Library Journal, Xpress Reviews: Fiction | First Look at New Books, July 19, 2013

Terpening, Ron. Cloud Cover. Cliff Edge. Aug. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9780975576137. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780989403535. F
The seemingly disparate threads of this Cold War–era spy thriller come together and reach a boiling point in Italy in 1984. Michael Higgins, a librarian at the American Institute Library in Trieste, Italy, happens to be in the right place at the right time to assist NATO intelligence in passing along field agent messages. Never trained as a spy, Higgins soon gets a crash course in espionage when his field agents turn up dead and his own life is threatened. With unexpected help (and romance) from Canadian intelligence agent Fae Avadek, Higgins flees Trieste in search of answers, finding stolen missiles and betrayals along the way. It becomes apparent that someone is orchestrating a war, and Higgins and Avadek may be the only ones able to stop it.
Verdict Terpening’s (League of Shadows) latest thriller . . . picks up in pace and intensity as the story lines begin to converge . . . —Melissa DeWild, Kent Dist. Lib., Comstock Park, MI