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There’s deadly trouble in the wilds of Nebraska… and Reacher walks right into it.
First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire country into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing eight-year-old girl, already decades old, that Reacher can’t let go.
The Duncans want Reacher gone – or dead. And it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment that’s already late – and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy. For as dangerous as the Duncans are, they’re just the bottom of a criminal food chain stretching halfway around the world.
Reacher – bruised and battered – should have just kept on going. But for Reacher, that was impossible.
Worth Dying For is the kind of explosive thriller only Lee Child could write and only Jack Reacher could survive – a heart-racing page-turner no suspense fan will want to miss.
September 11th changed Reacher’s drifter lifestyle in one practical way. As well as his folding toothbrush, he now carries photo ID. Yet he is still as close to untraceable as a human being in America can get. So when a member of is old Army unit finds a way to get a message to him, he knows it must be deadly serious: I want you to put the unit back together.
You do not mess with the Special Investigators. They always watched each other’s backs. Now one of them has shown up dead in the California desert. And six others can’t be found at all.
You do not mess with Jack Reacher. His old buddies are in big trouble, and he won’t let that go. Not now, not ever.
I make things disappear. It’s what I do. This time I’m tidying up the loose ends after a casino heist gone bad. The loose ends being a million cash.
But I only have forty-eight hours, and there’s a guy out there who wants my head in a bag.
He’ll have to find me first.
They don’t call me there Ghostman for nothing…
Hugh Freyl is invincible, sicon of the richest family in Springfield, Illinois, and the much-loved, most respected lawyer in the city. That he is bling only enhances his reputation for truth and integrity: justice should be blind. And yet late one night, in the library of his law firm, he is beaten to death.
There is only one obvious suspect: David Marion, a convicted killer from the wrong side of the tracks. Hugh himself secured David’s release from South Hams State Prison, a brutal maximum security penitentiary. David has never seemed grateful.
But nothing in Springfield – except a dead body – is as it seems. The Freyls are almost too anxious to send David to death row. Hugh’s successor is certainly too pleased to be head of the firm. David’s desperate attempts to discover the truth – or is it to cover up his guilt? – lead him beyond and financial manipulation where even the best reputations hide deceit. David must fight with the only weapons he knows: the criminal skills he learned in prison and the savage fury of a hunted man.
Bleedout unravels with startling reversals and visceral detail to deliver a stunningly tense, psychological tour de force from award-winning author Joan Brady.
To some he was Orphan X. Others knew him as the Nowhere Man. But to veteran spymaster Jack Johns he was a boy named Even Smoak.
Taken from an orphanage, Evan was raised inside a top-secret programme designed to turn him into a deadly weapon. Jack became his instructor, mentor, teacher and guardian. Because for all the dangerous skills he instilled in his young charge, he also cared for Evan like a son. And now Jack needs Evan’s help.
The Orphan programme hid dark secrets. Now those with blood on their hands want every trace of it gone. And they will stop at nothing to make sure that Jack and Evan go with it.
With little time remaining, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: to find and protect the programme’s last recruit. And to stay alive long enough to uncover the shocking truth…
With Hellbent, Gregg Hurwitz raises the bar again with another masterclass in big screen, hi-octane thrilling writing.
Working undercover is all about trust – getting the target to trust you and then betraying them in order to bring them to justice.But what do you do when you believe an undercover cop has crossed the line and aligned herself with the international drugs smuggler she was supposed to be targeting?When a deep-undercover cop stops passing on intelligence about her target, MI5 sends in Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd to check that she is on the straight and narrow.Now two lives are on the line – and Shepherd discovers that the real danger is closer to home than he realised.As Spider finds his loyalties being tested to the limit, an SAS killer is on a revenge mission in London and only Spider can stop him.
Paul Janson is a retired operative, now a highly sought-after and extremely selective security specialist. The spy game ended up costing him everything that was most important to him and it would take a lot to lure him back into it. Unfortunately, the one person to whom his personal debt is so large that he could require anything of Janson is calling in his marker. Peter Novak, the legendary Hungarian immigrant and head of the Liberty Foundation – an immensely rich man who uses his wealth to rebuild and foster the growth of democratic ideals in the most ravaged and war-torn spots around the globe – has been kidnapped and faces execution at the hands of terrorist extremists. It is up to Janson to rescue him before Novak is murdered. Janson immediately puts together a top team immediately and manages the nearly impossible task of extricating Novak, but something goes horribly wrong – something that indicates that his operation has been compromised from the start – and only Janson himself survives.Now the major intelligence services think that Janson was responsible for Novak’s death and are sending their finest operatives after hi If Janson is to survive, and to avenge Novak’s murder, he must unravel the twisted truth that lies behind the legend that is and was Peter Novak. Because it appears that Novak is somehow, inexplicably, still alive and speaking publicly. And something serious is about to happen – something that threatens to change the course of history itself.
If the assassin known only as Victor once had a moral compass, it is long since buried, along with his many victims. Yet some men are so evil even Victor accepts they must die for reasons other than just money.
One such is Milan Rados, a former Serbian commander who has escaped trial to become a formidable criminal power. Tracking down and killing this brutal man will win Victor a reprieve for his own recent crimes on British soil.
But Victor isn’t the only one who wants Rados dead. Ana, whose family was butchered on the tyrant’s orders, will do anything to see Rados’ blood spilled. Now Victor has an unlikely ally – but an army stands between them and justice.
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Who guards the guardians?
For years, Nick Bryson was the best operative for the ultra-classified, cross-border intelligence agency known only to the spook community as The Directorate. Controlled by a few key figures in the US government, this elite organization did what no other could and operated where no other could go. All the while buried in its own anonymity.
But then one of Nick’s missions went bad. His cover was blown and he, nearly killed. A choice was given by his masters: retire or be ‘retired’.
He walked away, satisfied that he has served his country well.
Five peaceful years later he finds out that he was working for the Kremlin…
Enraged at his own stupidity, Nick is determined to find out the truth and bring down the whole operation. But, as he burrows deeper and deeper into the murky underworld of intelligence, terrorism and crime, he begins to see that something far larger than he ever could have imagined is going on. Lies are within lies, enemies change daily, and there is a world of terror being orchestrated by one conspiracy with one end: the control of a commodity more precious than military power.
(hardback: dust jacket included)John Silver had never killed a man. Until now, his charisma, sheer size and, when all else failed, powerful fists had been enough to dispatch his enemies. But on a smoldering deck off the coast of Madagascar, his shipmates dead or dying all around him, his cutlass has just claimed the lives of six pirates. With their comrades intent on revenge, Silver’s promising career in the merchant navy looks set to come to an end… until the pirate captain makes him an offer he can’t refuse.On the other side of the world, Joseph Flint, a naval officer wronged by his superiors, plots a bloody mutiny. Strikingly handsome, brilliant but prey to sadistic tendencies, the path Flint has chosen will ultimately lead him to Silver.Together these gentlemen of fortune forge a deadly and unstoppable partnership, steering a course through treachery and betrayal while amassing vast treasure. But the arrival of Selena, a beautiful runaway slave with a murderous past, triggers sexual jealousy that will turn the best of friends into sworn enemies… and so the legend of Treasure Island begins.
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Tree of Smoke – the name given to a ‘psy op’ that might or might not be hypothetical and might or might not be officially sanctioned – is Denis Johnson’s most gripping, visionary and ambitious work to date. Set in south-east Asia and the US, and spanning two decades, this is the story of Skip Sands, a CIA spy who may or may not be engaged in psychological operations against the Viet Cong. It is also the story of Skip’s uncle, the Colonel, who is CIA as well, and either misunderstood or mad – or possibly the victim of internal politics and power struggles. And then there’s Eddie, Voss and Jimmy, who Skip runs into – or from – every now and again; he doesn’t know whose side they’re on, although he does know it’s not necessarily his.
Describing a world where almost everyone is lost or looking for something, where disinformation is the ultimate weapon and disillusion the most insidious enemy, and where war is just another way to self-destruction, Johnson takes the reader on a surreal yet vivid journey, dipping in and out of characters’ lives to reveal fundamental truths as the heart of the human condition, Timely and timeless, Tree of Smoke is a novel unlike any other – past, present or future.
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The son of a wealthy plantation owner and a doting mother, Mungo St John us accustomed to the wealth and luxuries his privilege has afforded him. That is until he returns from university to discover his family ruined, his inheritance stolen and his childhood sweetheart, Camilla, taken by the conniving Chester Marion. Fuelled by anger, and love, Mungo swears vengeance and devotes his life to saving Camilla – and destroying Chester.
Camilla, trapped in New Orleans, powerless to her position as a kept slave and suffering at the hands of Chester’s brutish behaivour, must learn to do whatever it takes to survive.
As Mungo battles his own fate and misfortune to achieve the revenge that drives him, and regain his power in the world, he must question what it takes for a man to survive when he has nothing, and what he is willing to do in order to get what he wants.
An action-packed and gripping adventure by bestselling author, Wilbur Smith, about one man’s quest for revenge, the brutality of slavery in America and the imbalance between humans that can drive – or defeat – us.
Terror’s Reach: an exclusive island on the south coast of England, home to rival business tycoons Valentin Nasenko and Robert Felton. On a sweltering weekend in May, the island is targeted by a team of ruthless killers. Its residents are facing annihilation, and only one man stands a chance of saving them.
Four years ago, after an undercover police operation went disastrously wrong, Joe Clayton lost his career and his family. Forced to adopt a new identity, he drifted from job to job and ended up on the Reach, working as a bodyguard to Nasenko’s wife, Cassie, and her children. Now he must draw upon all his experience and reserves of strength to bring them out alive.
But the situation is far more complex than anyone realises, and soon Joe is caught up in an explosive feud between two immensely powerful forces. What gradually becomes clear is that the fortune hidden away on Terror’s Reach is not a prize at all. It’s a trap.
Sevastopol, December 2009. In the murky waters of the harbour, Spetsnaz assault commandos shadow a lone figure: special forces operative John Stratton on a secret surveillance mission. With his cover blown wide open, Stratton needs to get out – and fast.
In the North Sea, the giant oil platform Morpheus is in the grip of a team of hijackers. They demand two billion dollars or the first man will be shot inside twenty-four hours. With the Special Boat Service locked down, the only option is to bring in a small team of unproven operatives led by Stratton. He knows he needs to redeem himself after his botched assignment, but hw has another reason for going. One of his old friends is on the oil rig and could be first in line to die unless Stratton can get there in time.
But one of Stratton’s squad is playing a deadly game. A traitor. Someone with a lethal agenda. Morpheus is just the beginning and Stratton is damned if he’ll let his mission fall apart.
1993: Under deep cover, Nick Stone and a specialist surveillance team have spent weeks in the jungles and city streets of Colombia. Their mission: to locate the boss of the world’s most murderous drugs cartel – and terminate him with extreme prejudice.
Now they can strike. But to get close enough to fire the fatal shot, Nick must reveal his face. It’s a risk he’s willing to take – since only the man who is about to die will see him. Or so he thinks…
2012: Nick is in Moscow; semi-retired; semi-married to Anna; very much the devoted father of their newborn son. But when the boy falls dangerously ill and the doctor who saves him comes under threat, Nick finds himself back in the firing line. To stop his cover being terminally blown, he must follow a trail that begins in Triad-controlled Hong Kong and propels him back into the even more brutal world he thought he’d left behind.
The forces ranged against him have guns, helicopters, private armies and a terrified population in their vice-like grip. Nick Stone has two decades of operational skills that may no longer be deniable – and a fierce desire to protect a woman and a child who now mean more to him than life itself.
Jack Reacher. Hero. Loner. Soldier. Soldier’s son. An elite military cop, he was one of the army’s brightest stars. But in every cop’s life there is one case that changes everything. For Jack Reacher, this is that case.
New Year’s Day, 1990. In a North Carolina motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. Within hours the general’s wife is murdered. Then the dominoes really start to fall.
Somewhere inside the vast worldwide fortress that is the U.S. Army, Reacher is being set up as a fall guy with the worst enemies a man can have. But Reacher won’t quit. He’s fighting a new kind of war – against an enemy he didn’t know he had. And against a conspiracy more chilling, ingenious, and treacherous than anyone could have guessed.
Samuel Carver makes bad things happen to even worse people. He was once a Royal Marine. Now he’s freelance, the frontline weapon of the Consortium, a group so secretive even he does not know the true identities of the people who command him.
But now Carver wants to quit. He’s had enough of death. Then he’s sent on one last hit, planned at extremely short notice. the target, they say, is a high-ranking terrorist. The means is a car crash in a Paris underpass.
The whole job is a set-up.
When Carver discovers his victim is the world’s most famous woman, he becomes the next target. He knows too much. His life is over unless he can track down the men who planned this murderous mission before they get to him.
As the true nature of the conspiracy unfolds and the threats against him multiply, Carver’s only ally is Alix, a beautiful Russian with a past as troubled as his own. But can he trust her? Or is the woman he loves his most deadly enemy of all?
When 84-year-old millionaire Pete Brage is found bludgeoned to death in his San Diego mansion, homicide cop Tom McMichael is one of the first on the scene. Not good news, especially since the Irish and the Portuguese Bragas share a violent family history dating back three generations. Fifty years ago Bragga shot McMichael’s grandfather dead in a pay dispute. Then McMichael’s father was accused of carrying out a revenge attack that left Braga’s thirteen-year-old son permanently brain damaged.
Now McMichael must put aside the old family blood feud, and find Pete Braga’s killer. Braga’s beautiful nurse is a suspect – she says she stepped out for some firewood, but key evidence suggests otherwise. The investigation soon expands to include Braga’s business, his family, the Catholic diocese, a multi-million dollar Indian casino, a prostitute, a cop, and, of course the McMichael family.
Advertising director Charles Schine is just another New York commuter, the 8.43 to Penn Station his daily journey to work. But the day he misses his regular train is the day that changes his life. Catching the 9.05 instead, he can’t help but be drawn by the sight of the person opposite.Charles has never cheated on his wife in eighteen years of marriage. But then Charles has never met anyone like Lucinda Harris before: charming, beautiful and a seductively good listener. Charles finds himself instantly attracted. And, through Lucinda is married too, it is immediately apparent that the feeling is mutual. Their journeys into work become lunch dates, lunch dates become cocktails, and cocktails become a rented room in a seedy Manhattan hotel.Charles and Lucinda both know the risks they are taking, but not in their worst nightmares could they have forseen what is to follow. Suddenly their temptation turns horrifically sour, and their illicit liaison becomes caught up in something bigger, more dangerous, more brutally violent. Unable to talk to his wife, unable to turn to the police, Charles finds himself trapped in a world of dark conspiracy and psychological games. Somehow he’s got to find a way to fight back, or his entire life will be spectacularly derailed – for good.
Jonah Said is a man with nowhere left to run. Hunted, haunted, and bearing the horrific scars of a life spent on the frontline of some of the world’s most dangerous battlefields, he’s not what you’d call a model soldier. That’s why the British Army has shipped him to the lawless strip of desert sandwiched between Iraq and Kuwait, where everything is for sale and nothing is what it seems. Welcome to the Zone.
It’s 2003, and conflict looms, but for Jonah, the war has already started. He’s been sent here as an official observer – unarmed, impartial, and safely out of harm’s way. Big mistake. Thing is, although he isn’t a man who goes looking for trouble, trouble has an awkward habit of following him, and from the moment he lands, Jonah is in over his head.
Drawn into a ruthless world of corruption, Jonah is about to learn that in the Zone, life is cheap, and the truth is deadly.