The Shadow Network

A New Dempsey/Devlin Thriller

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Pub Date 15 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 19 Feb 2024

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‘Tony’s books are always absolute belters’ IAN RANKIN

DEMPSEY AND DEVLIN ARE BACK - AND THERE’S NO ONE THEY CAN TRUST BUT THEMSELVES

Don’t miss Book 5 from criminal barrister and crime author Tony Kent: THE SHADOW NETWORK

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How do you take down an enemy when no one believes they exist? When the lawyers of alleged war criminal Hannibal Strauss are caught up in a terror attack in The Hague, barrister Michael Devlin immediately suspects all is not what it seems. Teaming up once more with Agent Joe Dempsey, they must find who’s behind it all before any more innocent lives are lost.

With their key witness on the run and assassins on their tail, their only lead is a codename: the Monk, a legendary and mysterious foreign agent with a fearsome reputation. But what is his stake in this dangerous game? And just who is part of his shadowy network of spies? Caught in a complicated web of lies, secrets and double agents, there’s no one Dempsey and Devlin can trust but themselves...

So get comfy and settle in for a high-octane ride, with expertly drawn characters, edge-of-your-seat intrigue and action so real that it jumps off the page.

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PRAISE FOR THE SHADOW NETWORK

‘Tony’s books are always absolute belters’ IAN RANKIN

‘What a ride! The very definition of a fast-paced thriller … Tony Kent’s best yet.’ IMRAN MAHMOOD, AUTHOR OF ALL I SAID WAS TRUE

‘I couldn't put it down!’ STEPH BROADRIBB, AUTHOR OF DEATH ON THE BEACH

‘A blistering, bruising and utterly addictive thriller that never misses.’ NEIL BROADFOOT, AUTHOR OF UNMARKED GRAVES


‘Tony’s books are always absolute belters’ IAN RANKIN

DEMPSEY AND DEVLIN ARE BACK - AND THERE’S NO ONE THEY CAN TRUST BUT THEMSELVES

Don’t miss Book 5 from criminal barrister and crime author Tony...


Advance Praise

‘Tony’s books are always absolute belters’ IAN RANKIN

'The latest Dempsey and Devlin offering starts with a literal bang, before continuing apace like the proverbial runaway train, switchbacking between Europe and America, conspiracy and murder, shadowy villains and deftly drawn heroes. A rollicking good thriller.' VASEEM KHAN, AUTHOR OF DEATH OF A LESSER GOD

‘Perfectly plotted, this adrenaline-fueled, action-packed thriller has high stakes and emotional punch in equal measure. I couldn't put it down!’ STEPH BROADRIBB, AUTHOR OF DEATH ON THE BEACH

‘Totally fantastic… Unrelenting tension, nerve-shredding action, and lightening pace. Joe Dempsey is this decade's Jack Bauer.’ NEIL LANCASTER, AUTHOR OF BLOOD RUNS COLD

‘Tony Kent is an outstanding thriller writer. The Shadow Network starts with a bang and draws you into a story with more action-packed twists and turns than a nitro-charged rollercoaster. Kent had me hanging on every word until the very end.’ ADAM HAMDY, AUTHOR OF WHITE FIRE

‘What a ride! The very definition of a fast-paced thriller. Great characters. Bang up to date plotting. Tony Kent’s best yet.’ IMRAN MAHMOOD, AUTHOR OF ALL I SAID WAS TRUE

‘A blistering, bruising and utterly addictive thriller that never misses.’ NEIL BROADFOOT, AUTHOR OF UNMARKED GRAVES

'A thriller of such physicality and pace that you’ll feel bruised after reading The Shadow Network. Another knockout from the British Baldacci.’ PAUL WATERS, AUTHOR OF BLACKWATERTOWN

‘Superb . . . The characters are brilliant, the plotting is top notch, the pacing is great – you find yourself taking a breath and digesting what’s happened but also absolutely not wanting to put it down… this book is really going to get under your skin!’ FIONA SHARP, INDEPENDENT BOOK REVIEWS

‘Jam packed with tension and action from the off, this book had me in its thrall immediately and did not let me go until I read that very last page. A tale of corruption, conspiracy and bloody brilliant misdirection’ JEN LUCAS, JEN MED’S BOOK REVIEWS

‘A pulsating page turner, that will leave you breathless . . . this is an outstanding read, a high-octane thriller which combines all the right elements, plot, character, storytelling, pure action scenes . . . Tony Kent has taken the thriller to another level, I cannot recommend The Shadow Network enough.’ AMWBooks

‘Tony’s books are always absolute belters’ IAN RANKIN

'The latest Dempsey and Devlin offering starts with a literal bang, before continuing apace like the proverbial runaway train, switchbacking...


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PAGES 464

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After the events that took place in No Way To Die, it would be fair to say that Joe Dempsey has earned himself a bit of a break. A few days R&R, feet up, quiet life … that kind of thing. And as he’s visiting London to take his place as Godfather to the twin sons of his best friend, Barrister, Michael Devlin, and his partner, journalist Sarah Truman, that’s exactly what he’s going to get. How much trouble could he possibly get in just doing that? … Well, based on the heart pounding opening to The Shadow Network, and the fact that Tony Kent doesn’t allow his protagonists all that much by way of down time (luckily for us), the answer to that question was always going to be ‘loads’.

To be fair to Dempsey and Devlin, it’s not the christening that is going to put them in harms way, but as news arrives that one of Michael’s friends is caught up in a suspected terrorist incident in The Hague, neither will rest until they have found him and brought him home, whatever his fate. it’s a decision that is going to see both men face one of the biggest fights of their lives, against a foe with all the might, myth and mystery of Keyser Soze. Could Dempsey have finally met his match? How do you defeat a man of legend, someone that no-one knows truly exists?

Well – if you read, The Shadow Network, you will find out. Jam packed with tension and action from the off, this book had me in its thrall immediately and did not let me go until I read that very last page. A tale of corruption, conspiracy and bloody brilliant misdirection, this is a tale which will have Tony Kent fans chuckling with glee. Not for the fate of our favoured protagonists – if you think that Dempsey has been through the ringer before, you ain’t seen nothing yet, trust me. This is a situation that is going to push him, And Michael, to their very limits, and with the very person they are up against being little more than a ghost, it’s a battle that will be very hard to win. But it makes for one heck of a read and had me powering through the pages, long after I should have been heading to bed. Exactly what I want in a book. Great fight scenes, a lot of mystery and a whole host of suspicious characters and people of dubious intent that kept me completely on edge.

I do love the characters in this series. Tony Kent has created two very different people in Joe Dempsey and Michael Devlin, but they compliment each other perfectly. Whilst Michael may not be as skilled as his friend, he can hold his own in the battle stakes, and he has somewhat of a past of his own, which fans of the series will understand. We haven’t seen him in a few stories now, so it was great to be back in his sphere, even if, to a degree, he still played a slightly lesser role than Dempsey. But then again, danger and action are Dempsey’s life, so when it comes to taking down the bad guys, he was always going to play a significant role. And it was really good to see his team on the other side of the Atlantic playing a very key role in the action too. Led by Eden Grace, they are faced with protecting a key figure in the whole plot, without really knowing who it is they would be defending them against. I really like Eden and seeing her in this situation, guided by Dempsey to a degree but ultimately having to use her own intuition and skills to defeat an unknown foe was great to see. As readers we know a trifle more about who we can, or cant ,trust, but not everything.

This book is packed with action, suspense and conspiracy. Drawing on some very recent current affairs and life events, this is one of those books which really does have a strange ring of truth about it. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility, I guess. Would explain a lot as well. There were moments in the book that really made me smile, for reasons I can’t state here, but it certainly resonated. But most of all, I just loved getting lost in the action, that kind of feeling where you find yourself slowly leaning forward in your chair as the action picks up and the tension starts to sky rocket. With this kind of tale, where the bad guy will literally use any means necessary to get what they want, and where weaknesses are expose and exploited, it was so hard to know who trust, and that makes for a really intense read. And I loved it. The ending – surprising, but not. The promise the author has left us with for what may be yet to come … So absolutely perfect. Loaded with threat, leaving me apprehensive but also really excited. I cannot wait. But I will have to I guess. (Boooooo).

God I’ve missed these guys. Most definitely recommended.

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