Book Review: Bai Tide by Erika Mitchell

“No, this isn't how I want to spend my last hour. But that's okay, because this isn't going to be my last hour.” (208)

Title: Bai Tide
Series: Bai Hsu Novel, Book 1
Author: Erika Mitchell
Publisher:  Champagne Book Group
Release Date:  April 6, 2016 (2nd Ed.)
Genre:  Contemporary Spy Fiction

An espionage thriller for people who like explosions and sarcasm. 

CIA case officer Bai Hsu is stationed in San Diego, where his job is to safeguard the valuable emotional collateral of some of the world's most powerful people (read: their kids). Just when he thinks he's landed the easiest assignment of all time, an operative starts targeting the school and it's up to Bai to figure out who the operative is after, and why. This fast-paced story will take you from the picturesque beaches of San Diego to a deadly blizzard in Pyongyang and make Bai question everything he thought he knew about working in the field, and about himself. 

Praise for Bai Tide 
Bai Tide is a classic spy tale with blisteringly original characters set against the up-tempo backdrop of North Korean-American relations. Erika Mitchell turns the Asian theater of operations into her personal literary playground for fashioning a no-holds-barred thriller that reads like a post-modern combination of Frederick Forsyth and John Le Carre with just enough Len Deighton sprinkled in for good measure. A thinking man’s, or woman’s, page turner that revs in the red from artful beginning to crafty climax.” –Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author of Strong Darkness

“High octane action combined with the slow burn of great, unforgettable characters. The kind of book that demands to be read in a single long burst. Almost impossible to put down. This one will be on your mind long after you’ve finished it.” –Ted Kosmatka, 2010 Asimov’s Readers’ Choice Award-winning author of Prophet of Bones. “Recommended for those who enjoy a fast-paced thriller, and especially for anyone who read and enjoyed Blood Money. Mitchell does a wonderful job of balancing the humanity of the story with exactly the right pacing to keep the reader’s interest.” —Dwell in Possibility

Fast paced, filled with lots of action and a main character that drips with self-effacing sarcasm, Bai Tide by Erika Mitchell is a fun read. If you love spy movies like James Bond, you'll find the same type of sequence. Case on hand that brings the spy, our main character Bai, aka Alan Broccoli into a world unexpected.

I really enjoyed this novel. The action sequence was well written, and the plotline well crafted to keep me interested. The character's background, a Chinese operative for the CIA who happens to be thrown in a case that touches on the North Korean-American tensions seems bold. Nevertheless, it was fun to read the dress up, the ladies, the action, the save and the possibilities of more.  The ending was somewhat predictable, and with closure, but it still impel us head to the next book (which will be out on July 3rd). Bai Tide is an enjoyable read that doesn't create a lot of suspense, but the perfect pace makes it an easy read as well. 

For my clean readers, please note there are some minor profanity, not excessive. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



The next book in the series, TAKE THE BAI ROAD, is coming out July 3rd.

Erika Mitchell is the author of Blood Money, a standalone novel about one accountant’s efforts to take down a terrorism financier, and Bai Tide, the first book in her Bai Hsu series. Erika uses her lifelong passion for espionage to infuse her stories with the fun and intrigue of the James Bond movies she grew up watching, and sets those stories in ripped-from-the-headlines locations around the globe. When she’s not writing, she’s raising two tiny spies-in-training with her husband in Seattle, WA.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog: Parsing Nonsense 

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  1. A story about North Korean/American relations sounds super-topical! I'm going to recommend it to my husband as he loves political thrillers!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  2. I love this kind of movie but I have to admit that I don't often read this kind of book. I think I should remedy that though - this sounds so good!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

    1. I'm like that too. I think I used to see more of this type in films/tv shows more than read. Now getting into it more in book form!


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