Set in China, and ripped from today's headlines, comes a pulse-pounding debut that reinvents the spy thriller for the 21st century.
A lone man, Peanut, escapes a labor camp in the dead of night, fleeing across the winter desert of north-west China.
Two decades earlier, he was a spy for the British; now Peanut must disappear on Beijing's surveillance-blanketed streets. Desperate and ruthless, he reaches out to his one-time MI6 paymasters via crusading journalist Philip Mangan, offering military secrets in return for extraction.
But the secrets prove more valuable than Peanut or Mangan could ever have known...and not only to the British.
©2014 Adam Brookes (P)2014 Hachette Audio
"Outstanding fiction debut... Brookes [is] a thriller writer to watch." (Publishers Weekly)
"Night Heron is a wonderfully cinematic novel -- I felt myself visually transported into every scene, watching the action unfold -- that also immersed me in the sounds and smells and feel of China, all the while telling a rich, complex espionage story. A remarkable accomplishment." (Chris Pavone, author of international bestseller The Expats)
"Fans of the international espionage genre will inhale this fast tale in a few suspenseful breaths." (Library Journal)
"Night Heron is a fascinating portrait of the dangerous complexities of spying in a restricted country, the competing agendas driving international intelligence, and China's startlingly varied social realities.A must-read for fans of espionage and smart global fiction in general." (Booklist , Starred Review)
Rings true. Involving.
The character of "Peanut" is ripe for a sequel. Hard to leave behind at the end of the book.
The tech premise is interesting. One suspects not too far beyond reality.
I'd Love to see this made into a series by HBO. Would work. But "read" it first.
I enjoyed this novel which is written with craftsmanship and an eye for the details of daily life in China. A well rendered spy novel with excellent narration from Jason Isaacs.
Not bad overall. Very interesting especially if you have interest in all things China. Wish the characters had more development; more depth but didn't detract from the story.
thought the character development was good, not great. A little disappointing in the conclusion of the story. A timely subject and setting. would recommend it to readers of spy novels but would say it's a "B player".
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