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Summary

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 Department analyst, has been killed in a terrorist attack in Spain. He also discovers that his young son, Ethan, is missing. But Wes didn’t know he had a son--until now.

Why was Rachel in Spain? And why did she keep his son secret from him?

Granted early release, Wes takes flight across Europe to search for the truth and exact his revenge. But can he catch the spies who betrayed him before they track him down? In order to find the answers and save his son, Wes realises he must confront the dark secrets in his own past--before it’s too late.

©2020 by Kevin Wignall. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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“...One of the spy genre’s most able modern proponents...” (Maxim Jakubowski, reviewer for Crimetime)

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good read

unusual story but interedting. not gripping not my normal genre. not sure if I would buy a follow up

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  • Nanasue
  • 25-06-20

My new favorite author!

First: Thank You Mr. Wignall for writing such an intriguing story and not using any profanity and for displaying that a great story doesn’t need sex to complete or add filler for a story to be told.
Loved the way this played out, the characters were well developed, and I loved how they were expressed.

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  • Wayne
  • 12-02-20

Great plot; great narration!!

THE NAMES OF THE DEAD is a fantastic espionage thriller about a CIA agent named James Wesley, called Wes, and his ex-wife and their son. The protagonist role is shared by a young woman from Croatia named Mia in a partnership of convenience. This is easily the best novel I have read so far this year. The narrator, Michael Braun, is new to me but he is outstanding.

Very, very highly recommended!

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  • N. Male
  • 02-07-20

Wow. It doesn't get much more entertaining.

What a fantastic espionage thriller. And to think it can be written without gratuitous sex or cursing... And to think it may be a stand alone book instead of the start of a lengthy series... The narrator, Michael Braun, does a fabulous job. I couldn't stop listening while pondering why I am liking Wes and Mia but forgiving torturing and shooting; pondering the terms "evil" versus "good"; and realizing every human being has those traits in unequal measure. I highly recommend this read.

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  • Mr. Bill
  • 25-10-20

An excellent performance of an excellent book

This is the first book I've read by Kevin Wignall & Michael Braun. It will not be my last. This is a wonderful, well-written, and well-perform story. It is a very had book to put down. If you like a lot of action and an interesting cast of characters this is the book for you.

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  • S. Marshall
  • 05-06-20

Just okay.

Okay is the best I can say. The story begins with the "hero" in prison. Supposedly a prison for war criminals, but it sounds more like summer camp. Once I got past this point, I enjoyed the story. It was believable and interesting. The narrator was the problem. His tone was very calm and low key, almost mono-tone, which is not good for a story where the hero is being hunted and forced to kill people. I will not buy a book he narrates again.

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  • Ms. Disappointed
  • 31-07-20

great book

l really enjoyed this book. I listen6to it twice and enjoyed just as much the second time as I did the first time.

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  • Ann
  • 12-11-20

EXCELLENT SPY THRILLER

Overall, an excellent audiobook! Loved that I got it free through Kindle Unlimited, but is worth a credit!

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  • Liz
  • 27-06-20

A decent Audible ...

The plot is very good (3-4 stars); the writing is good (3 stars); and the narration is good (3 stars).

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  • ND Roughrider
  • 08-12-20

Kevin Wignall has written another great novel!

The author has written another fantastic novel, full of intrigue and suspense! The narration is superb, bringing the characters to life!

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  • Gman
  • 21-07-20

Very well done

A real life spy story, with realistic humans and circumstances. Very refreshing actually and also very relatable. Maybe a sequel? I hope so!

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