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Karl Adams is a new CIA officer undercover and immersed in Murmansk, Russia, as a Spanish graduate student at the local university. On a cold February night, while flying a drone, he takes video of a missile on a transporter erector launcher being loaded aboard a merchant ship. This could be a violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed by R Karl Adams is a new CIA officer undercover and immersed in Murmansk, Russia, as a Spanish graduate student at the local university. On a cold February night, while flying a drone, he takes video of a missile on a transporter erector launcher being loaded aboard a merchant ship. This could be a violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed by Reagan and Gorbachev. Karl is recalled to America, but not for long. The Agency wants him to continue with his mission, which brings him to a tumultuous South American country. As the U.S. Navy tracks the Russian ship across the Atlantic, it soon becomes clear that a new Cold War could turn hot, bringing the two superpowers to the brink of war. With Karl being the son of legendary CIA officers Jake Adams and Toni Contardo, he definitely has the DNA to complete this mission. But in the cat and mouse spy game, nobody is safe.


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Karl Adams is a new CIA officer undercover and immersed in Murmansk, Russia, as a Spanish graduate student at the local university. On a cold February night, while flying a drone, he takes video of a missile on a transporter erector launcher being loaded aboard a merchant ship. This could be a violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed by R Karl Adams is a new CIA officer undercover and immersed in Murmansk, Russia, as a Spanish graduate student at the local university. On a cold February night, while flying a drone, he takes video of a missile on a transporter erector launcher being loaded aboard a merchant ship. This could be a violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed by Reagan and Gorbachev. Karl is recalled to America, but not for long. The Agency wants him to continue with his mission, which brings him to a tumultuous South American country. As the U.S. Navy tracks the Russian ship across the Atlantic, it soon becomes clear that a new Cold War could turn hot, bringing the two superpowers to the brink of war. With Karl being the son of legendary CIA officers Jake Adams and Toni Contardo, he definitely has the DNA to complete this mission. But in the cat and mouse spy game, nobody is safe.

30 review for The Man from Murmansk

  1. 4 out of 5

    Scot

    I never read works by this author that I recall, but I quickly picked it up this was the start of a new super spy series, with the hero, Karl Adams, being a chip off the old block James Bond type, the son of two legendary CIA agents named Jake Adams and Toni Cartardo who had both seen much activity in earlier series by the author. It was the title that attracted me. I have been reading a range of nonfiction and history about the North Sea trade routes and their cultural influence in the past year I never read works by this author that I recall, but I quickly picked it up this was the start of a new super spy series, with the hero, Karl Adams, being a chip off the old block James Bond type, the son of two legendary CIA agents named Jake Adams and Toni Cartardo who had both seen much activity in earlier series by the author. It was the title that attracted me. I have been reading a range of nonfiction and history about the North Sea trade routes and their cultural influence in the past year, and thought this might have some nice tie ins. What I discovered was a very simple and direct sort of plot flow. The hero and his hot babe girlfriend agent, who might or might not be a double agent, and their distaff Soviet counterparts, who they meet up with occasionally aboard yachts or in secluded niche hotel rooms, spend most of the book flying from one exotic location to another and checking in and out of nice hotels. They shower and have sex constantly, but everything that happens is a very declarative summary, skeleton description. He also is constantly calling his dad on a Satellite phone for advice, and they connect with tough talk and bro kidding. It wasn't that exciting, to be honest; I guess I just prefer books with a bit more depth in establishing setting or the complexity of what is going on with the espionage. This all seemed very obvious and a bit shallow to me. One detail irritated me for some reason. A couple different times high ups in the CIA hierarchy are discussing the Russian ship's move to Sao Tome and Principe off the west coast of Africa. When that former Portuguese colony comes up, no one has ever heard of it before. Well I had, and I really expected CIA international experts to know African geography, too, especially countries with major oil concerns!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    hmmm . Well I really didn't like the ending - it just happened and of course with a bit of a cliff hanger w/mom's letter being opened but not shared. Overall this just fell flat for me. I was initially thinking it would ramp up but even the confrontation with the Russians did not stir up any excitement. This apparently is just a slow start up to a single story over numerous books. The series would need to be binge read as I will certainly not remember this in a few months. hmmm . Well I really didn't like the ending - it just happened and of course with a bit of a cliff hanger w/mom's letter being opened but not shared. Overall this just fell flat for me. I was initially thinking it would ramp up but even the confrontation with the Russians did not stir up any excitement. This apparently is just a slow start up to a single story over numerous books. The series would need to be binge read as I will certainly not remember this in a few months.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Hunter

    Great first Karl Adams novel!! I loved all the Jake Adams novels, but found this first novel with his son, Karl, EXCELLENT !!! It was a great international espionage thriller, with a great plot, and twists and turns that keep the reader unsure of what will happen next ! Highly recommended!!!! I can't wait for book 2 in the Karl Adams novel series!!!! A must read ! Great first Karl Adams novel!! I loved all the Jake Adams novels, but found this first novel with his son, Karl, EXCELLENT !!! It was a great international espionage thriller, with a great plot, and twists and turns that keep the reader unsure of what will happen next ! Highly recommended!!!! I can't wait for book 2 in the Karl Adams novel series!!!! A must read !

  4. 4 out of 5

    Philip A. Guercio

    Jack Ryan meets James Bond An interesting young agent with the sex drive of James Bond and the quick thinking of Jack Ryan. The down side to this type of series is a lack of conclusion. Too much time was spent to peak the reader's interest in the next book and not on the storyline itself. I will read the next "episode" to see if it improves. Jack Ryan meets James Bond An interesting young agent with the sex drive of James Bond and the quick thinking of Jack Ryan. The down side to this type of series is a lack of conclusion. Too much time was spent to peak the reader's interest in the next book and not on the storyline itself. I will read the next "episode" to see if it improves.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carol Martin

    Face-paced thriller, roller coaster ride What are the Russians up to? And who is following the couple whose drone captured the loading of a possible nuclear missile onto a trawler, heading to who knows where.... Multi-leveled story that grabs you quickly & keeps up the pace throughout. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    John Biggs

    Excellent continuation Book keeps up the Adams legacy in the path of Jake and Toni. Keep up the series Trevor because I am a true fan and follower. This is very much like Mitch Rapp and Scot Harvath character by Thor and Flynn. Any fan of theirs will love these books.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dennis D. Collins

    Good steady plot and good character development. Reminds me of some of the older cold war novelists. Keeps your interest and is very entertaining. Reminds me of some of the older cold war novelists. Good character development and is very entertaining.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shelly Singhal

    Cliffhanger!! This book sets up an amazing, compelling plot and then just stops. Makes me crazy. At least finish one of the plotlines! Love the character, love the subtext and the dad is the best. Ripping good tale.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Doering

    Review of Man from Murmnk I liked the way it was written,and the contiguous action. I was expecting the main character to end up with the woman that Was such a big art of the whole book

  10. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Christian

    Ending, #&$%@-#"! I liked the book well enough but became irritated with the ending. Went to find book 2 in the series and can't seem to find it???? Hopefully I will stumble across the correct book 2. Would be nice to know what mom said in the letter. Ending, #&$%@-#"! I liked the book well enough but became irritated with the ending. Went to find book 2 in the series and can't seem to find it???? Hopefully I will stumble across the correct book 2. Would be nice to know what mom said in the letter.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chaplain Stanley Chapin

    Better than a lot of special agent stories It was well-written and edited. This author has the experience and history of good novels. Taking several current country situations and parlayed into an excellent story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kenn Goslin

    Agents galore I found this character unmistakable and look forward to seeing him again. If there's a sequel, I'm in. The discovery of the letter was a huge surprise, But more surprise to be left hanging....... Agents galore I found this character unmistakable and look forward to seeing him again. If there's a sequel, I'm in. The discovery of the letter was a huge surprise, But more surprise to be left hanging.......

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mike Condrack

    Believable story with real-world scenarios and compelling characters. A great rainy weekend read. Good segue into book two with Karl and--hopefully--Maya at his side. We may have a new hero to follow!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mikal Lambert

    My first book by Trevor Scott, and I was impressed. A spy thriller with nice characters who act pretty rationally (I've read quite a few books where that was not the case, unfortunately). I'll be reading more from this author. My first book by Trevor Scott, and I was impressed. A spy thriller with nice characters who act pretty rationally (I've read quite a few books where that was not the case, unfortunately). I'll be reading more from this author.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jim Durso

    Spy vs. Spy In a classic spy vs. Spy the CIA. and the Russians are vying for power and informational supremacy. Action suspense and romance makes this a thrilling and entertaining read !

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris Guppy

    A pretty good opening will see how the series progresses The characters are at the moment somewhat sketchy but the setting is interesting. I'm interested enough to continue reading at least another episode. A pretty good opening will see how the series progresses The characters are at the moment somewhat sketchy but the setting is interesting. I'm interested enough to continue reading at least another episode.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Reeder

    So much for orientation!! This story hits the ground running as our hero Karl goes from an agent in immersion training to a full blown field agent like a vette going from 0 to 60. Fun read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    I enjoyed reading this action thriller. Yes, as my good friend Michelle recently posted, "It is so unreal". It is a preposterous story line and situations, but lots of fun to read. I may not be rushing back for more by Trevor Scott soon, but I liked this one. I enjoyed reading this action thriller. Yes, as my good friend Michelle recently posted, "It is so unreal". It is a preposterous story line and situations, but lots of fun to read. I may not be rushing back for more by Trevor Scott soon, but I liked this one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence H Cooper

    Excellent espionage thriller This novel introduces Jake Adams son Karl to Trevor Scott ā€˜s readers. It had all the bells and whistles from his previous novels. It was very enjoyable. Now Iā€™m ready for Book #2 Happy reading!!! Dr. C. šŸŽ‰šŸŽŠšŸ˜Š

  20. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Mihalchick

    A real page turner Ooh, I love this book. It's got lots of intrigue and excitement! Is there a double agent? What was the real reason for all of this? There are no slowdowns and the characters are well developed. A real fun read. A real page turner Ooh, I love this book. It's got lots of intrigue and excitement! Is there a double agent? What was the real reason for all of this? There are no slowdowns and the characters are well developed. A real fun read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beth McGee

    True thriller! This book is a true espionage thriller that incorporates high tech with an interesting plot. The author spins a web of deceit that captures the reader from start to finish. This book is one of those that you will want to read in one sitting.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rod Schrivener

    The Man from Murmansk is great! Trevor did an awesome job of integrating realistic action Along with time your imagination had to work. So much of the story opens a lot of room for thought. Most of the action was realistic and certainly possible. Waiting for the next wave.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Edwin Bessant

    From Russia to Venezuela quite a journey. Karl Adams, undercover CIA operative working with the lovely Maya as they follow a Russian nuclear weapon headed who knows where? Well that's what they are trying to find out. From Russia to Venezuela quite a journey. Karl Adams, undercover CIA operative working with the lovely Maya as they follow a Russian nuclear weapon headed who knows where? Well that's what they are trying to find out.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mike Rugland

    Well written Enjoyed this book well written, kept me going behind to end. Looking forward to additional books on Karl Adams Great!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wancket Enterprises

    Good I don't usually read spy novels but this was a good one. I especially liked Karl Adams and his dad Jake. Good I don't usually read spy novels but this was a good one. I especially liked Karl Adams and his dad Jake.

  26. 5 out of 5

    art preston

    Rating Very good. I assume there will be a book 2? I would give this 5 stars. Looking for next book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Con Brennan

    Great fun! Engaging! loved it, can't wait to read more from this author! Good news! There's plenty more by this author in several different series as available! Great fun! Engaging! loved it, can't wait to read more from this author! Good news! There's plenty more by this author in several different series as available!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ray

    Average run of the mill super agent/spy novel.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Wilson

    Iā€™m not finishing this book. It is so not real. All this family business, they are all spooks and all nonchalant about killing people. Not to believable. So no more of this book life is too short

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paul Thompson

    Very enjoyable I grew up reading Cold War spy thrillers and this was up there with the best of them in the linked but new world of USA - Russian tension. The Old game is still on.

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