Hostile Intent

Berkley. (Matt Drake, Bk. 3). May 2022. 464p. ISBN 9780593333532. $27. THRILLER
In Bentley’s third terrific “Matt Drake” adventure (following The Outside Man), the spy’s planned vacation and much-needed break quickly become another mission when a man walks into the U.S. embassy in Vienna and asks for Drake by his real name, not his code handle. Once Drake arrives, and before he can even learn why the man known as Nolan Burke wants to talk to him, Russian operatives kidnap him and almost kill Drake. Drake gets caught in the middle of multiple sides who all want different outcomes. Because so many agencies are involved, it doesn’t help Drake when he quickly discovers that war is being threatened; he’s going to have to play nice and save the day.
VERDICT Drake is a skilled operative who has fun while dealing with serious scenarios, making him seem more human than superhero. The intricate level of who’s-doing-what-to-whom adds twists. Readers who enjoy the world of special ops should add Bentley to their reading pile.
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