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The return of The Watchman - deep cover specialist Marc Portman
Close protection specialist Marc Portman is used to finding himself in hostile situations. But none can be more unpredictable than troubled Ukraine, teetering on the brink of civil war.
When a US State Department official on a fact-finding mission to Ukraine is placed under house arrest, the CIA hire Portman (codename: Watchman) to get him safely out of the country. In that dangerous and volatile region, Portman will find himself up against local gangsters, Ukrainian Special Forces, professional snipers, pro-Russian separatists and power-crazed cops. What he cannot know however is that his most lethal enemy comes from his own side ...
"In Magson's fine second Marc Portman thriller (after 2014's The Watchman), the CIA hires the freelance operative, 'a close-protection specialist,' to rescue a State Department negotiator, Edwin Travis, who was sent to Ukraine to talk to the various factions involved in fighting the pro-Russian separatists. Some unknown group, probably backed by the Russians, kidnapped Travis, and Portman's job is to find and extricate him. It's a standard assignment for Portman, but this time he has to deal with a traitorous U.S. senator, Howard Benson, and other members of the Dupont Circle Group, who stand to make a great deal of money on energy stocks if the situation in Eastern Europe goes to hell. Because Benson oversees the CIA, he's aware of Portman's mission and does his best to derail it. The action moves quickly, though a rather tame ending will leave readers a bit disappointed but still looking forward to Portman's next outing. Agent: David Headley, DHH Literary Agency. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Knuckle-whitening, adventure-packed, and shocking, this page turner is guaranteed to grip readers from the first page to the last" Booklist Starred Review
When a US State Department official on a fact-finding mission to Ukraine is placed under house arrest, the CIA hire Portman to get him out of the country. In that dangerous and volatile region, Portman will find himself up against local gangsters, professional snipers and power-crazed cops. But his most lethal enemy comes from his own side.
About the Author
Adrian Magson was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger Award in 2001. As well as the new Harry Tate and Lucas Rocco series, he has had five novels published in the Riley Gavin/Frank Palmer series, and has written a writers' help book based on his 'Beginners' column in Writing Magazine. He lives in Oxfordshire.