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Nothing good ever comes from a midnight phone call. For washed-up spy Harry Tower, it is the worst news at the worst possible time. His son, Sean, has gone missing in troubled Iran after writing an exposé about government corruption.

Their relationship has never recovered since Harry's wife's suicide, for which Sean holds his father responsible. And Harry, with his career on the verge of disintegration, needs to find him and put things right.

When Harry arrives in Tehran, he finds a city on the cusp of revolution. Foreign powers are jockeying for influence, money and, most importantly, oil. The CIA are conspiring to undermine the government with an impending coup, and there are dark mutterings about opium smuggling. But the reasons for Sean's disappearance may be even more sinister than Harry first suspected.

Before long, he is on the run—not only from a faceless enemy, but from his own past. Which will catch up with him first?

Yesterday's Spy is Tom Bradby at his very best, delivering a cunning espionage novel rich in intrigue and history that will keep you guessing until the final stages.

©2022 Tom Bradby (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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A story and a half - brilliant

Brilliant story, well written, paced and exceptionally well narrator. Definitely recommend it for an exciting read

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Yesterday’s Spy

I loved listening to George Weightman’s calm, soothing voice and I learnt a lot about the history of Iran where part of the novel is set.

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Dissapointing

This started off very well but as it went on it went on and on and was excessively padded out with a poorly disguised history lesson and the cliches fell over themselves. Further there are serious continuity issues. I gave up in the end and could take no more of it. It’s well read….but it is certainly not Le Carre.

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Another cracking read

It's really interesting to read a story set in a region and historical timeframe which is now searingly central to daily life now. Sobering and thought provoking. Recommended.

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A proper gritty spy story

A proper gritty spy thriller that doesn't cross the line into goofy, uses real history, wears it's politics on it sleeves and isn't afraid to go dark

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Disappointing

After the Kate Henderson MI6 books which I loved this was a real disappointment. Too much history lesson mixed with die hard fantasy action. Narration good which kept me listening otherwise I would have sent it back.

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Taut and Twisty Tale

This novel is about an interesting man and his son set in an intriguing time in post WW2 world politics. The characters are credible and the action is really exciting. I'd be interested in what his son did next...

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Absolutely superb - brilliant thrilling espionage

Exciting, realistic, compelling, interesting, knowledgable… I could go on - this book is brilliant.

It’s like taking a trip back in time to 1950s Iran, with superbly absorbing characters.

Highly recommend.

Narrator is also brilliantly unnoticeable, which is what you want from an audiobook.

Loved it.

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Excellent

Great plot set in an interesting part of our history. Characters are really well developed throughout the story. Excellent narration. Would definitely recommend.

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Up there with the best

Superb story beautifully read. I felt I was in Tehran with the characters. Very enjoyable.