Fresh from the Printers


I’m very happy to say copies of my new book, The New Spymasters, have just arrived from the printers, and is on sale in the UK this week (from June 4.) Very much looking forward to hearing your reactions and thoughts. The story is told through the stories UKarrivedCROPof some amazing characters I’ve been privileged to meet and is the story of what happened to the human spy after the end of the Cold War. Of course, when I looked, I discovered that Cold War spying itself was very different from how it was portrayed, so I stepped back too into the fundamentals of spy craft, before moving to the present.

Here are some very kind cover blurbs provided by three people who saw advance copies.


Frederick Forsyth, author “Day of the Jackal”

“A manual of modern espionage. Farewell George Smiley. The targets are new, the methods different, the technology hyper. Only the purpose remains —forewarning.”

Jason Burke, author of “Al Qaeda” and 9/11 Wars.

“The New Spymasters is  fair,  fascinating and full of revelations.

There are many books on spies and spying, but few as sensible, perceptive or rigorous as this. A very welcome work, and a very enjoyable read, which should be on the book shelves of anyone interested, for professional or personal reasons, in the world we live in, the threats we face, and those who are charged with keeping us safe.”

John Macgaffin III, former deputy head of CIA clandestine service

“As an Old(er) Spymaster myself, I urge Spymasters New and Old, but most importantly those of you who want to understand the critical, but changing role of American espionage today to read this remarkably accurate and detailed account of CIA’s transition from Cold War to ISIS War, from nuclear attack to hacker attack. It captures the work in progress – the traditional adversaries still threaten and the new ones require our Clandestine Service to innovate to penetrate and defeat them. Stephen Grey nails the story in this exceptionably readable book.”