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Trojan Horse

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The first in the Kolya Petrov series, Trojan Horse is an engrossing spy novel filled with deception, betrayal, and murder.

Kolya Petrov is a spy for the Executive Covert Agency (ECA) and he is good at what he does. But when Romanian terrorist Mihai Cuza keeps catching and brutally murdering any ECA agents who attempt to uncover Cuza's plans, Petrov and his team begin to suspect there's a mole in their midst.


The ECA head of tech has developed an idea which can both infiltrate Cuza's most dangerous plans and expose the mole, but it comes at the expense of giving up an unsuspecting Petrov like a lamb to the slaughter. With international security and millions of lives at stake, "by any means necessary" is the name of the game. Petrov is about to undergo the deadliest mission of his life. No one is safe, and no one can be trusted.


I have a tendency to be leery of espionage novels simply because I'm never sure how much time is going to be invested in throwing around numerous, complicated acronyms, or how convoluted the plot is going to become between the politics and layers and layers of subterfuge. In Trojan Horse, Manning masterfully allays all of those reservations without sacrificing the sophistication of the plot. Instead of being dry and boring, the complexity of the story drives the excitement and keeps the suspense at a maximum. The many characters at play within Trojan Horse are easily kept straight because Manning creates more than just secret agents, she creates flesh and blood human beings with personal lives and their own interests.


There are a few instances that draw some skepticism from me regarding the plausibility of certain events (that some things can be overlooked among people who are specially trained to be secretive and deceptive as well as to identify deception seems questionable), but the story as a whole does not suffer because of this.


Trojan Horse is an exhilarating read - it's hard-hitting without being melodramatic or cliché, it challenges the reader to think, and it never lets up. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a thriller that is both intelligent and adrenaline-pumping.



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About the author

S. LEE MANNING's career as an attorney spanned from a first- tier New York law firm to working for the State of New Jersey, to solo practice. An award-winning short story writer, Manning interests in Russia and espionage are reflected in her Kolya Petrov thrillers, Trojan Horse and Nerve Attack. view profile

Published on October 16, 2020

Published by Encircle Publications

100000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

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