Monday, May 15, 2017

Blog Tour/Review: Bai Tide by Erika Mitchell

About Bai Tide

• Paperback: 244 pages
• Publisher: Champagne Books; First Edition edition (April 5, 2015)

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

Bai Tsu is a CIA case officer currently working as a gym teacher at a girls' prep school in San Diego. Someone is targeting one of the girls and it's his job to figure out who and why. 

This book started out fast and didn't let up! I enjoyed getting to know Bai Tsu. He's smart, tough and has a great sense of humor. He was under the impression that his current assignment would be easy, so of course, it turned out to be complex. There were some secondary characters that we met who played a pivotal part in the story and there were times that I wasn't sure who to trust. 

This was a fun read from beginning to end! There's lots of action and humor. There were also some twists and turns which kept it interesting. Part of it takes place in North Korea, where Bai was tested both physically and mentally. If you enjoy thrillers, this is a book and series you will want to read!

The next book in the series, Take the Bai Road, is coming out July 3rd!

My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy via TLC Book Tours, which did not affect my review in any way

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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.

Find out more about Erika at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. You can also read her blog at

Tour Stops:

Tuesday, January 24th: Man of La Book
Monday, May 1st: Spinatale Reviews
Tuesday, May 2nd: Helen’s Book Blog
Wednesday, May 3rd: Lit.Wit.Wine.Dine.
Friday, May 5th: Sara the Introvert
Monday, May 8th: Thoughts On This ‘n That
Tuesday, May 9th: Just Commonly
Thursday, May 11th: alyssarossblog
Monday, May 15th: Mel’s Shelves
Tuesday, May 16th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, May 17th: Clues & Reviews
Friday, May 19th: Writing and Running Through Life
TBD: Back Porchervations
TBD: My Journey Back


Erika Mitchell said...

Thank you for the great review! I'm so glad the plot kept you guessing!

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I love it when a thriller like this gets started right from page one - that excitement is so fun!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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