A tense story of a spy undercover during the First World War, Andrew Williams recreates the early years of the Secret Service as evocatively as anything by John le Carre or Robert Harris.
THE POISON TIDE is the first in a series of novels set in that world and 'possesses a richness of characterisation and intelligence that few thrillers can match' Sunday Times.
1915. German guns are on their way to Ireland. The British government faces its worst nightmare; insurrection at home while it struggles with bloody stalemate on the Western Front. British spy Sebastian Wolff, of the new Secret Service Bureau, is given the task of hunting down its enemies: one a traitor reviled by the society that honoured him as a national hero; the other a German-American doctor who, instead of healing the sick, is developing a terrifying new weapon that he will use in the country of his birth. Wolff's mission will take him undercover into the corridors of power in Berlin, then across the Atlantic in a race against time to prevent the destruction of the ships and supplies Britain so desperately needs to stave off defeat.
Two novels have established Andrew Williams as an outstanding writer of the historical thriller or spy story. The Poison Tide will only enhance his reputation. It is very good indeed . . . Compelling and smoothly engineered . . .You will be lucky if you come upon a more engrossing and enjoyable historical thriller this year. Or perhaps next year - Allan Massie, Scotsman
A first-class thriller . . . possesses a richness of characterisation and intelligence that few can match - Sunday Times
A cracking read, a thriller that has heft . . . powerful and forthright - History Today
Williams is establishing himself as the master of this historical thriller in which real-life events and characters are given a fictional twist or gloss - Scotsman
This is a very satisfying thriller on many levels. Above all, it's an intelligent thriller: brilliantly researched, superbly crafted and . . . well written - www.shotsmag.co.uk
Williams' knowledge of the time, combined with a talent for storytelling, means his historical thrillers are compelling and extremely enjoyable. Williams skilfully creates a character that is honest, ruthless and flawed . . . The Poison Tide is a thoroughly enjoayble read - www.sir-readalot.blogspot.co.uk
I really enjoyed this very exciting but fast-paced thriller, with intricately researched details . . . I was gripped until the final page. Well recommended - www.eurocrime.co.uk
This fine novel fuses fiction with real-life First World War events . . . It's multi-layered and gripping - Peterborough Telegraph