Author: Mark Henshaw

Mark Henshaw began his CIA career with the Agency's Office of Transnational Issues in 1999 as a Science, Weapons & Technology analyst and became a founding "plankholder" with the Agency's Information Operations Center (IOC) in 2001. In 2006, Mark graduated from the CIA Sherman Kent School's Advanced Analyst Program and undertook a three-year rotation with the CIA Red Cell, a unit charged with "taking a pronounced 'outside-of-the-box' approach that will provoke thought and offer an alternative viewpoint on the full range of analytic issues."

During 16 years at CIA, Mark earned eighteen Exceptional Performance Awards and was the recipient of the prestigious Director of National Intelligence's 2007 Galileo Award, which "recognizes innovative and creative solutions to the United States future intelligence challenges." His winning co-authored paper, "A National Security Simulations Center" proposed that the DNI should establish an Intelligence Community (IC) center that would promote and organize war games for IC training, analysis, and outreach.

Mark graduated from Brigham Young University in 1999 with a Master's of International Relations from the David M. Kennedy School of International and Area Studies; and a Master's of Business Administration from the Marriot School of Management.

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The Fall of Moscow Station - Red Cell, #3

The Fall of Moscow Station
  • Number: 9781501100314
  • Release: 2016-02-16
  • Author: Mark Henshaw
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Action / Thriller
  • Publisher: Touchstone
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Decorated CIA analyst Mark Henshaw continues the Red Cell series with an “authentic, compelling, and revealing” (Jason Matthews) thriller following CIA analyst Jonathan Burke and agent Kyra Stryker, as they try to save the CIA’s sources in Russia after a major intelligence breach leaves Moscow Station in ruins.

When a body with Russian military tattoos is found floating in a lake outside Berlin, the CIA immediately takes notice. The body is identified as the director of Russia’s Foundation for Advanced Nuclear Research, who is also a CIA asset. And the murder coincides with the defection of one of the CIA’s upper-level officers.

Alden Maines, is jaded after years in the CIA cleaning up the messes of incompetent political appointees in dangerous foreign posts. When he is passed over for promotion, Maines crosses the Rubicon and decides to cash in as a double agent for Russia.

But while Maines dreams of off-shore bank accounts and a new secret life, Arkady Lavrov of Russia’s intelligence service (GRU) has other plans. He immediately announces Maines’s defection to the world and then pumps him for every last ounce of intel, including the names of every agent in the CIA’s Moscow Station and their assets working in the Kremlin. But why would Lavrov burn an asset whose intel and access could pay dividends for years to come? What is Lavrov up to?

Traveling from Langley, to Berlin, and finally Moscow—working black without backup—analyst Jonathan Burke and agent Kyra Stryker are up against their most formidable enemy yet, and their lives and the fate of America’s most important assets in the New Cold War hang in the balance.

From an active-duty CIA intelligence analyst, The Fall of Moscow Station is “a real-life thriller...It’s happening now, and Henshaw delivers with a bang” (Jason Matthews).


Cold Shot

Cold Shot
  • Number: 9781476745572
  • Release: 2014-05-20
  • Author: Mark Henshaw
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Action / Thriller
  • Publisher: Touchstone
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This ingenious thriller follows two CIA analysts on the hunt for a dangerous Iranian nuclear scientist hell-bent on building a bomb right on America’s doorstep.

The USS Vicksburg is returning home when the crew comes upon a lifeboat bearing a dead Somali pirate who shows signs of torture. Questions immediately arise: Who is this man, and which ship did he come from? Who tortured him? Soon Red Cell analysts Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke have traced the dead man back to an Iranian ship currently bound for Venezuela—and the ship appears to have dangerous, radioactive cargo on board.

The Iranians’ plan quickly becomes clear—they’re building a nuclear bomb in politically unstable Venezuela, away from the UN’s prying eyes. Stryker and Burke must tread carefully, though, because diplomacy in Venezuela is tricky at best. A civil war is at stake if word gets out. Can they stop the Iranians before it’s too late?

From current CIA analyst and Red Cell think tank veteran Mark Henshaw, Cold Shot is a fascinating, thrilling, and richly detailed journey into the intelligence world that only a true insider could create.


Red Cell

Red Cell
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781451661934
  • Release: 2012-05-01
  • Author: Mark Henshaw
  • Genre: Suspense
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  • Publisher: Touchstone
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From the Tom Clancy of a new generation, a debut thriller following two CIA outcasts who must race to stop a secret Chinese weapon that threatens to provoke a world war.After her first assignment in Venezuela goes disastrously awry, rookie case officer Kyra Stryker is brought back to Langley to work in the Red Cell, the CIA’s out-of-the-box think tank. There she’s paired with Jonathan Burke, a straight-laced analyst who’s alienated his colleagues with his unorthodox methods and a knack for always being right, political consequences be damned.

When a raid on Chinese spies in Taiwan ends in a shootout, CIA Director Kathy Cooke turns to the Red Cell to figure out why China is ready to invade the island nation without any fear of reprisal from the U.S. Navy. Stryker and Burke’s only lead is the top CIA asset in China, codenamed Pioneer. But when Pioneer reports that Chinese security has him under surveillance, Stryker is offered a chance for redemption by extracting him before he’s arrested and executed. The answers he holds could mean the difference between peace in the Pacific or an escalating global conflict.

From CIA headquarters to the White House to a Navy carrier in the South China Sea, Red Cell takes readers on a whirlwind race against time as Stryker and Burke work to save Pioneer and discover the hidden threat to America’s power: China’s top secret weapon. CIA analyst and Brigham Young University graduate Mark Henshaw infuses expert knowledge of the intelligence world into his novel to create a fascinating and pulse-pounding read.


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