“A crackling fuse-wire of a book... Possibly the definitive espionage thriller of the early 21st century”
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Crime Readers' Association
Crime & Thriller Pick of the Month
NEW SPIES. NEW RULES. MI6 cyber-analyst Brigitte Sharp has spent three years deskbound and in therapy, traumatised after her very first field op went badly wrong and caused the death of a fellow officer. Despite her boss' encouragement, Bridge isn't ready to go back in the field...
...Until her best friend is murdered, seemingly in connection to a series of strange internet posts. Bridge is forced to go undercover inside a top secret military project to root out a mole — who may also be her friend's killer.
But the truth behind the Exphoria code is worse than anyone imagined, and soon Bridge is on the run, desperate and alone, as a terrorist plot unfolds and threatens everything she has left to live for.
“Johnston is a talent to look out for and this, his latest entry into the world of espionage, is a treat”
“A fresh voice in spy thriller writing... An engaging character, top flight technological expertise made easy for the reader, fast action and a web of intrigue make this a propulsive read”
“A fast-paced and cleverly constructed story that uses many of the familiar spy-novel tropes but does so in exciting new ways... A rousing success”
“Thrilling action scenes keep the pages turning”
“Tense interrogations, edge-of-your-seat chases and action-packed fights... Readers will thrill to the chase”
“Could help to redefine the espionage thriller as a literary genre... In Brigitte Sharp he has created the perfect, if reluctant, spy for this troubled modern age”
“A fast-paced read that gets the adrenalin surging... will keep you reading long into the night”
“Forget about Lisbeth Salander, here comes Brigitte Sharp. A pacey spy thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Unputdownable!”
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Crime Readers' Association
BRIDGE IS BACK. And this time she's battling a series of hacks and ransomware attacks masterminded by a hacker known only as 'Tempus', who targets politicians and government officials with impunity. Realising this campaign is linked to a cyber-attack on the London G20 summit, Bridge is drawn into the dark-web world of cryptocurrencies, Russian hackers and an African rebel militia.
In another compelling cyber-thriller from the creator of Atomic Blonde, Bridge races against time to prevent a disaster that could alter the balance of global power forever.
“Absolutely awesome — one of the best techno-thrillers I've read for a very long time. Bridge is a wonderfully painted character”
“Johnston makes the world of 'runtime executables' and 'rootkits' thrilling — no mean feat — while also featuring car chases and old-fashioned mole-hunts”
“A breathless cat and mouse dance of shadowy operatives with mixed loyalties set against an evocative European background... delivers countless thrills and suspensions of the heartbeat”
“The perfect spy thriller for our time, with none of the baggage of Bond”
“Johnston is adept at both the action sequences and the character development, and the murky geopolitics ring true... Another strong case for Bridge”
“Once again, Johnston shows his casual mastery of the thriller idiom”
“Opens with a bang and doesn't let up. It's contemporary, lightning-paced and in the very top tier of spy fiction. Highly recommended”
ONLINE HATE BECOMES REAL. When a renegade British officer steals plans for a high-tech weapon that could plunge whole cities into darkness, elite MI6 hacker Brigitte Sharp is sent to get them back. But her mission goes badly wrong. Meanwhile a 'deepfake' video of a senior US politician calling for race war in Europe sends a flood of Americans to join neofascist militias on the continent. The Russians nurse a ruthless grudge against a fugitive whistleblower. And in the wings, the Chinese flex their muscles. Everything seems connected... but how?
In her toughest challenge yet, Bridge ventures undercover into the heart of the mysterious Patrios network. Her task? To make sense of the growing chaos before darkness and bloodshed engulf Europe. If a powerful enemy doesn’t get her first...
“With a memorably grisly opening scene, Johnston plunges cyber-spy Brigitte Sharp into another save-the-world scenario... A deftly-plotted fix for spy thriller junkies”
The Exphoria Code, The Tempus Project, The Patrios Network, Brigitte Sharp, and all related characters © Antony Johnston.