Further reviews will be posted once they become available.

Mark Hooker
Oct 2008

Adrian de Hoog, an author from the wide-open prairies and icy-cold of Canada, delivers a fresh, new perspective on the game of espionage in his two novels: The Berlin Assignment (2006) and Borderless Deceit (2007). These are not bang and boom spy thrillers, but are rather novels with spies in them. The Berlin Assignment plays out against the backdrop of post-wall Berlin and the problems of German reunification. Borderless Deceit is the tale of the Canadian role in the intelligence war against illicit weapons trafficking and money laundering that begins with the same kind of cyber attack that was launched on Georgia before the Russians invaded in August 2008. The world of fiction was ahead of the real world on this one. Borderless Deceit came out before the attack became a fact.

Mike Gillespie
The Ottawa Citizen
May 2008

While Adrian de Hoog may not be a household name yet, he’s probably well on his way with the release of his second tale of political intrigue, Borderless Deceit.

De Hoog, an Ottawa writer who turned to mystery after a 30-year career as a Canadian diplomat in countries as varied as Kenya and Germany, received critical acclaim for his first book, The Berlin Assignment, a story rooted in German reunification, which was released in 2006.

Sharon Hunt
The Current Magazine
April 2008

Okay, I admit up front that I have a bit of a paranoid streak running through me. This paranoia usually involves computers and how some day I will be working away on a critical but as-of-yet-notbacked- up document, when the screen will suddenly go black or grey or whatever awful colour a computer's screen goes when the machine is wiped clean by a virus, and I will be left staring at my reflection, wondering what the hell I'm supposed to do now. Given this, I wasn't particularly enthusiastic about reading Borderless Deceit, a novel about a virus that destroys the communication network of the Canadian diplomatic service. I read the book, though, and am glad that I did. Borderless Deceit is an enjoyable read.

Gar Pardy
Bout de papier
February 2008

I begin reading a book with a sense of wonder. Wonder for what is to be expected. For many authors experience has shown what I can expect. Wayne Johnson’s books will always have a combination of geography, climate and character as its central features; Ian Rankin can be expected to deliver a whodunit where the detective deduces largely from the inside of a decent whisky bottle; and Robertson Davies can be trusted to detail the human condition in any of many frailties and hopefully an occasional success.

A new novelist, as is Mr de Hoog, has a more limited track on which to judge what to expect. His first novel Berlin Assignment published last year capped a thirty year career in Canada’s foreign service, and following the advice of all handbooks to write about what you know, Mr de Hoog’s first novel detailed aspects of Canada’s foreign service against the destruction of the Berlin wall and the reunification of Germany. If that was all it was, it would still be a most readable and insightful book.

It was much more; it was fine satire in the great traditions of that style. His new book, Borderless Deceit is very much of same style.

Alidë Kohlhaas
The Lanceteer
January 2008

When I began to read Adrian de Hoog's second mystery novel, its plot seemed a bit farfetched. Then I learned that, given the right circumstances, what he sets out in Borderless Deceit could happen—theoretically—but is highly unlikely. I learned this from a friend during a conversation about this story. He has more knowledge about the world of computers, and how the Internet works, than most people can acquire in several lifetimes. He assured me, though, that it could happen only under very specific circumstances, and needs far more than the perpetrator in this novel had at his command.

Joan Sullivan
Republic of Words
The Telegram
December 30, 2007

Borderless Deceit is Adrian de Hoog’s espionage follow-up to The Berlin Assignment, with some crossover in dramatis personae, most notably Heywood Irving, high-ranking bureaucrat, longstanding foreign service mandarin and czar of subterfuge.

The story opens with a massive computer virus taking out the entire Canadian diplomatic system. Its origin is a mystery – as is the malice behind such total intelligence devastation...

Jean Graham
The Northeast Avalon Times
December 2007

Those who enjoyed Adrian de Hoog’s debut novel The Berlin Assignment (and I was one) will be happy to know that in Borderless Deceit he returns to successfully mine the apparently plot-rich world of Canadian intelligence.

We enter the cubicles in Ottawa just about the time a massive virus has crashed the entire diplomatic computer system.