Flight of the Fox by Gray Basnight

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Flight of the FoxProfessor Sam Teagarden never expected what happened one weekend as he was relaxing on his sundeck: the appearance of an armed drone over his head. He managed to escape but had to witness the death of his beloved pet and his 11-year old neighbor. Teagarden is forced to go on the run, carrying with him a mysterious document sent to him by an old acquaintance only days before: an encrypted FBI file dating back more than 50 years. There was a note with the file challenging Teagarden to see if he could decipher it, just for fun. Unfortunately, the file contains secrets the FBI wants to remain buried and they know the file was sent to Sam. A black ops team is dispatched to eliminate the threat and the resulting chase will run the length of the Eastern seaboard. The information in the file could turn American history on its head. The question is, would Americans prefer total transparency or blissful ignorance?

Flight of the Fox by Gray Basnight is a novel written in the old-school style of le Carre and Fleming. It has everything one could want in a well-written thriller: an innocent protagonist, secrets that someone wants to bury, a covert government organization and an extended chase. This is the first novel I’ve read of Basnight’s but it won’t be the last. This book has a rapidly flowing plot and was difficult to put down for any length of time. I’ve read dozens of spy novels in my life and would rank Flight of the Fox among the best of them. I would give this novel 4/5 stars.

*A copy of this book was the only consideration received in exchange for this review.*

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