Wolstencroft, David. Contact Zero. Dutton. Sept 2005. c. 400p. ISBN 0-525-94902-X. Fiction.

A recent intake class of Security Intelligence Service agents assigned to the same project has been cut loose by MI6 under the accusation of treason. Their covers blown, at least six of the ten are quickly murdered; three of the survivors band together in an attempt to track down Contact Zero, a rumored person or organization that is said to shelter agents who have nowhere else to turn. Unsure of whom to trust and with their lives increasingly at risk, the three young agents unlock a series of clues, penetrating layer after layer of secrecy. As they move ever closer to Contact Zero, they must deal with not only the possibility that one of them may be a traitor to their cause, but also that their own service is sacrificing them as pawns in a gambit whose goal is unknown to them. Wolstencroft (Good News, Bad News), creater of the BBC spy drama MI-5, does a fine job of weaving arcane bits of tradecraft, intriguing back stories, and introspective moments into the novel’s action-packed sequences. Numerous elements, many unexpected, dovetail into a satisfying conclusion. Recommended for most popular fiction collections.

LJ, vol. 130, no. 14 (September 1, 2005), 136.


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