by Henry Porter

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Henry Porter, who has been widely hailed as a next-generation John le Carré, is a bestselling author in the UK and has won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. From the refugee camps of Greece to the mountains of Macedonia, a thirteen-year-old boy is making his way to Germany and to safety. Codenamed “Firefly,” he holds vital intelligence: unparalleled insight into a vicious ISIS terror cell, and details of their plans. But the terrorists are hot on his trail, determined he won’t live to pass on the information.

When MI6 become aware of Firefly and what he knows, the race is on to find him. Luc Samson, ex-MI6 agent and now private eye, finds himself recruited to the cause. Fluent in Arabic thanks to his Lebanese heritage and himself the product of an earlier era of violent civil war, Samson’s job is to find Firefly, win his trust, and get him to safety.

A devastatingly timely thriller following the refugee trail from Syria to Europe, Firefly is a sophisticated, breathtaking race against time from an author who brings a whole new level of urgency to the genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802146755
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 281,871
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Henry Porter is the UK editor of Vanity Fair and writes about European power and politics for the Hive. He has written five internationally bestselling thrillers, including Brandenburg Gate, which won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and The Bell Ringers, which was also nominated for the award.

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His head went under. Seawater filled his nose and mouth; his eyes opened and he saw the black depths of the ocean below him. A moment later something knocked his legs – maybe part of the wreckage, he couldn’t tell. All he knew was that he was going to die. Then it came again. This time there was a distinct shove on his buttocks and whatever it was that moved with such intent beneath him lifted him up so his head and shoulders came out of the water and he was able to grab a plastic toggle on the section of the rubber craft that was still inflated.

He clung to the toggle and retched and blinked and blinked again.

The sea was very strange to the boy, with its violence and the salty water that stung his eyes and the gash on his head that had been made with the handle of a gun by one of the men when they were being herded onto the raft. He rubbed his eyes with the knuckle of his free hand and cast around. There was nothing to see in the dawn, not even the shadow of the coast they’d spotted a few minutes before the boat had begun to sink.

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Firefly 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Bev_Ash More than 1 year ago
I haven't read an adventure novel in quite a while, but I am glad I read this one. It held me in its clutches from the very start. The action kept me turning the pages and I found each new character to be more interesting than the next. This was truly an enjoyable read. I received his ebook free from NetGalley for an honest review.
bookmon1 More than 1 year ago
A young Syrian boy just wants to get his family out of the country and to safety in Germany. His migration trip is made even more dangerous because evil men are after him after he witnessed horrific torture and killings. At the same time some British intelligence agents are looking for him so they can find the leader of the murderous group. The boy is dubbed "Firefly" because he seems to flit from one place to another. Naji is a highly intelligent child who know more than most adults. He is on a quest and nothing will stop him. Samson, an agent and one of the good guys, is on a quest, too . He doesn't just see Naji as a means to an end, but as a young boy who is special and deserves a better life. FIREFLY is a wonderful thriller and moves at a fast, suspenseful pace. We see so much of the turmoil of the Syrian Civil war on television, but FIREFLY brings it down to a more personal level. The reader can feel the true impact of all the horrors and tragedy of this long war. I salute Henry Potter for the research he has done to bring this story to life.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
Taking place in the modern era, we follow a 13 year old youngster named Naji who fled from his village in Serbia with his ailing father, his mother and three younger sisters. His father's last instructions to him before he died were to try to get to Germany and establish safe harbor and transportation for his mother and sisters. Naji attempts to make his way from a Turkish refugee camp across the water to Greece, and then through Macedonia to safe harbor in Germany. Naji is small for his age, and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, so though he has funds to purchase passage on public transports, he cannot buy a ticket or ride without an adult in attendance. He is being followed by two of the three IS agents who were responsible for the attack on Naji's village murdering many, bad men who know what he saw in Serbia and want to silence him permanently. To add to his difficulties agents from Britain, Greece and assorted sundry desert nations also want to know what he knows, and they too are dogging his journey. How can you be sure who is friend, who is foe? You simply must just keep on moving. This was a very interesting tale, well paced and with action to keep you flinching and guessing and reading on long after your bedtime. Naji is an awesome kid, empathetic and smart. You can only wish the best for him and cheer at his victories. I thoroughly enjoyed Firefly and will add Henry Porter to my list of must reads. I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Henry Porter, and Grove Atlantic, Mysterious Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.
jdowell More than 1 year ago
A tense international thriller involving issues in today's world: ISIS, terrorism, the refugee crisis in Europe, intelligence agencies collaborating, and more. This is a very complex story with lots of action and I really enjoyed it. I won't try to give you a synopsis since you can read that other places - I'll just tell you my impressions. I fell in love with Naji who has seen way too much for a child to deal with and was still facing so much more. My heart broke for him. I also loved the character and dedication of Paul Samson who always seemed to "do the right thing" and showed true concern for the people he was trying to find. The psychologist, Anastasia, was also a favorite - she showed such caring and empathy yet kept a wonderful disposition throughout. Of course I hated the ISIS characters, but also the Peter Numan and his assistant who had dated Samson (I really disliked this lady!). There were many times in the narrative that I was scared for Naji - he really had some good luck in places - maybe to balance out all the tremendous grief he had suffered. I was on the edge of my seat and couldn't flip the pages fast enough to find out what happened. If you like espionage and thrillers you will certainly enjoy this book. Great work Henry Porter! Thanks to Henry Porter and Grove Atlantic through Netgalley for an advance copy.