Welcome to my website where I hope you enjoy reading about my spy thrillers, and the background to how I started writing. Each of my novels can be read as standalone book, but The Failsafe Query is a great start to learn about the gritty, colourful, and engaging characters who go on to even riskier episodes in my second and third novels, The Kompromat Kill, and The Moscow Whisper 

"Michael Jenkins’ own experiences means this series fizzes with a vivid - and often alarming authenticity ... all are intense, compelling and unpredictable." Hair Past a Freckle book Blog.

Book 1 - The hunt for a killer legacy

Tense, fast paced, and insightful, The Failsafe Query twists and turns to a satisfyingly dramatic finale.

The Failsafe Query is a Spy and Forensic thriller, that tells the tale of unpredictable Cold War spy intrigue, timelessly merged with modern day cyber and forensic intelligence, as the legacy of an unknown list of Russian moles in the British establishment surfaces for the first time in decades.


Sean Richardson, a disgraced former intelligence agent, is tasked to lead a team to search for Alfie Chapman, an Intelligence officer on the cusp of exposing thousands of secrets to the media. This includes a long lost list of Russian moles embedded since the Cold War, one of whom remains a public favourite in the British parliamentary system.

The action moves with absorbing pace and intrigue across Central Asia and Europe as the puzzle begins to unfold through a deep hidden legacy.

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"A thoroughly captivating book. Action packed with a very clever plot."

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Amazon Best Seller Nov 2020

"I was hooked in the blink of an eye. Quite unputdownable."

"A cracking debut from an author to watch"

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Book 2 - The Deadly Hunt for a Spy Ring

'They were preparing for decades - now it's time to take them down......' 

A Diplomat vanishes........

A Bomb Disposal Expert goes rogue......

The race to uncover the plot must not fail.....

'Hiding overseas with a price on his head, Sean Richardson is tasked to lead a deniable operation to hunt down and recruit an international model and spy.


Moving across Asia Minor and Europe, Sean embarks on a dangerous journey tracking an Iranian spy ring who hold the keys to a set of consequences the British Intelligence Services would rather not entertain.'

Amazon Best Seller July 2020

"A brilliant, explosive, edge of your seat spy thriller - The Kompromat Kill is brilliant with bags of suspense and action that takes you on a journey to find the truth about who the evil villains are. Sean Richardson gets hired by MI5 to track down an Iranian model spy to find out which group of terrorists she works for and to stop a deadly terrorist attack. Fast moving, great locations, and a hard hitting story that grips you from beginning to end."

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Book 3 - Hunting down the merchants of death 

Published 12 June 2020

‘Sometimes you have to enter the death zone to save the innocent ’

A top-secret clique of former spies meet for dinner to hatch a plan to murder a competitor, not knowing that they are under surveillance from a covert arm of British Intelligence.


Hours later, with bodies strewn across a terrace, a piece of secret intelligence reveals an international plot of colossal magnitude.

For disgraced agent Sean Richardson, this is the beginning of a deniable mission to infiltrate and disrupt a group of Russian mercenaries who are working clandestinely to take over a nation state.

Acting covertly as an illicit arms trafficker, Sean is dropped into a deadly cauldron of terrorism and high-tech weaponry that will take a nation down. As the bullets fly and the chaos rains in, can Sean take down the merchants of death…..or has he finally met his match?

"...you can see these novels are written with background knowledge. This makes them tense, flowing, readable drama. They don’t even hook you slowly, it’s a sucker punch you don’t see coming and you need to know." Books n Banter

Amazon Best Seller Sept 2020
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Michael Jenkins

I started climbing at 13, survived being lost in Snowdonia at 14, nearly drowned at 15, and then joined the Army at 16. Risk and adventure was built into my DNA and I feel very fortunate to have served the majority of working career in HM Armed forces as a soldier and officer within the Corps of Royal Engineers, working within the Defence Intelligence and EOD communities.  My experiences within the services involved lots of travel and adventure, both on operations and also on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that I both led and was involved in.

These experiences, over many decades, helped forge an indelible passion for reading about geo-political affairs and the many deeds of derring-do of British diplomats and military officers, particularly in the era of the nineteenth century ‘Great Game’.


This, alongside the larger than life characters I met, and the often intriguing world of geo-politics led me to start writing novels. The Failsafe Query is my first spy thriller and the second, The Kompromat Kill, was published in 2019.  The Moscow Whisper is due out in June 2020. Not sure how I quite got here, & survived, but writing novels in my middle age is my new risk and adventure……!

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Coming Soon in 2021 

On the brink of a world crisis, the fate of one of America’s most powerful female spy’s rests on a knife edge.


A pulsating spy novel with a perilous mission against a new and terrifying enemy.

Some images of scenes from The Failsafe Query.....
Central Asia

Central Asia

The central Asian states The location of the backstory to the book involving subversion, treachery & geo-politics



Baker Street London Scene of the start of the hunt...



Almaty, Kazakhstan... The opening chapter.....

Tashkent Train station

Tashkent Train station

The train cabin From Tashkent to Bokhara, via Samarkand to Bokhara with the agent...



Turkmenistan - An ancient and mysterious central Asian country Scene of dubious activity...



The Bokhara Square Scene of Sean's discussions with General Yuri

Central Asia deserts

Central Asia deserts

Domes and minarets of Bokhara, Uzbekistan The scene of the first few chapters...



Bokhara...A desert oasis Part of the journey with General Yuri....

Turkmenistan odyssey

Turkmenistan odyssey

Turkmenistan deserts and distant border with Uzbekistan Scenes of dubious racketeering....

Southern France

Southern France

Collioure South France The whistle-blowers bolt hole and quiet retreat

French Pyrenees

French Pyrenees

The moors of the French Pyrenees Scene of the secrets being revealed....



The RAC club in London Scene for establishment figures nursing their anxiety...


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