This is billed as the first in a trilogy but Daniel Marchant is such a charismatic character surely there will be more to come after that? The book opens with Daniel, a suspended MI6 officer, and his girlfriend running the London Marathon only to stumble across a suicide bomber whose target is the American Ambassador. The coincidence may sound a bit cheesy but this action packed thriller is far from being cheesy. It’s witty, clever and thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended.
A piece of publisher passion...
'Even before it is published, Dead Spy Running is building up a healthy head of steam, with rights being sold after frenzied bidding wars in many European countries. Possibly even more excitingly, movie rights have been sold to Warner Bros, with McG slated to direct.
Why all the fuss? Because Dead Spy Running is a brilliant, edge-of-the seat, action thriller which keeps the reader riveted - and guessing - to the very last page. It's the first book in what is presently seen as a trilogy, although if Daniel Marchant, the book's hero, becomes as popular as James Bond and Jason Bourne, who knows?
I am immensely proud to be publishing Dead Spy Running''
Re-inventing the spy story for the 21st Century. John Le Carre meets Jason Bourne!
Daniel Marchant, a suspended MI6 officer, is running the London Marathon. He is also running out of time. A competitor is strapped with explosives. If he drops his pace, everyone around him will be killed, including the US ambassador to London. Marchant tries to thwart the attack, but is he secretly working for the terrorists? There are those in America who already suspect Marchant of treachery. Just like they suspected his late father, the former head of MI6, who was removed from his job by the CIA. Marchant is treated like an enemy combatant - rendition, waterboarding - but he has friends who are disillusioned with America’s war on terror. Friends like Leila, his beautiful MI6 colleague and lover, and Sir Marcus Fielding, the new Chief who resents the White House’s growing influence in Whitehall. On the run from the CIA, Marchant is determined to prove his father’s innocence in a personal journey that takes him from Wiltshire, via Poland, to India. It was here that the former MI6 chief once met with one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, and where the new President of America is shortly to visit. But was that meeting proof of a mole within MI6 or the best penetration of Al Qaeda the West has ever had? And was Marchant’s father the keeper of another, darker secret? In a compelling thriller that updates the spy novel for the 21st century – think John Le Carre meets Jason Bourne - Marchant discovers the shocking realities of personal betrayal and national loyalty, and that love can be the biggest risk of all.
"Dead Spy Running is a rip-roaring race of a read that never lets up until the finishing tape - and a bit beyond." ROBERT GODDARD
"As elegant as le Carre and as cynical as the twenty-first century ... exactly what we need from a spy novel now." LEE CHILD
"Smart, classy, and relentlessly gripping, DEAD SPY RUNNING
grabs the reader and doesn't let go. I couldn't quit turning the pages -- like Daniel Marchant running the London marathon, I couldn't stop." MEG GARDINER
Publication date: 25/06/2009
Publisher: Blue Door
|Publication date:||25th June 2009|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
Jon Stock is currently Weekend editor of the Telegraph. He is the author of two novels, 'The Riot Act' and the 'Cardamom Club', and is also a columnist with The Week magazine in India. He lives in Wiltshire with his wife and three young children.After reading English at Cambridge University, he worked as a freelance journalist in London, writing features for most of Britain's national newspapers, as well as contributing regularly to BBC Radio 4. He was also chosen for Carlton TV's acclaimed scriptwriters course. Between 1998 and 2000, he was Delhi correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. On his return to Britain, ...More About Jon Stock