An action thriller where the line between the good guys and the bad can be hard to see.
It's 2005 and Jed Walker has just joined the CIA. As a ten-year veteran of Air Force Special Operations, Walker is used to being at the pointy end of things. But normally the front line is much further from home.
Sent to New Orleans on the trail of Russians wanting to claim back what was stolen from them in Afghanistan, it doesn't take long for Walker to realise that in the murky world of espionage, the rules of war do not apply.
Teaming up with a feisty M16 operative, to do what is right for the nation Walker must take steps that will betray The Agency. As Hurricane Katrina hits, to forever change a city, it's clear to Walker that that this is a high-stakes game where the winner takes all, and he must succeed.
From Langley to Louisiana, Washington to Moscow, THE AGENCY moves like a tempest through a treacherous landscape of doublecrosses, false identities, and enemies old and new.
Jed Walker is going to be pushed to the limit - of what he can do, what he can take, and what he knows is right.
'A terse, tense brand of hard-boiled action suspense . . . addictive.' THE AGE
Early in Phelan's fast-paced fifth Jed Walker thriller (after 2017's Dark Heart), set in 2005, Afghanistan War veteran Walker is tapped to travel to New Orleans on a covert mission after completing his rigorous training with the CIA's Special Activities Division in Virginia. In a New Orleans bar, where Walker is supposed to exchange code phrases with a male contact, an attractive woman, Steph Mensch, warns him that his cover has been blown and that a guy, newly arrived at the bar, is going to kill him. Walker takes out the killer in the bar's restroom before going on the run with Steph, who reveals she's a British intelligence agent. The pair end up trying to track down a secret weapon that some Russians are looking to buy for "hundreds of millions of dollars" while evading attacks from a Blackwater-like private security firm, just as Hurricane Katrina is about to devastate the city. Walker almost single-handedly vanquishes a series of bad guys en route to the triumphant ending. This outing will appeal mainly to action junkies untroubled by uneven prose and paper-thin characters.