Rake Ozenna hunts a weapon of unimaginable power.
Its purpose — to destroy governments from within.

Canongate/Severn House – U.K. April 30; U.S. July 6, 2021

A tense firefight on the Russian-American border heralds the start of a terrifying high-stakes assignment for special forces Major Rake Ozenna in this gripping espionage thriller.
Rake’s mission takes him to a settlement on the Russian coast where he uncovers evidence of a weapon that would cripple civilization as we know it.
But where is the weapon now? Who possesses it, and what is their ultimate goal?
As world leaders gather for the signing of a new European security treaty, Rake enters a desperate race against time to prevent a catastrophe beyond imagining.
This taut international spy thriller will keep readers gripped to the end. Impeccably researched and highly topical, it is perfect for readers of VINCE FLYNN, BRAD THOR and LEE CHILD.

Praise for MAN ON FIRE from Experts:

The terrifying truth is that events like what almost happens here could very well happen in the real world.

― Sir Oliver Letwin, former British cabinet minister, author Apocalypse How

Told with flair and attention to detail, this is every strategic planner’s worst nightmare.

― Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, Director, Task Force on National and Homeland Security,
author The Power and the Light

Praise for RAKE OZENNA:

Rake Ozenna, is smart and tough, and we’re glad to have him on our side.

Nelson de Mille

A hard-as-nails hero.

Library Journal

Rake Ozenna is proving to be one of the more believable characters in a crowded field.

― Shots Crime and Thriller

And for the series:

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

A thriller reminiscent of Alistair MacLean and Hammond Innes

Crime Review on Man on Ice

‘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

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

STEVE BERRY, NYT-bestselling author on Man on Ice

The scene-setting is vivid, the geopolitics a balanced backdrop

Financial Times on Man on Edge

Hawksley’s excellent idea is to move the battleground from Eastern Europe to the Arctic north

Thriller of the Week, Mail-on-Sunday on Man on Ice

Humphrey Hawksley is an award-winning author and foreign correspondent whose assignments with the BBC have taken him to crises all over the world. His Rake Ozenna series originated when reporting from the US-Russian border during heightened tension. He has been guest lecturer at universities and think tanks such as the RAND Corporation, The Center for Strategic and International Studies and MENSA Cambridge. He moderates the monthly Democacy Forum debates on international issues and is a host on the weekly Goldster Book Club where he discusses books and talks to authors. He has presented numerous BBC documentaries and his latest non-fiction work is Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the Indo-Pacific and the Challenge to American Power.

Credit: Vernon Layton

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