Ascension (Hardback)Oliver Harris (author)
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'One of our finest thriller writers...First-class' Daily Telegraph
'A fascinating tale of modern espionage in a unique setting' Irish Independent
Three friends from a mission many years ago reconnect when one of them dies in mysterious circumstances on remote Ascension Island. Rory Bannatyne had been tasked with tapping a new transatlantic data cable, but a day before he was due to return home he is found hanged. When Kathryn Taylor, on the South Atlantic MI5 desk, begs ex-spy Elliot Kane to go over and investigate, he can't say no, but it's an uneasy reintroduction to the intelligence game.
Entirely isolated from the world, the disappearance of a young girl on the island at the same time as Rory's death means local tensions are high. Elliot needs to discover what happened to her as well as to Rory. But the island contains more secrets than even the government knows, and it's not going to give them up without a fight.
Readers are saying:
'Gripping, relevant and frenetic. You'll be hard pressed to put this one down for a second' Amazon reader five star review
'Harris ratchets up the (geopolitical) tension impeccably from the mid-point onwards. Highly recommended' Amazon reader four star review
'A bit like a thinking person's Lee Child' Amazon reader five star review
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 34 mm
A fascinating tale of modern espionage in a unique setting * Irish Independent *
One of our finest thriller writers...Fans of his criminally underrated Belsey novels, about a corrupt London detective, will recognise some familiar themes, including a soft spot for heroic losers and an interest in the physical and mental remains of the Cold War. But it is the location that matters most of all, windswept and staffed by a mixtures of spooks, oddballs and drunks, and it will stay with you long after you close the book * Evening Standard *
Harris evokes a powerful sense of place in a landscape where the elements turn out be a character in its own right and the intrigue developing as a result of his investigation quickly sets up a rather frantic and tense finale. A bloody good read! * Maxim Jakubowski, Crime Time *
A twisty, propulsive spy thriller, all set against the vividly evoked hellscape of one of the most remote islands in the world * Irish Times *
A corker...Harris expertly keeps the plates spinning while breathing thrilling life into the ex-pat community and its moon surface existence * Big Issue *
Oliver Harris is always pure quality and I'm loving the hell out of his foray into the contemporary spy novel. Elegant and compulsive' * Ian Rankin, praise for A Shadow Intelligence *
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