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Robert Wilton has held a variety of posts in the British Ministry of Defence, Foreign Office and Cabinet Office. He was advisor to the Prime Minister of Kosovo in the lead-up to the country's independence, and has now returned there as a senior international official. He divides his time between Kosovo and Cornwall.
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A fast-paced and fascinating tale which draws the reader into the pre-war spying world. In the months leading up to the declaration of war, four unlikely new agents, three men and one highly intelligent young woman, are recruited by British Intelligence. We follow their meanderings across Europe as each meets up with Knox, their military liaison officer. Their mission is to flush out and identify a counter spy referred to as ‘The Spider’. They are pursued by our arch villain, Hildebrandt, who has an uncanny knack of involving himself in hunting down each of our spies. All four are eventually drawn to Vienna and an exciting and unexpected denouement. Initially you are introduced to a plethora of characters, a bit confusing, but that's spying for you. This is an excellent read.
July 1805: Napoleon's army masses across the Channel - Britain is within hours of invasion and defeat. Only one thing stands in the way - an obscure government bureau of murky origins and shadowy purpose: The Comptrollerate General for Scrutiny and Survey. And, rescued from a shipwreck, his past erased, Tom Roscarrock is their newest agent.
July 1805: Napoleon's army masses across the Channel - Britain is within hours of invasion and defeat.Only one thing stands in the way - an obscure govenement bureau of murky origins and shadowy purpose: The Comptrollerate General for Scrutiny and Survey. Behind the clash of fleets and armies, there lies a secret world of intrigue, deception, treachery and violence.Which is precisely why the Comptrollerate exists...Into this feverish environment comes a dead man. Pulled half-drowned from a shipwreck, his past erased, Tom Roscarrock is put to work for the Comptrollerate and thrown headfirst into a bewildering world of political intrigue and violence.In France, a plan is underway to shatter the last of England's stability. In England, the man who recruited Roscarrock has disappeared, his agents keep turning up dead, and reports of a secret French fleet are panicking the authorities.His life in danger and his motives increasingly suspect, Roscarrock must pursue the complex conspiracy across England and then into the heart of Napoleon's France, there to confront the greatest mystery of all...
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