A captivating spy story… very well written and constructed, with well-drawn characters.
- Courier Mail

A fast-paced and thrilling read
- West Australian

A provocative book in which every sort of dogma is turned on its head
- Sunday Mail

These notes are an aid for teachers using these novels as study texts.  Click here to download the full Notes for Teachers document.

Teachers should note that all of the texts written by Adrian d’Hagé contain occasional use of explicit language that is in context with the context of operatives in the military or law enforcement or the criminal world. It is not gratuitous, nor is it unfamiliar to older students in their vernacular. If swearing is a problem in your school, all these texts offer ways in which to understand and analyse how language choices can have inclusive and exclusive social effects and can empower or disempower people in particular contexts. Boys in particular, who are not willing readers will find these texts gripping and thought provoking.

Teachers with Jewish Muslim and/or Christian students who may be marginalised in their school communities will find all these texts provocative and they challenge media and politically driven stereotypes.

Useful activities at the End of Year/Semester when assessment is completed include:

  • Use of website and hyperlinks to additional reading for a webquest
  • Based on suggested readings, research the veracity or evidence further
  • Complete the Word Power quizzes
  • Read, Reflect and Write
  • Group Discussions based on an excerpt
  • Class Debates integrating cross curriculum knowledge – parliamentary or formal

If reading for pleasure is an anathema for your student and you have a time for silent, sustained reading, then these novels are fast paced, engage with current national and international issues and offer scope for students of Politics, History, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Business, the Sciences, Mathematics and Religion to engage in robust discussion, share their knowledge and give purpose and application to their studies or areas of interest.


  • Include the readability indices using the Word Analysis
  • Multiple Choice Word Power Quiz like that in the Readers’ Digest which offers alternative meanings for each of the words in the list of choices as well as the correct answer  - appeals to avid readers especially in the online environment as well as teachers – a great and easy diversion for when teachers are absent