Jericho's War (Hardback)Gerald Seymour (author)
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He bent. He read the face, never took his gaze off it. His fingers gouged into dirt and he scrabbled, then found the stone. It was an unforgiving and sharp-edged flint, heavy, and it filled the palm of his hand as he lifted it. Out of the instructor’s options, he chose ‘fight’. The boy sucked in air to shout. He was pleasant looking and little more than a child. Corrie held the stone tight and propelled himself forward.
In a moment of nerve-shredding suspense that will affect many thousands of lives, a handful of men and women will converge on a barren stretch of Yemeni desert. Each of them will need spirit, courage and immense luck to survive the next forty-eight hours.
Corrie Rankin is already a legend at MI6 when he is called back with little regard for the horrors of his recent past. Corrie is sent to take advantage of a chance to take down a high value player in the war against Al Qaeda - and, a chance for the Brits to succeed without begging help from the Americans.
The sniper and his spotter who will go with Corrie are less than top team, but the best that can be found if the mission is to stay 'deniable'. And once the three misfits are in-country, they must rely on intelligence brought to them by a young British Jihadi - on the ground and close to the target - and now turned.
Close to him, is an archaeologist digging in the ruins of the Queen of Sheba' civilisation who will be their cut-out contact point. The mission is the brain-child of an apparently old, fat fool in a striped cricket blazer, a sweating figure of fun among the ex-pat community across the border in Muscat. This is Jericho ...not as old or fat or foolish as he appears, nor as harmless.
This is Jericho's War. The weapons it deploys, the brutal aims it pursues, are state of the art. The fear it breeds and the raw bravery it demands are as timeless as the desert itself.
Hard-hitting, gripping and utterly relevant, Jericho's War is a relentlessly powerful novel of our times.
'the best thriller writer in the world' - Daily Telegraph
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 754 g
Dimensions: 240 x 169 x 43 mm
An enthralling novel that draws the reader relentlessly in * Aly Monroe *
Richly imagined characters and a brilliant ending mark this story, about an operation to halt a Yemeni plane bomb plot, from an ever-reliable writer * The Sunday Times *
Praise for Gerald Seymour
Seymour expertly marshals his plot as Jago inches ever closer to the heart of darkness. A thoroughly engrossing thriller. * Event Magazine, Mail on Sunday on NO MORTAL THING *
A first-rate thriller with all the strengths of his recent work: audacity, believability, impeccable pacing, [and] a rich, diverse ensemble of supporting characters. * The Sunday Times on NO MORTAL THING *
Seymour is not one to cut corners. He does his research, thinks hard about his story and gives us richly imagined novels that bristle with authenticity. * Washington Post on THE COLLABORATOR *
Seymour is, quite simply, one of the finest thriller writers in England. * Daily Mail on THE CORPORAL'S WIFE *
Discerning thriller readers can safely say that the best practitioner currently working in the UK is the veteran Seymour. He is, quite simply, the most intelligent and accomplished in the current field. * Barry Forshaw on THE DEALER AND THE DEAD *