Richard Brodick wants to do his patriotic bit in the Cold War and has set his sights on joining the Secret Intelligence Service as a full-time officer, following in the footsteps of his father’s illustrious career as a World War Two spy. Richard gives up his home, his wife and his dog for what he naively imagines will be an adventure in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. His dream turns sour when he witnesses the human price of superpower rivalry and it turns to nightmare when he’s told to kill his friend, a refugee suspected of being a Soviet asset. Welcome to the duplicitous world of British espionage.
Praise for Spy Game
‘This is an informed thriller, authentic and vividly written, set in a now almost forgotten conflict that helped to shape our modern world.’
– Adam LeBor, Financial Times Read Review
‘A first-rate tale, with all the authority of first-hand experience.’
– Luke Jennings, author of the Killing Eve series.
Brodick is back.
Having survived Afghanistan, Richard Brodick is now a fully qualified member of the Firm – an officer in the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service.
But what should be a proud moment, quickly turns sour. Dangerously so.
Despatched to Beirut at the height of the civil war, Brodick becomes embroiled with a mysterious Chinese operative known only as Fang. He finds himself in a new and dangerous game of double and triple agents, and double and triple crosses. Can he trust anyone, even himself?
Spy Dragon is the second in the Brodick Cold War spy thriller series, the follow-up to the bestselling Spy Game described by Luke Jennings, author of the Killing Eve series, as ‘A first-rate tale, with all the authority of first-hand experience’.
Praise for Spy Dragon
‘Fullerton knows the ground, knows the game, and his novel has the authentic reek of personal experience.’
– Martin Walker, author of the Bruno of Chief Police series, France.
‘It’s a joy to read a series of novels that can inform as well as entertain…’
– Michael Garin, United States.
‘A gripping story of which one can honestly say Le Carré would be proud.’
– Karen Wood, United Kingdom
An English businessman lies dead in a Beijing hotel. According to an official statement, his heart failed after a drinking binge.
For UK intelligence officer Richard Brodick, it’s horrendous news. It’s also a lie. The financier is one of his most successful agents, and he doesn’t drink. His Chinese lover has poisoned him – or so it seems.
Brodick’s primary Chinese agent, Fang, requests an emergency meeting in Thailand to discuss the crisis.
Brodick supervises British agents in hard target countries while Fang runs Communist China’s counter-intelligence bureau.
Years ago in Beirut she recruited Brodick; he recruited her. They’ve betrayed innumerable secrets and when they’ve had the opportunity, they’ve slept together. They have even sacrificed agents’s lives to feed their careers as master spies.
What’s at stake is China’s future. Its veteran leader fears the country will collapse if his reforms fail in the face of opposition from hardliners plotting to oust him.
For Brodick and Fang, not only their careers but their lives are on the line. Will they save China’s millions from disaster as well as themselves?
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fab finale to the series
A fitting finale to this exciting trilogy that kept me enthralled to the end…A brilliant read & I did not want to put it down. Highly recommended & if I could give it more stars I would.
5.0 out of 5 stars
A very good read. Indeed his best writing yet.
Authentic, rewarding, relevant, fascinating, entertaining, well written novel that left me looking forward to the next one.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fast, twisty and a great read.
The last in the Cold War series is fun – fast, twisty and colourful.
Brodick and Fang are now at the top of their trade as professional intelligence officers, having helped one another climb their respective greasy poles by betraying secrets and agents for mutual benefit. What’s at stake is Communist China’s reformist movement. Will Brodick and Fang destroy each other, or work together to preserve the status quo? Another great read from Fullerton.