Espionage Thrillers

Scorpion Betrayal by Andrew Kaplan

By Cathy Clamp

Fans have long awaited the sequel to SCORPION, the international bestselling novel by Andrew Kaplan. First published in 1985, the consummate spy thriller has been a reader favorite, but a standalone. Now, finally, the author who is a former war correspondent and military intelligence agent for both the U.S. Army and the Israel Defense Force (and who was himself wooed several times by the CIA) has created a plot worthy of his ex-CIA hero. In an Egyptian cafe in broad daylight, a killer known simply as the “Palestinian” commits a bold assassination. It is the opening move in a chilling game of terror that has caught the international intelligence community completely off-guard and will lead the former CIA operative code-named Scorpion on a desperate manhunt from the Middle East to the dangerous underworld of the capitals of Europe. When authors such as Harlan Coben say SCORPION BETRAYAL is “One of the smartest, swiftest and most compelling spy novels I’ve read in years,” and David Morrell says of the author, “Andrew Kaplan represents a gold standard for thriller writing,” well, you know you have to rush to the bookstore to add it to your reading stack.
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Death in Budapest by James L. Ross

By George Ebey

When Wall Street banker Patrick McCarry’s firm makes him the scapegoat after a hedge fund disaster, he manages to find a new position in London running a small investment business. Assigned to handle Chester Holt, an American looking to open a factory making engines in Hungary, McCarry learns on arriving in Budapest that his new client is actually in the arms business. Members of the American intelligence community fear Holt may be pouring fuel on the continually combustible Balkans, sending McCarry down a dangerous path with twists straight out of a John le Carré novel.
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The Toymaker by Chuck Barrett

By Terry DiDomenico

A man and his toys

One of the really cool things about thrillers is that there is always a possibility it could be real. Reality stepped in while Chuck Barrett was on vacation. There he met a man who became the inspiration behind his title character – the TOYMAKER. How cool is that?

Of course, it helped that Chuck already had a hero waiting—from his successful debut novel THE SAVANNAH PROJECT—in Jake Pendleton, an investigator for the NTSB.

In THE SAVANNAH PROJECT, Jake is sent out to investigate what appears to be a routine aircraft accident. Somehow that routine is disrupted by an assassin who tries to stop him from finding the truth behind what he sees as sabotage.
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Deception by Adrian Magson

Former MI5 (Security Services) officer Harry Tate’s skill at tracking down runaways is second to none –and the Security Services need his help. A group of renegade former soldiers called The Protectory is preying on deserters from the British army, trading their military knowledge for money, a new passport and a whole new way of life. But these deserters aren’t just any group of military personnel worn down by battle, traumatized and sick of fighting; they’re high-value members of elite regiments, with specialized knowledge of Coalition systems, weapons, tactics, communications and planning. And none comes more high-value, Harry is told, than a young woman officer, Lt Vanessa Tan, a former ADC to the British Forces Commander, Afghanistan. Critically, she is said to possess an eidetic (photographic) memory, and foreign governments would pay top dollar for what she carries in her head.
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Net Impact by Donald J. Bingle

Dick Thornby is not Hollywood’s idea of a spy. In his rough and tumble job there are no tailored Italian suits, no bimbos eager to please, and no massive underground fortresses built by evil overlords seeking world domination—just an endless series of sinister threats to the safety and security of the billions of mundane citizens of the planet. Sure, Dick’s tough and he knows a few tricks to help him get out of a tight spot, even if his boss accuses him of over-reliance on an abundance of explosives. But he’s also got a mortgage, a wife upset by his frequent absences on “business” trips, and an increasingly alienated teen-age son who spends way too much time playing in gaming worlds on the computer.
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Hoodwink by Dominic Torr

Dominic Torr’s fourth spy thriller is sure to appeal to spy story aficionados and those curious or concerned about Freemasonry. Set in the early nineties just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the KGB (later called the SVR) has managed, using “iIlegal residents,” to collect some 90 cases of shocking abuse of The Craft. It plans to release this information en masse to destabilise the British establishment. At the last moment, the Russian President vetoes this “Special Political Action” operation, code name “Hoodwink. ” The new Russia no longer wants to undermine the West, whose support it’s seeking. But General Asseyev, the KGB boss, finds “Hoodwink” unexpectedly hard to abort.
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The Valley of Shadows by Mark Terry

by Christine Goff

A raid on a Pakistan Al-Qaeda cell recovers two laptops. When the computers’ booby-traps are defused and the computers decrypted and translated, they indicate that Al-Qaeda has planned a series of simultaneous attacks in five U.S. cities involving potential dirty bombs, biological weapons and maybe even a nuclear weapon—on Election Day. Derek Stillwater, troubleshooter for the Department of Homeland Security, is assigned to a multi-jurisdictional Special Terrorism Activity Response Team (START) to locate the weapon and terrorists in Los Angeles and prevent the attack. They have two days. But as they close in on their targets, Derek begins to think that the intelligence they gathered is a sideshow to distract them from the real target—one of the two candidates for President of the United States.
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Forced To Kill by Andrew Peterson

When a mutilated body is discovered in a remote Utah lake, it ignites a chain of events that forces Nathan McBride to face a dark chapter from a past he’s worked hard to forget. Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to the former Marine sniper. He’s never backed away from danger and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago. Could his Nicaraguan enemy be active again? On American soil?
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The Silenced by Brett Battles

By Mark Terry

Brett Battles made a splash with his first novel to feature “cleaner” Jonathan Quinn in THE CLEANER in 2007. He followed up with two more to feature the professional spy whose particular expertise was cleaning up the messes left by assassinations and operations gone bad: THE DECEIVED and SHADOW OF BETRAYAL. And Quinn is back in THE SILENCED.
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Afraid of the Dark by James Grippando

by Sandra Parshall

James Grippando has tackled everything from the death penalty to Ponzi schemes in his bestselling thrillers, and he delves into the hot topics of internet data mining and secret detention camps in his seventeenth novel, Afraid of the Dark. Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck, making his ninth appearance, is drawn into a web of international intrigue when he defends a young man named Jamal who faces the death penalty for terrorist activity. His search for the truth leads Jack to London for the first time but also takes him into the depths of illegal internet sites.
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Twice a Spy by Keith Thomson

by Sandra Parshall

Keith Thomson mixes abundant plot twists, humor, and breathless action in his spy-novels-with-a-difference. Once a Spy and the just-released sequel, Twice a Spy, tell the story of Drummond Clark, a seemingly ordinary man whose humdrum life provided cover for his activities as a spy, and his ne’er-do-well son Charlie, who is catapulted into a life on the run when he tries to confine his aging, ill father to a nursing home.

Thomson is a former semi-pro baseball player in the French league, an editorial cartoonist for Newsday, and a filmmaker who exhibited a short film at the Sundance Festival. He lives in Alabama and writes about national security and other topics for the Huffington Post.
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Tracers by Adrian Magson

In Tracers, by Adrian Magson, a suicide bomber blows up a fortified house in western Baghdad, killing everyone inside. In Norfolk, England, a runaway Libyan banker is assassinated. Different events, half a world apart – but very closely linked.

Former M15 agent Harry Tate, having survived a rogue British Intelligence plot to kill him, is now working in the private sector, but ‘carded’ – retained by the Intelligence world to carry a weapon… just in case they need him. Hired by a government fixer to find two runaways, he soon tracks them down, only for both men to be promptly murdered.Despite serious misgivings, Harry is persuaded into a third assignment, this one to locate an Israeli professor suffering from trauma. But the runner is not who he seems, and for Harry, hot on his trail, things start to go very wrong indeed . . .
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9800 Savage Road by M. E. Harrigan

By Mary Kennedy

debut-author.jpg9800-savage-road1.jpgRecently, I sat down with M.E. Harrigan, author of 9800 Savage Road.

You’ve received wonderful reviews for 9800 Savage Road, your first novel. General Michael Hayden, who was Director of the NSA from 1995-2005 says you “put a human face on one of America’s most secret–and most valuable–intelligence organizations.” How did the book come about, and were you surprised at the very positive reviews from your colleagues?
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Proof of Life by Misty Evans

proof-of-life.JPGProof of Life, the third installment of Misty Evans’s award-winning Super Agent Series, is available this month in print. The story features CIA Deputy Director Michael Stone, who first appeared in OPERATION SHEBA. In this story, Stone must become the one thing he despises – a terrorist – in order to save the woman he loves.
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Red Station by Adrian Magson

red-station.jpgBy John T. Cullen

Recently I interviewed British author Adrian Magson about his remarkable new spy thriller Red Station (Severn House, August 2010).

Red Station: MI5 officer Harry Tate finds himself posted to a faraway operation called Red Station, somewhere in Central or Eastern Europe, while the media fuss dies down from a drug bust gone sour. A former soldier, now a loyal Security Services officer and civil servant, his credibility is down the drain after two civilians were shot dead during a drug intercept under his control. The idea is to wait it out before coming back up for air. Or so Harry is told.
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Deadly Trust by JJ Cooper

deadly-trust.jpgBy L. Dean Murphy

In JJ Cooper’s Deadly Trust, a riveting thriller set along Australia’s eastern coast, former army interrogator Jay Ryan enjoys the quiet life after leaving the military behind–or so he thinks. Old habits die hard, and when he realizes someone is trying to kill him and make it look like an accident, he’s interested to find out who…and why.
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Choice of Weapons by Raymond Benson

choice-of-weapons.JPGBy George Ebey

Cue the music.

A man walks directly in front of you.

You see his profile.  He’s wearing a sharp suit, keeping to himself.  The perfect target.

You got him in your crosshairs.  You’re about to pull the trigger.

Suddenly he turns and fires a gun directly at you.

Everything goes red.  The world shakes.

The story begins…
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Layover in Dubai by Dan Fesperman

layover-in-dubai.jpgBy George Ebey

Author Dan Fesperman is no stranger to international intrigue.

An accomplished journalist, he has worked for the Fayetteville (N.C.) Times, the Durham Morning Herald, the Charlotte News, the Miami Herald, and The Sun and Evening Sun of Baltimore. During his career he has been front row center for many history making conflicts, including his coverage of the Gulf War from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait; his running of The Sun’s Europe bureau during the Yugoslav civil wars in Croatia and Bosnia; as well as his reporting of events in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the wake of 9-11. Through this work he has experienced his fair share of adventure, which includes accepting the surrender, along with a colleague, of ten Iraqi soldiers in the Kuwait desert in 1991, as well as surviving a fatal ambush on a convoy of journalists traveling through Afghanistan in November of 2001.
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