A Spycatcher Novel
By Matthew Dunn
(William Morrow, Hardcover, 9780062037923, 320pp.)
Publication Date: August 2012
The United States and Russia are on the brink of war and only Will Cochranethe master spy introduced in the critically acclaimed Spycatchercan find and unmask the diabolical double agent responsible for it all in this enthralling espionage thriller, written by a real-life former field officer.
Fourteen days ago, CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, received a cryptic message from an agent operating deep undercover in Russia: "He has betrayed us and wants to go to war." Unable to make contact, the director of operations is forced to turn to one of his most deadly field officersWill Cochrane. His mission is simple: infiltrate the remote submarine base in eastern Russia's Avacha Bay, locate the MI6 agent operating under the code name Svelte, and decode his messageor die trying.
It's a near-impossible task-even for a man who carries the code name Spartan, a title given to the most effective and deadliest Western intelligence officers. Will successfully locates the base but finds Svelte near death, his last words a final clue: Only Sentinel can stop him.
Meanwhile, political and economic tensions between the United States and Russia are rising by the day, with both sides rounding up known enemy sleeper agents within their borders for interrogation. Now it's up to Willwith the help of the top-secret joint CIA-MI6 Spartan Sectionto uncover the true meaning of Svelte's message . . . and discover the identity of the legendary operative known only as Sentinel.
As an MI6 field officer, Matthew Dunn recruited and ran agents, coordinated and participated in special operations, and acted in deep-cover roles throughout the world. He operated in highly hostile environments, where, if compromised and captured, he would have been executed. Dunn was trained in all aspects of intelligence collection, deep-cover deployments, small-arms, explosives, military unarmed combat, surveillance, and infiltration.
Medals are never awarded to modern MI6 officers, but Dunn was the recipient of a very rare personal commendation from the secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs for work he did on one mission, which was deemed so significant that it directly influenced the successful conclusion of a major international incident.
During his time in MI6, Dunn conducted approximately seventy missions. All of them were successful. He lives in England.
“An in Spycatcher, Dunn’s action scenes are vividly drawn. Lovers of derring-do will love this series.”
-Booklist on Sentinel
“Dunn delivers insights into a world most of us will never experience—except between the covers of a book, or maybe someday in a movie as good as the best of the Bond and Bourne sagas.”
-Oakland Tribune on Sentinel
“Great talent, great imagination, and real been-there, done-that authenticity. . . Highly recommended.”
-Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of The Affair
“Dunn, a former M16 officer, fashions a Nietzschean hero who looks poised to give Lee Child’s Jack Reacher a run for his readers. . . . This is [a] twisty, cleverly crafted work.”
-Kirkus Reviews on Spycatcher
“Matthew Dunn is [a] very talented new author. I know of no other spy thriller that so successfully blends the fascinating nuances of the business of espionage and intelligence work with full-throttle suspense storytelling.”
-Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of Carte Blanche
“Terse conversations infused with subtle power plays, brutal encounters among allies with competing agendas, and forays into hostile territory orchestrated for clockwork efficiency but vulnerable to deadly missteps. . . . A stylish and assured debut.”
-Washington Post on Spycatcher
“[Dunn] has created a plot with plenty of action and lots of twists and turns . . . nonstop action and relentless danger.”
-Associated Press on Spycatcher
“Spycatcher makes a strong argument that it takes a real spy to write a truly authentic espionage novel . . . [The story] practically bursts at the seams with boots-on-the-ground insight and realism . . . Dunn is a gifted storyteller.”
-Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Spycatcher
“Like le Carré and Fleming before him, [Dunn] is the real thing, a former member of SIS turned fictional chronicler of the secret world. . . . Meet Will Cochrane, a one-man weapon of mass destruction; 007 is a cocktail-sipping lush compared with Cochrane.”
-The Telegraph (UK) on Spycatcher
“A real spy proves he is a real writer—and a truly deft and inventive one. This is a stunning debut.”
-Ted Bell, New York Times bestselling author of Phantom