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Chasing Shadows

By: Miles Johnson
Narrated by: Ahmed Hamad,Miles Johnson
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*** CONTAINS AN EXLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR ***

A compulsive true crime thriller about modern-day international drugs trafficking, terrorism and geopolitical intrigue following an investigation driven by one DEA agent, Jack Kelly.

Three very different men battle to control their destinies as they hurtle through the hall of mirrors of the global shadow economy.

Jack Kelly, a veteran US Drug Enforcement Administration agent, tasked with following a trail of dirty money across continents from a top-secret investigative unit based in Virginia.

Salvatore Pititto is an ambitious Mafia capo working on a vast cocaine shipment who becomes unexpectedly pulled into an arms-smuggling conspiracy. 

Mustafa Badreddine is a ghost-like master terrorist wanted by governments across the world who has been secretly dispatched to Syria for his final mission. 

Each man, born in radically different circumstances in the 1960s, is in his own way grappling with the powerful and unstoppable forces that shape the world around us; forces which topple governments, send refugees fleeing across borders, and put guns in the hands of mercenaries and militias. Each has devoted his whole life to an institution-the DEA, the Mafia and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah-and each will eventually be destroyed or betrayed by the thing they believe in the most.

Set during 2015 and 2016, as the global order began to implode under the pressures of the Syrian civil war and the European refugee crisis, CHASING SHADOWS looks back over the historical conflicts, events and personal histories that have shaped the lives of these three men. It's a book that shows the betrayals, the disillusionment and the violence as Jack Kelly hunts down his targets.

©2023 Miles Johnson (P)2023 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

'As breathless, complex and on-the-edge suspenseful as the finest thriller fiction - but it's all real, which makes it truly extraordinary.' (Lee Child)

'This book is like being inserted deep into the secret heart of the global criminal economy, where mafiosi, terrorists and traffickers are all on the same side.' (Oliver Bullough, bestselling author of Moneyland)

'Holy Mackerel, what a story! Miles Johnson exposes the interlocking worlds of terror and drugs with verve and drama in this tale of truck bombs, arms deals, political assassinations, undercover cops and several tonnes of cocaine. Chasing Shadows is an astounding true-crime epic that puts us in the room as a Calabrian mob boss whispers to his mistress, a Lebanese militant plots to set the world on fire, and a US agent races to expose it all.' (Dan McCrum, author of Money Men)

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Absolutely terrific, reads like a thriller.

Admittedly I was a bit skeptical of listening to this book after a so-so review from the Guardian.

However, if you want to get into an insight into drug trafficking, illegal transactions and the involvement of Hizbolla then read this. It is especially relevant to the current events events in Gaza with Hamas. Competition between the various drug enforcement agencies is fascinating. The work of the Italian authorities in cracking down with mafia gangs in Calabria and Sicily is also interesting. Highly recommended. You won’t be wasting your time either reading or listening to the book.

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