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Espionage & spy thriller

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Tom Clancy's Code of Honour

Tom Clancy's Code of Honour

Author: Marc Cameron Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2020

THE GRIPPING NEW THRILLER IN TOM CLANCY'S JACK RYAN SERIES - INSPIRATION FOR THE BLOCKBUSTER AMAZON PRIME TV SERIES The deadliest threat is the one you never see . . . It was a text message that started it. President Jack Ryan's old friend (and former operative) Father Pat West warns of a honey trap, a possible murder and a secret AI project - Calliope - falling into Chinese hands, before going silent. This leaves Jack Ryan with two pressing problems. Firstly, find and rescue his old friend, last seen in Indonesia. And secondly, discover what exactly Calliope is and how much of a threat it poses. But it's not the danger you see that catches you out - but the one you never see coming . . . _________________ PRAISE FOR TOM CLANCY 'Exhilarating. No other novelist is giving so full a picture of modern conflict' Sunday Times 'A brilliantly constructed thriller that packs a punch' Daily Mail 'A virtuoso display of page-turning talent' Sunday Express 'Heart-stopping action . . . entertaining and eminently topical' Washington Post

Defend or Die

Defend or Die

Author: Tom Marcus Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/11/2020

An explosive thriller sees the Blindeye team take down a terrifying threat to UK national security from former MI5 officer, Tom Marcus, author of the bestselling Soldier Spy. When no one knows you exist, you don't have to play by the rules . . . Meet former MI5 officer Matt Logan, now part of a totally deniable government organization known as 'Blindeye', with full licence to do whatever it takes to neutralize threats to the UK's national security. When intelligence comes through that the Kremlin plans to launch a terror attack in London, Logan and the team set in motion a surveillance operation on a billionaire Russian oligarch who may be connected with the incoming threat. As they dig into the man's life, they soon discover a network of incredibly dangerous individuals whose plans could tear the nation apart. Battling personal demons of his own, Logan must defend his country from a terrifying enemy, or die trying . . . Defend or Die is the second in Tom Marcus's breathtaking series featuring tortured MI5 operative Matt Logan, following on from Capture or Kill.

Defend or Die

Defend or Die

Author: Tom Marcus Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2020

An explosive thriller sees the Blindeye team take down a terrifying threat to UK national security from former MI5 officer, Tom Marcus, author of the bestselling Soldier Spy. When no one knows you exist, you don't have to play by the rules . . . Meet former MI5 officer Matt Logan, now part of a totally deniable government organization known as 'Blindeye', with full licence to do whatever it takes to neutralize threats to the UK's national security. When intelligence comes through that the Kremlin plans to launch a terror attack in London, Logan and the team set in motion a surveillance operation on a billionaire Russian oligarch who may be connected with the incoming threat. As they dig into the man's life, they soon discover a network of incredibly dangerous individuals whose plans could tear the nation apart. Battling personal demons of his own, Logan must defend his country from a terrifying enemy, or die trying . . . Defend or Die is the second in Tom Marcus's breathtaking series featuring tortured MI5 operative Matt Logan, following on from Capture or Kill.

The Deserter

The Deserter

Author: Nelson DeMille, Alex DeMille Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2020

Military cop Scott Brodie is the guy you send in when the other guys can't solve a case. Now he's on the hunt for a dangerous ex-Delta Force deserter named Kyle Mercer, and may have met his match. ***The brand new novel from America's Greatest Living Thriller Writer.*** When Delta Force Captain Kyle Mercer disappeared from his post in Afghanistan, a video released by his Taliban captors made international headlines. But circumstances were murky: Did Mercer desert before he was captured? Then a second video sent to Mercer's Army commanders leaves no doubt: the trained assassin and keeper of classified Army intelligence has willfully disappeared. When Mercer is spotted a year later in Caracas, Venezuela, top military brass task Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor of the Criminal Investigation Division to fly to Venezuela and bring Mercer back to America-dead or alive. Brodie knows this is a difficult mission, made more difficult by his new partner's inexperience and by his suspicion that Maggie Taylor is reporting to the CIA. Tense, exotic and inspired by a real-life story, the new thriller from number one New York Times bestseller Nelson DeMille and his son, screenwriter Alex DeMille is an absolute must read.

The Message

The Message

Author: Mai Jia Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2020

A dazzling literary thriller set in Japan-occupied China from the most translated Chinese novelist of our time. China, 1941. It is the height of the Second World War, and Japan rules over China. In the famously beautiful city of Hangzhou, a puppet government propped up by the Japanese is waging an underground war against the Communist resistance. Late one night, under cover of darkness, three men and two women are escorted to an isolated mansion on the shores of West Lake. All five are intelligence officers, employed as codebreakers by the regime. But the secret police are certain that one of them is a communist spy. None of them are leaving until the traitor is unmasked. It should be a straightforward case of sifting truth from lies. But as each codebreaker spins a story that proves their innocence, events are framed and re-framed, and what really happened is called into question again and again. Part historical spy thriller, part playful meta-fiction, The Message is a masterclass in storytelling from a Chinese literary sensation. Praise for Mai Jia: 'Engrossing ... This slyly playful narrative will draw you into a deliciously sticky web' The Times on The Message. 'A page-turner with a gripping plot, otherworldy aura, and flamboyant detail' New York Times on Decoded. 'A literary superstar' Telegraph. 'A mix of spy thriller, historical saga and mathematical puzzle that coheres into a powerful whole' Financial Times on Decoded.

The Mission Song

The Mission Song

Author: John le Carre Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2020

At a top-secret meeting between Western financiers and Congolese warlords, an interpreter finds his conscience re-awakening. Bruno Salvador has worked on clandestine missions before. A highly skilled interpreter, he is no stranger to the Official Secrets Act. But this is the first time he has been asked to change his identity - and, worse still, his clothes - in service of his country. Whisked to a remote island to interpret a top-secret conference between no-name financiers and Congolese warlords, Salvo's excitement is only heightened by memories of the night before he left London, and his life-changing encounter with a beautiful nurse named Hannah. Exit suddenly, the unassuming, happily married man Salvo believed himself to be. Enter in his place, the pseudonymous Brian Sinclar: spy, lover - and perhaps, even, hero.

The Beijing Conspiracy

The Beijing Conspiracy

Author: Shamini Flint Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

'Flint . . . creates fascinating, unforgettable characters' Booklist A LONG-LOST DAUGHTER. AN EXPLOSIVE SECRET. A LETHAL CONSPIRACY. JACK FORD Ex-marine Jack Ford has a daughter he never knew about in Beijing. He resolves to go to China. A country he hasn't returned to since he witnessed the horrors of the Tiananmen Square massacre. FEI YEN While seeking his newfound daughter, Fei Yen, Jack uncovers explosive information. Both the Chinese and American governments want it. Now Jack is trapped in an impossible dilemma: save Fei Yen or prevent a war where thousands will lose their lives.

A Question of Time

A Question of Time

Author: James Stejskal Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2020

Berlin, 1979. When the CIA's most valuable spy is compromised, the Agency realizes it does not have the capability to bring him to safety. If he cannot evade the dreaded East German security service, the result will be chaos and a cascade of failures throughout the Agency's worldwide operations. Master Sergeant Kim Becker lived through the hell of Vietnam as a member of the elite Studies and Operations Group. When he lost one of his best men in a pointless operation, he began to question his mission. Now, he is serving with an even more secretive Army Special Forces unit based in Berlin on the front line of the Cold War. The CIA turns to Becker's team of unconventional warfare specialists to pull their bacon out of the fire. Becker and his men must devise a plan to get him out by whatever means possible. It's a race against time to prepare and execute the plan while, alone in East Berlin, the agent must avoid his nemesis and play for time inside the hostile secret service headquarters he has betrayed. One question remains - is the man worth the risk?

Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Treadstone Resurrection

Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Treadstone Resurrection

Author: Joshua Hood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

The first novel in an explosive new series inspired by Robert Ludlum's Bourne universe, perfect for those who binged Treadstone. Operation Treadstone made Jason Bourne, but he's not the only agent they trained. Treadstone nearly destroyed Adam Hayes. The top-secret CIA Black Ops program trained him to be an all-but-invincible assassin, but it also cost him his family and any chance at a normal life. Which is why he was determined to get out. Working as a carpenter in rural Washington state, Adam thinks he has left Treadstone in the past, until he receives a mysterious email from a former colleague, and soon after is attacked by an unknown hit team at work. Adam must regain the skills that Operation Treadstone taught him - lightning reflexes and a cold conscience - in order to discover who the would-be killers are and why they have come after him now. Are his pursuers enemies from a long-ago mission? Rival intelligence agents? Or, perhaps, forces inside Treadstone? His search will unearth secrets in the highest levels of government and pull him back into the shadowy world he worked so hard to forget. The Treadstone Resurrection is the first novel in an explosive new series inspired by Robert Ludlum's Bourne universe, introducing an unforgettable hero and the covert world that forged him.

Spy

Spy

Author: Danielle Steel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

A young woman is caught up in a dangerous double life on behalf of her country during World War Two in Spy, by the world's favourite storyteller Danielle Steel. At eighteen, Alexandra Wickham is presented to King George V and Queen Mary. She is a stunning beauty who seems destined for a privileged life. But fate, a world war and her own quietly rebellious nature lead her down a different path. By 1939, Britain is at war. From her home in idyllic Hampshire Alex makes her way to London as a nursing volunteer. But her fluency in French and German draws the attention of another, more secret, branch of the service. Within a year, Alex is immersed in a new world, shocking her family in trousers and bright red lipstick. But she is forbidden to tell anyone about her work, not even the pilot she falls in love with. While her country and those dearest to her pay the terrible price of war, Alex learns the art of espionage, leading to life-and-death missions and a long career in exotic places and historic times. Spy follows Alex's extraordinary adventures during the war, and afterwards all over the world, when her husband, Richard, enters the foreign service. She lives life on the edge, with a secret she must always keep hidden.

Box 88

Box 88

Author: Charles Cumming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

An organisation that doesn't exist. A spy that can't be caught. Years ago, a spy was born... 1989: The Cold War will soon be over, but for BOX 88, a top secret spying agency, the espionage game is heating up. Lachlan Kite, recruited from an elite boarding school, is sent to France, tasked with gathering intelligence on an enigmatic Iranian businessman implicated in the Lockerbie bombing. But what Kite uncovers is more terrifying than anyone expected... Now he faces the deadliest decision of his life... 2020: MI5 hear rumours of BOX 88's existence and go after Kite - but Iranian intelligence have got to him first. Taken captive and brutally tortured, Kite has a choice: reveal the truth about what happened in France thirty years earlier - or watch his family die. In a battle unlike anything he has faced before, Kite must use all his skills to stay alive.

Absolute Friends

Absolute Friends

Author: John le Carre Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

The friends of the title are Ted Mundy, a British soldier's son born in 1947 in a newly independent Pakistan, and Sasha, the refugee son of an East German Lutheran pastor and his wife who have sought sanctuary in the West. The two men meet first as students in riot-torn West Berlin of the late Sixties and again in the grimy looking-glass of Cold War espionage. When they meet once more, in today's unipolar world of terror, counter-terror and the war of lies, they become involved in clandestine activities - with lethal results. Absolute Friends is a superbly paced novel spanning fifty-six years, a theatrical masterstroke of tragi-comic writing, and a savage fable of our time