Featured: Absent Friends by Duncan Swindells
Review: “Loved the plot, the character development, all the twists and turns, and the engaging writing style.”
When all your friends have gone, who can you really trust?
Istanbul on the eve of the millennium and a pair of British spies are sent to rendezvous with the most valuable asset out of the East since the Second World War.
But when a dismembered corpse washes up on the banks of the Bosphorus and one of Britain’s finest young agents defects, heads must roll.
Twenty years on and with the events of that night long forgotten, Scott Hunter is suddenly ordered to Hong Kong to find an American journalist and track down a traitor believed by many to be dead.
All he knows is that Landslide is the key to everything.
Absent Friends is the sequel to Birth of a Spy and the second book in the Scott Hunter Series. In his first assignment for the mysterious “service” Scott Hunter travels the world in this high-paced thriller laced with espionage and intrigue.
Meet Duncan Swindells:
Born in 1969 and a fifth-generation classical musician, I studied clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music before pursuing a successful career freelancing in London.
In 2002 I took up my current position as Principal Bass Clarinet with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. I live in a small village outside Stirling with my wife, two sons, and a pair of black and white cats.
Birth of a Spy, my debut novel is currently available on Amazon where it receives almost unanimous 5-star reviews. Readers have said; “a modern take on the classic spy novel,” “crying out for a sequel,” “gripping page-turner,” “fast paced thriller,” with one reader even likening it to a John le Carré.
I have been interviewed about the book for BBC Radio, and Keith Bruce at The Herald wrote a double-page spread in the paper’s Arts Supplement. Birth of a Spy is the first in a series, with the sequel Absent Friends is set in London, Istanbul, Moscow, Hong Kong and Caithness with Scott Hunter embarking on his first assignment.
Review by Zoe Lees:
I really enjoyed Birth of a Spy and was excited when the sequel, Absent Friends, came out.
Absolutely loved it.
Loved the plot, the character development, all the twists and turns, and the engaging writing style.
Note to the author: I had to put my life on hold once I started reading your book as I couldn’t put it down!
Please put your life on hold and hurry up and finish writing the next book in the Scott Hunter Spy Series!
Please click HERE to find Absent Friends on Amazon.