I recently read I Am Pilgrim, a novel by Terry Hayes (2014).
In this superb thriller, TH includes all the ingredients I love: international espionage, a tough but noble-minded hero, deceit, intrigue, political machinations, life-or-death-of-the-planet implications, clearly defined good and bad guys, a ticking clock.
The primary plot revolves around the hero, a CIA operative with aliases galore, racing the clock to interdict a lone wolf terrorist (aka, Saracen) bent on unleashing small pox among the U.S. population. There are plenty of interwoven subplots and some remarkable serendipitous connections.
This was my first reading of TH’s work, but it won’t be the last.