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The Silent War

Andreas Norman

7 Reviews

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Thriller / suspense, Espionage & spy thriller, Fiction in translation

A spy thriller by Sweden's answer to John Le Carre

As the head of Swedish Intelligence in Brussels Bente Jensen has many enemies, even among those who ought to be her allies, like Jonathan Green of MI6. In a city heaving with competing espionage agencies he is the person she fears and distrusts most. She has good reason. They share a past.

Green has been part of an MI6 conspiracy to hold, interrogate, torture and kill its political prisoners in a safe house in Syria. This explosive information has been leaked to Bente by a conscience-stricken British operative. When it is clear she can expose this operation MI6 uses its full arsenal of dirty tricks to shame her, disgrace her, destroy her relationships and remove her from active service.

But Green's private life has more in common with Bente's than he acknowledges. He is far from fireproof himself. Both spies will find themselves targets of the UK establishment's precisely calculated revenge.

Like its highly acclaimed predecessor Into A Raging Blaze Andreas Norman's new novel is a morally and politically complex international thriller. Its nail-biting plot and sympathetic characters show the tragic human consequences of private and public treachery.

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Praise for The Silent War

  • A modern take on the spy thriller . . . a Le Carre-esque yarn that's rooted in verisimilitude - Independent, on Into A Raging Blaze

  • Norman's understanding of the dark, destructive side of surveillance is second to none . . . Into a Raging Blaze is convincing and addictive - Guardian, on Into A Raging Blaze

  • A dazzling thriller . . . a feat - Dagens Nyheter, Sweden, on Into A Raging Blaze

  • This impressive novel shifts between Brussels, London and Syria in a horrifying and moving exploration of different kinds of betrayal. - Literary Review

  • Norman is an innovative stylist: the fast-paced narrative, fluently rendered in translation by Ian Giles, is written in the third person present tense with an omniscient narrator. This brings a sense of intimacy that is almost claustrophobic, especially at the roller-coaster climax - Financial Times

  • In this taut, engaging and fascinating thriller . . . the writing is crisp, the action fast paced, the plot is psychology convincing and the subject matter both credible and contemporary. . . Andreas Norman will be one to watch. - Shotmag

  • With a credible plot and believable characters, this is a high-tension thriller of dirty tricks and calculated revenge - Choice Magazine

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Andreas Norman

Andreas Norman is a former diplomat, who worked for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. For several years he was a member of the Ministry s counter-terrorism unit, working with partners across the globe. During the Arab Spring he joined the team that outlined Swedish policy during this dramatic period. He currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

Into A Raging Blaze was Norman's debut novel. It anticipated the Edward Snowden revelations and received international acclaim. It was shortlisted for the CWA International Gold Dagger Award 2015. Rights for Into A Raging Blaze as well as The Silent War have been sold to several countries and both are currently being developed into a major television series.

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