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Dark Spies (Spycatcher Series #4)

Dark Spies (Spycatcher Series #4)

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by Matthew Dunn

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On the run from the CIA, intelligence operative Will Cochrane heads to the U.S. to uncover a diabolical spymaster at the center of an international conspiracy in this thrilling follow up to Slingshot.

When Will Cochrane encounters a Russian spymaster—codenamed Antaeus—who everyone believes is dead, he is thrust into a deadly game set in motion


On the run from the CIA, intelligence operative Will Cochrane heads to the U.S. to uncover a diabolical spymaster at the center of an international conspiracy in this thrilling follow up to Slingshot.

When Will Cochrane encounters a Russian spymaster—codenamed Antaeus—who everyone believes is dead, he is thrust into a deadly game set in motion by powerful players deep inside the U.S. intelligence community. Will has worked with the CIA for years and knows them all. But now he knows there’s no one he can trust.

His orders from Langley are clear: ANTAEUS MUST NOT BE TOUCHED. FURTHER INQUIRIES REQUIRE PROJECT FERRYMAN CLEARANCE. But as Antaeus and his men then attempt to execute the CIA’s best agents, Will decides to take his own shot at the spymaster, knowing it will make him a marked man.

Now, the only way to save his career—and his life—is to get into the U.S. and expose the truth about Project Ferryman. But to accomplish that he’s got to outmaneuver four deadly Russian assassins and an elite FBI team controlled by shadowy officials who will stop at nothing to keep their sins and secrets safe. 

Editorial Reviews

“Another deep and intense thriller that feels authentic in terms of how it conveys the spy world… Dunn has crafted another winner in this fine series. The world of spy fiction has a writer who deserves comparison to Ludlum and Fleming.”
Lee Child on Spycatcher
Praise for Matthew Dunn:“Great talent, great imagination, and real been-there done-that authenticity make this one of the year’s best thriller debuts. Highly recommended.”
“There are many unforeseen twists in the tale and we are as surprised as Cochrane to discover who is really behind the acts of sabotage and treason. . . . An exciting read that is solidly grounded in the real world.”
Iron Mountain Daily News
“In this supremely suspenseful story of spy versus spy, Matthew Dunn serves up a hero who can beat them all - the indomitable William Cochrane. . . . The golden age of the spy novel is not over, not with the master (Matthew Dunn) and his top notch agent.”
“A superb and exciting spy thriller that is solid with verisimilitude and precision throughout. . . . Dark Spies is one of the finest modern spy thrillers I’ve ever read. Don’t let this one get away from you.”
Publishers Weekly
Dunn's exciting fourth Spycatcher novel (after 2013's Slingshot) finds Will Cochrane, the extraordinary agent who serves both the CIA and MI6, in the Norwegian Arctic, where his job is to protect Ellie Hallowes, the "CIA's best deep-cover officer," and her Russian informant, code name Herald. When armed intruders interrupt the meeting between Ellie and Herald at a log cabin, Cochrane, who's on guard nearby, receives orders from his superiors via remote phone not to interfere, even though he can see one of the armed men is about to shoot Ellie. By electing to try to save Ellie's life, he threatens a secret operation known as Project Ferryman, and his only choices are to flee or to face his handlers. Cochrane's few allies are almost helpless as he treks back from Norway to Washington, D.C., against incredible odds and obstacles. The powerful men behind Project Ferryman pull out all the stops to get Cochrane, as does the wily Russian SVR officer known as Antaeus. Great action sequences and a clever if complicated plot make this a satisfying read. Agent: Luigi Bonomi, Luigi Bonomi Associates (U.K.). (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
The Russians are the bad guys once again in this spy-vs.-spy thriller.Dunn comes with a pedigree of three previous Spycatcher novels (Slingshot, 2013, etc.) and a career in the British intelligence service MI6, and this new book exploits both experiences. Will Cochrane, perhaps the most caring, sensitive spy ever written, is on sniper duty in Norway, loathing this particular assignment as beneath his training and capabilities. But as things go wrong and Ellie Hallowes, the spook he's covering, is attacked by a gang of Russian thugs, he ignores orders to abort the mission, killing the Russian crew to save Ellie's life and triggering an international CIA manhunt for him. Why he did it, of course, is the tale. It's a chess game of egos: CIA, MI6, FBI, Russian SVR across Norway, Greenland, Canada and Washington D.C. Antaeus, the Russian spymaster, is pulling strings on a wide net of killers and traitors. He wants revenge against Will, who planted the car bomb that killed his family and disfigured him, but his motive is pure Cold War déjà vu—"to cause a major catastrophe and derail the United States." As Will runs, he uncovers "Operation Ferryman," a labyrinth of moles and counterspies set by the CIA to use Russian intelligence to assassinate Cobalt, a financier who's funded much of the world's terrorist activities, and the final trail leads to a Russian mole within the CIA itself. Just when you think you have this maze of double-dealing figured out—surprise, it isn't what you think. All the elements of a classic espionage story are here. The novel moves with relentless momentum, scattering bodies in its wake.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Spycatcher Series , #4
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4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

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 environments where, if 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 rare personal commendation from the secretary of state for work he did on one mission, which was deemed so significant that it directly influenced the success of a major international incident.

During his time in MI6, Matthew conducted approximately seventy missions. All of them were successful. He currently lives in England, where he is at work on his next novel.

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Dark Spies (Spycatcher Series #4) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic!  This is the first book I have read by Matthew Dunn but it certainly won't be the last!  Will Cochrane is a joint MI6/CIA agent who suddenly finds that he has gone from being a valued, respected field operative  to being totally dispensable.  And not just dispensable, he is now on an international hit list.  Furthermore, the  order to "kill on sight" was issued by his employers!  What has Cochrane done to deserve such treatment  and can he elude his pursuers long enough to avert an ignominious plot against the US?  Get the book and  find out for yourself how it all plays out! This would be an incredible movie! I was so fortunate to receive this  book in a contest sponsored by the publisher,  William Morrow.
doseofbella More than 1 year ago
Dark Spies (A Spycatcher Novel) By: Mathew Dunn Pages 373. Publisher: Harper Collins October 2014 Copy Courtesy of Goodreads First Read Reviewed by: tk Mathew Dunn is the master of spy thrillers. Will Cochrane is a MI6 operative and his world is about to fall apart. He has become a traitor to the CIA, FBI, and others. On the run, surviving the elements from one country to the next, and no one to trust, he must prove his innocence. Will has no concerns for his own life. He only wants to survive long enough to make the people responsible pay for their indiscretions and betrayal with the ultimate justice delivered by his own hand. I will not be able to do this book justice. Absolute entertainment is a small beginning. Will Cochrane is an outstanding dominate character. Along with the other members and their secrets, and betrayals has left me in complete amazement. The story moves at an incredible pace. Inside this brilliant story is sneaky, underhanded betrayal, romance, intrigue, and murder. The writing flows so smoothly that you will not be able to put it down. Emotions run on high the entire time. Unending suspense will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. An Extraordinary read. A must have addition to your library. Highly recommended 5/5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intelligent, intriguing and down right awesome! Intelligent, intriguing and down right awesome. The title of the story Dark Spies is perfect. Obey orders now follow orders, something in the back of your mind telling you different. All hell breaks loose and you find yourself on the 'Wanted List." Not any wanted list but one to obliterate your very existence. Russians, CIA, FBI, MI6 on the hunt for Wil Cochrane. This story has all the making of a movie and I mean sitting on the edge of your seat kind of movie. Morality? Look, do you not see what he is going through because he chose (?). Read the story for yourself, you will be greatly entertained. I won this book on Goodreads, First Read Giveaway. Thank you, Darlene Cruz
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps your interest so you don't want to stop reading.
Don Hans More than 1 year ago
The top female spy in the CIA is warned in her DC hotel room that agents are coming for her and she flees. She then meets the top British spy (that she is somehow in love with after meeting him once) in a restaurant and gives him top secret info. Then she returns to the same hotel room, where she is tortured and killed. This is apparently the dumbest "top" spy in the history of spying. Then, 3 mercenaries walk into a trap set for the top British spy, in an public street area crawling with undercover cops, FBI, HRT snipers and choppers. They are supposedly posing as businessmen. The top British spy shoots one of them on the street, and then the others somehow produce FN-SCAR assault rifles (from their rectums?) and slaughter civilians, cops, FBI agents and even somehow kill HRT snipers set up on rooftops of office buildings hundreds of yard away before the snipers can kill them. The top British spy has every possible law enforcement agency, the public and the media engaged in a manhunt for him in the DC area. He escapes the above trap (obviously) but somehow is able to execute a US Senator and a top CIA official, who are somehow left totally unprotected from him. He also executes the 2 guys that tortured the CIA agent he is in love with (that he met twice in his life). Then this British agent, who had shot about 10 cops, executed US officials, and generally caused mayhem all over Washington DC, is given a total pardon by the US President and Canadian Premier. I agree with other reviewers that this would make a good movie, especially in this age of unbelievable/ridiculous action movies. At least with a movie you can enjoy the special effects, even of the story is totally implausible. I usually avoid "series" type authors, and this is the first "Spycatcher" book I have read. It will also be the last. Save your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first Dunn book, but not my last.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is at lab res two. Some things not in that bio are: Rank-Level one Weapons & Training-She can use any kind of gun, whether handgun or rifle & is very good at stealth & secrecy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name i wonder....., age 20, gender girl, talents she loves tech and truly has a passion for it. Anything tech, she will work with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Blake Dalton <p> Age: thirty six <p> Gender: male <p> Rank: Level four <p> Occupation: Desk job, occasional field agent <p> Talents: orginizational skills, hand to hand combat, decent sharp shooter.