A Hostile State
by Adrian Magson

A routine assignment for deep cover specialist Marc Portman becomes something darker and deeper in this action-packed spy thriller.

Deep cover specialist Marc Portman is in Lebanon on a last-minute assignment. A straightforward collect-and-go job. At least it should have been.

Ambushed by a surprise attack, it’s clear that someone must have had advance warning of Portman’s arrival. But who is his unseen enemy – clearly one with considerable resources – and why do they want him dead? More importantly, how could his attacker have known of his movements with less than 24 hours’ notice?

Concluding there must be an active leak at the heart of the CIA, Portman finds himself virtually alone and on the run, hung out to dry by the powers-that-be. If he is to survive, he must use his unique skill set to turn the tables on his pursuers . . . and beat them at their own game.


A diabolically clever plot … Fans of Magson’s Marc Portman series know they can count on pulse-pounding action and plenty of surprising twists, and Magson delivers both in his latest


A solid cat-and-mouse thriller with a refreshing breakout character

Kirkus Reviews

Engrossing … Readers will relate to the well-rounded, capable Portman, who never strays into superman territory as so many spy fiction heroes do

Publishers Weekly

The combination of pulse-pounding suspense, delicious twists, and daring heroes, makes for a highly satisfying read

Booklist on Terminal Black

Two thumbs way up for this heart-stopping, exhilarating action thriller, which will remind readers of Alex Berenson's John Wells novels

Booklist Starred Review of Dark Asset

Has grit, pace, and consistent suspense in its depiction of chases, weaponry, and the details of espionage

Kirkus Reviews on Dark Asset

Deft writing, high-octane action, taut suspense, and plenty of twists make this a gripping read

Booklist on Hard Cover

Magson writes well and informatively about the spy game

Publishers Weekly on Hard Cover

Adrian Magson

Adrian Magson is the author of three previous Marc Portman thrillers, as well as the Harry Tate, Lucas Rocco and Riley Gavin/Frank Palmer series. He has also written a writers’ help book based on his ‘Beginners’ column in Writing Magazine. Adrian was previously shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association’s Debut Dagger Award.@AdrianMagson1 | adrianmagson.com

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A Hostile State by Adrian Magson is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278502704th May 2021145 X 222mm256$28.99
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