The Walking Dead

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Overview

A young man starts a journey from a village in Saudi Arabia. if his mission succeeds, he will die a martyr —and many innocents will die with him. meanwhile, a London protection officer begins to realize that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. the suicide bomber and the policeman will have equal cause to question the roads they've chosen. The Walking Dead is a breathtakingly suspenseful thriller about the world in which we live, with all its dangers and complexities. With intelligence and deep ...

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Overview

A young man starts a journey from a village in Saudi Arabia. if his mission succeeds, he will die a martyr —and many innocents will die with him. meanwhile, a London protection officer begins to realize that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. the suicide bomber and the policeman will have equal cause to question the roads they've chosen. The Walking Dead is a breathtakingly suspenseful thriller about the world in which we live, with all its dangers and complexities. With intelligence and deep understanding, Seymour —"the best spy novelist ever" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) —shows us the choices we are forced to make, and their consequences.

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
Suspense master Seymour dazzles with commanding language and meticulous detail.
Los Angeles 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.
The New York Times
The three British masters of suspense, Graham Greene, Eric Ambler, and John le Carre, have been joined by a fourth —Gerald Seymour.
Publishers Weekly

This chillingly believable thriller from British author Seymour (Rat Run) charts the course of a shy young terrorist from Saudi Arabia, Ibrahim Hussein (known as a "walking dead" for the explosive vest he wears), as Hussein works his way closer and closer to detonating his bomb-in Luton, a town 30 miles north of London. Seymour shifts agilely between the terrorists, led by mastermind Muhammad Ajaq (known as the Scorpion), and those in the U.K. whose job it is to stop the oncoming carnage, in particular David Banks, a detective constable authorized to carry firearms. Much of the interest for readers will be trying to guess how the many characters, including assorted bystanders whose lives become enmeshed in the increasingly complex proceedings, will receive his or her moment on stage. Seymour handles all the elements like the professional he is as the twisting plot builds to a satisfying conclusion. (June)

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Library Journal

Seymour (Rat Run) forsakes the black-and-white view of post-9/11 popular fiction, delving into the grays of motivation and response. The strands of his multiple narratives begin to connect as a planned suicide attack comes closer to fruition. The author examines his characters-a disaffected security officer, a sleazy juror, a retiring functionary, and the terrorists-from various angles, raising questions about the necessity and morality of action outside the bounds of law. Minor characters play a role in the climax, but including their stories detracts from the overall pacing. Despite this slight flaw, this is still highly recommended for all libraries.


—Andrew Smith
Kirkus Reviews
A young, would-be Islamic martyr, fitted for an explosive vest, follows orders taking him from Saudi Arabia to the London exurbs, his target known only to the mastermind his American nemesis calls the Twentyman. Seymour (Rat Run, 2007, etc.), a genuine master of the modern thriller, brings together old-line British spies, a brilliant war-maimed American spook, a couple of classic crooks, a bankrupt professor, the literary ghost of a doomed idealist in the Spanish Civil War, a cell of disaffected young British Muslims, a brave but alienated copper and a half-English-half-Arab villain with a hatred for the West. Ibrahim Hussein, a young medical student and his loving father's last surviving son, has been selected from a group of volunteer suicide bombers by the Twentyman as the one best suited to travel to England to wreak havoc. The others are sent to Iraq for other deadly work, but Ibrahim has the unselfconscious stride that will allow him to pass through all controls and checks without comment until he reaches ground zero. As the naively devout Arab crosses Europe, passing from cell to cell, British protective officer David Banks starts another journey, reading his great uncle's account of his disastrous enlistment in the International Brigades defending Republican Spain from the fascists. That trip to another time is enough to reshape Banks's understanding of heroism and alienates him from his comrades, resulting in reassignment to duties that will bring him into Ibrahim's path, as a couple of keen old intelligence hands use the dirtiest of methods to find the martyr's target. Heroics, religion, sex, torture, doubt and ever-increasing tension in a cerebral blend. A thriller for allsides of today's war. Agent: Michael Sissons/PFD
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“The finest thriller writer in the world today”
Daily Telegraph

“The master of the modern adventure story”
The Times

“A master of his craft”
Sunday Telegraph

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590202937
  • Publisher: Overlook
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 413
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald Seymour spent fifteen years as an international television news reporter, specializing in the subject of terrorism. His first novel was the acclaimed Harry's Game. He has since written twenty-four more novels, six of which have been filmed for television.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

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    3 1/2 Years Later, A Review

    After having given very high marks to Seymour's latest novel, The Collaborator, I checked out this one to get acquainted with his previous works. I can see why a review has yet to be written. This novel is not a beach read. In fact, it can be rather exasperating as there are so many characters and sub characters, each with a story to be told. Seymour alternates between each, and that slows the tension of the tale. Further, each character does not really have so much of a story worth telling. The introduction of the FBI agent from Saudi Arabia is not quite credible and he is a somewhat irritating character. But, if you can get through those impediments, there is considerable reward in the main tale. We follow a group of terrorists who have been activated to arrange a suicide bomber in Britain. The leader of the group, the awakened sleepers, and the bomber himself, the walking dead man, are the heart of the story, and Seymour brings them to life quite credibly. Less successful are the government agents, who in the midst of office politics and misguided goals may not be up to the task of discovering the cell in time to prevent the attack. Can one discarded agent, caught up in the story of his dead relative, ( a story way overdone) be up to the task? Struggle through all of the distractions and you will find enough of a story here to interest you. It's more like 3 and 1/2 stars.

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