The Nearest ExitHere’s a quick look at some of the spy stories appearing around the web.

The Nearest Exit

The Rap Sheet has guided me to an article by Gretchen Echols who enters the world of The Nearest Exit in a review for January Magazine.

As she explains, Olen Steinhauer’s new novel (a sequel to 2009’s The Tourist) really puts espionage operative Milo Weaver through his paces, testing his fealty to The Company as well as his facility for rooting out a possibly Chinese “mole” in the organization.

To read the full piece click here.

Red Station

RED STATION – the first in a new series featuring MI5 officer, Harry Tate.

From Adrian Magson’s website:

Harry is a former soldier, loyal Security Services (MI5) officer and a servant of the State. He does what he’s told, fighting the war against terrorism, drugs and high-level criminal gangs.

When things go bad, and two civilians are shot dead during a drugs intercept, he agrees to take an immediate posting to a place called Red Station, to help the agency avoid embarrassing media questions.

All Harry knows is, it’s in a remote place where he will be under strict orders to stay off the radar – a No Contact Rule. That includes former colleagues, friends, family – everyone.

What his bosses haven’t told him, however, is that Red Station is a punishment posting for washed-out spooks from MI5 and MI6… and that Harry won’t be coming home.

Which is where they have seriously underestimated their man. Because the loyal servant has his limits, and when he finds that the set-up behind Red Station is not all that it seems, and his life is in imminent danger, not only from an invading Russian army but a government assassination team known as The Hit, he decides to fight back.

“Magson writes with the authority of a veteran spy master… MI5 officer, Harry Tate, is a welcome addition to the spy thriller genre and I can’t wait to read more.”
Matt Hilton – author of the Joe Hunter series

“A spy novel with the best elements of John le Carre, Ian Fleming and Frederick Forsyth, blended into a wholly original and topical story.”
Adrian Muller – Co-Director of CrimeFest

RED STATION – published by Severn House – (
Available through all good book outlets August 2010 in the UK and November 2010 in the US.

By Royal Command

Tanner at the Double-O-Section has reviewed the fifth (and final ?) book in Charlie Higson’s Young Bond series. Tanner says:

Higson delivers the basics of spying in a conversational, easy-to-follow manner. He’s explaining it to kids, but as usual with his writing, even adults won’t feel like they’re being talked down to. Chances are that any adult Bond fan has a pretty good idea of what he’s talking about already (how cells operate, etc.), but it’s very easy to bear with Higson, as his writing style is so brisk and easygoing. He’s never didactic, and he assumes a basic intelligence and a certain level of education of his youthful readers, which is very refreshing.

To head across to the Double-O-Section click here.

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