Gerald Seymour’s most recent novel, titled Battle Sight Zero, is officialy published in paperback in the UK today by Hodder Books.
The Kalashnikov AK47. A weapon with a unique image. A symbol of freedom fighters and terrorists across the globe. Undercover officer Andy Knight has infiltrated an extremist group intent on bringing the rifle to Britain – something MI5 have been struggling for years to prevent.
He befriends Zeinab, the young Muslim student from Yorkshire who is at the centre of the plot. All Zeinab needs to do is travel to the impoverished high-rise estates of Marseilles and bring one rifle home on a test run. Then many more will follow – and with them would come killing on an horrendous scale.
Zeinab is both passionate and attractive, and though Andy knows that the golden rule of undercover work is not to get emotionally attached to the target, sometimes rules are impossible to follow.
Supremely suspenseful, Battle Sight Zero follows Andy and Zeinab to the lethal badlands of the French port city, simultaneously tracking the extraordinary life journey of the blood-soaked weapon they are destined to be handed there.
After finding the new listing for Beyond Recall last night I also discovered three new covers of some of Gerald Seymour’s earlier novels, namely The Collaborator, The Dealer and the Dead and The Outsiders.
These new covers are in line with the recent cover designs for Battle Sight Zero and A Damned Serious Business. Perhaps more new covers will follow.
A cover image and the blurb for the next Gerald Seymour novel, titled Beyond Recall, have now appeared online.
Gary – ‘Gaz’ – Baldwin is a watcher, not a killer. Operating with a special forces unit deep in Syria, he is to sit in a hide, observe a village, report back and leave.
But the appalling atrocity he witnesses will change his life forever.
Before long, he is living as a handyman on the Orkney islands, far from Syria, far from the army, not far enough from the memories that have all but destroyed him.
‘Knacker’ is one of the last old-school operators at the modern MI6 fortress on the Thames. He presides over the Round Table, a little group who meet in a pub and yearn for simpler, less bureaucratic times.
When news reaches Knacker that the Russian officer responsible for the Syrian incident may be in Murmansk, northern Russia, he sets in motion a plan to kill him. It will involve a sleeper cell, a marksman and other resources – all unlikely to be sanctioned by the MI6 top brass, so it must be done off the books.
But first, he will need a sure identification. And for that, he needs a watcher…
Full of surprise, suspense and betrayal, Beyond Recall is a searching novel of moral complexity and a story of desperate survival.
Beyond Recall is published in hardback in the UK on 9 January 2020.
Today the official Gerald Seymour Facebook page was updated with some information on the next novel.
Have just gone through the copy edit of the new story. It is Beyond Recall, set in the dark cold waters north of the Arctic Circle and in the wilderness territory between the Norwegian frontier and the Russian city of Murmansk. There the Russian navy’s main strike force is based which makes it a security conscious location (!), and one I much enjoyed visiting. This is ‘front line’ territory in the newly chilled Cold War.
Sounds like it could be a good one. For now I’m assuming it will be published in January 2020.
My review page for the new novel Battle Sight Zero has now been added to the site.
The book is published in hardcover on 10 January 2019
Thanks as always to Hodder books for the advance review copy.
Oops. I missed the paperback publication date of A Damned Serious Business. It was officially published in the UK on 1 November, so I’m only one day out.
This one is well worth a look and is particularly timely dealing with Russian cyberwarfare.
‘The novel is an absorbing briefing on cyberwarfare as well as a masterclass in characterisation’ SUNDAY TIMES Thriller of the Month
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.
The official Gerald Seymour Facebook account has revealed the cover to the next novel Battle Sight Zero. The book is due to be published in he uk next January.
Just spotted this today on the Facebook.
Gerald Seymour will be appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to discuss his latest novel, A Damned Serious Business.
The event From Russia with Hackers is on Wednesday August 15, 5.30pm at the Spark Theatre on George Street.
Tickets can be bought from the following site.
A placeholder cover image for the next Gerald Seymour novel, Battle Sight Zero, has appeared on amazon.co.uk.
The final cover image will no doubt appear sometime between now and January 2019.
This is something of an oddity that I spotted this week. It appears that there is an audio book of a Gerald Seymour short story titled The Eternal Flame.
It seems to be out on both Download and CD formats and was apparently released on 28 January.
Jonas Merrick – mockingly nicknamed ‘Eternal Flame’ by his colleagues at MI6 because he was desk bound and considered a long redundant encyclopaedia of names and faces – was on the edge of retirement.
Having escaped his own insincere retirement party and taken refuge on a bench within the grounds of Thames House, he finds himself sitting next to Winston Gunn, a young man drawn into the Jihadi activist net while serving 18 months imprisonment. A young man packed tightly with explosives ready for detonation….