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Product Details

  • Series: Jake Conlan (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312609329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312609320
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Ian Fleming gave us James Bond. Robert Ludlum gave us Jason Bourne. Now authors Wayne Simmons and Mark Graham give us a novel with an unapologetically pro-American master of espionage, Jake Conlan. Not since Tom Clancy created Jack Ryan has a U.S. audience had such a compelling spy to root for.”
The Washington Times

“This book truly is AWESOME! Vince Flynn, John le Carré, and Tom Clancy best move to the side because the world just received a gift from a man who has ‘been there and done that.’”
Examiner

“A special operation to infiltrate Iran’s main nuclear facility at Natanz brings 25-year CIA vet Jake Conlan out of retirement in this timely thriller from former intelligence professional Simmons and coauthor Graham (The Fire Theft). After traveling undercover through Europe, Conlan parachutes into the countryside outside Tehran, and begins making contact with opposition leaders—and one old romantic flame—who help him reach the underground bomb factory. Once there, Conlan makes a code red discovery: the Iranians not only have 21 long-range nuclear missiles but they’re set to launch in three days at targets in Israel and several major European cities. Throughout, Graham’s prose and plotting matches his hero’s ways—brisk and no-nonsense—and Simmons’s contribution pays off in credible detail. Of particular note are the fine descriptions of Tehran and its people.”
Publishers Weekly

“In Simmons’ and Graham’s (The Missing Sixth, 2011, etc.) spy thriller, Jake Conlan is called back undercover. 
Conlan’s past 50, but he’s no less lethal when set to task by his mentor, the mysterious Mr. Elliot. Word is Iran finally has the bomb and means of delivery, and Jake’s sent to stop The Twelvers, the messianic Shiite group in power, from using it. After a clandestine SR-71 flight to Paris, Jake is first tasked to clean up a minor mess. A drug dealer has his hooks in a weak-kneed U.S. senator serving on an intelligence committee. Jake plugs that leak with a Mauser pistol. Complications arise when it develops that the dealer had connections with Mujahedim-e Kahlq, an Iranian opposition group financing operations with edge-of-legal activities. Post-Paris action moves to Antwerp for a cinematic chase scene, then to Turkey, where a security breach means someone is an Iranian agent. Undercover ops like Jake need a plethora of tech tools to foil the evildoers plus help from a stalwart general back in D.C. Need to HALO jump (high altitude, low opening) into Iran? The U.S. Air Force routes a black-ops-modified C-17 to a remote airstrip in Turkey. Conlan’s primary weapon, however, seems to be his modified iPhone. GPS, encrypted communications, specialized apps—Conlan pulls it out more often than his Walther PPK. Once among the bad guys, Conlan leaves more than one Iranian shot or stabbed while he dodges from peril to peril like a frog hopping across burning lily pads. Under the noses of the mullahs, Conlan is aided by Charlie Amadi, who once skated around U.S. law and is now Iran’s premier contraband smuggler. Charlie’s beautiful cohort, Jeri, provides muscle as Conlan infiltrates, spies and iPhones-home vital information from Qom and Natanz. No worries. An hours-away three-pronged nuclear strike on Israel and the West promptly falls victim to assorted fighter-bombers and bunker-busters.
Ruthless and remorseless James Bond-ian escapades, sans skirt-chasing intervals, in the name of Western ideals.”
Kirkus Reviews

"The Natanz Directive is a first rate international thriller. The story of the CIA operative charged with penetrating Iran to discover and disrupt its nuclear activities is ripped from the headlines. It’s compelling, non-stop pacing leaves you gasping for breath. It’s a rare book that leaves you with a sense of satisfaction at the end, but this one does." 
—Harry MacLean, author of the Edgar award winning In Broad Daylight and The Past is Never Dead

The Natanz Directive is a world-class thriller with the world, in fact, hanging on the brink. Jake Conlan will remind you in flashes of Ethan Hunt or Jason Bourne, perhaps with a dollop of James Bond. But Conlan’s talents are unique and he tackles this ripped-from-the-headlines global crisis with both cunning and brawn. A gripping read.”
—Mark Stevens, author of Antler Dust and Buried on the Roan

"Wayne Simmons doesn't just write it. He's lived it, and that's why he and Mark Graham can tell this spy thriller in such an engrossing way."
—Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense

“The authors bring to the page a bona fide hero and a story rich in plot and boundless energy. The story takes place in the most frightening country on earth, and yet it is the characters and how they deal with this turmoil that most capture our imagination.”
—Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Black

"The Natanz Directive is the story behind the international headline story. Wayne Simmons and Mark Graham will rivet you with a book that is high concept, high stakes, high octane, and most important for readers high reward."
—Stephen White, bestselling author of Line of Fire

Praise for Mark Graham:

"Along with a lot of other people, I have long been wondering who was going to inherit Robert Ludlum's crown as the new prince of international suspense. Mark Graham has strengthened his claim to the throne with his latest thriller. The characters are captivating, the story is powerful and topical, and the writing is literate and rich. A definite winner."
—Stephen White, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Lie and The Siege

About the Author

WAYNE SIMMONS spent twenty-seven years as part of an Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Group for the CIA. He worked throughout Central and South America, Europe, the Far East, and Central Asia combating terrorism, narco-terrorism and narcotics trafficking, arms smuggling, counterfeiting, cyber-terrorists, and industrial and economic espionage.

MARK GRAHAM is a critically acclaimed author who has been writing and editing professionally since 1988. He has written and published three critically acclaimed full-length novels.


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Customer Reviews

Lots of action through out.
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Interesting book that was hard to put down but the morning news reminded me to start reading it again.
Phil from WV
This is definitely one of the best thrillers I've read in years.
James D. Mays

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve Shiver on September 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've been waiting all year for a thriller with the heart and soul of The Natanz Directive. This book not only charges full force through a story that looks far beyond today's headlines, but the authors have created the kind of leading man in Jake Conlan that readers haven't seen since Ludlam stopped writing. I read it in one sitting. I bet you will too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joy Jacobs on September 26, 2012
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Don't miss this book. The author sucks you in right from the start. I love these types of books and this was not a disappointment. The action was great and the story is so up to the minute. Really makes you think about the current world situation and makes you hope someone is out there helping to protect the world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James D. Mays on September 25, 2012
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This first person narrative of the book grabbed me right from the start. Like most books of this genre, the body count really starts to pile up, but the laconic voice of the narrator gives the whole thing an understated aura not unlike what we see from our real life elite warriors. The main character dodges a lot of bullets but the authors kept me entertained long enough to suspend disbelief. This is definitely one of the best thrillers I've read in years. My only complaint is that it's fiction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wayne F Burt Jr on September 18, 2012
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Great read. Couldn't put it down. Takes you into the world of deep cover operations. Good vs. evil and will rivet you until the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tracy S on September 23, 2012
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The reader becomes Jack Conlan -calm and focused as situation after situation puts him at death's door. You see the bazaar, take in the smells, & savor the coffee right along with him. Hard to put down! Hope there's a sequel?!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MariahWaldvogle on September 27, 2012
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Phenomenal Read! Jake Conlan is not only a bad ass, he has great taste in music! This would be awesome on the big screen! I opt for Jake to steer clear of retirement, the world needs him! In fact, I caught myself shouting at the television when Prime Minister Netanyahu was addressing the U.N General Assembly on Iran and nuclear weapons, "Call Jake Conlan!" It's Brilliant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phil from WV on October 10, 2012
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I was not sure if I was reading fiction or non fiction until the last few chapters. Interesting book that was hard to put down but the morning news reminded me to start reading it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Y. W. on September 29, 2012
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A quick, fun and easy read, this book was hard to put down.

There was just enough detail to make you wonder if this fiction novel had more than a few non-fiction facts woven into it.

Current theme, more than enough action, interesting facts scattered around . . . a Riveting Read
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