From New York Times bestselling author Christopher Reich, an international spy thriller featuring Simon Riske: one part James Bond, one part Jack Reacher.
Riske is a freelance industrial spy who, despite his job title, lives a mostly quiet life above his auto garage in central London. He is hired to perform the odd job for a bank, an insurance company, or the British Secret Service, when he isn't expertly stealing a million-dollar watch off the wrist of a crooked Russian oligarch.
Riske has maintained his quiet life by avoiding big, messy jobs; until now. A gangster by the name of Tino Coluzzi has orchestrated the greatest street heist in the history of Paris: a visiting Saudi prince had his pockets lightened of millions in cash, and something else. Hidden within a stolen briefcase is a secret letter that could upend the balance of power in the Western world. The Russians have already killed in an attempt to get it back by the time the CIA comes knocking at Simon's door.
Coluzzi was once Riske's brother-in-arms, but their criminal alliance ended with Riske in prison, having narrowly avoided a hit Coluzzi ordered. Now, years later, it is thief against thief, and hot on their trail are a dangerous Parisian cop, a murderous Russian femme fatale, her equally unhinged boss, and perhaps the CIA itself.
In the grand tradition of The Day of the Jackal and The Bourne Identity, Christopher Reich's The Take is a stylish, breathtaking ride.
Freelance spy Simon Riske, the hero of this tense if predictable series launch from Thriller Award winner Reich (Invasion of Privacy), operates a high-end auto repair shop in central London when he's not doing spook work. An American expat who grew up in France's street gang world, Riske is hired most likely by the CIA to track down Tino Coluzzi, who engineered the ambush robbery of a Saudi prince after he left his Paris hotel for the airport. Of more importance, however, is a letter that Coluzzi unwittingly stole from the prince, the contents of which could seriously undermine the Russian government. The CIA wants the letter, as does a Russian assassin and her stop-at-nothing handler. Riske, however, is driven by personal motivation: back when they were fellow gangsters, Coluzzi betrayed Riske during a bank heist, leading to his capture and long imprisonment. Riske has been itching for payback ever since. Likable, rascally, and suave, Riske is as distinctive as Reich's other series lead, Jonathan Ransom.
Loved it..hope Simon is back for more adventures
1st time reading Reich
Really well done. Fantastic read. Looking forward to the rest of his books
Mr. Reich is an exceptionally smooth writer. His super-hero, Simon Riske, is very James Bond- like, being extremely Skilled and talented in the criminal arts, the martial arts, and the arts of espionage. Like James Bond also he is a smooth operator With Beautiful women and A tough and winning opponent In his fights with cunning and evil Opponents.