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"You and I," says El-Shafei, "Are going to destroy the Bab al-Hawa."


He's testing me. He doesn't believe I'm a real defector. And if he thinks I'm a fake, then I'm dead.

Thrillers for hackers who love Le Carré and Charles Cumming




Who doxed Ayda Khoury?

Ayda Khoury, Anonymous hacktivist turned NSA officer, must save fellow spy, Ankara Chief of Station Alex Hart, whose doxed identity leads to his kidnapping by a high-profile terrorist.

Ayda's track-and-rescue operation is derailed when the Agency needs a scapegoat for a domestic spying scandal. Doxed by her former Anonymous comrades and facing a Congressional hearing, Ayda is approached by a mysterious intelligence contractor who offers her a chance to salvage her operation, if she:

Stages her own defection, delivers a cache of falsehood-seeded data to the famed terrorist, and get close enough to him to uncover Hart’s whereabouts. If she’s successful, Ayda will earn a full Congressional pardon and protection.  

But in the world of cyber-espionage, everyone has a double agenda, and it appears Ayda's doxing and Hart’s kidnapping are connected. Ayda is unable to trust her former friends, and she’s forced to rely on unlikely allies for survival.

Assisted by an officer of an intelligence service she once worked against, a traumatized terrorist, and a little help from the internet hate machine, can Ayda save herself and Alex Hart? Or will their enemies' plan to scuttle the Iranian nuclear deal take the two of them down with it?

Coming Soon

In 2013, a group of hackers calling themselves the Shadow Brokers stole a collection of National Security Agency secrets and zero day exploits the Agency had been saving for itself. Now, against the background of a new President's ever-shifting intelligence policy, rampant destruction of the community's resources, and setting private contractors to investigate the loyalty of the three-letter agencies, can Ayda and her new service stop a plot to use zero days purchased from the Shadow Brokers to launch a cyberattack on the United States?

The Country Annex

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"The best spy novel set in wartime Syria you will read."

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"Hairpin turns, and curiously satisfying tech-speak. "

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