Diamond smugglers. A police conspiracy. High tech spies. Assassins intent on derailing Middle East peace talks.
Customs Investigator James Winter must overcome them all if he is to save his career--and his life.Winter, an ex-MI5 operative, battles to clear his name after being wrongly accused of colluding with diamond smugglers. When suspended, he vows to discover how the smugglers repeatedly avoided the traps set by his team. But as his wife undergoes cancer treatment, he finds it hard to balance time at her bedside with action to vindicate himself.
An email from their high tech equipment supplier soon sets Winter on the trail of a Mossad spy whom he discovered is somehow involved. The chase takes him from the windswept Romney Marsh of Southern England to Helsinki and Finland's snowy interior; and rapidly places him in the path of a Syrian assassination squad. Al-Jabib ran a gloved fingertip across the engraved skull and crossbones and felt a tingle of anticipation mix with his nerves. It was really happening; he, Bashar Al-Jabib, was about to initiate the most audacious operation in all Syrian history. He touched the locket that hung around his neck. "Mum and Dad, you'd be proud of me."
In this fast-paced and suspenseful espionage thriller, James Winter stumbles into an international mystery involving Mossad, a Middle East terror plot to destabilize Israel and the global political climate. With the help of a dubious partner, Winter risks his life, but will he be able to stop an international conspiracy and clear his name?
Praise for Eavesdrop "A fast-paced page-turner" The Times of Israel Feb 2015.
"His background in the electronics industry lends authenticity to a tale of industrial espionage... Eavesdrop is the work of a new and welcome talent." San Fransisco book review Mar 2015
About the Author Ian Coates graduated with honors in engineering and has worked in the high tech electronics industry for thirty years, where he specialized in the design of radio communication equipment. His intimate knowledge of that environment has brought a unique authenticity to his writing. His interest in Middle East politics and lifelong love of thriller action suspense books led Mr. Coates to write, but it was being named as one of the winners in the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook centenary novel writing competition that spurred him on to complete his first novel. He wrote this Mossad spy fiction novel largely on planes and in airport lounges as well as in snatched half-hours before starting work each morning. Mr. Coates lives in Warwickshire, England with his wife and daughters and is currently working on a second action thriller, The Rival.