Jericho’s War paperback alert

Just a quick alert that the new paperback edition of Jericho’s War is officially published by Hodder books on Thursday 30 November 2017.

That will be followed in January by the new hardback, A Damned Serious Business. I’ve finished reading my advance copy and a review will be up soon(ish).

Finally thanks to Sue for letting me know that Gerald will be talking about, signing and selling his latest book in a little Welsh library on 31 January. Details on Friends of Rhydypennau Library Events Facebook page.

A Damned Serious Business preview

A look at Amazon UK today revealed the title and blurb of the next Gerald Seymour novel. A Damned Serious Business is out in hardback on 4 January 2018.

Here is the blurb…

There is a new cold war raging and its frontline warriors are Russian hackers – gang-members working freelance for the FSB, successor to the KGB. Massive thefts of personal information, electoral interference, catastrophic disruption of commercial and social services, banks, airlines, even whole countries disabled – this is happening now.

Nicknamed ‘Boot’ because of his obsession with the Duke of Wellington and the battle of Waterloo, Edwin Coker is a case officer at the Vauxhall headquarters of MI6. When a young hacker falls into his hands and reveals details of a secret meeting, Boot conceives a daring plan to strike back – not with a computer virus of his own, but with a bomb that will seriously damage the Russian operation, spreading fear and distrust.

Now Boot and his little team need a ‘deniable’ handler to deliver the explosives across the border from Estonia into Russia and bring the hacker back out. They turn to Merc, an ex-soldier fighting in Iraq, a gun-for-hire who knows how to get out of a tight spot. They hope.

From the moment Merc sets out to cross the River Narva things do not go to plan and when the hacker’s sister becomes involved, his mission turns from tough to near impossible. The scene is set for a classic story of pursuit and evasion and an epic battle for survival.

As always this far out it’s possible that the title and indeed the release date will change.

Jericho’s War Cover and Blurb

I’ve just spotted the cover image and blurb for Jericho’s War, the next Gerald Seymour novel, on Amazon UK.

First the cover image…

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And now the blurb…

In a moment of nerve shredding suspense that will affect many thousands of lives, a handful of men and women will converge on a barren stretch of Yemeni desert. Each of them will need spirit, courage and immense luck to survive the next forty-eight hours.

Corrie Rankin is already a legend at MI6 when he is called back with little regard for the horrors of his recent past. Corrie is sent to take advantage of a chance to take down a high value player in the war against Al Qaeda – and, a chance for the Brits to succeed without begging help from the Americans.

The sniper and his spotter who will go with Corrie are less than top team, but the best that can be found if the mission is to stay ‘deniable’.

And once the three misfits are in-country, they must rely on intelligence brought to them by a young British Jihadi – on the ground and close to the target – and now turned. And, close to him, is an archaeologist digging in the ruins of the Queen of Sheba’ civilisation who will be their cut-out contact point.

The mission is the brain-child of an apparently old, fat fool in a striped cricket blazer, a sweating figure of fun among the ex-pat community across the border in Muscat. This is Jericho … not as old or fat or foolish as he appears, nor as harmless.

This is Jericho’s War. The weapons it deploys, the brutal aims it pursues, are state of the art. The fear it breeds and the raw bravery it demands are as timeless as the desert itself.

That description certainly calls to mind some previous Seymour books such as At Close Quarters, Holding the Zero and A Deniable Death.

Jericho’s War is out in the UK on 5 January 2017

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