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An Elephant on Your Nose

MI6-trained former Australian intelligence operative Warren Reed has released his third spy novel, An Elephant on Your Nose, throwing the spotlight on Asia’s emerging influence in global espionage.

British intelligence operative Isabella Di Stefano Butterfield has been dispatched to Tokyo for a very special purpose.

Until recently, Japan seemed immune to the Islamic-inspired terror attacks that swept the world after 9/11. But the 2015 beheading of two Japanese aid workers in Syria changed everything. As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics approach, the race is on to establish a viable, outward-looking Japanese intelligence agency. Bella’s brief is to ensure this spy service is fashioned in the image of MI6.

But before discussions even commence, Japan receives disturbing intelligence about a home-grown terror plot from an unlikely source–China. Bella is thrown headlong into a complex, multinational espionage operation, forcing her to walk a trip-wire of hidden agendas that sorely test her professional and personal loyalties.

‘Warren Reed has a lifetime’s experience in Asia and knows first-hand the world of modern spy craft. He has done readers a favour by putting his knowledge to use in his fiction. This latest novel is brisk-paced and absorbing, while also conveying larger truths about the new power game in Asia. I read it straight through.’–The Atlantic national correspondent Jim Fallows.

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