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  • Tree of Smoke. Denis Johnson. Audio. William "Skip" Sands joins the CIA and works for his uncle, the legendary "Colonel," in Vietnam. Bill and James Houston are American enlistees, widowed Canadian Kathy Jones nurses casualties, and Vietnamese Trung becomes a communist spy. War changes all of them. National Book Award.
  • The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a secret army, and a war at the ends of the Earth. Mark Mazzetti. Audio. Tracks the militarization of the CIA and its use of special forces after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Discusses targeted killings via drone strikes and the emergence of a military-intelligence alliance to carry out this new style of war.
  • Rose Under Fire: #3 Code Name Verity. Elizabeth Wein. Audio, Braille. This is the third book in the Code Name Verity World series. Companion to Code Name Verity. After a daring flight maneuver, young American pilot Rose Justice is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbruck, a notorious women's concentration camp. Rose's fellow prisoners help her to keep hope alive. Schneider Family Book Award. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers.
  • In Farleigh Field: a novel. Rhys Bowen. Audio, Large Print. England, 1941. Although an airplane crash kept Ben Cresswell out of battle, he is working for MI5 searching for spies. When a failed parachute jump leaves a suspicious corpse in his neighbors' Farleigh Place field, Ben investigates. Meanwhile, Pamela Sutton from Farleigh is secretly a government codebreaker. Agatha Award.
  • Dragonfly: a novel. Leila Meacham. Audio, Large Print. In 1942, five young men and women agree to a mission in Vichy France. Twenty years later, former spymaster Alistair Renault discovers a reference to that top-secret mission, which he ran. It suggests that a team member who was executed may have actually survived.
  • Codename Conspiracy, books #1-#3: Codename zero; Countdown zero; Crisis zero. Chris Rylander. Audio. Trilogy, written between 2014 and 2016, featuring thirteen-year-old Carson Fender, a prankster, who becomes involved in espionage activities in his small North Dakota town. In Codename Zero, a desperate man foists a mysterious package onto Carson - with a strange request. Includes Countdown Zero and Crisis Zero. For grades 5-8.
  • The Guns of Navarone; Force 10 from Navarone. Alistair MacLean. Audio, Large Print, Braille. Two classic World War II adventures. In The Guns of Navarone, a British sabotage team must destroy Nazi weapons so that a small Greek island can be evacuated. In Force 10 from Navarone, three allied spies are assigned an impossible mission in Yugoslavia. Note: Large Print is only The Guns of Navarone.
  • The Manchurian Candidate. Richard Condon. Audio, Braille. An American soldier captured during the Korean War is brainwashed by his communist captors and hypnotized to commit crimes on command. When he returns home he is hailed as a hero, but immediately becomes the center of political intrigue.
  • Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's secret adventures, 1935-1961. Audio. Nicholas E. Reynolds. In 2010, official CIA historian Nicholas Reynolds, a longtime American intelligence officer, former U.S. Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to uncover clues suggesting Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway's involvement in mid-twentieth century spycraft was far more complex, sustained, and fraught with risks than has been previously supposed.

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