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Sleeper: the Red Storm
1943. Sleeper spy, Will Starling, has been drafted into the SOE, joining forces with the French Resistance in the fight against the Nazis; but Will’s memory is fractured and only occasional flashbacks reveal fragments of his past. Despite this, he has not forgotten his pledge to find and rescue his sister, Rose - if she is still alive. When his mission in France is compromised, Will suspects he’s been betrayed.
Back in London he hears that VIPER are in league with the Axis powers and are developing a new and deadly weapon. As he and MI5 agent Anna Wilder set out to destroy it, their every move is anticipated by their enemies. Who is the mole in the British Secret Service? As they close in on VIPER’s Swiss headquarters it seems no one can be trusted. Are Will and Anna able to prevent the unleashing of the Red Storm that will bring mass destruction on a scale even the Nazis haven’t dreamt of?
While Will tries to save the world, Rose has become the key to VIPER’s future plans and is drugged to dull her kinetic powers.
But Rose faces danger from an unexpected enemy and her time is running out.
Longlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2019, for Best Novel Published
"Sleeper: The Red Storm is thunderously good. Packed with action that leaps off the page, compelling characters and twists and turns galore, The Red Storm is a cracking read. JD Fennell has created a gripping world of espionage, thrills and mysticism that is guaranteed to entertain. Highly recommend."
Adam Hamdy, author of the Pendulum series
"A stunning action and espionage thriller set during WW2 - Sleeper: The Red Storm seamlessly blends real events with fiction. It is unputdownable.”
MW Craven, author of The Puppet Show
"Thrilling and compulsive, The Red Storm is an all-action adventure that grips from page one and doesn't let go."
Brian McGilloway, author of Little Girl Lost
"Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. A fantastic thrill ride."
Chris McGeorge, author of Guess Who
"JD Fennell is truly the rising star of action thriller authors."
Ragnar Jonasson, author of The Darkness
"A dark and entertaining spy thriller. Fennell juggles many elements including spycraft, family secrets, supervillains, even the supernatural, all whipped together at a breakneck pace."
Peter Swanson, author of The Kind Worth Killing
"A thrilling World War 2 espionage thriller set in a parallel history where hero Will Starling battles the mysterious VIPER organisation to save the world. Fantasy and reality mix for a high octane adventure!"
William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier
"WW2 thriller Red Storm is a splendid read by a new author that is sure to become a fixture on bookshelves. Red Storm sets forth a great and variable character gallery and the author takes no prisoners when setting up the tension and thrills that keep these characters on their toes. Had me reading long in to the night."
Yrsa Sigurdardottir, author of The Legacy (Freyja and Huldar Series)
"... a high-octane rollercoaster of a novel in which the action barely pauses for breath and reality frequently melts into fantasy and back again. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended – bring on the final instalment!"
Lizzie Sirett, Mystery People