Man on Fire
by Humphrey Hawksley

A tense firefight on the Russian-American border heralds the start of a terrifying high-stakes mission for special forces agent Major Rake Ozenna in this gripping espionage thriller.

Instructed to guide in a speed boat crossing from Russia in the Bering Strait, special forces Major Rake Ozenna watches in horror as the operation culminates in a fatal firefight – and the loss of vital intelligence of a deadly new weapon. A weapon of unimaginable power. A weapon that, if it were unleashed, would cripple civilization as we know it. But who sabotaged the mission? Who possesses the weapon – and what is their ultimate goal?

Rake’s search takes him to the remote outpost of Uelen on the Russian coast – and the discovery that he is up against a formidable enemy from his past. As world leaders gather in Bonn for the signing of the new European security treaty, Rake enters a desperate race against time to prevent a catastrophe beyond imagining.

This fast-paced, impeccably researched, highly topical thriller is perfect for readers of CLIVE CUSSLER, LEE CHILD and ROBERT LUDLUM.


Lively scene-setting and fast-paced action

Financial Times

Exciting … Readers will look forward to Rake’s further adventures

Publishers Weekly

Brass-knuckled international intrigue for readers who still pine for the world of James Bond

Kirkus Reviews

In this fast-paced adventure story, Humphrey Hawksley exposes a threat to all our lives that cannot be dismissed as fiction. The technology, the impact and our lack of preparedness is chillingly real. Told with flair and attention to detail, this is every strategic planner’s worst nightmare

Dr Peter Vincent Pry, director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security

A gripping story ... But the terrifying truth is that the events which almost happen here could very well happen in the real world. This is not just a page-turner; it is also a wake-up call

Sir Oliver Letwin, former Minister of State for Government Policy

A multi-layered tale with plenty of fast-paced action that will hook thriller fans

Booklist on Man on Edge

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

Library Journal on Man on Edge

The pace is furious, the casualty list breathtaking

Kirkus Reviews on Man on Edge

An up-to-the-minute, page-turning spy thriller with the atmosphere of a Cold War classic

CHARLES CUMMING, Sunday Times bestselling author on Man on Edge

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

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 Fire by Humphrey Hawksley is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278903446th July 2021146 X 225mm256$28.99
Hardback978072789034429th April 2021146 X 225mm256£20.99
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