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Spy Games

'Authentic, taut and compelling. Brookes is the real deal' Charles Cumming Fearing for his life, journalist Philip Mangan has gone into hiding from the Chinese agents who have identified him as a British spy. His reputation and life are in tatters. But when he is caught in a terrorist attack in East Africa and a shadowy Chinese figure approaches him in the dead of night with information on the origins of the atrocity, Mangan is suddenly back in the eye of the storm. Meanwhile, thousands of miles away on a humid Hong Kong night, a key MI6 source is murdered minutes after meeting spy Trish Patterson. From Washington, D.C. to the hallowed halls of Oxford University and dusty African streets, a sinister power is stirring that will use Mangan and Patterson as its pawns - if they survive. Deeply steeped in tension and paranoia, Spy Games is Adam Brookes' follow-up to his award-nominated debut Night Heron and a remarkable, groundbreaking spy thriller.
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Adam Brookes for many years a journalist and foreign correspondent for BBC News. He reported from China, Indonesia, the US and many other countries, Iraq and Afghanistan among them. His debut novel, Night Heron, was nominated for the 2014 CWA John Creasey Dagger and appeared on best of the year lists in the TLS, Kirkus and NPR; its follow-up, Spy Games was nominated for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. The Spy's Daughter is his third novel. He lives with his family in Takoma Park, Maryland.


Brookes, a former BBC Beijing correspondent, is on the money with this superb thriller. Fans of Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko novels will love this. * The Times South Africa * Brookes shows that his impressive debut was no fluke * Publishers Weekly * Brookes has separated himself from the pack: I've read a lot of very good China books by excellent journalists, but I've never before stayed up far too late on a work night to finish one, unwilling to go to sleep until I knew how it ended * Los Angeles Review of Books * Brookes' second novel is a multipronged spy thriller that fires on all cylinders. A smarter or more exciting mystery likely won't be released this year. * Kirkus - starred review * A perfectly executed spy yarn * Sunday Express * Adam Brookes is the new Le Carre - without question this is the best modern spy novel I have ever read . . . Read this. It's perfect. * Manda Scott * A nuanced and terrifying experience that will occasionally leave the reader's head spinning as they attempt to connect all the dots. Comparisons to John le Carre are inevitable but may be justified . . . he's a natural storyteller, and a thrilling new voice * Sunday Herald * Brookes knows modern China, he seemingly knows the British secret service and, most importantly, he knows how to tell a good story. The splendid result is this rich, can't-put-it-down thriller. A terrific read. * Joseph Kanon - author of The Good German and Leaving Berlin * Authentic, taut and compelling. Brookes is the real deal * Charles Cumming * Brookes's expertly orchestrated novel couldn't be more topical . . . exhilaratingly shows how readily the old-school international spy thriller can be retooled for the era of globalisation, the internet and a superpower's emergence * Sunday Times * Brookes shows that his impressive debut was no fluke, and readers will look forward to Mangan's next adventure * Publishers Weekly * This would make a superb television spy drama. I really didn't want it to end. A terrific heart-thumping spy thriller. * Northern Crime Reviews * Cements Brookes' reputation as a superb spy novelist and draws comparisons with other espionage heavyweights including John le Carre. * Sun * Authentic, taut and compelling. Brookes is the real deal * Charles Cumming *

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