The Trusted is the first book in a series offering a heart-pumping fusion of fast-moving political spy thriller with thought-provoking sci-fi. Readers are calling it "Bond meets the X-Files" or "007 on acid with aliens." If you like your thrillers packed with gorgeous spies, fascinating realms and ice-cold villains, this is a book that you'll devour in one sitting.
MI6 field operative Dr Sam Noor is up against it. His oldest friend is in danger, his colleagues are untrustworthy, and his wife feels betrayed. For so long he's balanced idyllic home and lethal career, but that lie has been uncovered, and his carefully separated worlds fiercely collide. Distraught and conflicted, Noor concentrates on his latest mission and discovers the terrifying truth behind attacks on agents around the globe. With time running out, Noor has to take down the super-terrorists with powerful connections before they unleash their next-gen weapon on an unsuspecting world.
A mind-blowing, suspenseful thriller, with a sci-fi edge, 'The Trusted' by Michelle Medhat tells the story of MI6 operative Dr Sam Noor as he discovers the terrifying truth about the attacks that have been happening on agents around the globe. – Marissa Farrar
"An absolutely stunning spy thriller that keeps you on your toes from page one. Each character is carefully moulded to fit their area of expertise, every political scenario well plotted & the undercover operatives skilled to believable perfection. The main character, Sam Noor, is both a charismatic husband & dedicated spy, his mission to bring down the corrupt terrorist group Al Nadir, whilst trying to keep his marriage intact. This author writes with an eye for detail, the storyline running swiftly along & pulling the reader in with ease. Add a cliffhanger ending & you have a superb action-packed start to a series that easily rivals the likes of Le Carre & Fleming."– Amazon Review
"Sam and Ellie Noor have been together for 23 years.They live in a beautiful flat in London's Canary Wharf. She is a successful business woman, whilst Sam works for the Government. But Sam has been holding something back from Ellie for quite a while . And when something happens one night, something unexplainable, Sam tells Ellie the truth. Sam is a spy for MI6. A role that has taken him all over the world. Dr. Sam Noor ,a man with an analytical mind has seen many things on his outings. His mission now is to stop Al Nadir. A terrorist collective. Spies, Espionage, Dangerous Acts...with a hint of out worldliness. The more engrossed in the story I became ,parts of this somehow hit a nerve ..Think Alexander Litvinenko…the spy who spoke critically and died for speaking out ..Danger in every corner Men in Shadows … Men in Power … Who to trust ? And will Noor find those behind the shadows? A Dark Chilling Unputdownable story. My first read from Michelle Medhat ...All the stars"– Amazon Review
"I came across this book a bit by accident, just looking for something different to read ! It started off steady but it soon had me gripped with the way I took me into the action. I couldn't put it down and I had to finish it. A really good read!"– Amazon Review
A few miles away from Ellie, Sam ran across the tarmac at RAF Northolt to a waiting Jaguar. He climbed into the back seat beside his boss, Sir Justin Maide. The car moved as Sam closed the door.
On seeing each other, they issued convivial greetings. Neither spoke about the heated conversation they'd had several hours earlier. Sam could see Maide wanted to bury it and focus on business. And just forget it happened.
Maide handed Sam his tablet. Sam took it and scanned through the reports, shaking his head.
"A lot's happened since I've been away?" said Sam, reading at speed.
"You're telling me. The PM wants a debrief."
Sam looked up as Maide's eyes hooded, and his voice dropped in timbre.
"You know the summit's almost upon us."
Sam nodded. "Yeah, I know. But we've got more problems."
Sam reached into his pocket and took out a package. It was small, silver, and shaped like a solid molded pen case. Sam flipped it open to show a single phial of orange liquid.
"I got this from Rikard. Dr. Wang, who couriered this package, had rerouted flights, bumping from Beijing, Mumbai, Lagos, Madrid, and eventually Oslo. We'd have missed it if the tech guys hadn't been scanning on tail call signs. This has got to be something big. See if you can get that analyzed before the meeting."
"Tonight?" exclaimed Maide.
"No, of course not tonight. Can you square it with the PM, and we'll meet tomorrow? By then, you'll most probably have analysis on whatever the hell it is." Sam waved around the silver case.
Maide scanned Sam's face. Sam knew he was under inspection.
Ellie's beautiful blue-grey eyes surfaced in his mind again, and he could hear the pain in her voice. 'You're always somewhere else'. It was true. He was always somewhere else. She never really seemed that bothered before, but when he'd spoken to her earlier, he could feel something. Maybe she was just tired after all the work she'd put in on her new product. But he sensed something was different.
He didn't want anything to break the love they had. He couldn't risk them going down a path that led to resentment and animosity.
"You're off duty tonight, and not just because of the analysis, aren't you?"
Sam looked down and tried to stop the tidal wave of emotions he could feel building, swallowing up any enthusiasm he may have had for a meeting. The compartmentalization that he always used had failed to engage. Maide had read him. He looked in front of him, trying to avoid Maide's eyes.
"It's just with K-" Sam held back, almost at the brink of mentioning Kinley. Maide's eyes narrowed. Concern rippled through him.
Sam shook his head like he was getting his thoughts in order.
"I need to be with Ellie tonight. God knows I never see her."
Sam suddenly dropped his head into his hands. He was aware of Maide glaring at him.
"It's been ten years. And she still doesn't know."
"Yes, she doesn't know anything…"
Maide leaned in toward Sam. "Do you want her to know?" he said slowly, pointedly.
Maide smiled, reassured. "So what do you want?"
Sam's voice trailed off and he stared past Maide at the curtain on the side. The folds in the curtain took on the layers of his life. Underneath each neat turn lay another crease of lies and deceit. Sam thought of everything he'd seen. Everything he'd done.
What did he want?
He wanted his life back. He wanted to live it again, the way he should have done. That's what he wanted.
The driver turned into Silent Waters and Sam made to exit quickly from the car. Then he turned around.
"Look, I've got what I want. You can be sure of that. Sorry about changing tonight but I have to sort this. I'll see you tomorrow," said Sam, embarrassed and acutely aware that he'd revealed a side of himself that his employers never should see.