Operation Blackbird (Brass Compass Series Book 2) by Ellen Butler – Review by Tara Johnson Barnes

Operation BlackbirdOperation Blackbird by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is October of 1952 and Miriam Becker is on vacation in Argentina. Although the war is over, it still haunts her memories. Miriam was nearly killed on one of her missions as a CIA Agent and she is finding it difficult to move past what happened to her and the horrors of war that she witnessed. When she thinks that she has spotted a war criminal from her past Miriam is uncertain if it is really him or just ghosts from her past resurfacing to torment her. She is still reeling from her discovery when someone else from her past suddenly reappears out of the blue.

Jack Devlin manages to track down his friend and fellow operative in Argentina which surprises Miriam. Although she was supposed to return from her last mission some time ago she decided to remain in an effort to recoup from the horrors of war she had witnessed. Jack has another mission for her that involves smuggling a heavily guarded rocket scientist and his family out of Soviet controlled East Berlin. A mission that could spark World War III if they make one wrong move.

When plans for their mission go astray and Jake disappears, it is up to Miriam to complete the mission on her own. Although she trusts no one she must rely on people outside of the agency to help her get the rocket scientist and his family out of the country. She must also devise a plan to rescue Jake and bring him to safety.

This book was based on real events and was a real eye opener for me about the efforts made by so many behind the scenes not just during the war, but afterwards as well. Miriam is one tough cookie who could think quickly on her feet and come up with innovative solutions to problems. Thinking outside of the box was not only smart but courageous. Miriam was determined for her mission to succeed and for everyone to be safe. This book was full of action, suspense, intrigue, and mystery. A must-read historical fiction!

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