Adam Brookes was a foreign correspondent for BBC for many years and was based in China, the U.S., and Indonesia. He reported from many of the world’s most dangerous countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and North Korea. His first novel, Night Heron, was a finalist for the Barry Award this year. Spy Games is the second in the series featuring Philip Mangan, a foreign correspondent and sometimes spy. While in Ethiopia, Mangan is approached by a mysterious Chinese official who wants to trade state secrets. When the Secret Intelligence Service assigns Mangan to be the official’s handler, Mangan becomes enmeshed in a dangerous conspiracy involving warring factions within the Chinese government. Lisa Brackmann, the author of the critically-acclaimed Ellie McEnroe series set in modern-day China, guest hosts.
A sequel to Night Heron finds journalist Philip Mangan embroiled in a life-threatening conspiracy involving local unrest in East Africa and his failures in Beijing.
Set in China, and ripped from today's headlines, comes a pulse-pounding debut that reinvents the spy thriller for the 21st century.
A lone man, Peanut, escapes a labor camp in the dead of night, fleeing across the winter desert of north-west China.
Two decades earlier, he was a spy for the British; now Peanut must disappear on Beijing's surveillance-blanketed streets. Desperate and ruthless, he reaches out to his one-time MI6 paymasters via crusading journalist Philip Mangan, offering military secrets in return for extraction.
But the secrets prove more valuable than Peanut or Mangan could ever have known... and not only to the British.