SNEAK PEEK: Read An Excerpt from Don Bentley’s ‘Hostile Intent’

On May 3, Matt Drake returns to action in Hostile Intent, the highly-anticipated new novel from New York Times bestselling author Don Bentley, and Book Spy Readers are getting an exclusive first look in the form of a full chapter excerpt.

Bentley, who first burst onto the scene in 2020 with his acclaimed debut, Without Sanction, continued that hot streak by following Mike Maden and taking over the Jack Ryan Junior series. His first book in the Ryanverse, Tom Clancy Target Acquired was an instant New York Times bestseller and was well-received by both critics and diehard Clancy fans.

Proving to be a workhorse, Bentley kept his own series going on top of penning the Clancy books, and this year’s Hostile Intent, book three in the Drake series, is perhaps his very best work to date. This time around, following the events of The Outside Man (2021), Matt is headed to Vienna where a mysterious person claims to have key information regarding a Russian operation. As always, it doesn’t take very long for things to go pear-shaped, and soon the bullets start flyin’ as Matt races to try and stop World War III before it’s too late.

Check out an exclusive excerpt below.



In the espionage community, Vienna is known as the City of Spies, and Matt Drake is about to learn why in the latest electrifying thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Tom Clancy Target Acquired and The Outside Man.

When a mysterious walk-in to the US embassy in Vienna claims to have critical information about a Russian intelligence operation, he raises eyebrows. But when he asks for Matt Drake by name and calls himself the Irishman, he gets the DIA’s premier case officer on a one-way flight.

Matt arrives to find Austria’s charming capital lousy with intelligence officers, all swirling around Nolan Burke—a onetime member of the real IRA. But before Matt can debrief Nolan, the Irishman is kidnapped by a Russian direct action team. Now, Matt must find a way to repay the debt of honor he owes Nolan while stopping World War III in the process.

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Don Bentley is the New York Times bestselling author of Tom Clancy Target Acquired and the Matt Drake series. Don is a former FBI Special Agent, SWAT Team member, and Army Apache helicopter pilot. Learn more at his official website.

2022 is another double-feature year for Bentley, who is also set to release his next Jack Ryan book, Tom Clancy Zero Hour, on June 7th. That book, along with Hostile Intent, is currently available for pre-order wherever books are sold.



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