Category: Espionage

The Matarese Countdown by Robert Ludlum

By Robert Ludlum

Two decades in the past, best brokers from the CIA and KGB banded jointly to deliver down the Matarese Circle, a world cabal of powerbrokers and assassins whose sole goal used to be to accomplish around the globe financial domination. Now the bloody Matarese dynasty is back--and the one guy with the ability to prevent it might probably have already run out of time....

CIA case officer Cameron Pryce is sizzling at the path of the recent Matarese alliance. His merely likelihood to terminate its ruthless actions is to stick to the path of blood funds and stone-cold killers correct to the guts of its lethal conspiracy.

From the Hamptons to London's Belgrave sq., Matarese assassins have already struck with brutal potency, taking out all who stand of their method. Their chain of violence is very unlikely to stop--until Pryce will get an extraordinary holiday. one of many Matarese's sufferers survives lengthy adequate to whisper demise phrases that would blow the case large open: the head mystery code identify for mythical retired CIA agent Brandon Scofield--the simply guy who has ever infiltrated the Matarese internal circle and lived to inform approximately it.

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Scorpia (Alex Rider, Book 5) by Anthony Horowitz

By Anthony Horowitz

Alex Rider, teenager undercover agent, has continuously been advised he's the spitting photograph of the daddy he by no means knew. but if Alex learns that his father could have been an murderer for the main deadly and strong 17 november on the planet, Scorpia, his global shatters. Now Scorpia desires Alex on their aspect, and Alex now not has the energy to struggle them. that's, till he learns of Scorpia’s most recent plot: an operation recognized merely as “Invisible Sword” that might lead to the loss of life of hundreds of thousands of individuals. Can Alex hinder the slaughter, or will Scorpia turn out as soon as and for all that the phobia aren't stopped?

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The Spy's Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA by Bryan Denson

By Bryan Denson

"A haunting publication as fast moving and as fascinating because the top secret agent novel . . . and it's all true." —Robert Lindsey, writer of The Falcon and the Snowman

Investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Bryan Denson tells the riveting tale of the Nicholsons—father and son co-conspirators who deceived their state by way of promoting nationwide secrets and techniques to Russia.
Jim Nicholson was once one of many CIA's best veteran case officials. via day, he taught spycraft on the CIA's clandestine education heart, The Farm. through evening, he was once a minivan-driving unmarried father racing domestic to have dinner together with his young children. yet Nicholson led a double lifestyles. For greater than years, he had met covertly with brokers of Russia's international intelligence carrier and became over troves of categorized files. In 1997, Nicholson turned the top score CIA officer ever convicted of espionage. yet his duplicity didn't cease there. whereas at the back of the bars of a federal legal, the previous mole systematically groomed the only individual he relied on such a lot to function his stand-in: his youngest son, Nathan. whilst requested to smuggle messages out of felony to Russian contacts, Nathan observed a chance to be heroic and to make his father proud.

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Man vs. Beast (Cherub, Book 6) by Robert Muchamore

By Robert Muchamore

CHERUB brokers are all seventeen and less than. They put on skate tees and hemp, and seem like standard youngsters. yet they're no longer. they're proficient execs who're despatched out on missions to secret agent on terrorists and overseas drug buyers. CHERUB brokers hack into desktops, computer virus complete homes, and obtain the most important records. it's a hugely harmful activity. for his or her protection, those brokers don't EXIST.

Mainstream animal security teams have continually stayed in the legislation, yet a brand new band of radical liberationists argues that if people and animals are equivalent, then it's correct to kill or threaten one human which will keep the lives of many animals. In a brand new challenge, James and the opposite CHERUB brokers needs to cross up opposed to the main radical crew but in a bold and violent try to store hundreds and hundreds of lives...including their very own.

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Young, Brave and Beautiful: The Missions of Special by Tania Szabó

By Tania Szabó

SOE agent Violette Szabé used to be the daughter of an English father and French mom, and widow of a French military officer killed in motion in North Africa in 1942. On her moment project she was once captured via the Germans, interrogated and tortured, and deported to Germany, the place she used to be finally completed at Ravensbrück focus camp. The naked bones of her tale say not anything of the sabotage, gun battles, betrayal. Violette was once the second one girl ever to be offered the George move, and she or he used to be immortalized within the movie Carve her identify with Pride. What marks out this publication is the straightforward, amazing truth is that's written by means of her daughter, Tania: she may were years outdated while she final observed her mom, the lady fellow agent Odette Churchill known as "the bravest folks all."

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Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner

By Tim Weiner

For the final sixty years, the CIA has controlled to take care of a powerful recognition even with its negative checklist, burying its mistakes in top-secret data. Its project was once to understand the realm. while it didn't prevail, it got down to swap the area. Its mess ups have passed us, within the phrases of President Eisenhower, “a legacy of ashes.”

Now Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Tim Weiner bargains the 1st definitive historical past of the CIA—and every thing is at the checklist. LEGACY OF ASHES relies on greater than 50,000 records, basically from the documents of the CIA itself, and 1000s of interviews with CIA veterans, together with ten administrators of imperative Intelligence. It takes the CIA from its production after international warfare II, via its battles within the chilly battle and the warfare on terror, to its near-collapse after 9/ll.

Tim Weiner’s earlier paintings at the CIA and American intelligence was once hailed as “impressively reported” and “immensely entertaining” within the manhattan occasions.

The Wall road magazine referred to as it “truly awesome . . . the easiest booklet ever written on a case of espionage.” this is the hidden historical past of the CIA: why 11 presidents and 3 generations of CIA officials were not able to appreciate the area; why approximately each CIA director has left the corporation in worse form than he came across it; and the way those mess ups have profoundly jeopardized our nationwide security.

Reviews:

From Publishers Weekly
Starred evaluation. Is the relevant Intelligence company a bulwark of freedom opposed to harmful foes, or a malevolent conspiracy to unfold American imperialism? a bit of either, in accordance with this soaking up examine, yet, the writer concludes, it's in general a reservoir of incompetence and delusions that serves no one's pursuits good. Pulitzer Prize–winning ny occasions correspondent Weiner musters broad archival study and interviews with top-ranking insiders, together with former CIA chiefs Richard Helms and Stansfield Turner, to provide the agency's saga as an workout in attempting to swap the realm with no bothering to appreciate it. Hypnotized by means of covert motion and burdened by way of presidents, the CIA, he claims, wasted its assets fomenting coups, assassinations and insurgencies, rigging overseas elections and bribing political leaders, whereas its infrequent successes encouraged fiascoes just like the Bay of Pigs and the Iran-Contra affair. in the meantime, Weiner contends, its right functionality of accumulating exact intelligence languished. With its operations simply penetrated via enemy spies, the CIA was once ignorant of occasions in antagonistic nations like Russia, Cuba and Iraq and tragically unsuitable concerning the an important advancements below its purview, from the Iranian revolution and the autumn of communism to the absence of Iraqi WMDs. the various misadventures Weiner covers, every now and then sketchily, are time-honored, yet his finished survey brings out the power difficulties that plague the organization. the result's a reputable and damning indictment of yankee intelligence coverage. (Aug. 7)

From Bookmarks Magazine
Tim Weiner, a number of Pulitzer Prize winner, longtime long island instances reporter, and the writer of Betrayal: the tale of Aldrich Ames, American secret agent (1995) and clean fee: The Pentagon's Black finances (1991) hits his marks in Legacy of Ashes. Drawing on greater than 50,000 records and three hundred on-the-record interviews with key gamers (10 of them former administrators of the organisation; all the book's many notes and quotations are attributed), Weiner treats his topic with a ruthless, journalistic eye, skewering Republican and Democratic administrations alike for the CIA's slide into mediocrity. One critic reveals a weak spot in Weiner's exuberant dismantling of the outdated safeguard on the rate of extra modern research. nonetheless, this is often a big booklet that may seize the eye of somebody attracted to the CIA's checkered history.

From Booklist
National-security journalist Weiner helps an American clandestine espionage carrier yet flays the person who has been in company for the prior 60 years. His historical past of the CIA attracts greatly from fundamental documentation, yielding full of life episodes of brokers and operations and the reactions to their effects by way of CIA administrators and presidents. The identify charges President Dwight Eisenhower's unfavorable opinion of the intelligence association, a recurrent government grievance that activates Weiner's research of the CIA's ancient difficulties. He argues that covert motion has deflected the CIA from espionage's vintage functionality of ascertaining adversaries' secrets and techniques and intentions and, hence, populates those pages with covert-action fiascoes (the Bay of Pigs in 1961) and intelligence disasters to evade one other Pearl Harbor (one cause the CIA used to be created) reminiscent of 9-11. even supposing serious, Weiner expresses esteem for sure CIA administrators, equivalent to Richard Helms. those administrators understood espionage fundamentals, and Weiner concludes with the wish that the CIA gets again to them. hundreds of thousands of the CIA's annual candidates will search out an institutional background, and Weiner's ably meets that want. Taylor, Gilbert

"Must interpreting for an individual attracted to the CIA or American intelligence on account that global struggle II." —The Washington Post“Legacy of Ashes is the simplest publication I've but learn at the CIA's covert actions." —Edward Jay Epstein, The Wall highway Journal"Legacy of Ashes will be must-reading for each presidential candidate—and each American who desires to comprehend why the state again and again stumbles into one catastrophe in another country after another.”—The Boston Globe “A well timed and important contribution . . . [that] glitters with relevance.”—Los Angeles Times“This is via some distance the scariest publication of the year.”—The Christian technology Monitor

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The Assassin (Tommy Carmellini, Book 3) by Stephen Coonts

By Stephen Coonts

The headlines basically demonstrate part the reality. Here’s the true tale. . . .

Abu Qasim, the ruthless and crafty Al Qaeda chief who approximately succeeded in blowing up a gathering of the G-8 in Paris, has escaped from the take hold of of the american citizens and is plotting his subsequent movement. A small band of robust males, hugely positioned leaders of and politics within the West, have made up our minds they should aim and smash the terrorist and his internal circle sooner than he can strike back. whilst a favorite Russian dissident is poisoned in London, even though, it’s transparent that there’s a really risky leak in the ranks of the Westerners, and that Abu Qasim has became the tables on his rivals---it is now he who's pursuing, and his target is to kill.

Admiral Jake Grafton dispatches detailed agent Tommy Carmellini to infiltrate the plot. He tracks the beautiful and seductive Marisa Petrou, a Frenchwoman who should be Qasim’s daughter and who has her personal purposes for in need of him alive---or wishing him useless. Qasim, in the meantime, has a trick up his sleeve---one that he’s been making plans for years.

Who is in the back of the methodical assassinations of the rich and strong Western vigilante crew? Will Abu Qasim slip the noose once more? during this pulse-pounding mystery, Tommy Carmellini needs to placed a cease to a grasp of terror prior to he unleashes much more demise.

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The Miernik Dossier by Charles McCarry

By Charles McCarry

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'Arguably the best glossy American secret agent story' -- big apple instances. 'Charles McCarry is the easiest glossy author just about intrigue - via the breadth of Alan Furst, via the fathom of Eric Ambler, via any measure' --P.J. O'Rourke

'Intelligent and enthralling... beautifully constructed... fully convincing' -- Eric Ambler. 'Absorbing, intelligent... precise entertainment' --New Yorker

'McCarry's thrillers fairly thrill, his political perception is praised by means of senior politicians and his erudition, event and sturdy writing flip undercover agent tales into literature. McCarry and his dynamic alter-egos wipe the ground with the opposition' --Telegraph
About the Author
Charles McCarry is the writer, such a lot lately, of the significantly acclaimed mystery 'Christopher's Ghosts'. His different much-praised novels comprise 'The Tears of Autumn', 'The final Supper' and 'Old Boys'. in the course of the chilly warfare he used to be an intelligence officer working below deep hide in Europe, Africa and Asia.

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The Disciple (Tommy Carmellini, Book 4) by Stephen Coonts

By Stephen Coonts

During this new novel by way of the hot York occasions bestselling writer, Stephen Coonts, Iran is weeks clear of buying nuclear guns and has each purpose of utilizing them to strike first— merely Tommy Carmellini and Jake Grafton can cease a nuclear nightmare

Iran is way towards having operational nuclear guns than the CIA believes, and Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has a plan. Iran becomes a martyr state, and Ahmadinejad will lead the united Muslims of the realm in a holy warfare opposed to the non-believers.

But the americans have a mystery weapon in a bunch of Iranian dissidents, together with a brother and sister decided to avenge the loss of life in their liked grandfather by the hands of the spiritual police. they're funneling details to Carmellini. they need to prevent the assault ahead of their chief launches a brand new international warfare. yet will the U.S. govt think the data they're offering, and will the american citizens hinder the Israelis from taking concerns into their very own arms, which can turn out disastrous?

Returning to the type of army and espionage tale that made Cuba considered one of his such a lot profitable novels, Coonts weaves an unforgettable story of fellows and girls at struggle, with this sort of dramatic army motion and undercover expertise for which Coonts is understood.

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Deathly Deception: The Real Story of Operation Mincemeat by Denis Smyth

By Denis Smyth

Within the pre-dawn darkness of April 30, 1943, a physique disguised as a Royal Marine significant washed ashore at the coast of Spain, wearing fake records indicating that the Allies have been set to release an assault on Greece, instead of Sicily. Immortalized within the movie The guy Who by no means Was, Operation Mincemeat is well known because the so much remarkable episode within the annals of deception. during this actual and in-depth retelling of the tale, Denis Smyth attracts on an enormous choice of formerly unavailable documentary assets to supply many key info neglected in different bills of Mincemeat. He unearths how the architects of the plan navigated a maze of scientific, technical, and logistical matters to mislead the enemy on the optimum strategic degrees. earlier than planting the corpse within the Spanish coastal waters through a stealthy submarine operation, the planners not just gave their useless messenger a brand new army identification, but additionally a personal one--as the fiancé of a beautiful younger lady named "Pam." Nazi intelligence used to be fooled, falling for a ruse which eventually stored hundreds of thousands of yankee lives.

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