Now that we’re entering the 2020s, we thought it only fair to look back at all the amazing stories published in the past 20 years and honor the best of the best from the 21 st century (so far). When she develops genuine feelings for him, her loyalties begin to shift and the plot thickens.

To clear her name, she accepts one more job that will put her in an even more precarious position. And while all the excitement of double agents and espionage keeps you at the edge of your seat, these books also offer insight into fascinating and troubling historical periods.

Best Thriller/ Mysteries of the 21st Century This list includes excellent thrilling and suspenseful mystery novels written in the last 8 years (since 2006). Full of political and social commentary with a fast-paced plot, there's a reason this is such a classic. Part espionage, part romance, An Extraordinary Union follows freedwoman Ellen "Elle" Burns and Malcolm McCall (a Scottish immigrant) in their endeavors as spies against the Confederacy. Her target: An international arms dealer, Bhoot, who is believed to be aiding Iran to bolster its nuclear activities.

According to author Susan Hasler, a former member of the CIA, writing the novel was a way to cope with residual 9/11 period anger. The Backdrop: 1980s Marcos-era Philippines and modern-day America. 01 of 20. Who Is Vera Kelly? Elizabeth Van Lew is a Union loyalist living in the Confederacy, and she will risk it all to help build the Richmond underground, break free inmates from Confederate Libby Prison, and gather military intelligence under the pretense of humanitarian aid.

—Sloane Crosley . But, he fails as a spy, and the plot becomes more complicated when he falls in love with an older German with a violent, possessive ex-husband. Score A shop-owner gets wrapped up in an anarchist scheme to bomb the Greenwich Observatory, but the plan goes wrong and throws his life into chaos. They both risk love, and their lives, for each other and the cause. Please note that I’m partial to historical fiction and authors who have a way with words; the novels I’ve selected reflect that bias. In the FBI, Marie Mitchell sticks out as a young black woman. It raises philosophical questions and is a literary masterpiece, but that doesn't keep it from being a thrilling, entertaining read. Spying on the American generals and Philippine elite from her own fancy dinner table, Sol's loyalties struggle between her family, homeland, and her insurgent student friends. But, the job goes south. Mally flees, leaving her fiancé in emotional shambles and private investigators in hot pursuit.

A radio show host is struggling to make ends meet and fit into the underground gay scene when she gets recruited by the CIA to wiretap a crooked congressman in Argentina, and works her way into a radical group of students planning a coup.

Léon M, son of Russian revolutionaries, is tasked with assassinating the ruthless Valerian Alexandrovitch Courilof, Russian Minister of Education.

list created March 30th, 2014 The backdrop: America, through the Indigenous lens, Authored by the late Dr. Paula Gunn Allen, a Native American scholar, Pocahontas strips away Disney's romantic sheen and Euro-centric narrative in a biography illuminated from the Indigenous (in particular, the Algonquian tribes's) point of view. In American Spy, Marie wades through a sea of a mostly white male intelligence community, and an assignment to Burkina Faso, where she meets Thomas Sankara, revolutionary president of the landlocked, West African country.

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