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  • Steven Hendricks

Damascus Station

Author: David McCloskey


Set against the backdrop of a war torn and rebellious Syria, “Damascus Station” by author David McCloskey is a gripping thriller that offers a textured portrayal of espionage, love, loyalty, and betrayal in one of the most difficult CIA assignments in the spy/intelligence community.


This is an outstanding espionage thriller! McCloskey told an enthralling spy tale. The depictions of the U.S.’s intelligence involvement in Syria and its influencing factors are real. But it's the characters and twists and turns of the plot that make Damascus Station the awesome read that it was.


The story takes a bit to develop but don't let that deter you. Once ramped up, the story is fast-moving with twists and turns that are not always predictable. As for the characters, there were no "superheroes” but rather believable yet colorful characters. The bad guys were just as rich as the good guys.


The central figure is a very likable character though he has a few flaws as any human being…he's a very believable central figure. All the other supporting characters are extremely colorful with only a few that were just okay. I had heard Damascus Station was somewhat of a complex read but it really wasn’t if you’re an espionage thriller enthusiast. McCloskey did a very good job.


I would like to read another McCloskey book featuring the same core characters. Damascus Station was a ‘hit’ and I highly recommend it to any thriller reader.


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