WHAT WILL BE THE COST OF PROTECTING NATIONAL SECRETS?
Miss Clancy finally confronts her tormentor but in so doing, and mindful of the sad loss of several agents, she decides to leave Horizon. As Toby struggles to stabilise the secretive organisation, he is given help from two unlikely and unexpected sources. One of these is HM Government which, from time to time, engages Horizon to undertake key operations on a covert basis. By such means, the Government can exert influence in key areas while retaining deniability, thus avoiding the consequences of any compromised missions.
A series of straightforward assignments has been completed quickly and successfully by Horizon, thereby allowing the elite force to recruit and rebuild. A similar low-key mission is taken on with undemanding requirements, albeit with the need for participation by the entire team. Just at the point where the organisation expects to be stood down, the true nature of the mission in-hand is revealed; one which hides secrets of vital importance to the nation. Moreover, it transpires that sensitive information has been insufficiently concealed and that powerful forces from countries across the globe are tasked with acquiring the data in question. A desperate struggle comes about; one which leaves human life on all sides firmly subservient to higher priorities.
Having lost his best agent and close friend, Toby is confronted by heart-rending choices in safeguarding national interests while protecting as many as he can.
“She told him that his organisation had offered to take it on. It was far too late for her to implement another strategy and, in an incautious moment, hinted that it would be her political suicide if she did so. She then informed him that his country requested and required of him that he do his duty. He knew the risks beforehand and he knew now precisely what was at stake. It was unfortunate that he faced such an efficient and ruthless foe but this, without doubt, was the environment that he’d chosen to work in, in both good and bad times. Surely she did not need to remind him of what he must do. What applied to him also applied to the rest of his team.”
This is John Behardien’s eighth book and is the third in the Horizon series. Available from bookshops, Kobo eBooks and Duncurin