Moscow X - Damascus Station (Paperback)
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Moscow X - Damascus Station (Paperback)

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Published: 29/08/2024
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Abounding in secrets, divided loyalties and shrewd political commentary, this gripping espionage thriller from the bestselling author of Damascus Station finds two CIA operatives amidst the dark opulence of St Petersburg and beyond attempting to recruit Putin’s private banker.

A daring CIA operation threatens chaos in the Kremlin. Its execution is foiled by a Russian woman with secret loyalties

CIA operatives Sia and Max enter Russia to recruit Vladimir Putin's moneyman. Sia works for a London firm that conceals the wealth of the super-rich. Max's family business in Mexico - a CIA front since the 1960s - is a farm that breeds high-end racehorses. They pose as a couple, and their targets are Vadim, Putin's private banker, and his wife Anna, who is both a banker and an intelligence officer. As they descend further into a Russian world dripping with luxury and rife with gangland violence, Sia and Max's hope may be Anna, who is playing a game of her own.

Careening between the horse ranch and the dark opulence of Saint Petersburg, Moscow X is both a gripping thriller of modern espionage and a daring work of political commentary on the conflict between Washington and Moscow.

Publisher: Swift Press
ISBN: 9781800752917
Number of pages: 464
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘The spy thriller has a champion who can peek behind the curtain’ The Times 

'Moscow X is a propulsive thrill ride and a moving portrait of life, betrayal, and vengeance in Putin’s Russia. It is also the most authentic depiction of CIA deep cover operations you’ll find in print. Those of us who spent our careers running spies have been waiting for the next John Le Carré, Charles McCarry, or Jason Matthews—authors who told riveting and deeply authentic stories about intelligence wars fought in the shadows. With Moscow X, David McCloskey takes his place among that company' - John Sipher, former CIA senior operations officer

‘Thrilling, propulsive and terrifying … unputdownably superb’ - Simon Sebag Montefiore

‘A spellbinding journey into the brutal, shadowy intrigues of the Russian elite and the underground world of espionage. The Russian condition, as seen through Anna’s eyes, is both moving and terrifying. An electrifying read, compelling, and timely – I could not put it down’ - Clarissa Ward, CNN Chief International Correspondent and author of On All Fronts: the Education of a Journalist

'David McCloskey has delivered another mesmerizing tale of intrigue to follow the incredible Damascus Station. Moscow X is even better; an utterly authentic and deeply compelling thriller that is among the very best espionage fiction in print' - Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Chaos Agent

'Moscow X brilliantly captures the nuances of field work in hostile environments, the thrill and terror that grips every intelligence officer when they are in the belly of the beast. McCloskey is the new poet laureate of the CIA operations officer' - Marc Polymeropoulos, former CIA senior operations officer and author of Clarity in Crisis

'There is a new generation of spy novelists storming the genre, and David McCloskey must be counted as one of the best. His latest novel, Moscow X, is a white-knuckled, fast-paced journey into the modern age of spy craft, where high tech espionage jostles dangerously against old school cunning and Machiavellian intrigue; and where men and women risk everything to uncover an elusive and, ultimately, lethal truth' - Kathleen Kent, New York Times bestselling author of Black Wolf

‘McCloskey shows all the talents that brought so much acclaim for his debut, Damascus Station, and takes us inside the inner workings of the CIA, where he once worked as an analyst … It’s the cast of layered, complex characters that makes Moscow X such a gripping read — one often leavened with dry, poetic wit’ - Adam LeBor, Financial Times

‘Another exhilarating spy thriller filled with suspense and intrigue’ - Spybrary

'McCloskey is the most thoroughly convincing spy novelist to have emerged in the last decade' - Mail on Sunday

‘Packed with insider knowledge, it shimmers with threat’ - Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail

'Fantastic. It's full of tradecraft, heart-in-the-mouth action, betrayal and revenge' - Simon Copeland, The Sun

‘As gripping as its predecessor … Complex yet satisfyingly vicious, especially so once Max and Sia in turn enter Russia, Moscow X is a tense, all too plausible depiction of the struggle for power within a corrupt regime’ - The Times, Book of the Month

Praise for David McCloskey: 'The best spy novelists, such as David McCloskey, deepen our understanding of the world while telling an enthralling story’ - Adam LeBor, Financial Times

Praise for Damascus Station: 'Simply marvellous storytelling...a stand-out thriller and essential reading for fans of the genre' - Financial Times 'The best spy novel I have ever read' - General David Petraeus, former director of the CIA 'For an authentic representation of what it's like to work in intelligence, look no further than Damascus Station. McCloskey has captured it all: the breathtaking close calls, the hand in glove of tech and ops, the heartbreaking disappointments, the thrill of a hard-won victory' - Alma Katsu, author of Red Widow and former CIA and NSA analyst

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“Great follow up to Damascus Station”

This was a terrific read from beginning to end: great characters and truly compelling plot. Comparisons to Le Carre are not an exaggeration.

Hardback edition
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“Gripping and almost unbearably tense!”

I'm not an avid reader of spy thrillers, although I love Mick Herron's Slough House series, but I was curious to try 'Moscow X' because the author's previous novel, 'Damascus... More

Hardback edition
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“Gripping story”

I must admit that I didn't read "Damascus Station" first and perhaps that was a mistake on my part. I found this book a little hard going in the beginning, the cast of characters is large and I did keep... More

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