Synopses & Reviews
An electrifying mystery that will draw one woman into a global conspiracyand into the sights of one of the most dangerous men in the world...
Maddy Blume is a survivor. Years ago, while working as an art analyst in New York, she was changed forever by an encounter with Ilya Severin, the thief and former assassin once known as the Scythian. Now, in London, she is presented with an unusual proposition: to go undercover as an art consultant to a Russian oil billionaire suspected of channeling profits to military intelligence.
As Maddy grows closer to her new boss, however, she discovers that his ambitions extend far beyond natural resources. He is out to shape the future of Russia on a massive scale, using the secret of the mythical empire of Shambhala in a quest that will lead Maddy on a violent odyssey across Europe and to the far edge of the Black Sea.
Yet her involvement has not gone unnoticed. Not by the secret police. Not by her employers rivals. And least of all by the Scythian himself...
Praise for The First Apostle
“Fast-paced action propels the imaginative and controversial plot.” —Publishers Weekly
Praise for The Messiah Secret
“An entertaining, hunt-and-chase thriller that races from the English countryside to a hidden valley in the Middle East…. Appealing and clever protagonists coupled with intriguing history…” —Publishers Weekly
Praise for the novels of Alec Nevala-Lee
“A dazzlingly detailed and authentic world of intrigue, weaving a harrowing tale that will enthrall readers...evokes le Carré and an intricate, continent-crossing plot reminiscent of The Day of the Jackal...Nevala-Lee is clearly emerging as one of the most elegant new voices in suspense literature.”—David Heinzmann, author of Throwaway Girl
“Alec Nevala-Lee is no debut author; he must have been a thriller writer in some past life. This one has everything: great writing, great characters, great story, great bad guy, and a religious conspiracy to boot. The Icon Thief is smart, sophisticated, and has enough fast-paced action to keep anyone up past midnight. I'm jealous."—New York Times bestselling author Paul Christopher
“Twists and turns aplenty lift this thriller above the rest. From the brutal thugs of the Russian Mafia to the affected inhabitants of the American art world, this book introduces a cast of believable and intriguing characters. Add a storyline where almost nothing is as it first appears, and where the plot turns around on itself to reveal startling contradictions, and the result is a book that grips and holds the reader like a vice. I devoured it in a single sitting.”— National bestselling author James Becker
"Alec Nevala-Lee comes roaring out of the gate with a novel that's as thrilling as it is thought-provoking, as unexpected as it is erudite. The Icon Thief is a wild ride through a fascinating and morally complex world, a puzzle Duchamp himself would have applauded. Bravo."— National bestselling author Jesse Kellerman
From the national bestselling author of "The First Apostle." In Morocco, an English couple discovers a clay tablet covered in ancient writing. One day later, they are dead. And the hunt for a priceless relic is on. Available in a tall Premium Edition. Original.
In the bestselling tradition of The Shakespeare Secret, this thriller delivers it all high-speed chases, codes, biblical secrets and a group of all too modern terrorists nicely packaged in a pacey narrative."
An ancient code.
A sinister secret.
A deadly chase for the truth...
In Morocco, an English couple discovers a clay tablet covered in ancient writing. One day later, they are dead.
Called to North Africa to investigate, detective Chris Bronson follows a trail of clues that plunge him into a mystery that has gone unsolved since biblical times. For the stone he must find is older and far more dangerous than he could ever have imagined...
A deadly weapon uncovered...
A decades-old conspiracy...
A race to save a city...
Berlin, 1936: When African-American Jesse Owens wins four gold medals in the Olympic Games, Hitler refuses to place the medals around Owens’s neck and vows to develop a means of wiping “inferior” races from the earth....
London, 2012: Chris Bronson is ordered to infiltrate a group of anarchists who plan to disrupt the Olympic Games with destruction and violence. When Bronson’s cover is blown, the police call off the operation. But Bronson is convinced that there’s something more sinister at play. On the run from both the police and the militant anarchists, Bronson soon finds himself immersed in a long-buried secret surrounding a Nazi weapon, and a deadly revenge plot that he must stop before it’s too late....
About the Author
James Becker spent over twenty years in the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm. Throughout his career he has been involved in covert operations in many of the world’s hotspots, including Yemen, Russia, and Northern Ireland. He writes action-adventure novels under the name James Barrington and military history under the name Peter Smith in the UK.