The Reykjavik Assignment

Spy novel

Adam LeBor’s Yael Azoulay series continues in his latest work, “The Reykjavik Assignment.”  (Harper, 454 pages)

Yael Azoulay, former member of the Israeli special forces, handles the delicate, “top secret” negotiations of the United Nations.

This intrepid agent has brought warlords and war criminals to justice and prevented conflicts from breaking out across the globe. In the course of her duties, she has made her share of enemies, including Clarence Clairborne, head of Prometheus Group.

In her latest assignment, Azoulay must uncover why UN diplomats are being assassinated.  Ordinarily, the deaths of dignitaries would be troublesome enough. But the risks are compounded by a planned summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, between the reform-minded leader of Iran, Shireen Kermanzade, and the American president, Renee Freshwater — a meeting which promises a chance of ending the hostilities between the two nations.

President Freshwater had just recently survived an assassination attempt, thanks to the quick-witted actions by Yael Azoulay. The proposed meeting in Reykjavik is fraught with security challenges.

Yael is in a race against the clock to discover who is behind the threat to turn this historic meeting into a bloodbath, a catastrophe which promises to unleash war between the United States and Iran.

As Yael strives to prevent Armageddon, she is reunited with her estranged parents. The author discloses more details on her personal life, as well as the circumstances surrounding the death of her beloved brother, David.

Israeli agent Yael Azoulay is more than a match for Ian Fleming’s James Bond.  Much like the Bond novels, Adam LeBor entices his reader with interesting settings — from the great city of New York to the incredible natural beauty of Iceland.

The spy novel reader will enjoy this series set against the backdrop of the geopolitical intrigue of the United Nations.