The ex-MI6 agent is on the run as he uncovers a deadly conspiracy reaching back to the days of Cold War espionage in this acclaimed thriller series.
Former MI6 agent Paul Samson is shadowing a young woman around London for a private security company. Though the brilliant Zoe Freemantle is intriguing, the work is a bit dull—until Samson is almost killed by a thuggish assassin. When other people connected to Paul come under attack, including legendary spy Robert Harland and billionaire Denis Hisami, Paul escapes to Estonia to make sense of the mysterious threat.
Paul knows there’s a target on his back. The only question is whose finger is on the trigger. Together with Denis’s wife Anastasia, Paul picks up the trail of a former Stasi agent whose network of assets go deep into the US and UK governments. Now, Paul and Anastasia must expose the spymaster before any more people are killed or agencies compromised.
An astonishing and timely thriller examining the penetration of Russian assets into all levels of western life, The Old Enemy is a complex, breathtaking race against time from “one of our most accomplished thriller writers” (Financial Times).
In Porter's complex conclusion to his Paul Samson trilogy (after 2019's White Hot Silence), former MI6 agent Samson's private security job watching data whiz Zoe Freemantle as she tries to penetrate the workings of the sinister social media behemoth GreenState gets unexpectedly violent, and the long strings of his past entanglements with the Greek beauty Anastasia Hisami and her husband, Kurdish guerilla fighter turned billionaire philanthropist Denis Hisami, tighten in a fast-paced series of physical attacks. Samson quickly grasps he's still the target of a revenge plot directed by shadowy Russian operative and criminal Anatoly Stepurin. As Samson tries to figure out whether he's predator or prey, he gets warnings from his old colleagues and heavy-handed interventions from CIA agents with puzzling motives. The many action sequences substitute in effect for character development, and a surfeit of expository passages detail what happened in the first two books in order to bring newcomers up to speed. This elaborate wrap-up is for series fans already invested in Samson and company. \n