Judas 62

Highbridge Audio. (Box 88, Bk. 2). Dec. 2022. 15:50 hrs. ISBN 9781696608923. $24.99. THRILLER
Cumming provides listeners with a brilliant second installment in the series that started with Box 88. Thirty years after attempting to exfiltrate a Russian chemical weapons scientist from the Ukraine, Lachlan Kite, current head of the top-secret spy agency BOX 88, is targeted for assassination. Lachlan learns that Russian intelligence is tracking down individuals who appear on the “JUDAS” hit list. Most of the targets are Russian dissidents, but Lachlan’s past work has earned him a place on the list, too. Cumming essentially gives listeners two novels for the price of one—one set in 1993, the other in 2022. The characters, narrated with pitch-perfect accents by Elliot Fitzpatrick, ring true—not one-dimensional caricatures, but complex, flawed individuals. Listeners will be on the edge of their seats, immersed in Cumming’s high-stakes action, which Fitzpatrick delivers with just the right amount of tension.
VERDICT Cumming’s latest, combining the best of old-fashioned Cold War intrigue with realistic situations and modern technology, will be a hit with spy-novel fans. Listeners will be eager for the next installment in this top-notch series.
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