The Network

The Network

A Novel

Book - 2010 | First U.S. edition.
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In the months before 9/11, the intelligence community is on high alert for terrorist threats. Former army officer Anthony Taverner is recruited by the British Secret Intelligence Service, better known as M16, for an apparently strightforward mission: to destroy a cache of the CIA's precious Stinger missiles before they can fall into the hands of al-Qaeda.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2010.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781608190355
Branch Call Number: ELL
Characteristics: 337 pages ;,24 cm


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Apr 19, 2016

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ChristchurchLib Jun 08, 2014

"With its slower pace and strongly depicted setting, this tale of a pre-9/11 mission in Afghanistan will appeal to readers wanting an in-depth look at the dangers of Al Qaeda. Newly recruited by the British Secret Service, explosives expert Anthony Taverner is sent to retrieve or destroy a couple of Stinger missiles before they are captured by terrorists and used against civilians. But first he must undergo extensive training -- psychological, physical, and weapons-based. Chillingly, this novel is based on real people and real events; suspense and betrayals abound." Thrillers and Suspense June 2014 newsletter

Jan 13, 2011

This is a nearly incoherent work of spy fiction, based on the notion of a secretive "network" of uber-spies. Unfortunately, while the "network" conceit is introduced in the first half of the book, it plays no role in the overall story. Indeed, several story lines never get played out. While the author writes beautifully, the book needs a strong editorial hand to shape it into a complete story.

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