In this “absolutely brilliant, tension-filled tour de force” (Brad Thor) from New York Times bestselling author Terry Hayes, CIA spy Kane confronts an evil that could bring the world to a cataclysmic end.

If, like Kane, you’re a Denied Access Area spy for the CIA, then boundaries have no meaning. Your function is to go in, do whatever is required, and get out again—by whatever means necessary. You know when to run, when to hide—and when to shoot.

But some places don’t play by the rules. Some places are too dangerous, even for a man of Kane’s experience. The badlands where the borders of Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan meet are such a place—a place where violence is the only way to survive.

Kane travels there to exfiltrate a man with vital information for the safety of the West—but instead he meets an adversary who will take the world to the brink of extinction. A frightening, clever, vicious man with blood on his hands and vengeance in his heart.

About the author(s)

Terry Hayes is the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Pilgrim and The Year of the Locust and is the award-winning writer and producer of numerous movies. His credits include PaybackRoad Warrior, and Dead Calm (featuring Nicole Kidman). He lives in Switzerland with his wife, Kristen, and their four children.


“THE YEAR OF THE LOCUST is the must read of the year for the true connoisseur of the classic espionage thriller. Terry Hayes’ runaway bestseller I AM PILGRIM was an amazing tour de force; THE YEAR OF THE LOCUST reaches new heights in storytelling. Wonderfully literate, beautifully written, and tightly plotted. This one will stay with you a long time.” — Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of BLOOD LINES

“An absolutely brilliant, tension-filled, tour de force. This novel scared the sh*t out of me!”  — Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of SHADOW OF DOUBT

“In his long-awaited follow-up to I am Pilgrim, the most intense and masterfully written thriller of the 21stcentury, Terry Hayes is back at the top of his game with The Year of the Locust.  Set your expectations high and then prepare to have them blown away!  Terry Hayes is a master!”  — Jack Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Only the Dead

“Terry Hayes’s THE YEAR OF THE LOCUST left me breathless and awed. If Daniel Silva and Michael Crichton had written a near-apocalyptic epic thriller, it might look something like this. The spycraft is unflinching and authentic. The stakes both global and intimate. The action throat-clutching. And I dare not hint at the shocking, daring twists that tangle this story into a masterpiece of suspense and intrigue. Read this now!”  — James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of TIDES OF FIRE

"Terry Hayes’ THE YEAR OF THE LOCUST is an absolutely terrific espionage thriller, James Bond meets John le Carré."  — John Sandford, #1 New York Times bestselling author of DARK ANGEL


“Move over Jason Bourne. CIA operative Kane redefines the smart but vulnerable bad ass super spy in this dazzling cat-and-mouse thriller where the entire globe is a chessboard, and everyone’s playing for keeps.” — Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of STILL SEE YOU EVERYWHERE

"Lyrical, epic, sweeping, and bold--THE YEAR OF THE LOCUST shows the world once again that Terry Hayes isn't just a master at his craft--he's one of the best to ever do it."  — Connor Sullivan, the acclaimed author of WOLF TRAP