Brittany Butler spent nine years as a targeting officer within the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, Counterterrorism Center. Both at Langley and on temporary assignments in the Middle East, Brittany spearheaded operational efforts to achieve some of the most sensitive foreign intelligence objectives abroad. She has both first-hand knowledge of targeting methodologies used in the recruitment of spies and extensive field experience in working with foreign liaisons to discover and apprehend terrorists abroad. 

She is a staunch advocate for women’s rights in the Middle East and has worked for human rights campaigns in Afghanistan to protect and promote the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls. Today, she assists Afghan refugees by helping them thrive within her local community. 

The first in a series, The Syndicate Spy weaves a story of fact and fiction, telling the true story of how female intelligence officers stand on their laurels of intellect and skill to see beyond religious and cultural barriers to find what unites them, rather than what divides them. Brittany lives by the ocean with her husband, three sons, and her dog, Gus.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In the future, the earth’s oil reserves are depleted. Nations race against terrorists for control over alternative energy sources, and the Syndicate—a conglomerate of allied intelligence agencies—must put an end to the global energy war. 

Syndicate spy Juliet Arroway and her best friend, Mariam, a progressive Saudi princess, are tasked to hunt down energy terrorists and put an end to the global energy war, the same mission that cost Juliet’s father his life. But when an operation to find a key player in the terrorist network fails and a successful attack is launched on Westminster Hall, the Syndicate begins to suspect that Mariam’s family is somehow involved. As tensions build and the carnage multiplies, Juliet’s long-time boyfriend, Jean-Marc, is also targeted and killed, leaving Juliet grieving, yet more determined to stop the war. 

In her quest, Juliet is paired with Graham—a dashing, yet arrogant FBI agent—to infiltrate Mariam’s family to prevent further attacks. What follows is a dangerous journey toward love and survival as they cross the globe from London to Riyadh, Paris to Istanbul, and Moscow to Chechnya’s City of the Dead to find the formula that would solve the energy crisis. But when peace means a stunning betrayal, Juliet must decide if her mission is worth the crushing defeat of others. Brilliantly weaving fact and fiction, Butler tells a story seldom told—how female heroics can change the course of war.

TALKING POINTS

  • Brittany can discuss what it was like being a female in the CIA and debriefing sources and detainees in the Middle East
  • The tactics that Brittany learned at the CIA that she still uses today
  • The world of intelligence through the lens of a female operative
  • The moral dilemmas involved in espionage
  • 5 things you don’t know about being a female spy
  • How Brittany got started in her role at the CIA 
  • Brittany wants to start a dialogue about women’s rights in the Middle East and how we can empower those powerful voices that have been marginalized

TIMELY TIE-INS

January

  • National Mentoring Month
  • Motivation & Inspiration Day (2nd)

February

  • International Friendship Month
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week (14th – 20th)
  • World Day of Social Justice (20th)

March

  • Women’s History Month
  • International March into Literacy Month
  • International Women’s Day (8th)
  • Universal Women’s Week (19th-25th)

April:

  • D.E.A.R. Month (drop everything and read)
  • Tell a Story Day (27th)
  • Independent Bookstore Day (27th)

ADVANCE PRAISE

“Breathtaking and inspiring. Rarely do I see two women portrayed as the protagonist in spy novels and Butler does a superb job of developing Juliet and Mariam into the heroines that they are. Uniquely qualified to bring realistic details, Butler masterfully mixes tradecraft with the backdrop of the Middle East, making the reader feel as if they are in the middle of the action. The Syndicate Spy is a brilliant first novel and I cannot wait to see more.” —Tracy Walder, former CIA, FBI agent and author of The Unexpected Spy

“Realistic details, based on the author’s own experiences as a spy, propel this powerful story of Juliet’s quest to find and neutralize the terrorist responsible for her father’s death and too many others. Memorable characters, twists and turns, and international settings keep you racing to the shocking conclusion. It’s a gripping story with an empowering message. Juliet is a badass!” Kaira Rouda, USA Today and Amazon bestselling author

“…I am familiar with the challenges of creating believable characters and an exciting plot. Butler has flawlessly executed both of those aspects with Juliet Arroway’s heart-pounding mission.” —Robbie Bach, former Chief XBox Officer, Microsoft and author of The Wilkes Insurrection

“The Syndicate Spy is the female-forward spy thriller that we’ve been waiting for! With exciting, new storylines and protagonists updated to fit modern political challenges and dilemmas, Brittany Butler is uniquely qualified to spin a gripping plot about spies, targeting, and secret operations.” —Michele Rigby Assad, former CIA operative and author of Breaking Cover

“A fascinating tale of two female spies and their harrowing journey to accomplish a seemingly impossible mission. Filled with great attention to detail and captivating characters, Brittany Butler has crafted a brilliant homage to the courage and bravery of women in the proverbial man’s world.’” —Fawcett Clayton, author of Somewhere Above It All