The Network: A Novel

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Sep 21, 2010 - Fiction - 352 pages
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In this bold novel, Jason Elliot illuminates the dark recesses of the intelligence community during a crucial moment in history: the struggle to avoid a terrorist attack.


In the months before 9/11, former army officer Anthony Taverner is leading a quiet life in the English countryside. But his recruitment for a dangerous mission to Afghanistan by the British Secret Intelligence Service-better known as MI6-shatters his fragile peace and plunges him into the kaleidoscopic world of spying. Under the expert guidance of an old-school hero and veteran of the elite British Special Air Service, Taverner prepares to enter Taliban-controlled Afghanistan to destroy a cache of the CIA 's precious Stinger missiles before they can fall into the hands of al-Qaeda. In Britain and America, the intelligence community is poised for a catastrophe that must be kept secret from the public, one that Taverner must attempt to avert-all without exposing a dangerous secret all his own.


Based on real characters and drawing on the author's extensive firsthand knowledge of Afghanistan, this is a thriller of rare authenticity, providing sustained insight into influences surrounding 9/11 and raising questions about the role of intelligence agencies in historical events deliberately hidden from the public eye.

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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

Part British spy novel, part travelogue...a former spy gets sucked back in to complete an op in pre-9/11 Afghanistan. What a mess everyone has made of that country over the past five centuries. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Jason Elliot is a notable, prize-winning travel writer , whose works include An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph Travel Book Award , and Mirrors of the Unseen: Journeys in Iran. The Network is his first novel.

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