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Sea of Lies

(Lies #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Malaysia Airlines MH370 Hijacked!

A burned out codebreaker. Incriminating stolen NSA files. A maniacal ex-Ranger. A sultry spy master. The violent intersection of spies and politics thrusts an aging CIA codebreaker into a desperate race across Burma, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Australia. Crisp dialog drives non-stop realistic action across sweaty, sensual and brutal
Kindle Edition, 548 pages
Published May 5th 2016 by Bradley Alan West
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Boris Nikolaj
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fact packed thriller taking the reader on a breathtaking ride through South East Asia, China and the clandestine world of global espionage. Throughout the book, the reader picks up facts about a world where East meets West that must have taken the author years to research and compile. It's not just the excitement of the story itself but above all the minute details and facts with which the author keeps the reader glued to the pages that make this a MUST read. Some of those details perhaps unne ...more
Hogi Hyun
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sea of Lies hits a Bull's Eye as an edge-of-your seat spy thriller. Studded with both classic Spy-Lit characters out of the CIA/NSA playbook and some original and highly believable espionage personalities from Southeast Asia and China, West's story flies along at a manic clip, flipping between numerous sub-plots stretching from the jungles of Myanmar to the Canadian mountains and then off to the Australian outback. Be brings far flung places people and places together in a massive denouement tha ...more
Paul Alapat
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A page-turner centered around Asia that is so thoroughly researched that I was entertained and educated in equal measure as I got drawn deeper into the fast-paced plot. Mr. West weaves in fact and fiction with consummate skill, and left this breathless reader wondering what was true and what was imagined. While a few characters, and their motives, could have been developed a bit more, on the whole, the plot, the pace, the main characters, and the research, made this book difficult to put down fo ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is scintillating stuff! Conspiracy theorists will definitely get excited as the evidence mounts page by page, while there’s plenty of shoot‘em ups and hot pillow action to keep any reader excited and ready for more. Patriots, good and bad, abound, but ultimately doing what’s right and revealing the truth, regardless of the risks and consequences, is what sets apart this story’s real heroes. A gritty, no-holds-barred page-turner and researched to the hilt, this book is probably disturbingly ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An exceptionally well-researched, fast-paced thriller. This read is a real thrill for the conspiracy lover, tying together unanswered questions from across Asia from the past decade or so in a credible and interconnected web. The characters are three-dimensional, and many will ring true to type for long-time Asia residents. The locations are meticulously detailed as well, providing a guided tour through Southeast Asia. The novel is so well-grounded in fact that you can't help but wonder if it al ...more
John Roat
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to get a pre-publishing review copy: I believe Mr. West is on his way to becoming a Best Selling Author: His novel reads like and insiders view of REAL Deal International Espionage. It is written as the first book of a trilogy that include; PACK OF LIES and END OF LIES. Mr. West knows his topic and has built his cast of characters as believable players in the game international of espionage!

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Neil Payne
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fast paced book which takes some great twists and turns. There is a deep level of detail without interfering with the flow. The characters are well developed and draw you in, rooting for the good guys and hating the bad guys. And there is a believability to this book - all this could have happened.
Jim Hawes
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I know from experience that Brad West has incorporated accurate historical events and characters in a fascinating part of the world and woven these events into an exciting, fast-moving plot--this is a terrific read. This story will grab and demand your attention. Read it and you will be anxious for the next in this series ... Jim Hawes
Andrew Jordan
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a cracking read, and an extraordinary debut. The research is meticulous, making you feel like you are actually in South East Asia, and the plot and characters are well developed. I was hooked from a few pages in (my usual point with a good thriller) and couldn't put the book down, reading it more or less in one go. I'm looking forward avidly to the next book from Bradley West. Bravo. ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sea of Lies is a captivating read and it speaks well of the author that he keeps the reader interested and involved in Bob Nolan, its chief protagonist despite wishing to disembowel him in several of the chapters. The depth of detail in the book is very impressive and makes the plot line entirely believable.
Charles Lovelace
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Epic, in grab your eyes and keep reading.

I read for pleasure, I want to be entertained. I got the full Monty. Shaw kept a whole slew of balls in the and didn't drop a one. Throughly entertaining. I really hope to see more of his work.
Chaplain Stanley Chapin
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it

A suspenseful mystery that kept you reading until the, although that was a " good old boy" finish. Aware that their is friction between agencies and staff's, but would like to believe, not as bad as portrayed.
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Intricate but fast paced with colourful characters. The story is exciting and well written and carries you through to the end. The author packs a lot of information in, which makes the book a little dense in parts but the story is so well written that it is barely noticeable.
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tensions on every page

Definitely in a class with Ludlum and Le Carre. Highly recommended contemporary thriller with lots of 3-letter agencies and most of the world's evil countries involved.
Marbea Logan
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well this was well thought out and well written conspiracy espionage thriller! The whole story was something out of a Hollywood movie playing out scripts on each page! That Bob Nolan is a SOB if I might say so. He's damn blessed to still have his balls in tact after the two week fuckery he endured. I've known a hero of a conspiracy story get laid so much cheating, and still gets a happy ending? How Sway? Lol. There was alot of military jargon I understood being ex Navy, but some of the acronyms ...more
Godfried Marie
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
If MH370 didn’t disappear, “Sea of Lies” would have been a perfect thriller. Unfortunately it seems that after this Boeing 777 vanished almost four years ago, this novel is very close to reality.
“It was a hijack”.
Who did it and why? It remains a mystery.
What is also disturbing is the attitude of Chinese authorities who didn’t do or say much.
The crucial question is spelt out early in the book: “Do we have the passenger list and cargo manifests yet?”
John Dolan
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
'Sea of Lies' is not just for the tin foil hat brigade. It is a compelling action cocktail involving security services, dirty politics and individuals (some of whom are more or less rogue), The facet of the book I most enjoyed was the way that the author interweaves factual events with imaginative (but nonetheless plausible) fiction. Nobody - or perhaps I should say, 'almost nobody' - knows what happened to MH370; and Bradley West has cooked up a mighty fine stew around this modern-day mystery. ...more
toni pfeifer
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book

A, fun and entertaining read. Just, complex enough to keep you on your toes. And as always he. Highlights the difficulty and irony it takes to work in the CIA.
Stu Johnson
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
AWESOME! Hooked from the very start and held my full attention with every page. WOW!!!
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ambitious and fun with a page-turning plot and realistic, multi-dimensional characters. Credible as alternative history. I score the author's portion five stars upon five. Only three stars for the editing which resulted in a final product with 20 to 30 per cent too many pages. My sense is that the editors focused on the details - for instance, preventing typo's; ensuring that the prose reads well at a sentence and paragraph-level. On the other hand, according to me, the editing missed the big pi ...more
Charles Meier
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
The author clearly has a talent for writing, but this book is too wordy. I think using a professional editor would have improved the readability. It might also have picked up some of the misspellings and grammatical errors, although I have used professional editors and eagle eyed friends to catch my errors and some still slip through. I do think, however, a good editor would have downsized the book.
Unlike most suspense/mystery fiction I read, there was no "hook" in Chapter 1. So, from the begin
Margaret Duke-Wyer
Dec 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately I did not get on with this book at all. Usually I enjoy this genre and so I was excited to be allowed to review an ARC copy via NetGalley.

At first I struggled with all the acronyms and then it became more confusing as the number of characters (and where they fitted in the scheme of things) mushroomed. Added to this I didn’t really like Bob Nolan, I found him rather smug but not in a James Bond way.

I did like the additional data that was provided by the book but it became a chore t
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
SoL is a tireless thriller that will leave you happily breathless through its pace, twists, sub-plots and detail. Brad West has written a cracker. Set, mostly, in the Asian tropics, the novel will transport you to the sweaty, sultry yet brutal landscape; with all its violence and sex. It will very credibly link CIA whistle blowers to a kidnap plot to the disappearance of MH370, which is then the heart of the entire plot. While it is fairly obvious that the author has spent a lot of time in Asia, ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Bin Drop
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Drips with authenticity, and applies a dry humour that nips at the heels of Asian aspects you’re interested in, but really never want to have to visit. A conspiracy yarn that avoids breathlessness. I thought, “author may have made it up, but I bet that IS the way they roll.” Will try the next in the series, if it comes. Yes, a bit long.
Barbara Kelly
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whew! I'm exhausted. Quite an outstanding read. ...more
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I've been blogging and writing full-time since 2014. After the Countless Lies trilogy concluded in 2019 with End of Lies, I took a year off as the sinister activities and mysteries on offer didn’t fuel my conspirator’s imagination. Starting in the second quarter of 2020, Singapore shut down along with most of the rest of the world. The combination of Covid-19’s unclear origins and a hermit’s lifes ...more

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“Really? Nolan thought it over. What if he didn’t want to forgive the CIA back? What if he didn’t want absolution bestowed by an organization that murdered 235-plus passengers in return for secret access to a handful of offloaded people and cargo?” 0 likes
“Nolan asked, “What’s your real mission? We both know it doesn’t have anything to do with MH370.”

“My assignment now is to stay with you until you’re dead. If someone else doesn’t kill you, then I will,” Kaili said.”
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