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The Foot Soldiers: A Sunday Times Thriller of the Month

Gerald Seymour

7 Reviews

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Thriller / suspense

The first-ever returning central character in Seymour's storied career - Jonas Merrick, MI5's grumpy old man from The Crocodile Hunter, must find a mole in MI6 and thwart a Russian assassination.

Defectors are not always welcome. Is the information they bring worth the cost of protecting them for the rest of their lives? Is it even genuine? Might they be double agents?

These are some of the questions facing MI6 when a Russian agent hands himself in to them in Denmark.

As a team begins to assess his value, his former employers in the Kremlin develop a brutal plan to show that no defector will ever be safe.

And they know where to find him. Which means there must be a mole in MI6.

So it is that the cavaliers of Six find themselves being interrogated by nondescript Jonas Merrick of Five - the man called back from retirement and his beloved caravan, the man the young guns call the Eternal Flame because 'he never goes out.'

But while he may be grey, Jonas is also ruthless. As he quietly works through the suspects in London, and violent mayhem breaks out in Denmark, Jonas plans not just to unmask a traitor, but to hit back at the Russians with deadly force.

First encountered in The Crocodile Hunter, Jonas Merrick is set to become one of the great figures of modern spy fiction.



'A brilliant, suspenseful and contemporary thriller . . . A wonderfully complex and unputdownable tale of defectors, traitors, internal politics . . . and assassination'

'Seymour continues to carry the flame for the espionage genre, and his sublime creation, Jonas Merrick, a 21st-century George Smiley . . . is slowly but surely becoming a classic literary creation'

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Praise for The Foot Soldiers: A Sunday Times Thriller of the Month

  • Praise for Gerald Seymour:-

  • He has never lost his journalist's eye for the stories behind the news - The Sunday Times on The Crocodile Hunter

  • Compelling novel . . . Seymour's feel for the Kent landscape and his realisation of minor characters, such as Cameron's heart-hardened mother, are almost Dickensian - The Times on The Crocodile Hunter

  • Ask aficionados who is Britain's finest thriller writer, and many would answer the veteran Gerald Seymour - Guardian on Beyond Recall

  • The three British masters of suspense, Graham Greene, Eric Ambler, and John le Carre, have been joined by a fourth - Gerald Seymour - New York Times on The Outsiders

  • Seymour produces the most intelligent writing in the thriller genre - Financial Times on Beyond Recall

  • Britain's finest thriller novelist is still the veteran Gerald Seymour, whose touch remains sure - i Paper on A Damned Serious Business

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Gerald Seymour

Gerald Seymour exploded onto the literary scene in 1975 with the massive bestseller HARRY'S GAME. The first major thriller to tackle the modern troubles in Northern Ireland, it was described by Frederick Forsyth as 'like nothing else I have ever read' and it changed the landscape of the British thriller forever.

Gerald Seymour was a reporter at ITN for fifteen years. He covered events in Vietnam, Borneo, Aden, the Munich Olympics, Israel and Northern Ireland. He has been a full-time writer since 1978.

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