Are there really Russians masquerading as Americans living among us? Rumors have existed since WW II and yet never really been proven false. Vivian Miller, an analyst on the fast track at the CIA, has become skilled at determining who might actually be a Russian Sleeper agent. Her world is turned upside down, however, when she is perusing the computer of a possible spy and finds pictures of the members of a sleeper cell. One in particular hits close to home, for it is someone she knows intimately. She took an oath to defend her country but now she must decide if her family ties are more important.
Need to Know by Karen Cleveland is the debut novel by this former CIA analyst. All in all, this is a well-written novel which demonstrates the potential for Cleveland to be a successful author. This novel is particularly timely, considering the tensions that have developed between Russia and the United States in recent years. Although not as hard-core a novel as those of Clancy or Follet, I believe that Cleveland can develop her own niche in the spy thriller genre. I would recommend this novel to all readers and give it 3/5 stars.
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