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The Renegades
     

The Renegades

by Clive Egleton
 

When an SIS Operative is killed in a London restaurant shootout, police initially suspect no more than a robbery with drug gangster overtones. But it soon becomes apparent that one of the corpses has more than one name, and a previous misdemeanour was covered from within the depths of Britain's Secret Services. As British Council offices in Pakistan and then Russia

Overview

When an SIS Operative is killed in a London restaurant shootout, police initially suspect no more than a robbery with drug gangster overtones. But it soon becomes apparent that one of the corpses has more than one name, and a previous misdemeanour was covered from within the depths of Britain's Secret Services. As British Council offices in Pakistan and then Russia are attacked by suicide bombers, it soon becomes apparent that there is a link between an apparently ordinary working lunch and world terrorism. Talal Asir, the banker who financially backed almost every known terrorist organisation, and Ali Mohammed Khalef, the bagman who had distributed the monies on his behalf were two of the most dangerous men in the Middle East. How can Peter Ashton and his colleagues track down and eliminate them?

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Publishers Weekly
Egleton's latest thriller (after 2004's Assassination Day) opens with a bloody massacre in a quiet Italian restaurant in a fashionable London neighborhood and takes off from there at full speed. The victims include a mid-rank British intelligence agent, a shady Egyptian businessman and a mysterious woman found dead in the men's room. SIS, where the dead agent was employed, at first thinks it was a drug deal gone bad, but the agency's often troublesome chief troubleshooter, Peter Ashton, soon links the murders to a leading terrorist, Talal Asir, coyly described as being "distantly related to the Saudi ruling family" and last seen in consultation with a top Syrian official in Damascus. Bombs begin to go off at British consulates, and only Ashton has all the necessary skills, insights and guts to unravel an international terrorist plot. Egleton, who shares Ashton's deep knowledge of the world of intelligence, must have great fun sitting in his home on the Isle of Wight and creating such a violent and dangerous world. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Another fine mess for the weathered warriors of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service to sort out. And if it's hard to tell friends from enemies, what else is new?Ah, those vicious SIS infighters, shivs up their well-cut sleeves. Good thing Peter Ashton (Assassination Day, 2004, etc.) is the wary sort, since success and a type-A personality have earned him the same kind of popularity that Caesar enjoyed after crossing the Rubicon. True, he does have his share of supporters, most notably the service's Director General. After a brief benching, Victor Hazelwood is the man again. So, considering how long and productive their mutual history has been, you'd think Ashton would feel comfortable about who was watching his back. But no, it seems to him that eager, go-for-broke Hazelwood, the famous "thruster," may have morphed into enigmatic, by-the-book Hazelwood. Will he be the reliable catcher he's always been when Ashton is out there without a net? Testing time is at hand. Gunmen kill four people in a swank London restaurant, one of them an SIS agent. Next, a British foreign officer and his wife are kidnapped from their home in Pakistan and brutally murdered on camera. Ashton recognizes the signs of a Jihadist operation in the making, with the fingerprints of two old enemies all over it. Suddenly, he sees a chance to take out both, a chance fraught with such risk that it's absolutely irresistible to him. If it works, Old Blighty will once again be in his debt. If it doesn't, a coterie of uncivil servants will swarm all over him, delivering those unkind cuts. As usual with Egleton, the plotting is on the cryptic side, but the characters are sharply drawn, and the bureaucratic back-bitingwill draw enough blood to satisfy expectant fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780727862013
Publisher:
Severn House Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Series:
Peter Ashton Novels Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 8.82(h) x 1.31(d)

Meet the Author

Clive Egleton has extensive personal experience in the intelligence and counter-intelligence fields and is widely regarded as one of the finest writers of the espionage thriller in its classic form. His the author of twenty-nine novels, most recently "One Man Running," He lives on the Isle of Wight.

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