Review: The Bucharest Dossier


Bill Hefflin is a man apart—apart from life, apart from his homeland, apart from love

At the start of the 1989 uprising in Romania, CIA analyst Bill Hefflin—a disillusioned Romanian expat—arrives in Bucharest at the insistence of his KGB asset, code-named Boris. As Hefflin becomes embroiled in an uprising that turns into a brutal revolution, nothing is as it seems, including the search for his childhood love, which has taken on mythical proportions.

With the bloody events unfolding at blinding speed, Hefflin realizes the revolution is manipulated by outside forces, including his own CIA and Boris—the puppeteer who seems to be pulling all the strings of Hefflin’s life.

The Bourne Identity meets John le Carre’s The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

Rating: 5-stars


The Bucharest Dossier by William Maz is a thrilling epic adventure of espionage and love. One CIA spy, Bill Hefflin, is an intriguing character. He is highly intelligent and tough. He gets involved in a scheme much bigger than he ever imagined. At the same time, he is lamenting his loss of his first love.

In many ways, this riveting novel, reminded me so much Ian Fleming’s novel, Casino Royale. James Bond was also a spy who was very good at what he does. He loved a woman only to lose her. He never really got over that loss. In the same way, Bill Hefflin is the same. His woman did not die but he lost her all the same. The loss haunts him throughout the book. In the meantime, he is driven deeper into the world of corrupt governments and the deadly world of espionage.

I really enjoyed this thriller. It was action-packed and entertaining. It had a way of pulling me in further and surprising me at every turn. I cannot believe this book is William Maz’s debut novel! He writes so well, it’s hard to think an author can create such perfection in the first of what may be many epic adventures to come. Overall, I highly recommend this adventure for all who love suspense, mystery, and a bit of romance too.

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