Tuesday 10 December 2019

Thrills as former spy goes on the run

Two books to excite thriller lovers.

'Night Heron' by Adam Brookes
'Night Heron' by Adam Brookes
'Robert Ludlum's The Janson Option' by Paul Garrison
Author Adam Brookes

Myles McWeeney


In the dead of night, Prisoner 5995 makes a daring escape from a high-security work camp in China. In his previous life he had been a professor who, unknown to the authorities, had been a spy for Britain, codename Peanut. Falsely accused of murder, 20 years of hard labour have changed Peanut, and he has become a bitter and ruthless man determined to flee China.

He reaches out to his former MI6 paymasters, offering military secrets in return for a new life outside China. A journalist discovers that Peanut's revelations are so sensitive that the authorities will do anything to eliminate him and Peanut, and the two are forced to run for their lives. Adam Brooks is a former BBC China correspondent and this exciting thriller opens a rare window on the real China of today.


Former covert operator Paul Janson now hires out his skills to resolve international crises. Hired by oil boss Kingsman Helms to rescue his wife Allegra from Somali pirates, Janson becomes involved in a violent confrontation with a rogue global corporation.

Exciting, if far-fetched, this series capitalises on the name of Ludlum, the creator of the Jason Bourne trilogy, who died in 2001. Since then books like this one (Ludlum wrote one book featuring Janson) have been written by other writers commissioned by his publisher.

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