The Syndicate Spy
A Juliet Arroway Novel
by Brittany Butler
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Pub Date 21 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 31 Mar 2023
Sacrifices must be made; battles will be lost. It is always this way in a quest for change.”
The future: Earth’s oil reserves are depleted. Nations race against terrorists for control over alternative energy sources, and the Syndicate—a conglomerate of allied intelligence agencies—must put an end to the global energy war. Syndicate spy Juliet Arroway and her best friend, Mariam, a Saudi princess, are tasked to hunt down energy terrorists. When the Syndicate begins to suspect that Mariam’s family is somehow involved, tensions build and the carnage multiplies. Juliet’s long-time boyfriend, Jean-Marc, is targeted and killed. In her quest to seek revenge and end the war, Juliet is paired with Graham—a dashing, yet arrogant FBI agent with whom she ultimately falls madly in love—to infiltrate Mariam’s family to prevent further attacks. When peace means a stunning betrayal, Juliet must decide if her mission is worth risking her own life as well as the lives of those she loves.
"Breathtaking and inspiring. Rarely do I see two women portrayed as the protagonist in spy novels and Butler does a superb job of developing Juliet and Mariam into the heroines that they are. Uniquely qualified to bring realistic details, Butler masterfully mixes tradecraft with the backdrop of the Middle East, making the reader feel as if they are in the middle of the action. The Syndicate Spy is a brilliant first novel and I cannot wait to see more."
— Tracey Walder, former CIA operative, FBI agent, and author of The Unexpected Spy
“Realistic details, based on the author’s own experiences as a spy, propel this powerful story of Juliet’s quest to find and neutralize the terrorist responsible for her father’s death and too many others. Memorable characters, twists and turns, and international settings keep you racing to the shocking conclusion. It’s a gripping story with an empowering message. Juliet is a badass!”
— Kaira Rouda, USA Today and Amazon bestselling author
"The Syndicate Spy is the female-forward spy thriller that we’ve been waiting for! With exciting, new storylines and protagonists updated to fit modern political challenges and dilemmas, Brittany Butler is uniquely qualified to spin a gripping plot about spies, targeting, and secret operations."
—Michele Rigby Assad, former CIA operative and author of Breaking Cover
"A fascinating tale of two female spies and their harrowing journey to accomplish a seemingly impossible mission. Filled with great attention to detail and captivating characters, Brittany Butler has crafted a brilliant homage to the courage and bravery of women in the proverbial 'man's world.’"
—Fawcett Clayton, author of Somewhere Above It All
"... I am familiar with the challenges of creating believable characters and an exciting plot. Butler has flawlessly executed both of those aspects with Juliet Arroway's heart-pounding mission."
— Robbie Bach, former Chief XBox Officer, Microsoft and author of The Wilkes Insurrection
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I really enjoyed this spy novel, I loved the use of female spies and they felt like a real spy. The plot was what I was hoping for and I was invested in what was happening. The characters were interesting and I can't wait to read more from Brittany Butler.
“He used to be in the Syndicate,” Juliet continued, trying not to look at him too directly in the eye as he swaggered toward them. “I guess he may have had a source burned at some point”—she continued ina muffled voice—“which might be why he resigned.”
For one thing, this dystopian time that Brittany Butler has created for The Syndicate Spy is excruciatingly believable, and it frankly freaked me out and set the mood for reading this thriller attention grabber.
The Syndicate is a conglomerate of intelligence agencies, trying to catch this evasive terrorist who came short of risking the lives of his own children in order to get away from Juliet and Mariam, two Syndicate spies. Mariam, a progressive Saudi princess was recruited by Juliet, so their bond is strong, they are tough with sharp instincts that have kept them alive.
With the Earth’s oil depleted, everyone is on a search for an alternative energy source. The Syndicate Spy, Juliet has faced many losses in this war. Meanwhile, as she seeks out revenge, she also has to face the chance that Mariam’s family is somehow involved with the terrorist. With the help of the FBI and ex-syndicate spy, Graham, they embark on deadly missions to uncover the truth.
Juliet and Graham, race in a journey to make public an alternative energy source formula. The idea is that once the formula is free, takes away the power of the terrorist. This way the war would end. In all of this turmoil, Juliet struggles with her feelings. Having built walls to protect her heart. Focused on avenging the loss of her father and fiance. Falling in love with Graham was an unexpected but welcomed surprise.
Will she allow herself to love Graham knowing the dangers they face?
Is Juliet able to get to Mariam?
Can war end?
No spoilers given
This is an interesting story that feels like mad max meets Jack Ryan. An intense thriller that is definitely written from someone with an intelligence background. The author does a great job of writing from an Intel background while still explaining the concepts to people that don't share that background.