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Go behind the scenes with the world’s greatest storytellers. Hosted by CE Albanese, Mike Houtz, and Sean Cameron.

TCR Episode #111 | David McCloskey — Damascus Station

March 14th, 2022

The Crew welcomes the author of one of the buzziest debuts of the year as David McCloskey join us to talk about his scintillating novel DAMASCUS STATION. A finalist for the 2022 ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel, DAMASCUS STATION drips with authenticity thanks to the authors rich experience in the shadowy world of intelligence.


"Damascus Station is the best spy novel I have ever read." —General David Petraeus, former director of the CIA

CIA case officer Sam Joseph is dispatched to Paris to recruit Syrian Palace official Mariam Haddad. The two fall into a forbidden relationship, which supercharges Haddad’s recruitment and creates unspeakable danger when they enter Damascus to find the man responsible for the disappearance of an American spy. 

But the cat and mouse chase for the killer soon leads to a trail of high-profile assassinations and the discovery of a dark secret at the heart of the Syrian regime, bringing the pair under the all-seeing eyes of Assad’s spy catcher, Ali Hassan, and his brother Rustum, the head of the feared Republican Guard. Set against the backdrop of a Syria pulsing with fear and rebellion, Damascus Stationis a gripping thriller that offers a textured portrayal of espionage, love, loyalty, and betrayal in one of the most difficult CIA assignments on the planet.

A CIA officer and his recruit arrive in war-ravaged Damascus to hunt for a killer in this page-turner that offers the "most authentic depiction of modern-day tradecraft in print."  (Navy SEAL sniper and New York Times bestselling author Jack Carr). 

David McCloskey is a former CIA analyst and former consultant at McKinsey & Company. While at the CIA, he worked in field stations across the Middle East and briefed senior White House officials and Arab royalty. He lives in Texas.



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