Beside the Syrian Sea
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Philby had been disappointed by Moscow. Jonas suspected he would feel the same about Raqqa.
Jonas is a spy with a problem. His quiet life spent writing reports for British intelligence is turned upside-down when his father is kidnapped by ISIS, and he soon finds himself dangerously out of his depth in Beirut, struggling to put into action the most audacious plan imaginable. As events hurtle towards a confrontation with the kidnappers, Jonas is forced to decide how far he is willing to go to see his father again.
“A dazzling thriller for our time...gritty and diamond-sharp.” JAMES NAUGHTIE
“This important book...brought home to me the complex and shifting situation in the Middle East and the danger of looking for simple responses or explanations. I loved the character of Jonas - the quiet man pushed by his own guilt into becoming a hero.” ANN CLEAVES, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series.
“James Wolff's Beside the Syrian Sea has two advantages over the average spy story: first the author clearly knows in detail the complex and murky world of Middle Eastern intrigue; and, without detracting from the pace of his story, he deals with questions of faith and conscience pertinent at every level but so often ignored. An intelligent, exciting and wholly convincing novel.” PIERS PAUL READ, author of Alive and The Misogynist.