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The Break Line

'A riveting page-turner' Gregg Hurwitz, author of Orphan X

by James Brabazon


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'War correspondent James Brabazon brings his experience of the world's most dangerous places to this brutally compelling thriller . . .' Mail on Sunday

Officially Max McLean doesn't exist.

The British government denies all knowledge of the work he does on their behalf to keep us safe. But Max and his masters are losing faith in each other. And they give him one last chance to prove he's still their man.

Sent to a military research facility to meet a former comrade-in-arms, Max finds the bravest man he ever knew locked up for his own protection. His friend lost his mind during an operation in West Africa. The reason? Absolute mortal terror.

Max is determined to find out why.

Ahead lies a perilous, breath taking mission into the unknown that will call into question everything that Max once believed in.

Acting alone, without back-up, Max lands in Sierra Leone with his friend's last words ringing in his ears: 'They're coming, Max. They're coming . . .'

The Break Line is a thriller dripping with authenticity, menace and first-hand knowledge of the frontline. Smart, unputdownable and packed with irresistible set pieces and jaw-dropping plot twists, this is a thriller like no other.

'The Break Line plunges you into the most extraordinary and exciting world of covert operations . . . with a terrifyingly precise eye and an irresistible prose style, he creates a world that is almost impossible to leave. I'm still waiting for the choppers to come and take me home' Sebastian Junger

'A taut, razor-edged thriller, packed with granular detail and authenticity' James Swallow, bestselling author of Nomad

'It is insanely immersive, brilliantly blurring the lines between fiction and reality. I couldn't put it down' Tom Marcus, bestselling author of Soldier Spy

'The Breakline is a distillation of a quarter of a century of travel with a camera in one hand and a notebook in the other' Mail on Sunday

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Penguin Books Ltd
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James Brabazon (Author)

James Brabazon is an award-winning frontline journalist and documentary filmmaker. Based in London, he has travelled in over seventy countries, investigating, filming and directing in the world's most hostile environments. His awards include the R...

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