A Line in the Sand is 20 years old

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It’s hard to believe but it’s now twenty years since A Line in the Sand was published in hardback. I remember it coming out in January and a check of Amazon UK confirms it was published on 2 January 1999.

It was Gerald Seymour’s eighteenth novel so it’s sits halfway between Harry’s Game and the latest book Battle Sight Zero.

A Line In the Sand was the story of a man who had given information to the intelligence services which lead to the deaths of people working on Iranian weapons programs. He’s given a new identity back in England. However the Iranians find out where he is an send an assassin to take revenge.

It was later adapted as a TV drama with Ross Kemp.

On a personal note this was one of the few Gerald Seymour novels I didn’t have a hardback copy of as I had bought the book as a trade paperback. Recently I got a hardback copy (via a popular internet auction site). Only then I realised I was buying my copy exactly twenty years late.

Hopefully I’ll be able to get around to revisiting the book with my nice “new” hardback sometime this year.

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

In conversation with Gerald Seymour and Terry Pratchett

Today I stumbled upon a transcript of a talk that Gerald Seymour did with the late Terry Pratchett back in November 2001. I thought it might make interesting reading as we await the next novel.

You can find the transcript at theguardian.com.

Just a spot of context. 9/11 had just happened and the most recent Gerald Seymour book published was his 20th, The Untouchable, in August that year (if I recall correctly).

It is interesting to see Gerald Seymour say he had no idea where things were going after 9/11. Pratchett also mentions Gerald’s previous novel Holding the Zero and makes reference to a movie about a sniper called Enemy at the Gates which was out that year.

I’m just stunned that 2001 was 14 years ago! How on earth did that happen?

No Mortal Thing to be published in 2015

A new listing has appeared on Amazon for a book titled No Mortal Thing. Here’s the blurb…

Two young men -Jago and Marcantonio – both studying business and finance:

Jago is a kid from a rough part of London who has worked hard to get a job in a bank and is now on a fast-track secondment to the Berlin office.

Marcantonio is one of the new generation in the Ndrangheta crime families from Calabria, Southern Italy. He is in Germany to learn how to channel their illicit millions towards legitimate businesses all over Europe.

When Jago witnesses Marcantonio commit a vicious assault and the police seem uninterested, the Englisman refuses to let the matter drop.

But by pursuing the gangster to his grandfather’s mountain lair, Jago is stepping into the middle of a delicate surveillance operation, which sets alarm bells ringing in Rome, London and Berlin.

It also leads him to Consolata, a young woman who sees in Jago the chance to turn her non-violent protest campaign against the crime families into something altogether more lethal…

NO MORTAL THING is novel of relentless power and mounting suspense, a brilliant portrayal of organised crime in Europe and the under-resourced men and women who fight it.

No Mortal Thing is due for publication by Hodder books on 2 July 2015.

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