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The Saboteur : a Financial Times Best Thriller of 2021

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A stunning, apocalyptic standalone sequel to The Stranger.

'There's a healthy crop of younger spy writers just now, and Simon Conway is among the pick of the bunch. His military background renders the action scenes bloodily and the novel's apocalyptic scenario all too plausibly . . . Fire in the hole' - The Times

'This'll keep readers up all night. It's a hugely entertaining read, featuring the nastiest, most charismatic villain of recent years, and barely pauses for breath throughout' - Mick Herron, author of Slough House

'A superb writer, with great imagination, inventiveness and the ability to portray events with simplicity and urgency' - Michael Jecks, author of Act of Vengeance

'Conway has created, with Jude Lyon, a very modern hero, and one who will run for many more stories, I hope. Basically, if you are going to read any thriller this year, make it this one' - Shots Magazine

'The most brilliant spy thriller' - Charlotte Philby, author of A Double Life

The terrorist Guy Fowle has escaped from prison.

Jude Lyon of MI-6 has been saved from a Syrian ambush by his lover - and enemy? - Julia Ermolaeva.

A mysterious Russian has been murdered in London and his thumb cut off.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has made an unfortunate social connection at a party, which he hopes he can keep secret.

And suddenly, the world is literally going up in flames.

Jude needs to start putting together the pieces of this jigsaw and quickly, because someone is putting into play a terrifying Russian plan to disable and destroy the UK. Once it has begun, it is designed to be impossible to stop.

Bad enough if that someone is the Russian government. Worse if it is the psychopathic genius Fowle, otherwise known as The Stranger.

Packed with stunning action, political intrigue, authentic tradecraft, emotion, shocks and nail-biting suspense, The Saboteur takes the spy thriller to new heights.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 36mm | 600g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1529334292
  • 9781529334296
  • 47,829

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A superb writer, with great imagination, inventiveness and the ability to portray events with simplicity and urgency
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Gripping political thriller . . . Conway mixes bloody action scenes in Syria with a wider story about loyalty and even love * Financial Time, Best books of 2021: Thrillers * Spy wars -- for real -- by the man who knows * Tom Mangold * A superb writer, with great imagination, inventiveness and the ability to portray events with simplicity and urgency * Michael Jecks, author of Act of Vengeance * Conway has created, with Jude Lyon, a very modern hero, and one who will run for many more stories, I hope. Basically, if you are going to read any thriller this year, make it this one * Shots Magazine * His military background renders the action scenes bloodily and the novel's apocalyptic scenario plausibly * The Times * Violent, authentic and alarmingly believable story about modern spying * the Sun * Brilliantly written, this sequel manages to be even more exciting and nail-bitingly intense than the original * Irish Independent * The most brilliant spy thriller * Charlotte Philby, author of A Double Life * This'll keep readers up all night. It's a hugely entertaining read, featuring the nastiest, most charismatic villain of recent years, and barely pauses for breath throughout * Mick Herron, author of Slough House * The Saboteur takes his storytelling to a new level * Financial Times * A very fast-paced thriller that smoothly moves through one explosive set-up after another. Conway keeps his foot firmly on the accelerator as the body count mounts and the book rockets to the large scale climax * Deadly Pleasures magazine, Best of 2021 * You just know when a book has been penned by a knowledgeable hand . . . this explosive thriller is alarmingly authentic * Scottish Field * This spy thriller had me holding my breath every few pages, desperate to know how things were going to pan out. A perfect festive read for anyone who loves spy novels and pacey thrillers * Dumfries & Galloway Life *
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About Simon Conway

Simon Conway is a former British Army officer and international aid worker. He has cleared landmines and the other debris of war across the world. As Co-Chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition he successfully campaigned to achieve an international ban on cluster bombs. He currently works for the charity The HALO Trust opening up access to hazardous areas.

He lives in Glasgow with his wife, the journalist and broadcaster Sarah Smith. He has two daughters.


A LOYAL SPY, his third novel, won the 2010 CWA Steel Dagger Award for Best Thriller of the year.


Visit Simon Conway's website at www.simonconwaybooks.com and follow Simon on Twitter @simongconway and Instagram @simongconway
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Rating details

115 ratings
4.25 out of 5 stars
5 52% (60)
4 28% (32)
3 15% (17)
2 3% (4)
1 2% (2)
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