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A Loyal Spy

Simon Conway

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

A savage thriller that thrusts us into the vividly authentic world of modern intelligence, terrorism and conspiracy.

The last time Jonah saw Nor ed-Din, he was lying face down in a pool of black water in the Khyber Pass. For many years, Jonah had been under the impression that he'd killed him there.
How far can loyalty be stretched before it reaches a limit Millions of lives depend on the answer, as a twisting road of betrayal and revenge leads from the mountains of Afghanistan to the heart of London . . . and a ticking bomb.

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Praise for A Loyal Spy

  • A thumping read that joins the dots in the War on Terror. Conway writes with passion and authority on the murky forces unleashed after 9/11. - Tim Butcher, author of Sunday Times No1 Bestseller Blood River - A Journey To Africa's Broken Heart

  • Complex and detailed . . . Conway has concocted a credible, and wholly cynical, tale of dirt, death and double-dealing, of d?racin? anti-heroes for whom perpetual conflict has become both lifeblood and poison. - The Times

  • Simon Conway boldly illustrates the anarchy of "asymmetric warfare" by adopting a shapeless plotline . . . our reward for grasping the complexities is an enhanced sense of the authenticity of Conway's personal experience and a conventionally stonking action climax. - The Telegraph

  • accuracy seeps out of every page - Daily Mail

  • A LOYAL SPY has incredibly well drawn characters, evocative descriptive passages, and a superbly balanced narrative structure - the twists are unexpected but convincing and the final extended sequence is truly nail-biting. Terrific! - Misha Glenny, author of McMafia

  • Alarmingly current, alarmingly possible. This is a book that captures the new world of asymmetric warfare and yet sustains the narrative and tension of the very best of the thriller genre. A LOYAL SPY is so vivid, so real, that reading it you sense Simon Conway must almost have lived it himself. - Jon Snow, Channel 4 newscaster

  • Simon Conway takes you to the world's most chaotic and dangerous places - and does it with the raw descriptive power of someone who's been there and done that - Mark Urban, author of Rifles and Big Boys' Rules

  • Tautly written and cleverly plotted, with well-drawn characters, vivid scenes and nail-biting passages, this is thrilling fiction that is unnervingly believable. - Choice magazine

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Simon Conway

Simon Conway is a former British Army officer and international aid worker. He has cleared landmines and the other debris of war across the world. As Co-Chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition he successfully campaigned to achieve an international ban on cluster bombs.

He is a director at The HALO Trust, coordinating the charity's response to the urbanisation of warfare and growing use of improvised explosive devices.

He lives in Glasgow with his wife the journalist and broadcaster Sarah Smith. He has two daughters.

A LOYAL SPY, his third novel, won the 2010 CWA Steel Dagger Award for Best Thriller of the year.

Visit Simon Conway's website at and follow Simon on Twitter @simongconway and Instagram @simongconway

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