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Spy Games

Narrated by: Richard Coyle
Series: Philip Mangan, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Fearing for his life, journalist Philip Mangan has gone into hiding from the Chinese agents who have identified him as British spy. His reputation and life are in tatters.

But when he is caught in a terrorist attack in East Africa and a shadowy Chinese figure approaches him in the dead of night with information on the origins of the attack, Mangan is suddenly back in the eye of the storm.

Meanwhile, thousands of miles away on a humid Hong Kong night, a key MI6 source is murdered minutes after meeting spy Trish Patterson. From Washington, DC to the hallowed halls of Oxford University and dusty African streets, a sinister power is stirring which will use Mangan and Patterson as its pawns - if they survive.

Deeply steeped in tension and paranoia, Spy Games is Adam Brookes' follow-up to his award-nominated debut Night Heron and a remarkable, groundbreaking spy thriller.

©2015 Adam Brookes (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A classic spy thriller packed with tension and detail, brilliantly paced." (Peter James on Night Heron)
"The best British spy novel debut in years." (Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph on Night Heron)
" Night Heron reeks with verisimilitude in its settings and atmosphere, and is accompanied by a cleverly plotted action-filled story of Anglo-Chinese espionage." ( The Times on Night Heron)
"Superior espionage." ( The Sun on Night Heron)
"An intriguing, skilful and taut novel...elegantly plotted and with a piercing eye for detail." ( Daily Mail on Night Heron)

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What did you like best about Spy Games? What did you like least?

The story was okay...the reader needs more practice. Should have auditioned more readers

If you’ve listened to books by Adam Brookes before, how does this one compare?

No...and I hope not to.

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Coyle’s performances?

No, no, and no again

Could you see Spy Games being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No read the book and make your own voices

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  • kay.piercy
  • 08-27-15

A difficult to switch off well written grippingly tense novel

What did you like most about Spy Games?

Characterisation and descriptive text that brought the book alive in a contemporary setting

What was one of the most memorable moments of Spy Games?

Escaping from the casino along the Mekong river

Which character – as performed by Richard Coyle – was your favourite?

Mangon

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The sardonic humour made me laugh and smile

Any additional comments?

This was an excellent sequel to Night Heron and I can't wait for the next.

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  • Firstwayforward
  • 12-21-16

Spy Games

I love Alan Fürst and Le Carres stories but Adam Brookes is my current Best Buy. In the closing stages of Spy Games I knew it was going to end but everything in me craved for more, for it to go on just a bit longer. I couldn't stop listening. I love Adams style of writing and I can't wait for my next Brooke's listen. Richard Coyles narration was absolutely excellent. Well done guys!!!
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  • Theo
  • 10-12-16

if you are up to follow two dozen strings..

of action and a lot of chinese screaming. this is the book for you.

sorry, but despite the tempting description: No good for me!

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  • Jessica Black
  • 09-12-19

Brilliant story, narrator not so good

I have read the story as a book, and rate it very highly: thrilling, intelligent, relevant, captivating. I wanted to listen to the story as well. I heard and enjoyed Night Heron, the first in the trilogy, narrated by Jacob Isaacs. This was excellent: the narration beautiful, and hardly noticeable, so perfectly did it match the prose. But they changed the narrator for this book! I found the narrator for Spy Games clunky and intrusive. The voices were like caricatures. He showed no understanding of the prose. I returned the book.

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  • Kim
  • 02-06-18

Read, don't listen.

Spy Games if the middle of a trilogy (stand alone books but best read in sequence starting with Night Heron and finishing with The Spy's Daughter.
The Audiobook edition is poor.
Read my review of Night Heron for an overview of the trilogy. Good read, but don't listen

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  • Justcallmepaul
  • 06-22-17

Another great book

Brilliant book. Great story and excellent narration. Just wish the next one was available to download. Got to wait till end of July though.

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  • charles
  • 10-06-17

obvious, boring

I really enjoyed the first book in the series but this really missed the mark. the narration was great but the story was lacklustre. just when it starts to get interesting it's over. not impressed

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  • Alex
  • 09-18-16

Disappointed with the change of narrator

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Coyle?

This book should have been read by Jason Issacs.

Any additional comments?

Having really enjoyed Jason Isaacs's performance of the Night Heron, was eagerly awaiting this book, but for me it is ruined by Richard Coyle's reading.