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A Deniable Death [Audio]
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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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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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A 2011 Book of the Year. ""A vividly drawn ensemble of spooks, terrorists and civilians."" - Sunday Times (UK)""The three British masters of suspense, Graham Greene, Eric Ambler, and John le Carre, have been joined by a fourth - Gerald Seymour."" - The 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""In a class of his own."" - The London Times (UK)""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 (UK)""With Seymour, not only do you get a cracking story deftly told, but you also feel you are learning something."" - Birmingham Press (UK)""Great storytelling... You just have to read this novel as it is absolutely gripping."" - Eurocrime""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)""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""A vividly drawn ensemble of spokes, terrorists and civilians."" - John Dugdale A 2011 Book of the Year. "A vividly drawn ensemble of spooks, terrorists and civilians." - Sunday Times (UK)"The three British masters of suspense, Graham Greene, Eric Ambler, and John le Carre, have been joined by a fourth - Gerald Seymour." - The 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"In a class of his own." - The London Times (UK)"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 (UK)"With Seymour, not only do you get a cracking story deftly told, but you also feel you are learning something." - Birmingham Press (UK)"Great storytelling... You just have to read this novel as it is absolutely gripping." - Eurocrime"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)"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"A vividly drawn ensemble of spokes, terrorists and civilians." - John Dugdale

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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