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The Spy Audiobook

The Spy: Jed Walker Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Jed Walker is the man you want watching your back.

A sinister group - code-named Zodiac - has launched devastating global attacks. Twelve targets across the world, 12 code-named missions. Operating distinct sleeper cells, they are the ultimate terrorist organisation, watching and waiting for a precise attack to activate the next group. It is a frightening and deadly efficient way to stay one step ahead. And cause the most chaos.

For ex-CIA operative Jed Walker, chaos is his profession. On the outer, burned by his former agency, he is determined to clear his name. Stopping Zodiac is the only way. Desperate to catch the killers and find the mastermind, he can't afford to lose the next lead, but that means that sometimes the terrorists have to win. Ultimately it all comes down to Walker: he's the only one who can break the chain and put the group to sleep...permanently. It's exactly 81 hours until deadline.

James Phelan is the best-selling and award-winning author of 28 novels and one work of nonfiction. From his teens he wanted to be a novelist but first tried his hand at a real job, studying and working in architecture before turning to English literature, spending five years at a newspaper and obtaining an MA and a PhD in literature. For Hachette Australia, James has written five titles in the Lachlan Fox thriller series and the Alone trilogy of young adult postapocalyptic novels.

The ex-CIA character of Jed Walker was first introduced in The Spy, which was followed by The Hunted, Kill Switch and Dark Heart. James has also written a 14-book adventure series for Scholastic, titled The Last Thirteen. He has been a full-time novelist since the age of 25 and spends his time writing thrilling stories and travelling the world to talk about them.

©2013 James Phelan (P)2017 Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A terse, tense brand of hard-boiled action suspense...addictive." (The Age)
"Jed Walker is right there in Reacher's rear-view mirror." (Lee Child)
"Hard-boiled action suspense...addictive." (The Age on Kill Switch)
"Walker's so tough he's got muscles in his spit...eminently enjoyable." (West Australian on The Hunted)
"Vivid and suspenseful." (Sydney Morning Herald on The Spy)

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  • Kevin Mccormick
    5/05/17
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    "Jed Walker is Awesome!"

    If your a fan of Jack Reacher you'll love this series! A quarter of the way through this book I purchased the other 3 books in the series. I'm half way through the second one. (The Hunted) and I have no regrets! Jed walker is a great Character and I'm looking forward to many more books in this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • itinerant
    here and there
    31/07/17
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    "Accents to destroy all international audiobooks"

    An Aussie doing American accents is really bad . . . as bad as all the rest of his accents, I guess, except for when he's speaking normally. Listening to this makes me want to never read another international thriller, but it's an ever-spreading genre, and I need books to listen to. And of course other nationalities must cringe whenever some inept American tries to do assorted accents that are just out of reach . . . all hope that the United Nations might bring about world peace founders here.
    Other than that, the book's pretty good, but the author got the idea somewhere that MTV-type fast cuts would be a good way to break up the dull linearity of the standard thriller. Just when things get interesting, the scene shifts without warning or segue to some other generally less interesting time place or circumstance, but only long enough to defuse any buildup of actual involvement in the main storyline.
    The protagonist is engaging enough to make me want to read another episode, but I'm a bit skeptical that it will get any better. An amazing number of corpses pile up in this book without any apparent consequences . . . whatever became of verisimilitude?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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