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Night Heron by Adam Brookes
  

Night Heron

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A splendid debut spy thriller about a British journalist in Peking who unwittingly becomes involved in a huge conspiracy plot when he is approached by a local dissident and labour camp fugitive with bones to pick with the Chinese authorities. We've all read countless thrillers about spying in Russia and Eastern European countries, pre and post Cold War but Brookes' insights into China, where he worked as a correspondent for the BBC, make this a fascinating exploration of a brand new murky world with a chilling touch of realism and a fascinating read with twists and turns on every shadowy corner. The thin line between journalism and actual involvement in the shadow life is clearly drawn and feels so true to life. And who can resist a novel where one of the protagonists is called Peanut?

Who is Maxim Jakubowski

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Adam Brookes was formerly the BBC’s China correspondent with assignments in Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea and other countries under his belt. Of course, such experience (and even solid journalistic talent) does not guarantee thriller success, but Brookes arrives as a fully formed talent, with a complete mastery of the genre. The plot involves a Chinese spy and a British journalist, with a whole nation hunting them, and we are gripped by the sinewy narrative from the very first page. A desperate prisoner whose name is Peanut (who had worked for British Intelligence in the past) escapes from a brutal labour camp at night, braving the frigid desert of northwest China.
~ Barry Forshaw

Synopsis

Night Heron by Adam Brookes

A lone man escapes a labour camp in the dead of night, fleeing across the winter desert of north-west China. Two decades earlier, he was a spy for the British. Now he finds Beijing transformed and crawling with danger - the fugitive must quickly disappear on its surveillance-blanketed streets or face death. Desperate and ruthless, he reaches out to his one-time MI6 paymasters via journalist Philip Mangan, offering secrets in return for his life. Mangan is dragged into a deeper and deeper whirlpool of lies, as the secrets prove more valuable than either of them could ever have known...and not only to the British.

Reviews

'An intriguing, skilful and taut novel...elegantly plotted and with a piercing eye for detail' Daily Mail

'The best British spy novel debut in years' -- Jake Kerridge

'The Telegraph Debut of the month is Adam Brookes's accomplished Night Heron' The Sunday Times

'The BBC's former China correspondent joins the ranks of John le Carre and Frederick Forsyth with a laser-sharp Beijing spy thriller ... Brookes arrives a full formed talent, with a complete mastery of the genre' Daily Express

'Night Heron reeks with verisimilitude in its settings and atmosphere, and is accompanied by a cleverly plotted action-filled story of Anglo-Chinese espionage' The Times

'The pace is frenetic and Brookes does a wonderful job with both the high-tech world of cyber intelligence and survival on Beijing's gritty, smog-smothered streets. Highly recommended.' The Bookseller

'Brookes, a correspondent for BBC News in Washington, D.C., who was formerly based in China, takes readers deep inside the culture and daily routines of that country in his outstanding fiction debut ... Good chase scenes and tense dialogue, coupled with a convincing picture of what actually happens in the corridors of power, make Brookes a thriller writer to watch.' Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Adam Brookes

As the BBC's China Correspondent, Adam Brookes received repeated visits from an anonymous man offering to sell him military secrets to pass to British Secret Services - a likely 'dangle' designed to entrap him. This event inspired the writing of Night Heron, a game-changing thriller ripped from today's headlines. Now correspondent for BBC News in Washington, D.C., Adam Brookes is deeply engrained in the world of government secrets, and has reported on assignment from many of the world's most dangerous countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and North Korea.

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Publication date

1st January 2015

Author

Adam Brookes

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Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
Crime / Mystery
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Espionage & spy thriller

ISBN

9780751552508

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