“The Mandrake Assignment” is a spy/thriller with an intriguing plot - full of twists and turns worthy of the best of the genre. The story combines in a unique way the Western intelligence activities against the IRA in Ireland and against jihadist terrorists, the common thread being the illegal arms trade and its ruthless practitioners.
The main character, John Hunter, is based and London, but much of the action takes place in Pakistan, in the city of Karachi and in exotic locations in Baluchistan. The story also takes the reader to Ireland, Hungary, Holland and Austria. The author brings all these locations alive through his personal experience of them during a busy academic and commercial life. His inspirations as an author are Graham Greene, John Le Carre and Len Deighton. He feels indebted to all of them for instilling in him his love for this genre of fiction.
Trevor Gibbons has worked as a research scientist, university lecturer, management consultant and IT manager in an oil company. He has travelled widely, including overland from Saudi Arabia to Nepal, and spent much of his career abroad, including Canada, Ireland, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. He is currently a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics.
He lives in Kent with his wife Daphne and daughters Emma and Sarah.