The Names of the Dead
They locked him up. Now he’s out—for revenge.
Former CIA officer James ‘Wes’ Wesley paid the ultimate price for his patriotism when he was locked up in a French jail for an anti-terror operation gone wrong—abandoned by the Agency he served, shunned by his colleagues and friends, cut off from his family.
Now he is shattered by the news that his ex-wife, Rachel, a State...more
I had also enjoyed The Traitor's Story, and To Die in Vienna. However I must admit that this espionage/thriller was my favourite so far. I am rating it a 4 star, but if I could - I would give it a half star more
It starts off in Granada Spain where Former CIA officer James ‘Wes’ Wesley's wife is killed in a terrorist attack, and the pace does not let up throughout the book.
The spot where the opening scene takes place sounds very ...more
I was therefore delighted when I got the chance to read this Advanced Reader’s Copy, ARC and of course, naturally pumped, to share my review.
I never start a book assuming it will be a page turner; a can’t put down enchanting escape or a must read, based purely on the writer.
However, with authors you have previously enjoyed, you pick up the book with anticipation and a knowing sense of reader’s joy. That is, the sense that ...more
An entertaining and well written Kindle First book; what a rare treat!
Memorable, unique characters help the story move along at a good pace. The main character, released from prison early due to the death of his wife, manages to outwit the team of killers set to pick him up. He is “rescued“ by the strange daughter of one of his former prisoners. Together they travel Europe hunting for a lost child and ultimately finding something else.
The writer does an excellent job of ...more
Wes is a former CIA agent, serving time in jail for an operation that went wrong, an operation that in his eyes was intended to fail so he would end up where he is now.
Wes learns that his ex wife has been killed in a terrorist ...more
CIA agent James "Wes" Wesley took the fall when a mission went badly. His team and country turned against him, his wife left him, and he ended up in a French prison. Wes is granted early release from prison when his ex-wife, Rachel, is killed in a terrorism event in Spain. His son ...more
Wes and Mia make an odd couple as they drive through Europe on their search for Ethan. They are the perfect ...more
Easily read as a stand-alone.
The Names of the Dead is very competent international suspense.
One thing that was different about this spy was that he actually showed a little personal growth. And he was flawed, not a one dimensional perfect person.
I want to.thank the publisher and net galley for my ARC, which did not impact my review. This book was a really good read.
As an officer for the CIA James Wesley understood the gray areas between right and wrong. Decisions made could lead to collateral damage and friendly fire where it was not welcome. Success of planned missions depended upon the value of the intelligence received and the possibility of it being incorrect existed. Yet Wes never expected that someone in his own team would set him up on purpose and non-targeted individuals died as a result of the wrong information ...more
Book starts with the bang - number of civilians ends up dead in Spain after terrorists execute the bomb attack. This would not worry Wes that much if it ...more
James Wesley nick named Wes was a former CIA Officer who is locked up in a French prison for anti-terrorism operation that went wrong, he shot down the wrong helicopter and he's being set up by a former colleague and friend Sam Garvey. He has been abandoned by his Agency he served ...more
(Published by Thomas & Mercer)
With a writing style so fluid and easy to speed-read, the author specializes in compartmentalized dust-ups, down-to-earth spy stories; no heads of state threatened, no nuclear devices defused, no major paradigm shifts in the singularity - and yet quite creative.
The protagonists in his stories are flawed, shall have paid some, and are out to set things right. Which are precisely what make them compelling ...more
The book itself? I like espionage fiction, and though the lead character is no longer an agent (having been wrongly accused of ...more
I have been a fan of his books for a long time now, although they can be hard to find in Australia, and have always felt that he does not receive the attention that other lesser authors do. This may be due to the cynical tone of his books, which eschews the patriotic fervour often associated with American spy novels and anti-terrorist thrillers. In style and content, he seems to be more of a British or European spy novelist, than ...more
James ‘Wes’ Wesley is a former CIA agent. He was part of an anti-terrorism operation that went awry: the wrong helicopter was shot down. Abandoned by the CIA, Wes has been locked up in a French prison for three years. Isolated from friends and family, Wes is devastated to learn that his ex-wife Rachel was killed in a terrorist attack in Spain. Wes also learns that he and Rachel had a son, Ethan, who is also missing. What he doesn’t know is why Rachel was in ...more
The slow, deliberate pace of this spy-world thriller set in modern-day Europe makes it a great escape read, but without too much trauma. The believable storyline is punctuated with the realistic thoughts and engaging introspections of a wronged and somewhat insecure man seeking truth and justice.
Filled with drama, this novel focuses on an ex-CIA agent, trying to make sense of being betrayed, sent to prison, and then suddenly released into a ...more
We immediately fell in love with our hero CIA Agent, James ‘Wes” Wesley, and we were intrigued ...more
Settled back in a small town in the west of England.
Lancaster University - degree in Politics &
Also writes as K.J. Wignall