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"A fascinating, fast-paced spy thriller for the modern age, equal parts techno-wizardry and old-school tradecraft, and featuring a terrorist plot that reads like its been ripped from the headlines, SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL is an exciting first entry in what's already a gripping intelligence saga."
—Owen Laukkanen, New York Times bestselling author of The Professionals
“Hard to put down…the story line succeeds in large part because of the gritty and stylish narrative, the virtually nonstop action…those looking for some top-shelf adrenaline-fueled escapism will be rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly
“Merges the brilliant old school spycraft of Charles Cumming and John le Carré with the technology and contemporary feel of Alex Berenson. The action is fast and furious in this hard-as-nails thriller but what sets it apart is McCauley’s grasp of how modern spy technology finds and tracks its targets. ”
"A fast-moving noir spy thriller...a fun read for fans of classic espionage." —Kirkus Reviews
“(A) fast-paced spy thriller…tautly written, tightly plotted...delivers action and suspense aplenty.”
"Terrence McCauley takes the grand old style of the classic masters of the genre, spits in its eye, then artfully polishes a sharp sheen onto his words with a modern sensibility. But the key to what he does so blisteringly well, is that he never loses respect what makes the classic style great—all the while doing so in a way that makes it wholly his own."
—Todd Robinson, Anthony Award-nominated author of The Hard Bounce
"I’ve always been a big fan of Terrence McCauley’s writing and with SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL he’s hit a home run. It’s thriller I read from cover to cover in one sitting. I look forward more adventures of James Hicks and his supporting cast of unforgettable characters.”
--Jeffrey Siger, Internationally bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Series
"Make damn sure you read Terrence McCauley's SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL! James Hicks is a true hero for our puzzling and confusing times. He's a sinner who's a saint—and the nature of his game is Losers Get Laid to Waste."
--Tim O'Mara, author of the Raymond Donne novels
James Hicks has been a ghost for nearly a quarter century. Except to those rare few Assets who know him as the director of one of the most clandestine intelligence agencies in the world, known simply as The University. Hicks has every weapon and intelligence capability known to man at his disposal. He lives by the motto that Preparation Is Paramount, and he has made a career bending the strongest people in the world to his iron will. Yet he is blindsided when Jason, the smartest and deadliest agent under his command goes rogue. Miraculously surviving an attack on his life, Hicks realizes that Jason is connected to an Asset who has access to some of the deadliest biological weapons ever created, including the Ebola virus, and threatens to unleash them on the American population.
Hicks must use his considerable resources to discover who turned the agent and why before a deadly biological plot is unleashed that could enter the world into a new era of chaos an anarchy.
A fast-paced contemporary thriller that calls to mind classics like The Day of the Jackal, Terrence McCauley has crafted a riveting novel of espionage that will immediately raise him to the forefront of our very best spy novelists.
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
Publication Date: July 6th, 2015
World Rights and audio: Polis Books