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They Call Me Alexandra Gastone

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When your life is a lie, how do you know what’s real?

Alexandra Gastone has a simple plan: graduate high school, get into Princeton, work for the CIA, and serve her great nation. 

She was told the plan back when her name was Milena Rokva, back before the real Alexandra and her family were killed in a car crash.

Milena was trained to be a sleeper agent by Perun, a clandestine organization from her true homeland of Olissa. There, Milena learned everything she needed to infiltrate the life of CIA analyst Albert Gastone, Alexandra’s grandfather, and the ranks of America’s top intelligence agency.

For seven years, “Alexandra” has been on standby and life’s been good. Grandpa Albert loves her, and her strategically chosen boyfriend, Grant, is amazing.

But things are about to change. Perun no longer needs her at the CIA in five years’ time. They need her active now.

Between her cover as a high school girl—juggling a homecoming dance, history reports, and an increasingly suspicious boyfriend—and her mission in this high-stakes spy game, the boundaries of her two lives are beginning to blur.

Will she stay true to the country she barely remembers, or has her loyalty shattered along with her identity?

Praise for They Call Me Alexandra Gastone:

“…the intersection of action, espionage, and drama makes for solid…entertainment: readers will gladly sit back and watch Alexandra navigate the obstacle course that comes with playing her role too well. It's a strong debut for New Zealand author Maclagan.” —Publisher’s Weekly

"An intricate, debut spy thriller...readers will keep turning pages, and the surprise ending will have them anxiously awaiting a sequel." —Booklist

"Death-threats, global takeover, double-agents, hidden files and a blown cover—by the time you get to the shocking conclusion of this cliff-hanger, you won’t know who to trust…" —Girls’ Life

"I couldn’t put They Call Me Alexandra Gastone down—Maclagan’s clever, never-what-they-seem characters and authentic tradecraft tidbits lured me in, while Alexandra’s resourcefulness against overwhelming odds kept me constantly guessing." — Lindsay Smith, author of the Sekret series

“A solid debut that has both heart and smarts. Clever, solidly paced, and power-packed with a killer voice. They Call Me Alexandra Gastone is a blast to read. A perfect balance of mystery, romance, and betrayal. Bring on the sequel!” — Lindsay Cummings, author of The Murder Complex

From Publishers Weekly

May 11, 2015 – Everything about Alexandra Gastone, a 17-year-old American high school student, is a lie. She's actually Milena Rokva, a sleeper agent who replaced the real Alexandra (who died in a car accident with her parents) years ago in order to eventually infiltrate the CIA. She answers to Perun, a secret agency dedicated to freeing her homeland of Olissa from outside influences. Alexandra loves her new life and the "grandfather" she lives with, but she knows not to get too close to anyone. When Perun unexpectedly activates her as an agent, Alexandra realizes that she's not entirely willing to betray her friends and family. Numerous twists keep this The Americans style thriller from becoming predictable, though the multiple layers of truth and revelation do require some hefty suspension of disbelief. Nevertheless, the intersection of action, espionage, and drama makes for solid popcorn entertainment: readers will gladly sit back and watch Alexandra navigate the obstacle course that comes with playing her role too well. It's a strong debut for New Zealand author Maclagan. Ages 12 up.

Customer Reviews

Great read and well worth the time and money it took to read it

I liked the way the author wrote this story and how it is a spy thriller kind of book. It is a great read and it is well worth the time and money it took to read it. I'm loving it so far. I just cannot put it down. I highly reccommend it to anyone.

Sizzling Y/A Thriller - Can't put down

A crackling spy novel that crosses the best of y/a with the glamour of SALT and Bourne. I truly loved this book. So entertaining - a super fast, smart read. I hope there is sequel - soon!

They Call Me Alexandra Gastone
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  • Category: Fiction
  • Published: May 20, 2015
  • Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital
  • Seller: INscribe Digital
  • Print Length: 226 Pages
  • Language: English
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