Red Cell: A Novel

Red Cell: A Novel

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by Mark Henshaw
     
 

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From the Tom Clancy for a new generation, a debut thriller following two CIA outcasts who must race to stop a secret Chinese weapon that threatens to provoke a world war

After her first assignment in Venezuela goes disastrously awry, rookie case officer Kyra Stryker is brought back to Langley to work in the Red Cell, the CIA’s out-of-the-box think tank.

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From the Tom Clancy for a new generation, a debut thriller following two CIA outcasts who must race to stop a secret Chinese weapon that threatens to provoke a world war

After her first assignment in Venezuela goes disastrously awry, rookie case officer Kyra Stryker is brought back to Langley to work in the Red Cell, the CIA’s out-of-the-box think tank. There she’s paired with Jonathan Burke, a straitlaced analyst who has alienated his colleagues with his unorthodox methods and a knack for always being right, political consequences be damned.

When a raid on Chinese spies in Taiwan ends in a shoot-out and the release of a deadly chemical, CIA director Kathy Cooke turns to the Red Cell to figure out why China is ready to invade the island nation without any fear of reprisal from the US Navy. Stryker and Burke’s only lead is the top CIA asset in China, code named Pioneer. But when Pioneer reports that Chinese security has him under surveillance, Stryker is offered a chance for redemption with a highly dangerous mission: extract Pioneer from China before he’s arrested and executed. The answers he holds could mean the difference between peace in the Pacific or another world war.

From CIA headquarters to the White House to a Navy carrier in the South China Sea and the dark alleyways of Beijing, Red Cell takes readers on a whirlwind race against time as Stryker and Burke work to save Pioneer and discover the hidden threat to America’s power: China’s top-secret weapon.

CIA analyst Mark Henshaw infuses expert knowledge of the intelligence world into a pulse-pounding plot to create a fascinating, authentic, and unforgettable read.

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“CIA analyst Henshaw’s assured debut, an exciting espionage thriller, puts him solidly in the ranks of the top writers of the genre. Henshaw deftly weaves together all the major and minor players—the U.S., Chinese, and Taiwanese governments; the spies who provide information; and the analysts who turn that information into intelligence. The masterfully handled battle at the end is worthy of Tom Clancy.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Red Cellis as smart as it is exciting, a thriller that makes you think from the edge of your seat. Mark Henshaw’s unique perspective from the inside makes it all feel terrifyingly real.” —Howard Gordon, co-creator of Homeland and author of Hard Target

“Mark Henshaw is the real deal and he delivers big-time in his debut novel Red Cell. Only a decorated CIA analyst like Henshaw could take you this deep into the psyche of CIA operatives—and even deeper into one of the most dangerous and imminent geopolitical flashpoints of our times. If the events Henshaw plays out on the pages of his novel have not already taken place in secret, they may well play out in public sooner rather than later. Mr. President, this intelligence briefing is worth your special attention.” —Thomas Greanias, New York Times bestselling author of Dominus Dei

“Mark Henshaw clearly knows the terrain, from the geopolitical to the tradecraft in the shadows. I'm surprised this made it past the CIA censors. A rock solid thriller as plausible as tomorrow's headlines.”Brad Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of One Rough Man and All Necessary Force

“If you’re looking for a great, authentic and thrilling story, look no further. Lock the door and turn off the phone, because you’re going on a journey only a gifted insider like Mark Henshaw could take you on. This author is a rare double threat—a man with the knowledge and access few have, and the rare talent as a writer to bring it to life. If you want to learn how things really work when it hits the fan, you can apply for a job at the CIA or read Mark’s book.” —David Ayer, screenwriter of Training Day and S.W.A.T.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451661941
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Kyra Stryker & Jonathan Burke Series , #1
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
32,290
File size:
4 MB

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From the Publisher
“CIA analyst Henshaw’s assured debut, an exciting espionage thriller, puts him solidly in the ranks of the top writers of the genre. Henshaw deftly weaves together all the major and minor players—the U.S., Chinese, and Taiwanese governments; the spies who provide information; and the analysts who turn that information into intelligence. The masterfully handled battle at the end is worthy of Tom Clancy.” Publishers Weekly

Red Cell is as smart as it is exciting, a thriller that makes you think from the edge of your seat. Mark Henshaw’s unique perspective from the inside makes it all feel terrifyingly real.” —Howard Gordon, co-creator of Homeland and author of Hard Target

“Mark Henshaw is the real deal and he delivers big-time in his debut novel Red Cell. Only a decorated CIA analyst like Henshaw could take you this deep into the psyche of CIA operatives—and even deeper into one of the most dangerous and imminent geopolitical flashpoints of our times. If the events Henshaw plays out on the pages of his novel have not already taken place in secret, they may well play out in public sooner rather than later. Mr. President, this intelligence briefing is worth your special attention.” —Thomas Greanias, New York Times bestselling author of Dominus Dei

“Mark Henshaw clearly knows the terrain, from the geopolitical to the tradecraft in the shadows. I'm surprised this made it past the CIA censors. A rock solid thriller as plausible as tomorrow's headlines.”Brad Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of One Rough Man and All Necessary Force

“If you’re looking for a great, authentic and thrilling story, look no further. Lock the door and turn off the phone, because you’re going on a journey only a gifted insider like Mark Henshaw could take you on. This author is a rare double threat—a man with the knowledge and access few have, and the rare talent as a writer to bring it to life. If you want to learn how things really work when it hits the fan, you can apply for a job at the CIA or read Mark’s book.” —David Ayer, screenwriter of Training Day and S.W.A.T.

Meet the Author

Mark Henshaw is a graduate of Brigham Young University and a decorated CIA analyst with more than sixteen years of service. In 2007, Henshaw was awarded the Director of National Intelligence Galileo Award for innovation in intelligence analysis. A former member of the Red Cell think tank, Henshaw is the author of Red Cell and Cold Shot and lives with his family in Leesburg, Virginia. Visit him at MarkHenshaw.com.

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Red Cell 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Helen_Ginger More than 1 year ago
Red Cell by Mark Henshaw is non-stop action, from the opening chapter to the final word. Rookie case officer, Kyra Stryker, after almost losing her life on an assignment in Venezuela, is brought back to Langley where she joins the CIA’s Red Cell and is paired up with analyst Jonathan Burke. That pairing takes Stryker and Burke from Langley to China to impending war in the South China Sea. Red Cell is an intense, fast moving read that’ll keep you turning pages. Lives are on the line and war is rumbling like a dark cloud overhead. What makes Red Cell even more intense is knowing that the author, Mark Henshaw, knows what he’s writing about. Henshaw is a decorated CIA analyst and was awarded the Director of National Intelligence Galileo Award. And he is a former member of the CIA’s Red Cell think tank. But as much as the book is about Henshaw and Stryker, it is also about Red Cell’s undercover operative, called Pioneer, in the People’s Republic of China. At constant risk of life, he passes on information to his handlers, knowing that at any time he could be found out and killed by his own countrymen. There’s a lot of action in Red Cell, with time to catch your breath along the way. As the intensity built, though, I found myself reading faster, wanting to find out if Pioneer would survive as the MSS close in on him and if the U.S. warships in the South China Sea can win the air war and stop an invasion of Taiwan. I give Red Cell by Mark Henshaw a rating of Hel-of-a-Story. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FTC Disclaimer: Red Cell was sent to the Heart of Texas chapter of Sisters in Crime by Shida Carr with Simon & Schuster. HoTSinC then sent it on to me to review. Getting the book for free did not influence my review.
syphi More than 1 year ago
An espionage thriller writer for the 21st Century. Red Cell is a great read. Exciting, fresh. The nongratuitous use of a female spy gives this book spark.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminescent of an early Tom Clancy techno-thriller Obvious knowledge of the "lay of the land" Good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although some of the important characters should have been more fully developed, this is a believable and entertaining story. No, it's not on a par with Clancy's blockbuster, but it IS better than most of the so called "thrillers" you'll come across, and the plot is fresh and realistic. If you're tired of the same hackneyed stories about neo-Nazi & neo-Soviet spies, I think you'll enjoy this page-turner! by aj west
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Zeifus More than 1 year ago
Impressive espionage thriller from Mark Henshaw. He strikes the perfect balance between plausibility and the extraordinary events perpetrated by evil operators - requiring the unique skills of two remarkable CIA agents. With Red Cell and Cold Shot (his 2nd novel), Henshaw demonstrates the same tradecraft expertise as the greats - early Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, Alex Berenson and John Le Carre. That is to say, he introduces a scenario that threatens to upend the world, but then uses his two heroes (Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke) to resolve the conflict without them coming across as too amazing - indestructible. These are real people. Even good thriller authors will sometimes substitute spectacle for solid story and character development. These efforts too often come across as silly and the characters as 2-dimensional and wooden. (Dan Brown is a perfect example.) Red Cell doesn’t have this problem. Henshaw breathes life into his story with fascinating details of the real CIA Red Cell and Burke’s and Stryker’s roles inside it. Spy thriller aficionados won’t be disappointed by Henshaw’s amazing debut.
PauloQ More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Great addition to the espionage genre.
Fighterjock More than 1 year ago
I think this was a good story, well told, with a likeable main character, but it pales in comparison to Clancy's Red Storm Rising.
Anonymous 6 days ago
A mix of clancy and flynn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read 40+ books a year and this book is the most boring i have ever read glad it was cheap ana
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is very busy in the first half and I had trouble remembering who was who, who they once were as well as what they are now. I also got confused about what country they were now in because the writer gave so much background info. There was a wide range of weapons and I got overwhelmed by what a weapon was, where it was developed, which country sold it, what the weapon was used for and which weapon it replaced. Then there were acronyms! The pages were filled with them. It was difficult to remember what they all stood for. The story got lost in all the info. I finally quit reading the book. It was just too much work to be enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago