Synopses & Reviews
This ingenious thriller follows two CIA analysts on the hunt for a dangerous Iranian nuclear scientist hell-bent on building a bomb right on America’s doorstep.
The USS Vicksburg is returning home when the crew comes upon a lifeboat bearing a dead Somali pirate who shows signs of torture. Questions immediately arise: Who is this man, and which ship did he come from? Who tortured him? Soon Red Cell analysts Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke have traced the dead man back to an Iranian ship currently bound for Venezuela—and the ship appears to have dangerous, radioactive cargo on board.
The Iranians’ plan quickly becomes clear—they’re building a nuclear bomb in politically unstable Venezuela, away from the UN’s prying eyes. Stryker and Burke must tread carefully, though, because diplomacy in Venezuela is tricky at best. A civil war is at stake if word gets out. Can they stop the Iranians before it’s too late?
From current CIA analyst and Red Cell think tank veteran Mark Henshaw, Cold Shot is a fascinating, thrilling, and richly detailed journey into the intelligence world that only a true insider could create.
"Henshaw combines inspired data analysis, corrupt geopolitical maneuvering, and searing action in this bustling sequel to 2012's Red Cell. An egregious mistake by Iranian nuclear proliferator Hossein Ahmadi provides the slim clue that allows CIA analysts to discover an Iranian ship with a secret cargo headed for Venezuela. CIA analyst Kyra Stryker, a former field agent, volunteers to go to Venezuela to gather information. With U.S. president Daniel Rostow looking to use the situation to his advantage and Venezuelan president Diego Avila seeking weapons of mass destruction, the stage is set for serious confrontation. Fellow CIA analyst Jonathan Burke follows Stryker to Venezuela, where the agents engage in a dangerous attempt to locate the mysterious cargo, identify it, and obtain proof to justify further action. Henshaw, a CIA analyst himself, handles everything from naval operations to CIA decision making competently, but really excels when tackling the ground-level action scenes pitting Stryker and Burke against a well-guarded base deep in hostile territory. Agent: Jason Yarn, Paradigm Agency. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Before it’s in the news, it’s in Mark Henshaw’s novels. Cold Shot has all the hallmarks of a masterful espionage thriller—killer action scenes, heroes and villains on every side, suspense to spare, a timely plot, and above all else chilling insight into the secret world of intelligence. If you want to know what’s going on in Venezuela, read this book. You will be entertained and amazed.”
"Henshaw has a firm grasp of how the intelligence community operates, and uses that knowledge to deliver another winner. Readers seeking a revealing portrait of the covert world need look no further."
"Combines inspired data analysis, corrupt geopolitical maneuvering, and searing action."
"Tense, suspenseful and loaded with immersive detail...[Henshaw] provides a Clancy-esque level of detail but without dragging the story down."
About the Author
Mark Henshaw is a graduate of Brigham Young University and a decorated CIA analyst with more than eleven years of service. In 2007, Henshaw was awarded the Director of National Intelligence Galileo Award for innovation in intelligence analysis. A former member of the Red Cell think tank, Henshaw is the author of Red Cell and lives with his family in Leesburg, Virginia. Visit him at MarkHenshaw.com.