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The world is on the brink of crisis. With the Cold War playing out once more on the global stage, the stakes have never been higher, and governments will do whatever it takes to stay at the top… From ITV's News Anchor and bestselling author, Tom Bradby, Secret Service is a fresh-from-the-headlines thriller.

To those who don’t really know her, Kate Henderson’s life must seem exceedingly ordinary. Civil servant, wife, parent of two teenagers, daughter of an Alzheimer’s-stricken mother ... But she’s also a senior MI6 officer, and right now she is nursing the political equivalent of a nuclear bomb.

Kate’s mission to bug an oligarch’s super-yacht in Istanbul has yielded the startling intelligence that the British Prime Minister has prostate cancer – and that one of the leading candidates to replace him may be a Russian agent of influence.

Is this ‘intelligence’ reliable – or is it an attempt to create chaos within the British hierarchy? Kate’s bosses have their doubts. But when the PM suddenly announces his resignation, the hunt for the spy begins in earnest. It's a nightmarish task, made infinitely worse by the revelation that there may be another mole – codename Viper – at the heart of the Establishment.

As the tension mounts, an operation that looked as if it might cost Kate her sanity appears poised to do much, much more than that …

Reviews

a gripping thriller

The Sunday Times

Enthralling and fast-moving . . . packed with details of modern tradecraft in the twilight world of spooks, against a background of politics at its most Machiavellian, it is the stuff headlines are made of

Daily Mail

teems with twists and the denouement is imaginative and unexpected

The Times

an excellent thriller straight out of today's headlines ... a fast, riveting yarn

The Sun

A cracking, uber-topical spy thriller …Bradby deftly works in current fears of Moscow infiltrating our institutions amid a plot full of twists and turns

Financial Times

A strong dose of international politics with an all-too-plausible premise

Jonathan Freedland, The Observer

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    9781787630499

    June 4, 2019

    Bantam Press

    368 pages

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    9781787632035

    May 30, 2019

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    368 pages

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    9781473570375

    May 30, 2019

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    9781473559486

    May 30, 2019

    Transworld Digital

    368 pages

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