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A Deniable Deathby Gerald Seymour
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A page-turning thriller of life and death in the moral maze of the post-9/11 world from the international bestselling author and “best spy novelist ever” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
The rules are simple. Break up your shape. Hide your smell. Never show your silhouette. Check the surfaces of your kit. Space the movements of your team. Use the shadows. Danny “Badger” Baxter has a talent for surveillance. Hes always followed the rules. Until now, theyve kept him alive.
But now Badger has a bigger job than photographing dissident Northern Irish Republicans in muddy Ulster fields, or Islamic extremists on rainswept Yorkshire moors. MI6 have a plan to assassinate the Engineer—a brilliant maker of Improvised Explosive Devices, the roadside bombs which account for 80% of Allied casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. The spooks know hes planning to leave his home in Iran. They just need to find out when and where hes traveling.
So Badger finds himself on the wrong side of the Iranian border, burdened with a partner he loathes, lying under a merciless sun in a mosquito-infested marsh, observing the house. If things go wrong, as far as Her Majesty's Government is concerned, his part in the plot is completely deniable. With A Deniable Death, Gerald Seymour expertly explores the moral compromises of the secret world upon which we rely for our everyday security - and the amazing reserves of courage which ordinary people can find in extraordinary circumstances.
A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book of 2013
"Veteran thriller writer Seymour's outstanding 26th novel chronicles a British 'interdiction' mission in contemporary Iraq and Iran. MI6 agent Len Gibbons assembles a team charged with the 'deniable' assassination of 'the Engineer,' an Iranian bomb maker whose handiwork ('improvised explosive devices' and 'explosive force devices') is killing U.S. and British soldiers on the Iraqi border. That team includes covert operatives Joe 'Foxy' Foulkes and Danny 'Badger' Baxter, who undergo an excruciating ordeal in a covert hideout near the Engineer's home. Seymour (Harry's Game) is strong on the details of surveillance and spycraft, but on even surer ground with his characters as he focuses on Gibbons's stoic dedication, Badger's ruthless single-mindedness, and Foxy's prideful professionalism. Even the Engineer comes across as a human being, thanks to a complex subplot about getting his wife to the West for cancer treatment. Once the narrative gains momentum, it's hard to put this one down. Agent: Jason Bartholomew, Hodder & Stoughton." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A page-turning thriller of life and death in the moral maze of the post-9/11 world from the international bestselling author and “the best spy novelist ever” (Philadelphia Enquirer)
This standout title from a virtuoso talent takes readers inside a secretive op to assassinate a man in Iran responsible for rigging many of the roadside bombs used in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through the eyes of our hero, a talented surveillance operative suddenly plucked from home country duty, saddled with a partner he cant stand, and dropped into the steaming marshland outside the bad guys house, Seymour shows us what its actually like to be a modern spy and soldier, inching carefully through the reeds, hiding every aspect of your existence—from your smell to your shadow. And knowing that success will save thousands of lives, but that failure will result in your governments denial of your very existence. The suspense is taught and pulse-pounding all the way through to the touch-and-go climax that will have readers on the edge of their seats.
Gerald Seymour is a perennial bestseller in the UK, with the same kind of smart, cerebral style that has made authors such as Frederick Forsyth and John le Carré bestsellers in the U.S. He routinely receives rave reviews for his work, and A Deniable Death is no exception—as i Magazine wrote,"Seymour is a master of the thriller set on the murky edges of modern war . . . As ever he juggles action, context and suspense with a special-forces level of expertise."
About the Author
GERALD SEYMOUR was a reporter at ITN for fifteen years, where his first assignment was covering the Great Train Robbery in 1963. He later covered events in Vietnam, Borneo, Aden, Israel and Northern Ireland. Seymour was on the streets of Londonderry on the afternoon of Bloody Sunday, and was a witness to the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. Seymour's first novel was the acclaimed thriller Harry's Game, set in Belfast, which became an instant international bestseller and later a television series. Six of Seymour's thrillers have now been filmed for television in the UK and US. A Deniable Death is his twenty-eighth novel.
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