A Deniable Death

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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. He's always followed the rules. Until now, they've 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 has a plan to assassinate the Engineer - a brilliant maker...

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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. He's always followed the rules. Until now, they've 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 has a plan to assassinate the Engineer - a brilliant maker of improvised explosive devices, the roadside bombs that account for 80 percent of Allied casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. The spooks know he's planning to leave his home in Iran. They just need to find out when and where he's 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. Gerald Seymour expertly explores the moral compromises of the secret world on which we rely for our everyday security - and the amazing reserves of courage that ordinary people can find in extraordinary circumstances.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post - Patrick Anderson
…an extraordinary work of fiction…Serious readers will find in A Deniable Death not only suspense, strong characters and a realistic look at the world of espionage, but a majesty that is rare in fiction. At a certain point, the novel rises to a mythic level, portraying courage and loyalty and sacrifice almost beyond understanding.
Publishers Weekly
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. (Feb.)
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Praise for Gerald Seymour and A Deniable Death:

“Veteran British spy novelist Gerald Seymour has written an extraordinary work of fiction. This is Seymour’s 21st novel, and critics on both sides of the Atlantic have for years compared him to John le Carre, Graham Greene, Eric Ambler and other masters of spy fiction, but his reputation has never quite equaled theirs. No matter. Serious readers will find in A Deniable Death not only suspense, strong characters and a realistic look at the world of espionage, but a majesty that is rare in fiction. At a certain point, the novel rises to a mythic level, portraying courage and loyalty and sacrifice almost beyond understanding.” –Washington Post

“Convincing and suspenseful.” –Wall Street Journal

“Seymour is a veteran thriller-writer, and this is a genuinely gripping page-turner.” –The Atlantic

“Outstanding…  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.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The three British masters of suspense, Graham Greene, Eric Ambler, and John le Carre, have been joined by a fourth—Gerald Seymour.” –New York Times

“Not since the arrival of John le Carre has the emergence of an international suspense novelist been as stunning as that of Gerald Seymour.” –Los Angeles Times Book Review

"[Seymour] isn't just abreast of the headlines, [but] ahead of them." —The Washington Post

“Seymour may be the best spy novelist ever.” –Philadelphia Inquirer

“Suspense master Seymour dazzles with commanding language and meticulous detail.” –Entertainment Weekly on Rat Run

“A book for those seriously into espionage who want to absorb every detail of how a spy mission is planned and carried out… Seymour’s painstaking attention to detail is a plus, as it gives the story an authentic ring and lets the reader experience the mission in real time.” —Kirkus

“In a class of his own.” –The London Times

“Picking up a novel by Gerald Seymour is like taking a deep breath of fresh air . . . When readers get to the nailbiting climax, involving an agonising wait for airborne rescue, they may be wondering why they should bother with any other thriller writer.” —Independent (London)

“The novel exemplifies Seymour's ability to create and control a large, vividly drawn ensemble who are unwittingly connected (in this case via two fed-up soldiers)… Also characteristic is a Hitchcockian skewing of the reader's sympathies, with the ostensible good guys in Whitehall shown as coldly ready to sacrifice lives, and the bomb-maker seen in the round as both killer and devoted husband.” —The Sunday Times (London)

“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.” —i

“After 28 novels, Seymour's empathy for those he ensnares in his moral minefields remains movingly even-handed.” —Daily Telegraph (London)

“A gripping thriller.” —Sun

“Mr Seymour is . . . on form . . . The tradecraft of silent watching and the discomfort, thirst and increasing claustrophobia of the hideout are brought very much to life . . . the grim landscape of the border region and the harsh lives of its inhabitants are skilfully evoked.” —The Economist (Australia)

“Great storytelling . . . You just have to read this novel as it is absolutely gripping.” —Eurocrime

“Gerald Seymour is the grand-master of the contemporary thriller and Deniable Death is his greatest work yet. Gripping, revealing and meticulously researched, this is a page-turning masterpiece that will literally leave you breathless.” —Major Chris Hunter, author of Extreme Risk

“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] incapable of creating a two-dimensional character.” —The Times

“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 . . . Here, we have a typically compromised Seymour anti-hero, a masterfully organised globe-spanning narrative and a mass of highly persuasive detail. The Dealer and the Dead is Seymour firing on all cylinders, and his rivals need, once again, to look to their laurels.” —Barry Forshaw

“With Seymour, not only do you get a cracking story deftly told, but you also feel you are learning something.” —Birmingham Press

“In a class of his own.” —The Times on THE WAITING TIME

“One of the modern masters of the craft.” —Daily Mail on THE COLLABORATOR

“Gerald Seymour is considered the dabbest hand in the industry . . . still a master who executes his spy tales of murderous and political intrigue with rigour and flair. Seymour is a master at evoking the seemingly unchartable terrain of foreign landscapes - as a former reporter covering wars in Vietnam, Northern Ireland and Borneo, he brings to bear some every pertinent experience. His research into the espionage world is meticulous. Splendid stuff.” —City AM

“A vividly drawn ensemble of spooks, terrorists and civilians.” —Sunday Times Books of the Year 2011

“A vividly drawn ensemble of spokes, terrorists and civilians.” —John Dugdale

“One of the most venerable names of the thriller genre, Gerald Seymour, showed that age was not withering him.” —Independent Books of the Year

Kirkus Reviews
The latest thriller from British author Seymour (The Collaborator, 2011, etc.) isn't the kind you'd turn to for fast action and relentless plot twists. Rather, it's a book for those seriously into espionage who want to absorb every detail of how a spy mission is planned and carried out. The book's very title hints at the outcome, as a team of agents is deployed to covertly remove an Iranian bomb expert, turning the actual killing over to an operative. The mission's two chosen leaders--grizzled veteran Joe "Foxy" Foulkes and 28-year-old police officer Danny "Badger" Baxter--are an instant mismatch; their mutual dislike and frequent clashes provide the human-interest angle. Their target, Rashid, also has a back story; his wife has a life-threatening brain tumor, and his attempts to get her an operation will make him vulnerable. The book gains momentum once Badger and Foxy get to the Iran–Iraq border and begin their "hide"--a grueling undercover slog. The suspense hits its peak as Foxy is captured and tortured--also in grisly detail--with lit cigarettes. The mission's conclusion inevitably goes less smoothly than planned, as Seymour plays his one big action scene for all it's worth. The book's conclusion cleverly circles back to its prologue. Some may be frustrated by the slow pace, as it takes more than 100 pages to even get the team selected and the operation underway, but for patient readers, Seymour's painstaking attention to detail is a plus, as it gives the story an authentic ring and lets the reader experience the mission in real time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781624062520
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 5.04 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet 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 United States.

READER BIO
Ralph Cosham, a narrator with dozens of fine performances of British classics including The Wind in the Willows and The Time Machine, also records as Geoffrey Howard, whose long audiography of titles includes works by C.S. Lewis. Ralph, as Cosham or Howard, has performed more than 100 audiobooks while keeping an active stage career in regional theater. Changing careers from British journalist to actor in the 1970s, Ralph has been recording for nearly 15 years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    This book starts out a bit slow and appears disconnected......ho

    This book starts out a bit slow and appears disconnected......however, as characters and plot evolves the weave tightens and it excels. Great character realism as well as plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Excellent new book from a great author.

    Excellent new book from a great author.

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    Posted February 18, 2013

    Ginger

    New camp

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