Red Swan

Peter T. Deutermann, 1941-

Book - 2017

Written with the authority of twenty-six years of military and government service at sea and in Washington, P.T. Deutermann's Red Swan is a brilliant, provocative thriller about the contemporary war that no one sees, but which will shape the future of America and China.Set in contemporary Washington D.C., Red Swan begins with an ominous phone call from Carson McGill, the Deputy Director of Operations in the CIA, to retired CIA officer Preston Allender. Henry Wallace is dead. A behind-the-sc...enes operator at the CIA, Wallace was integral to the Agency's secret war against Chinas national intelligence service, which infiltrates government and military offices, major businesses, and systems crucial to our security. Wallace had severely damaged Chinas Washington spy ring with a devastating ruse, a so-called black swan, in which a deep-undercover female agent targeted and destroyed a key Chinese official. Now, Wallace's mysterious death suggests that the CIA itself has been compromised and that China has someone inside the Agency. But as Allender quietly investigates, he makes a shocking discovery that will upend the entire American intelligence apparatus. For Wallace's black swan operation may have been turned against the CIA; a Red Swan is flying and the question is: who is she, what is her target, and where will she land?

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Genres
Thrillers (Fiction)
Spy fiction
Suspense fiction
Spy stories
Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
vii, 294 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250114082
125011408X
Main Author
Peter T. Deutermann, 1941- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Deutermann's latest take on the world of spycraft details the relationship between a newly recruited female operative and her handler, a doctor and retired CIA officer. During their first meeting, as Dr. Preston Allender attempts to determine if Melanie Sloan is right for the mission, she initially refuses to bow to his demands. She soon changes her mind, though, after reassurances that she has been selected for her skills as an agent rather than her suitability, as an attractive woman, to serve as the bait in a honey trap. The focus of the mission is a mysterious Chinese operative called Red Swan, who appears to be causing havoc, though his motives are unclear. The tale unfolds in a somewhat formulaic manner, with the ending predictable, but the interplay between Allender and Sloan sustains interest and leaves the reader hoping to see them again. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Doctor Preston Allender, the distinctive protagonist of Deutermann's fascinating contemporary spy thriller, works for the CIA as a medical consultant at the rank of assistant deputy director. His official job is making sure that those involved in shaping the careers of clandestine operatives be psychologically sound. His most obvious unusual trait is his disturbing, deep-set, golden-amber eyes, an oddity that has earned him the nickname Dragon Eyes, but it's his uncanny ability as an interrogator that fuels the speculation that he can read minds. Allender implements a scheme known as a "black swan" to discredit Maj. Gen. Chiang Liange-fu, the chief of the Ministry of Security Services at the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C., and therefore strike a blow against the Chinese national security agency. The plan works, but the fallout results in Allender being forced out of his job. After agency deputy director Hank Wallace is reported dead, Allender is asked to take over the investigation as a private contractor to liaise with the FBI. Deutermann (The Commodore) spins his tale with such cunning that readers will rush through the pages to find out what happens next. Agent: Nick Ellison, Nick Ellison Agency. (Aug.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When the death of a behind-the-scenes CIA operative reveals that the CIA has been compromised by a Chinese infiltrator, retired CIA officer Preston Allender makes a shocking discovery that upends the entire American intelligence network. By the award-winning author of Pacific Glory.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Written with the authority of twenty-six years of military and government service at sea and in Washington, Red Swan is a brilliant, provocative thriller about the contemporary war that no one sees, but which will shape the future of America and China. Set in contemporary Washington D.C., Red Swan begins with an ominous phone call from Carson McGill, the Deputy Director of Operations in the CIA, to retired CIA officer Preston Allender. Henry Wallace is dead. A behind-the-scenes operator at the CIA, Wallace was integral to the Agency's secret war against China's national intelligence service, which infiltrates government and military offices, major businesses, and systems crucial to our security. Wallace had severely damaged China's Washington spy ring with a devastating ruse, a so-called "black swan," in which a deep-undercover female agent targeted and destroyed a key Chinese official. Now, Wallace's mysterious death suggests that the CIA itself has been compromised and that China has someone inside the Agency. But as Allender quietly investigates, he makes a shocking discovery that will upend the entire American intelligence apparatus. For Wallace's black swan operation may have been turned against the CIA; a Red Swan is flying and the question is: who is she, what is her target, and where will she land?"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Preston Allender is called in to investigate when an agent who was integral to damaging China's spy ring in Washington D.C. mysteriously dies, suggesting that the CIA may be suffering from retaliatory actions by the Chinese.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A dramatic spy thriller about the deadly secret battle between the CIA and China’s own powerful intelligence agency.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Written with the authority of twenty-six years of military and government service at sea and in Washington, P.T. Deutermann's Red Swan is a brilliant, provocative thriller about the contemporary war that no one sees, but which will shape the future of America and China.Set in contemporary Washington D.C., Red Swan begins with an ominous phone call from Carson McGill, the Deputy Director of Operations in the CIA, to retired CIA officer Preston Allender. Henry Wallace is dead. A behind-the-scenes operator at the CIA, Wallace was integral to the Agency’s secret war against China’s national intelligence service, which infiltrates government and military offices, major businesses, and systems crucial to our security. Wallace had severely damaged China’s Washington spy ring with a devastating ruse, a so-called “black swan,” in which a deep-undercover female agent targeted and destroyed a key Chinese official. Now, Wallace’s mysterious death suggests that the CIA itself has been compromised and that China has someone inside the Agency. But as Allender quietly investigates, he makes a shocking discovery that will upend the entire American intelligence apparatus. For Wallace’s black swan operation may have been turned against the CIA; a Red Swan is flying and the question is: who is she, what is her target, and where will she land?