Man on Edge
by Humphrey Hawksley

Trauma surgeon Carrie Walker is taken aback when her uncle makes contact out of the blue. Senior Russian naval officer Artyom Semenov claims to be in possession of an explosive piece of information which he is offering to share with the West. But can he be trusted?

Travelling to Moscow undercover to meet with Semenov, Carrie finds herself stranded when the carefully-planned operation goes catastrophically awry. In grave danger, there’s only one person she can turn to for help: her former fiancé, Major Rake Ozenna of the Alaskan National Guard.

Aware how vital it is that he reaches Carrie before others do, Rake knows he’s pitted against a powerful and lethal enemy. But is it a rogue agent – or the Russian state? As preparations gather pace for a high-profile NATO exercise off the Norwegian coast, Rake must act fast if he is to prevent a global catastrophe.


A multilayered tale with plenty of fast-paced action will hook thriller fans


A hard-as-nails hero, an out-of-the-ordinary location, and oodles of high-action encounter – it’s everything readers want in a political thriller

Library Journal

Hawksley has a newsman’s writing style that makes for an easy and entertaining read. The scene-setting is vivid, the geopolitics a balanced backdrop

Financial Times

Gripping and addictive ... Fine prose, stunning characters who capture and retain our interest, and insights into the realm of global politics and derring-do ... Highly recommended

San Francisco Review of Books

Hawksley’s second thriller is as exciting as the first ... There are several unexpected killings in a very brutal manner which bring to mind some of the more bloody episodes in some of Iain M Banks’ stories, or Game of Thrones”

Crime Review

Reminiscent of the very best Cold War fiction, filled with intrigue, double-dealing, and ingenious political intrigue. Hawksley's hero, Rake Ozenna, is smart and tough, and we're glad to have him on our side. A well written, fast-paced, and cleverly-plotted page-turner

Nelson DeMille

The pace is furious, the casualty list breathtaking, and the plotters exactly whom you suspected

Kirkus Reviews

A deftly crafted and simply riveting read from beginning to cliff-hanger ending

Midwest Book Review

Knuckle-whitening suspense, bloody violence, dirty tricks, and plenty of surprising twists make this a gripping, can’t-put-it-down read

Booklist on Man on Ice

Authentic settings, non-stop action, backstabbing villains, and rough justice … Keeps you ready for the gut punch

Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author on Man on Ice

Humphrey Hawksley

Humphrey Hawksley is a foreign correspondent for the BBC, a regular speaker and panellist at Intelligence Squared and the Royal Geographical Society, and many literary festivals. Hawksley’s writing has appeared in the Guardian, The Times, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune and Yale Global. Hawksley’s television documentaries include The Curse of Gold and Bitter Sweet, Aid Under Scrutiny, Old Man Atom and Danger: Democracy at Work@hwhawksley

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Man on Edge by Humphrey Hawksley is available in the following formats

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