He applied the Page 69 Test to the latest book in the series, Stuff to Spy For, and reported the following:
I just read page 69, from Stuff to Spy For. It's a defining page. Skip and James (24 year old lifelong friends) are talking about going into the spy business. Skip is a little less than enthusiastic, but on page 69 they are discussing a financially lucrative offer, and Skip remembers his love for the Hardy Boys, James Bond, and all the spy gadgets. It won't take another page for Skip to say yes. A terrible decision, but funny none the less.Learn more about the book and author at Don Bruns' website.
"Spy stuff, Skip. And we can use the truck. People will think it's a service truck, but we can stock it with the spy stuff."
"You're crazy. Do you remember the Bond movie where Q was showing Bond some missiles that shot from the headlights on his car?"
"Come on man. You're talking to the king of movie quotes. Q looks at Bond and says, 'Need I remind you, 007, you're licensed to kill, not break traffic laws.'" His British accent was almost perfect."
"I'm telling you, James, this is not a good idea."
Would I buy the book based on page 69? Would I read on? I would.
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