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The Stranger

(Jude Lyon #1)

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ISIS can't control him.
MI6 can't find him.
But he's coming...

Things change quickly in the world of espionage and clandestine operations. Jude Lyon of MI6 remembers the captured terrorist bomb-maker. He watched him being flown off to Syria, back when Syria was 'friendly'. No-one expected him to survive interrogation there.

Yet the man is alive and someone has broken him out o
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published August 13th 2020 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
*4.5 stars *

Author Simon Conway’s CV includes, military service with the Black Watch and Queen’s Own Highlanders, the extremely dangerous task of clearing land mines around the world, and just for the record he’s also won the Crime Writers Association Steel Dagger award for ‘A Loyal Spy’. ‘

The Stranger’ takes us right into the heart of international espionage and clandestine operations, and introduces MI6 agent Jude Lyon.

Jude is astounded, when a report suggests that a terrorist ‘bomb maker’ ni
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Stranger is award-winning writer Simon Conway’s fifth thriller and arguably his most gripping and accomplished to date; he deserves to be better known so here's hoping this new novel, a twisty tale of spies and lies in which no one is ever quite what they seem, will raise his profile. This is undoubtedly a top-notch espionage thriller. When a terrorist known as The Stranger is reported to have been seen, Jude Lyon of MI6 is shocked; he thought the apparent terrorist bomb-maker in question wa ...more
Whispering Stories
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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MI6 Agent Jude Lyon is called back from a mission which included seducing a Russian Diplomats wife to sort out a problem that shouldn’t have been raising its ugly head all these years later.

Nasruddin al-Raqqah, nicknamed ‘The Engineer’ was captured years ago accused of killing twenty-five British Soldiers in an ambush in Basra. He was sent on a flight from Iraq to Syria with his pregnant wife to be interrogated and most likely killed for his crimes, with
Peter Newman
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Scottish author Simon Conway’s fifth novel looks poised to position him as one of the best authors working in the thriller genre today c

Full confession: I’d heard of Simon Conway but this is the first novel of his that I have read. Frankly, after this, my ignorance shames me and, I mean this sincerely, this piece should propel Conway into the very first rank of thriller writer’s working today.

A world of smoke and mirrors

The Stranger centres on Jude Lyon, an SIS officer, dispatched by his duplic
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Things change quickly in the world of espionage and clandestine operations. Jude Lyon of MI6 remembers the captured terrorist bomb-maker. He watched him being flown off to Syria, back when Syria was 'friendly'. No-one expected him to survive interrogation there. Yet the man is alive and someone has broken him out of jail. Bad news for the former foreign secretary who authorised his rendition. And Jude's boss Queen Bee who knew he wasn't a terrorist at all, but an innocent bystander. Now she call ...more
Susan Hampson
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This is one of my top reads this year.
I have to admit that it is also my first book by the author and what an impression he has left. The story begins with a gift from MI6 in 2006 to the Syrian authorities of a man in their custody that is known as the Engineer and his 7 months pregnant wife. It is said that he is responsible for the deaths of a number of people, including 25 British soldiers. There is no trial or compassion. The man pleads he is innocent but no-one listens. Jude Lyon of MI6 wi
Alan Taylor
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘My name is Nasruddin al-Raqqah.’
'I was kidnapped by the British for a crime I did not commit and they sent me to Damascus. I was questioned and tortured, I spent more than ten years in a tiny cell deep under the ground without sunlight, without speaking. Every day I washed the bodies of those killed by Assad. Thousands of bodies, men and women, I thought I was dead and in hell.'
'But now I am free.’

Ten years ago, MI6 Officer, Jude Lyon witnessed the rendition of The Engineer, a terrorist respons
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had heard so much about this book that I was very pleased to be given the opportunity to review The Stranger from NetGalley. Needless to say it didn’t disappoint and I finished it in 24 hours. The plot revolves around `Jude, who works for MI6 is trying to complete a dangerous mission involving the Russians when he is called back to base. The Engineer is a dangerous terrorist who is credited with the death of 25 so.doers in a plot that was so expertly and callously devised that Jude has never f ...more
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I was lucky enough to be invited to read "The Stranger" by Hodder & Stoughton after having read and reviewed other books from their catalogue in the past. I haven't read anything by Simon Conway despite this being his fifth book and, if I'm honest, I hadn't heard of him before either but he is definitely on my radar now.

This is a complex tail involving terrorists, spies, lies and subterfuge within the murky world of MI6. I admit that it took me a while to get into it but
Margaret Duke-Wyer
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, reviewed
Back in the day MI6’s agent Jude Lyon was part of the operation which captured a terrorist bomb-maker and he witnessed the rendition flight to friendly Syria where he would be ‘questioned’.

Then, years later, when a story is leaked suggesting that the former foreign secretary authorised the rendition Jude is called back to close it all down. Not so easy though, because whispers have it that he wasn’t a terrorist but there is someone out there who poses a threat, not only to the citizens of the UK
Bodo Pfündl
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Day of the Jackal meets I Am Pilgrim

The Stranger has the potential to become a modern classic of the spy thriller genre. Simon Conway creates intriguing characters, who act believable and feel like real human beings as opposed to the paper cutouts of similar works.

The author also clearly knows how to tell a story about the murky, post 9/11 world of espionage. The depicted topics are not only highly relevant for our times but are presented in a thought-provoking, matter-of-fact way that never
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A highly intelligent and entertaining read with lots of depth! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There are lots of plot turns and surprises and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. The characters are also very well developed and like in books like I am Pilgrim you get a lot of insight into the terrorists and their ideologies.

Who is The Stranger? Is he the terrorist everyone makes him out to be? Will Jude be able to catch him?

"The news of him alive is startling, like finding an atomic bomb at the
Cassie Holland
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I started off feeling this was a modern take on the MI6 espionage dilemmas. The plot soon became complicated by lots of details about types of weapons. The various forces working to find a single enemy whilst the bosses are also trying to save their careers seemed very realistic.
So much of Jude’s trip to Scotland was copied from Skyfall and didn’t feel at all original.
I am quite conflicted about how I felt about this novel.

I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley in return for an hone
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First book i read by this author and won't surely be the last.
It's gripping, well written and highly enjoyable. I appreciated the storytelling and the character development.
The, fast paced and action packed, kept me hooked till the last page.
It's strongly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Emilija Jasmontaite
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
only reason why it wasnt 5 stars was because it was hard to read at the start. it was confusing and uninteresting but once it passed the bad start - it got good. my favourite chapters were from the perspective of the stranger and zeina. i enjoyed reading about the development of their relationship. and whenever it was in their perspective it was way more interesting than judes life.
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! First book I've read by Simon Conway, and I'm asking myself why I haven't read a book of his before! Amazing writing and the whole story reflects well researched and thought out storyline Wish I didn't read this so fast and could read it for the first time again! Highly recommended Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for ARC
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Stranger by Simon Conway is his fifth novel.

Its got amazing writing, amazing characters and an amazing story.

Jude Lyons is a M16 agent and he's on an assisignment to find the elusive bomber who killed 25 British soldiers.

It had me gripped from the very first page and I didnt stop until the very last page.

Loved this book!
Jeremy Thompson
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A rip-roaring yarn with great relevance to the terror threat the UK is
constantly under in 2020. Written with great technical knowledge of weaponry and ordnance giving the story a highly authentic and worryingly realistic atmosphere.
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Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it
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Simon Conway is a former British Army officer and international aid worker. With The HALO Trust and later as director of Landmine Action he cleared landmines and unexploded bombs in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
As Co-Chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition he successfully campaigned to achieve an international ban on cluster bombs.In 2014 he returned to The HALO Trust to lead the organisation

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