‘A first-rate tale, with all the authority of first-hand experience.’ – Luke Jennings, author of the ‘Killing Eve’ series
February 1981. The Cold War is in full swing. Richard Brodick decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and seeks an exciting role in what used to be called the Great Game, only to find that it turns out to be less of an adventure and more brutal betrayal.
As a contract ‘head agent’ for Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service based in Pakistan, Brodick’s job is to train Afghans to capture video of the war against the Soviets. He is expected to follow orders, toe the line, keep Mrs T happy back in London. However, what he finds on the ground—in both Pakistan and Afghanistan—is a murky world of blurred lines and conflicting stories. He quickly realises he cannot trust anything he has been told, by anyone.
What he had thought would be an adventure spying on the Soviets and their Afghan communist allies turns sour when he’s ordered to kill his best friend. Will he betray his country or his friend? Which side will he choose?
‘Fullerton is unmatchable at the details of the frontline spy game, the very believable characters engaged in it, and the cold-eyed, cold-hearted decisions that those who intend to win the game have to take. It is not a game for the faint-hearted.’ – Russell James – Shots Magazine
“The mystery is why there aren’t more books as good as this. The answer is very few of us have been to places as dark as… John Fullerton has.” Martin Cruz Smith (The Monkey House)
About The Author:
During the Cold War John Fullerton was, for a time, a “contract labourer” for the British Secret Intelligence Service, in the role of head agent on the Afghan-Pakistan frontier. This experience forms the basis of Spy Game.
All told, he’s lived or worked in 40 countries as a journalist and covered a dozen wars. For 20 years he was employed by Reuters as a correspondent and editor with postings in Hong Kong, Delhi, Beirut, Nicosia, Cairo, and London. His home is in Scotland.