Seduced in a honeypot scheme by the KGB in Moscow, Irwin Glass became an alleged paid Soviet agent and lost his career. Nineteen years later, in a minimal job teaching brush up English to foreign students, he is approached by a Russian coed who claims to behis daughter and his troubles start all over again.
This packae deal combines the first two books in the Irwin Glass series, "Berayal" and "Retribution." In the first volume, Irwin Glass's state department career is destroyed by betrayals at every turn and he can never get another government job. Thanks to a KGB attempt to recruit him as a Soviet agent, he's branded forever. He's been seduced in a honey pot scheme, which cost him his job and career, so he has to start over and ends up teaching brush up English to foreign students at a Michigan college. But he is approached by Katya, a beautiful Russian student who claims he is her father. He is again at risk of loosing his job, this time for fraternizing with a coed. He is betrayed again.
In the sequel, irwin learns that the KGB officer who betrayed him wants political asylum and Irwin is asked to participate in the interrogation. Seems Vladimir Putinsky is fleeing Russian mafia whose money he has stolen. That money ended up in Irwin's bank account, and the mafia are after him, too. Irwin Glass is the classic Joseph Campbell hero, and his fear is losing his job. His hole card turns out to be Katya, the mysterious beauty who may or not really be his daughter, but has qualities not to be found in a young forfeign student, if that's what she is.
Third book in this series is "Burnt Out."
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Review by Doc Macomber
Espionage thrillers spring on the scene in different ways. In one of my favorite novels by John LeCarre, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, at the beginning of the book the protagonist’s is a real mystery. The reader senses that something is amiss. The character doesn’t appear quite right. His world is in turmoil. And, it’s about to explode. In Harley S. Sachs latest thriller, Retribution, Irwin Glass is a similar enigma. The illegitimate daughter he had with a Russian Agent – who showed up at the end of book one in this exciting series – has gone missing and it shatter’s Glass’ world. He doesn’t know why she’s left or where she has gone. He just knows at all costs he has to find her and begins to put a plan together, which involves old liaisons from his past and the Russian mafia. Glass travels with his new bride, Ivy, to a place called “The Farm,” a government facility used to train and interrogate agents. A former Russian Spy seeks political asylum in the U.S., a man who once said he would kill Glass if he ever saw him again. After twenty years, Irwin must face him, but this time things are different. Then, people start dying. Glass doesn’t know who to trust. Once again, Mr. Sachs has hit a home run with Retribution. The writing is tight, the plot fresh and intriguing. Like any good spy novel the psychological tension continually builds to a knockdown, drag-out, shoot ‘em up finale. It seems only fitting that at the end of the book we’re left wanting much more of Irwin Glass...