SPYCATCHER took me back to much younger days when reading had only taken hold of me but a half dozen years before. I’d read the Bond novels and John Le Carre’s THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD. I don’t mean to say this is a copy of those books. It falls somewhere between the cold reality of Le Carre’s books and the flamboyance of Fleming’s work. it’s a nice mix of then and today’s thrillers.
Will Cochrane is an agent for MI6, a one of a kind agent with the code name Spartan, named after the very difficult program into which he was trained and passed. Never more than one member at a time, always with the name Spartan(it will be his until he’s killed, then the next will inherit it). He’s answerable to only one man, and just barely there, the head of MI6.
Wounded in an assignment gone bad in the States, an Iranian that was feeding them information for years, Will had killed the man himself, at the man’s insistence, rather than let him fall into Iranian hands, he was returning to the States for a new assignment. Attached to the CIA temporarily, the man in charge, along with his MI6 boss, had known his father, the three were on an assignment in the latter days of the Shah’s rule in Iran, charges him with finding an elusive Iranian terrorist, a man who’d headed up most of the acts of destruction in the last thirty years.
Also the man who’d killed Will’s father.
Reports were filtering out of some new target of Iranian terrorists, possibly in Germany or the States, in the planning stages. Will is to find that man and find out exactly what the target is and the details. No easy assignment.
Author Matthew Dunn was a field agent for MI6 and, according to what I’ve read, is the first to write a novel under his own name. The book is authentic(as I know nothing about this sort of work, what I mean is it reads right) and I enjoyed it tremendously. It will be released on August 9th and can be pre-ordered HERE.