Book reviews by Nick Cole - Argo and 12-21
ARGO BY ANTONIO MENDEZ AND MATT BAGLIO (Penguin £7.99): Ex-CIA agent Tony Mendez and co-writer Matt Baglio spill the beans on the outrageous plot to rescue six American diplomats from Tehran after the 1979 revolution. The title refers to a fake science fiction film which was used as the cover for the hush hush operation. It’s a gripping read as Mendez finally after more than three decades details the collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage. Following the storming of the American embassy in Tehran by Iranian militant, six members of staff are offered refuge by the Canadians but time is running out before they are found. The movie is already picking up global awards but the book is worthy of special attention.
12-21 BY DUSTIN THOMASON (Penguin £7.99): This is a cracking read from Californian writer Dustin Thomason based on the ancient Mayan prophecy that the world would end on December 21 2012. The book weaves together the past and present seamlessly after a treasure hunter discovers a Mayan relic in the jungle and then smuggles it into the USA. The mysterious and ornate codex comes with a rare death plague which soon places the people of Los Angeles in quarantine. In true Da Vinci Code style a doctor and an expert set out to decipher the codex’s secrets and prevent the prophesised apocalypse.
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