The Trouble With Spying for England
By Roger K Croft
CreateSpace, $12.99, 258 pages
“Look, Vaux, we have a proposition.”
This book is a sequel to Roger Croft’s first book, A Wayward Spy. We find Michael Vaux, the main character, living in Egypt working for the Cairo News. In the end of the first book Michael, being a new to the spy game, inadvertently double crosses the Russia-Syria arms dealers and surprisingly comes out of a sticky situation smelling like a rose. The love of his life, the beautiful Syrian born Alena, returns in this book and is found to be much more complicated than originally thought. There is some humor for those that are familiar with the spy genre. In a MI6 meeting discussing Vaux a member suggests that, “he’s come in from the cold” a direct quote from John Le Carre’s novel of the same name and the director of the meeting “nearly chokes on his digestive” and blurts out we’ll “have none of that silly talk!” The Vaux in this book is more confident and more experienced in the ways of espionage. There are Israeli and Syrian professional hit men in England hunting for Vaux. He is moved from safe house to safe house and is finally sent to a remote military base in England. Alena returns under cover to England and is hunting for Vaux as well. This is a terrific follow-up to Mr. Croft’s first book and I highly recommend it if you enjoy this genre.
Reviewed by Brian Taylor