Thursday, March 18, 2010

REVIEW: Dead Spy Running

Dead Spy Running
Jon Stock
Rs. 250
Pp 400
ISBN: 9780007361632

Daniel Marchant, a suspended MI6 officer, is running the London Marathon. He is also running out of time. A competitor is strapped with explosives. If he drops his pace, everyone around him will be killed, including the US ambassador to London. Marchant tries to thwart the attack, but is he secretly working for the terrorists?

There are those in America who already suspect Marchant of treachery. Just like they suspected his late father, the former head of MI6, who was removed from his job by the CIA. Marchant is treated like an enemy combatant – rendition, waterboarding – but he has friends who are disillusioned with America’s war on terror. Friends like Leila, his beautiful MI6 colleague and lover, and Sir Marcus Fielding, the new Chief who resents the White House’s growing influence in Whitehall.

On the run from the CIA, Marchant is determined to prove his father’s innocence in a personal journey that takes him from Wiltshire, via Poland, to India. It was here that the former MI6 Chief  once met with one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, and where the new President of America is shortly to visit. But was that meeting proof of a mole within MI6 or the best penetration of al Q’aeda the West has ever had? And was Marchant’s father the keeper of another, darker secret? In a compelling thriller that updates the spy novel for the 21st century – think John Le Carre meets Jason Bourne – Marchant discovers the shocking realities of personal betrayal and national loyalty, and that love can be the biggest risk of all.

Runaway thriller Hindu
An intelligent spy novel that's simple and exciting at the same time.
Daniel Marchant, a suspended M16 agent, saves several lives including that of the U.S. ambassador to Britain, when he discovers a suicide bomber strapped with explosives.

But the CIA and M15, M16's rival spy agency suspect him of having planned the attack in the first place and, as evidence piles up against him, he is taken for questioning by the CIA…

Somehow, he must escape and travel to India to find out the truth about his father, the ex-chief of M16 who has been accused by the CIA of treachery and prove his innocence. Will he manage to do it, before he is caught by the CIA?

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