28 Feb 2024
PUBLICATION DATE 28 FEBRUARY 2024.
In the perilous atmosphere of the Cold War, Adam Devon, a civilian pilot, becomes unwittingly embroiled in an MI6 covert operation to extract a Russian missile scientist from Berlin. But there are traitors in the British Establishment passing information to the Russians and as the assignment starts to go wrong Devon becomes trapped in East Germany.
Hannah, Devon’s fiancée and one-time agent for the Israeli Secret Service, leads the mission to rescue him and the rest of the team. However, her best chance of success lies in the hands of the unscrupulous Henry Fitzjohn, a British MP and old RAF rival of Devon’s, who had once sought a relationship with her.
In a race to unmask the traitor and rescue Devon, loyalties are tested and unexpected alliances form. In a world where secrets are currency and danger is ever-present, will love and resilience prevail against all odds?
28 Feb 2023
The role of the armed forces is becoming increasingly uncertain in the post-war world of 1949, and Flight Lieutenant Adam Devon is considering his future as a Spitfire pilot.
Daring and resourceful, his love of flying keeps him in the skies and from travelling home; when the opportunity for promotion presents itself in a shrinking airforce, Devon is pit against the wily Flight Lieutenant Fitzjohn, a man of unscrupulous practices and morals…
His mission in Hong Kong is a dangerous one, and when he meets a beautiful British girl, Hannah, he can feel himself falling for her… Devon and Hannah spend time touring the sights in Hong Kong and love ties them together. But what is the strange secret she carries that stands in the way of their relationship?
Devon’s principles and loyalty are put to the test, in a tale of love, war and intrigue.
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Mark Butterworth's latest novel, The Berlin Assignment, evokes and brings into sharp focus the treachery, espionage and bravery that became synonymous with countering Soviet socialist hegemony during the Cold War. The book is stylishly written combining as it does a fast paced, exciting storyline with the deepening romantic relationship between the main protagonists Adam and Hannah. Easy to read in one session, but even better if rationed over several days.
Having worked in Hong Kong and the City of London, I readily recognised both the locations and the characters. Well written, good pace and I learnt a few things I didn't know. A great debut and I hope for another instalment.
An excellent debut novel with a pacy narrative that engages the reader from start to finish. It has a fine sense of time and place, especially late 1940s Hong Kong. The characters are all well-rounded, provoking a response in the reader as the story ebbs and flows.
There are plenty of twists and turns but they are never confusing or unnecessarily complex: the story always takes primacy.
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David Worsfold, Journalist and Author