Ten years ago, Thomas Paxton was sent by Revolutionary France to infiltrate the British Intelligence Service. Now his sense of honor brings him back to London to confess. But instead of facing the gallows, he is given one last impossible assignment to prove his loyalty. Lovely, lying former French spy Camille Leyland is dragged from obscurity by threats and blackmail. Dusting off her spy skills, she sets out to track down a ruthless French fanatic and rescue the innocent victim he’s holding, only to find an old colleague already on the case – Pax. Old friendship turns to new love, and as Pax and Camille’s dark secrets loom up from the past, Pax is left with a choice – go rogue from the Service or lose Camille forever.
Rating: B+ for narration, A for content
A new book from Joanna Bourne is a Special Event on my calendar. Rogue Spy was one of my most highly anticipated new titles of last year; I’d been desperate for Pax’s story ever since listening to The Black Hawk, and I’m delighted to say that it’s every bit as good as I’d hoped
Thomas Paxton has been a regular secondary character in the other books in this series – serious, unostentatious and deadly – forming, as Ms Bourne points out in this book, the third point of a close-knit triangle of men working for British Intelligence, the other two being William Doyle and Adrian Hawker.
Pax arrived at the HQ of British Intelligence Service ten years prior to the events in Rogue Spy, introducing himself as the son of a deceased British agent. He’s worked his way up to become one of the Service’s most valuable agents and a lethal assassin; but we learned during the events of The Black Hawk that Pax is, in fact a Caché, one of a group of orphaned and abandoned children who were taken in by the French Police Secrète and trained as spies, ruthless killers and then placed with families in positions of power or influence in England.
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