By James Phelan
Jed Walker is about to learn that in the murky world of espionage, the rules of war don't apply. An action thriller where the line between the good guys and the bad can be hard to see.
'Jed Walker is right there in Reacher's rear-view mirror.' Lee Child, international bestselling author.
It's 2005 and Jed Walker has just joined the CIA. As a ten-year veteran of Air Force Special Operations, Walker is used to being at the sharp end of things. But normally the front line is much further from home.
Sent to New Orleans, on the trail of Russians wanting to claim back what was stolen from them in Afghanistan, it doesn't take long for Walker to realise that in the murky world of espionage, the rules of war do not apply.
Teaming up with a feisty M16 operative, Walker must take steps that will betray The Agency in order to do what is right by the nation. As Hurricane Katrina hits, to forever change a city and a country, it's clear to Walker that this is a high stakes game where the winner takes all. He must succeed.
From Langley to Louisiana, Washington to Moscow, The Agency moves like a tempest through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, false identities, and enemies old and new.
Jed Walker is going to be pushed to the limit - of what he can do, what he can take, and what he knows is right.
Praise for James Phelan:
'James Phelan has produced a big, juicy, rollicking tale in the spirit of Robert Ludlum. We haven't seen an international thriller like this for a long time' Jeffery Deaver
'A fast and furious ride through a complicated maze of timely political intrigue. James Phelan has earned a new avid fan' Steve Berry
James Phelan is the bestselling and award-winning author of twenty-nine novels and one work of non-fiction. From his teens he wanted to be a novelist but first tried his hand at a real job, studying and working in architecture before turning to English literature, spending five years at a newspaper and obtaining an MA and PhD in literature.
The ex-CIA character of Jed Walker was first introduced in The Spy, which was followed by The Hunted, Kill Switch, Dark Heart and The Agency.
James has also written five titles in the Lachlan Fox thriller series, and the Alone trilogy of young adult post-apocalyptic novels. A full-time novelist since the age of twenty-five, he spends his time writing thrilling stories and travelling the world to talk about them.
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15 Feb 2018
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Melbournian Phelan gives British thriller writer Lee Child a run for his money — Weekend West
Walker's so hard he's got muscles in his spit — West Australian
An absolute must-read for fans of Clancy, Ludlum et al — Bookseller and Publisher on Patriot Act
Phelan has mastered the art of action-packed international espionage fiction. Fans of Clancy, Ludlum, Deighton, etc will find themselves quickly sucked in — The Age on Red Ice
Melbourne-based author James Phelan continues to redefine the often stale and cliche ridden political thriller genre ... The genre is in safe hands - Phelan proves again that intelligent thriller is not necessarily an oxymoron — Bookseller & Publisher on Blood Oil
Vivid and suspenseful ... If you like espionage novels with plenty of grunt you can't go past it — SMH