Former MI6 field officer Matthew Dunn’s career include 5 years of significant experiences with highly specialized intelligence units. As a field officer, he recruited, ran and debriefed agents, coordinated and participated in special operations, and acted in deep-cover deployments throughout the world. He operated in hostile envirnoments, where, if caught or captured, he could have been executed. Trained in all aspects of direct action, combat, surveillance and communications, Dunn is able to relate very accurately to details of contemporary espionage, such as organizations or weaponry.
Will Cochrane grew up losing both his parents, which cursed him with memories of loss and death. Despite having had many women throughout his life, Will lives a solitary life. The fear of losing someone again is too much for him. Will is the top agent of MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service. He was given the codename Spartan, a name that can be given to only one, the most fearsome killer, who can start wars and end them, who is the West’s deadliest and most secret weapon.
The CIA and MI6 have both set their eyes upon the Middle East, after obtaining intelligence that Iranian revolutionists, known as the IRGC Qods Force, or Jerusalem Force, have planned a terrorist attack against the West. Will is given the task to identify and hunt down the Qods Force Commander, to find out his plan and to prevent a massacre the likes of which the world has never seen before. They manage to locate a former acquaintance of the Commander, an Arab woman who has been a victom of rape during the war in Bosnia. Will falls in love with Lana but has to keep his mind focused, even when Will’s superiors decide that using Lana as bait to capture the Commander is the only way to stop the attack in time. When Will believes to have found the person responsible for his father’s death, things become even more complicated and Will has to find the balance between right and wrong.
The book is written in a style, so realistic and with such detail, that it paints an authentic picture of today’s secret world, a world where betrayal is so commonly found and trust the most valuable, and a violent death the reward for being outplayed by your enemy. It is easy to read, and allows the writer to step into the world of espionage, without having to do much for it. You feel like you are the one being interrogated, or the one getting shot in the leg. I don’t think I have ever finished a book as fast as I did reading Spartan. And to then realise, that this was Matthew Dunn’s first book. Wow. “A nail-biting, edge of your seat page-turner”, according to novel writer Simon Kernick. And it’s safe to say that we can all agree with him on that one.