The Names of the Dead

The Names of the Dead

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They locked him up. Now he’s out—for revenge.

Former CIA officer James ‘Wes’ Wesley paid the ultimate price for his patriotism when he was locked up in a French jail for an anti-terror operation gone wrong—abandoned by the Agency he served, shunned by his colleagues and friends, cut off from his family.

Now he is shattered by the news that his ex-wife, Rachel, a State Department analyst, has been killed in a terrorist attack in Spain. He also discovers that his young son, Ethan, is missing. But Wes didn’t know he had a son—until now.

Why was Rachel in Spain? And why did she keep his son secret from him?

Granted early release, Wes takes flight across Europe to search for the truth and exact his revenge. But can he catch the spies who betrayed him before they track him down? In order to find the answers and save his son, Wes realises he must confront the dark secrets in his own past—before it’s too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781799726876
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 02/01/2020
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Kevin Wignall is a British writer, born in Brussels in 1967. He spent many years as an army child in different parts of Europe and went on to study politics and international relations at Lancaster University. He became a full-time writer after the publication of his first book, People Die (2001). His other novels are Among the Dead (2002); Who is Conrad Hirst? (2007), shortlisted for the Edgar Award and the Barry Award; Dark Flag (2010); The Hunter’s Prayer (2015, originally titled For the Dogs in the USA), which was made into a film directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush; A Death in Sweden (2016); The Traitor’s Story (2016); and A Fragile Thing (2017); and To Die in Vienna (2018).

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The Names of the Dead 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
tradeoff 15 days ago
Abandoned by his CIA colleagues when an anti-terrorism operation conducted in the country of an ally, Wes Wesley serves out his sentence in a French jail, wondering why even his wife seems to have forgotten about him. But once released, he learns that Sara, a State Department intelligence agent, is dead, caught in a the crossover of a violent street crime while sipping a coffee at an outdoor cafe in a small European village far from her assignment in Germany. And when he learns that her child - their child, he realizes, doing the math and understanding that she must have been pregnant when he last saw her - he sets out and crisscrossed the continent searching for his son, whose disappearance is as mysterious as the place and circumstances of his mother's death, which looks less and less than the accident of being in the Wrong place at the wrong time and more like a targeted kill. His old contacts are no help - in fact, the harder he tries to get to the bottom of Sara's murder and find his son, the more certain he becomes that he's placed himself in the crosshairs of her killers...And they may be the men he once trusted with his own life. Kevin With all is an under-appreciated thriller writer whose novels of espionage are marked by intricate but believable plots, multidimensional characters, and expert pacing. For readers who haven't discovered him yet, his latest will be a happy introduction to his extensive backlist.
JFArteche 16 days ago
Book Review: The Names of the Dead by Kevin Wignall (Published by Thomas & Mercer) 4.5 Stars With a writing style so fluid and easy to speed-read, the author specializes in compartmentalized dust-ups, down-to-earth spy stories; no heads of state threatened, no nuclear devices defused, no major paradigm shifts in the singularity - and yet quite creative. The protagonists in his stories are flawed, shall have paid some, and are out to set things right. Which are precisely what make them compelling and easy to empathize with. James ‘Wes’ Wesley in "The Names of the Dead", could easily be Dan Hendricks in "A Death in Sweden" (my favorite of the author's books thus far) or Finn Harrington in "The Traitor's Story". Where are Slobodan Milošević, Radovan Karadžić and former Liberian president Charles Taylor, inter-alia, imprisoned? The author creates a yard for the stateless and for war criminals, presumably a version of the ICC detention center. James Wesley, ex-agent disowned by the CIA and his country, finds himself in a remote French countryside alongside some interesting characters of various deeds and misdeeds. It is a relatively benign setting for criminals against humanity. Was this a version of honor among thieves? There is a heavy sense of atonement. And a deep desire for retribution by the betrayed CIA spy. Outside the prison walls, former comrades and bosses working on the wrong side of freedom, who'd set him up as the patsy in Southern Turkey, are out to silence him - permanently. In the meantime, a bomb sets off in Spain where his wife is killed. One person survives. And then he finds out he's a dad. A down-to-earth spy, that paternal human instinct. What more does he have left to live for? The question is, does he get to be reunited with his hitherto unknown son, little Ethan. And as for his dark secrets..., Wes begs for a sequel! Review based on an Advance Reading Copy from Thomas & Mercer through NetGalley.
ZR1000 19 days ago
With a death comes a second chance… As an officer for the CIA James Wesley understood the gray areas between right and wrong. Decisions made could lead to collateral damage and friendly fire where it was not welcome. Success of planned missions depended upon the value of the intelligence received and the possibility of it being incorrect existed. Yet Wes never expected that someone in his own team would set him up on purpose and non-targeted individuals died as a result of the wrong information he was given. For three years he’s been imprisoned in France with other political criminals. His agency abandoned him; his wife divorced him. Learning of the recent death of his ex-wife, Rachel, in Spain from a suicide bombing in a public area and that his son is missing, a son he never knew he had, Wes is granted early release. Rightfully believing his death warrant had been signed he barely escapes the agency’s assassination attempt and begins a journey to discover what really happened to Rachel and where is his son. Wes learns many things along the way including perspectives he’d never considered about himself. He receives guidance from Patrice, a prisoner he called a friend in the form of underlined Bible passages that were oftentimes appropriate and made him ponder. His companion is the daughter of a political prisoner who had recently died in the prison he’d left. Mia’s a young woman with a unique outlook on life and surprising tolerance for the life a man like Wes has led but then her father was a general who taught her to survive in a dangerous world. The dynamics between these two were quite interesting. This is a story of international intrigue and personal growth, this author humanized a spy who’d done questionable things in his career under the guise of patriotism yet managed to find a woman to marry, and he knew that losing her was in her best interests after his downfall. But did she ever lose faith in him? Wes sought the answers to many questions even ones he didn’t know needed answering. Wes’ humanity showed in the search for those answers and how he handled things with Mia’s presence and passive influence. He wasn’t the same man who first went into that French prison or the same man who left it, his eyes were opened. This story had great descriptions of the places visited and intriguing supporting characters, I very much enjoyed this story, was quickly immersed into the storyline and invested in Wes’s outcome, I would love there to be a sequel. An advanced reading copy was obtained from the publisher via NetGalley.
RicohReads 20 days ago
Here is an author everyone should read if they like the modern spy genre. I was therefore delighted when I got the chance to read this Advanced Reader’s Copy, ARC and of course, naturally pumped, to share my review. I never start a book assuming it will be a page turner; a can’t put down enchanting escape or a must read, based purely on the writer. However, with authors you have previously enjoyed, you pick up the book with anticipation and a knowing sense of reader’s joy. That is, the sense that the book is going to be a treat and a pleasure to read. I was not disappointed. I never got lost along the way and with each passing page it was like spending time with a special friend. Wignall applies great insight into the grey areas of agents, spies we used to call them, but those operatives that carry out dark policies in foreign lands which a state can distance themselves from and deny involvement in. Wes is languishing in prison as a result of a friendly fire incident, consequently he has been disavowed by his government and deemed a rogue operative who exceeded his mandate and deserves his punishment. Meanwhile in Spain a terrorist attack has left a number of tourists and local people dead. Wes has no idea that this event, seemingly unconnected to him will change his life and offer a chance to redeem himself, even clear his name. The author layers his novels so well; little is wasted in the telling of the story, all actions and motives are usually clear and understandable. I like this trust in his readers and it makes a more simple but richer story. It is a novel about finding yourself; listening and accepting what others think about you. A clear action thriller that takes Wes across Europe in his search for the truth and justice. The idiosyncrasies of one of the characters is so wonderfully written, the book is worth reading for all of their interactions alone. However, it is a must read simply because is is that good. Buyer beware for new readers to this author you have just discovered a gem there are so many other stories in print to source and purchase. All of which I equally recommend. I almost envy the journey of discovery that awaits you.
ShelleyWalton_123 20 days ago
Wes finds himself imprisoned in France after a military operation goes terribly wrong and results in the death of civilians. His wife, Rachel, divorced him and he has resigned himself to prison life, made bearable by his friends like Patrice. While he is imprisoned a terrorist attack takes place in Spain and Rachel is among the casualties, Wes then discovers that he has a son who is missing. A strange early release is arranged for Wes and his paranoia as to the motive proves to be warranted. Assistance comes from an unexpected quarter in the form of Mia, whose father, the war criminal General Pavic, died in prison. Mia is an enigmatic character, who appears to have little grasp of social interaction. They set off to find Wes's son and uncover who supplied the misinformation that landed him in prison. It may not appear very different from other novels with this plot, I did however really enjoy the cast of characters, the story flowed well and kept my attention. Thank you to #Netgalley and #AmazonPublishing for the ARC of #TheNamesOfTheDead in exchange for my honest review.
72BRUIN 22 days ago
While the plot of the story is very good, where this book excels is in the the research done to create an amazing worldwide setting and a protagonist who feels real with hurts, successes, doubts, joys, and growth. If you’re looking for an action thriller with a strong storyline and believable characters, look no farther.