The brutally authentic, tense and terrifying thriller from bestselling author and frontline journalist James Brabazon
‘Totally James Bond’ THE TIMES
‘Escape into a world of black ops, spies and assassins. A James Bond for the 21st century’ EXPRESS
Officially, Max McLean doesn’t exist.
An off-the-books assassin for the British government, he operates alone.
But when a routine hit goes badly wrong, a cryptic note on a $100 bill prised from his target’s dead fingers suggests there’s more to the mission than meets the eye.
Is someone from Max’s former life trying to send him a message?
From Paris to Jerusalem and on to the frozen wastes of north-west Russia, Max is forced into a desperate race for the truth – with unknown enemies determined to stop him at any cost.
And when the secret coded into the banknote is finally revealed, only one thing is certain:
With the fate of the world in his possession, failure is not an option . . .
A razor-sharp action thriller with the raw inventiveness of I Am Pilgrim and the breathless pace of movies like John Wick and James Bond, Arkhangel sees James Brabazon stake his claim alongside Lee Child, David Baldacci and Gregg Hurwitz as a master of the genre.
Praise for James Brabazon
‘Don’t plan on sleeping’ Lee Child
‘A full-throttle exercise in tension’ CRIMETIME
‘A thriller of an unusually classy calibre’ Financial Times
‘Outstanding . . . I couldn’t put this book down’ Andy McNab
A compelling insight into a devastated region that is the playground of rapacious warlords, western intelligence agents and opportunistic businessmen * Sunday Business Post * Reads like a political thriller. Brabazon's searing narrative captures both the allure of war . . . and its brutal realities * Publisher's Weekly * 'Unsparing prose, a visceral shock ride into horror' -- Jonathan Kaplan 'War correspondent James Brabazon brings his experience of the world's most dangerous places to this brutally compelling thriller' * Mail on Sunday * 'As thrilling a narrative as any war novel on the shelves . . . A haunting memoir and tribute to an extraordinary comrade-at-arms' * Kirkus * 'A beautifully written adrenaline rush by one of our generation's bravest journalists' -- Aiden Hartley, author of The Zanzibar Chest 'A classic story of intrigue, greed and violence . . . which I couldn't read fast enough' -- Sebastian Junger 'Outstanding . . . I couldn't put this book down' -- Andy McNab 'A thriller of an unusually classy calibre. Eloquently written, intensively researched ... Brabazon has crafted hugely gripping, thought-provoking yarn, ground its outlandish elements in solid realism and vivid characterisation' * Financial Times * 'The Break Line delivers a full-throttle exercise in tension' * Crimetime * Praise for James Brabazon * - * Will keep you guessing throughout . . . you will not be disappointed. Arkhangel is what a true thriller should be * NB * Escape into a fictional world of black ops, spies and assassins. A James Bond for the 21st century. Arkhangel is a great read, highly recommended * Express * 'Propulsive, violent and full of unpredictable changes in direction, this is modern thriller writing at its compelling best . . . it delivers in all respects' * Crimetime * 'Totally James Bond' * The Times *
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