Brookes knows modern China, he seemingly knows the British secret service and, most importantly, he knows how to tell a good story. The splendid result is this rich, can't-put-it-down thriller. A terrific read.
Brookes' second novel is a multipronged spy thriller that fires on all cylinders. A smarter or more exciting mystery likely won't be released this year.
Brookes has separated himself from the pack: I've read a lot of very good China books by excellent journalists, but I've never before stayed up far too late on a work night to finish one, unwilling to go to sleep until I knew how it ended
Brookes's expertly orchestrated novel couldn't be more topical . . . exhilaratingly shows how readily the old-school international spy thriller can be retooled for the era of globalisation, the internet and a superpower's emergence
Brookes shows that his impressive debut was no fluke
Adam Brookes is the new Le Carré - without question this is the best modern spy novel I have ever read . . . Read this. It's perfect.
Brookes, a former BBC Beijing correspondent, is on the money with this superb thriller. Fans of Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko novels will love this.
A nuanced and terrifying experience that will occasionally leave the reader's head spinning as they attempt to connect all the dots. Comparisons to John le Carre are inevitable but may be justified . . . he's a natural storyteller, and a thrilling new voice
A perfectly executed spy yarn
Authentic, taut and compelling. Brookes is the real deal
Cements Brookes' reputation as a superb spy novelist and draws comparisons with other espionage heavyweights including John le Carre.
This would make a superb television spy drama. I really didn't want it to end. A terrific heart-thumping spy thriller.
Brookes's riveting and accomplished novel brings to an end his globetrotting trilogy centred on Mangan; hopefully whatever he does next will also be espionage fiction, a genre where Brookes's background as a China correspondent gives him a significant advantage over his peers.
Another bit of top work from a man who's inching further ahead in the spy thriller stakes.
The plot is thick with intrigue and espionage and is as good a spy novel as any you will read.
The final instalment of Brookes' Mangan trilogy secures its status as a classic. (50 Best Books of 2017)
Gripping . . . nail-bitingly tense
In the tradition of Graham Greene, the book is a work of deep moral reckoning and a gripping thriller. That Brookes makes the darkest challenges his spy faces utterly believable is a testament to his skill as a novelist.
Blends a deep understanding of realpolitik with a sophisticated literary sensibility. For once, comparisons to John le Carre are fully warranted.