The Handler (Hardcover)
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A disgraced former CIA operative must go back in the field with only his ex-wife as his handler in this electrifying thriller from a former intelligence officer.
Meredith Morris-Dale is a CIA case officer and a damn good one...even if this last mission did go terribly wrong. Now she has been summoned back to Langley where she expects to be fired. Instead, she is met by the Deputy Director with stunning news.
A single well-placed CIA mole in Iran’s uranium enrichment program has kept the terrorist nation from building a bomb by sabotaging the performance of their covert centrifuge arrays. But after losing his daughter in an airliner shootdown, the mole wants out—leaving the world on the brink. His one demand: a reunion with the only handler he ever trusted, John Dale—Meredith's disgraced, fired, wayward ex-husband. As Meredith and John struggle through their fraught relationship, a craven CIA political hierarchy, Russian interference, and the rogue spy’s manipulation, they must reach deep within their shared connection to maintain, recover, or kill the asset.
About the Author
M. P. Woodward is a veteran of both US intelligence ops and the entertainment industry. As a naval intelligence officer with the US Pacific Command, he scripted scenario moves and countermoves for US war game exercises in the Middle East. In multiple deployments to the Persian Gulf and Far East, he worked alongside US Special Forces, CIA, and NSA. Today, Woodward runs international distribution marketing for Amazon Prime Video, having launched Amazon’s original video content in more than forty countries through more than one hundred cable, wireless, and broadband partnerships. He collaborates closely with content creators and distributors in driving viewer awareness and engagement. He is currently developing the international distribution strategy for the upcoming serial adaptation of The Lord of The Rings.
"A brilliant thriller...This is one you don't want to miss."
—Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Gray Man series
"In this immersive, action-packed thriller we follow Senior CIA officer Meredith Morris-Dale as she is forced to recruit her former colleague and ex-husband, to run an asset for in a case with enormous stakes. Woodward does everything right: he creates complicated and compelling characters—the beating heart of all great spy novels—and puts them in a gripping and authentic narrative that will have you hooked right to the last page."
—Carlton Cuse, co-creator of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan and writer/showrunner of Lost.
"A spectacular tale, brimming with intrigue, suspense, and richly-drawn characters. Fantastic storytelling."
—Marc Cameron, New York Times bestselling author of Tom Clancy Chain of Command
"The Handler is the finest kind of story—a tale that knocks the breath from your lungs and leaves you screaming for more. Simply the best debut I’ve read in years."
—Don Bentley, New York Times bestselling author of Tom Clancy Target Acquired and the Matt Drake series.
"Packed with twists, turns, and jaw-dropping surprises, The Handler is a smart, expertly-crafted, electrifying debut that's not to be missed."
—The Real Book Spy