe become spies? It’s more than just getting hired on. You make mistakes, just like Bond did in Casino Royale. Not every mission is smooth, but you learn. That is what makes this book so fun.
The husband, Rick, reminds me of Mickey Spillane’s character, Mike Hammer, which brings back a classic feel, but in modern world.
The ease at which Ian writes the various settings comes from his 31 years of military service, including duties overseas. One moment, you are on a military base preparing for an extensive field exercise, training for combat readiness, the next, out in the streets of Europe, or home with the kids and nanny. And then there are the missions. They are written with such details, bringing to life a world most of us will never experience, and that can only be told by someone with this author’s background.
This book was a page turner for me, keeping my interest, and more importantly, keeping me entertained.
Kenneth W. Letcher on Amazon June 3, 2023
I enjoyed the book's settings as they are obviously well-known to the author, and as he is also able to immerse his characters in German culture, I liked thinking about my own time spent in Europe as I was reading. A great action-packed story with fun detective work. Recommend!
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An excellent story with intrigue portrayed with a great military mixing. The story itself is well written, with excellent settings that almost take you to the country itself.
Coming from a military background, it immerses you inside the military lifestyle, what it is like to actually be in it yet still find a way to help your county on a different level.
I highly recommend this novel and look forward to reading the second chapter in the series.
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This was a fun, easy read! I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot and story is inventive and imaginative. I loved that it was set in Germany...for me personally, I studied German years ago but never had a chance to actually go. In the middle of all the action and romance, this book gave insight about Germany and German culture which I really loved. Great read! Highly recommend!
---Eliz J. on Amazon on September 9, 2023
Ian Griffin's debut novel is an absolute labor of love. You can tell that the really cares for the setting and Characters he is writing about. His descriptions of Germany have rekindled my interest in visiting there. Having read a fair few novels set in the area, I have to tip my hat to Ian, as I've never heard it described in such detail. It really puts the reader right there on the scene.
Ian also ensures that you know who each of the characters are and gives you a very detailed portrait of them. With regard to the plot, Ian keeps you going with a perfect blend of action and narrative. It never bogs down in a rut, and you never get exhausted by non-stop action. Great Job!
It is in a similar vein as the TV Show "The Americans," with the titular couple having to come to terms with just how far they are willing to go for mission success.
If you like a good spy story, take a run at "The Birth of a Spy Couple" you won't regret it.
---Alex Aaronson, on Amazon on August 28, 2023