Review: Bai Tide by Erika Mitchell

About Bai Tide

Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Champagne Books; First Edition edition
Genre: Spy Thriller
Release Date:
April 6, 2015
I received a free copy of this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review

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.

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The sequel (Take The Bai Road) will be released on July 3rd, 2017

Review – 3/5 Stars

Bai Tide starts off with a high-action foot chase on a beach in Coronado, California. I was immediately sucked into the story. Bai is a new spy for the CIA and has been placed at a prestigious all-girls school for the daughters of diplomats and powerful political figures. I adored his interactions with his students, the contrast between his gym teacher and spy persons really allowed me to connect with him. The first half of the story is about Bai investigated a threat to one of the girls at the school as well as trying to figure out who at the school is selling nuclear secrets. The author did a wonderful job depicting what spy life would be like when you also have to keep up a cover. Annette was one of my favorite characters in the novel, I truly enjoyed how she challenged and occassionally out-did Bai. Bai did occassionally make mistakes that made me question how competent of a spy he was but this didn’t detract too much from the overall story.

The second half of the book wasn’t quite as enjoyable for me. After the events of the first half, Bai goes on a mission to North Korea (which was an incredibly timely and relevant plot line). In the first half of the novel, connecting to the characters and remaining engaged was effortless, I found the story so interesting. After Bai leaves the school, I wasn’t as able to connect to the story. The book became mostly a description of the mission and was missing the heart that was present in the first half. Although I somewhat disconnected from the book emotionally, I did enjoy how the author handled the plot. The action was handled well and it was a non-stop ride.

Overall, this was a quick and easy read full of action, thrills, and spying. I think that it would make an awesome action movie. I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys spy thrillers.

erika-mitchell-author-photoAbout Erika Mitchell

Erika Mitchell is the author of Blood Money, a standalone novel about one accountantís 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 sheís not writing, sheís 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

4 thoughts on “Review: Bai Tide by Erika Mitchell

  1. trish Reply

    I love books with a lot of action, which it sounds like this has in spades!

    Thank you for being on this tour!

    1. spinatale1 Reply

      Thank you for having me on the tour!

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