Deception

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The explosive new Harry Tate thriller - Former MI5 officer Harry Tate’s skill at tracking down runaways is second to none – and the Security Services need his help. When MI6 ask him to trace Vanessa Tan, a lieutenant with the Royal Logistics Corps who failed to report for her return flight to Afghanistan, Harry instinctively feels it’s a mission to avoid. But when he learns of the involvement of his former boss, Henry Paulton – the man who tried to have him killed – he agrees to take the job, and events soon take...

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Overview

The explosive new Harry Tate thriller - Former MI5 officer Harry Tate’s skill at tracking down runaways is second to none – and the Security Services need his help. When MI6 ask him to trace Vanessa Tan, a lieutenant with the Royal Logistics Corps who failed to report for her return flight to Afghanistan, Harry instinctively feels it’s a mission to avoid. But when he learns of the involvement of his former boss, Henry Paulton – the man who tried to have him killed – he agrees to take the job, and events soon take an unexpected turn . .

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Publishers Weekly
Near the outset of Magson’s solid third thriller featuring former MI5 officer Harry Tate (after 2011’s Tracers), Harry, who’s just finished a freelance job involving an Iraqi terrorist, receives a call from MI6 officer Richard Ballatyne. Ballatyne wants Harry and his sidekick, Rik Ferris, also a former MI5 operative, to hunt down the Protectory, a shadowy group specializing in helping military personnel who have gone AWOL to sell military information to foreign spy agencies. Harry is particularly interested because his old boss and archenemy, Henry Paulton, is involved with the bad guys. As usual, Harry is never sure who is a friend, so he must treat everyone involved, other than girlfriend Jean and Rik, as an enemy. While this entry isn’t up to the standard of the first in the series (2010’s Red Station), it moves Harry’s story along and will keep readers coming back for more. Agent: David Headley, DHH Literary Agency. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
A British spy thriller from Magson (Tracers, 2011, etc.). Harry Tate is a former MI5 (domestic security) officer asked by MI6 (overseas security) to track down Vanessa Tan, an apparent military deserter with access to highly sensitive national secrets. He'd better hurry, because a shadowy group called the Protectory wants her too. They are deserters who specialize in betrayal by selling secrets to foreign powers. If they can locate Lieutenant Tan, they stand to make a great deal of money by turning her over to an agent of the Chinese government. But it's a dangerous game that is going to leave people dead. Tate knows a former colleague who has probably joined the Protectory and knows just how bad he is. The search for Tan goes deep into Germany and back to Britain as Tate closes in--or does he? The story is well constructed and exciting, with plenty of strong dialogue and plot twists to keep the reader guessing, and probably guessing wrong. The book, however, ends without enough resolution. Yes, the main plot is wrapped up, but major questions remain. At the end, Harry and his colleague could continue their quest for answers, but instead they say the hell with it, let's go have a drink. In effect, they will lie low until Magson writes his next book. A solid read, but the ending doesn't satisfy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780727881304
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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