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Quebec Affair

The Quebec Affair

4.5 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)

$19.95 $13.97

by Robert Penbrooke

2016 Eric Hoffer Award Category Finalist

A Princeton University graduate is drafted by the CIA to intercept classified fusion energy information from a defecting Soviet nuclear scientist in China. What starts simply becomes an Asian nightmare. His mission is ultimately successful, but his Canadian origins involve him in uneasy relationships that speak to the heart of the French Separatist movement and the French-Anglo rivalry in Québec.

Sweeping through the Northeastern States, the Atlantic Provinces, to Québec and the sub-arctic Ungava Peninsula of Northern Québec, this story is bound to intrigue readers from all backgrounds. The interwoven lives of the different characters climax in tragedy for a favorite, but renewed hope among the survivors… for the future.

Book Information

Book Information

Edition Paperback
ISBN 978-1-927559-04-8
Book Size 6X9
Number of pages 428
Published Date 03-2015

Reviews (4)

4 reviews for The Quebec Affair

  1. 4 out of 5


    This thriller surprised me with all the detail about Canada and its foreign policy issues relating to Asian countries. The detail about the main character’s personal life added to the work he does as a CIA operative, although I sometimes had trouble keeping all the different characters straight. Should the author do a sequel, perhaps he could limit the characters to a smaller number to help readers like me.

    However, the conclusion was appropriate and I left the last page feeling like I knew more than when I started and was glad to have done the journey.

    – Kate Vale, Author

  2. 5 out of 5


    Looking for a great spy novel this summer? If so, you should check this out. It’s a wonderful tale full of twists and intrigue ideally suited for those of us who love to sort through the world of possibilities. Two thumbs up from this reader.

    – Rik Leaf, Amazon Reviewer

  3. 5 out of 5


    This is a good spy story, in fact it’s a real fire cracker! It has all the right elements. Intrigue, twists, conspiracy. The opening is solid, the style easy to experience. Robert Penbrooke shows both skill and candour with this one. Set in the modern era the mental picture is vivid and immersive. It will be one I’ll read again. Open it’s pages you won’t be sorry you did.

    – Yuan Jur, Goodreads Reviewer

  4. 4 out of 5


    Robert Penbroke’s The Quebec Affair represents a promising entry into the thriller field for the debut author, whose well-researched plotting propels the work to a satisfying conclusion.

    John Thurmond is a former Canadian citizen who decides to join the US Army when he disagrees with Canada’s foreign policy related to China. Because of his Canadian citizenship, he is recruited into the CIA from the army in 1971. John’s first mission takes him to China, where he poses as a Canadian journalist in order to acquire Russian and Chinese nuclear information. Stealing photo negatives related to important developments in nuclear physics from a Russian scientist, his identity is compromised, and John is forced to flee to Cambodia with the negatives.

    The Khmer Rouge are just beginning to terrorize the country and John must escape a country that is falling apart. He befriends a French Colonel who has a better chance of getting the negatives safely out of the country and hands them off before attempting to make his way out on foot through the jungle. John is captured and tortured by the Russians, but he eventually escapes and manages to make it back to his family in Canada. When he calls to check in with his CIA contact, however, he discovers that his department has been closed for 10 months.

    Twelve years after he was first recruited, John is a lawyer with a wife and child, but his failed mission still haunts him. When he finally reaches the officer who recruited him into the CIA, he is determined to see it through. Penbroke sets up a fascinating plot with compelling motivation, but occasionally gets lost in unnecessary detail. While dialogue occasionally veers toward the cartoonish, Penbroke does a great job of sustaining tension and keeping things unpredictable.

    Several emotion heavy subplots add to characterization: for instance, through the course of the mission, John is reunited with the son of his family’s tenant farmers whom he grew up alongside, only to have a brutal falling out with. These elements add depth, but fail to coalesce into more than mere diversions from the main action. Penbroke’s novel suffers from the sheer number of central characters and the introduction of too many new characters, so there just isn’t enough room to develop them all sufficiently. However, it is nevertheless a compelling read. Overall, Penbroke’s intricately plotted first thriller is a page-turner and shows promise, despite a lack of character focus. Readers looking for a fresh thriller will enjoy the novel’s unique settings and research.

    – Chanticleer Book Reviews

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