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Paperback Published on: 07/04/2022
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A very enjoyable read!
Oliver Harris Ascension is set up on a very small remote island, somewhere between Africa and Brazil. It’s location, climate, less than 900 inhabitants ha... READ MORE
Zuzanna Skrobacka
Gripping, fast and relentless. Brilliant!
Ascension is an astonishing novel. Starting it is like stepping in an ever accelerating sport car, taking you into unknown territory. The first of that ter... READ MORE
Patti Ho
A Tightrope of Treachery
Ascension is an absolutely superb spy novel set on the remote Ascension Island in the South Atlantic, and is the second outing for Oliver Harris's MI6 agen... READ MORE
Steve at Banbury
The new Bond
A great conspiracy thriller with the remote menace of the island location of Ascension Island, deep in the Atlantic, and the setting for a 21st Century esp... READ MORE
Ben Richardson


Ascension: the most remote island in the world... Elliot Kane, former spy, trying to leave the world of espionage behind. Kathryn Taylor: a stalled career in MI6, running the South Atlantic desk. Rory Bannatyne: covert technical specialist. Dead, apparently of suicide. Three friends from a mission many years ago reconnect when one of them dies on Ascension Island. Rory Bannatyne had been tasked with tapping a new transatlantic data cable, but a day before he was due to return home he is found hanged. When Kathryn Taylor begs Kane to go over and investigate, he can't say no, but it's an uneasy reintroduction to the intelligence game. Ascension is a curious legacy of England's imperial past. Only employees and their families are allowed to live there. It's home to several highly-classified government projects, a British and American military base, and forty dead volcanic cones. Entirely isolated from the world, the disappearance of a young girl at the same time as Rory's death means local tensions are high. Elliot needs to discover what happened to her as well as to Rory. But the island contains more secrets than even the government knows, and it's not going to give them up without a fight.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349142975
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 260g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 26 mm

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A really satisfying espionage thriller
I loved this book! It started as an espionage novel – carefully paced, well plotted and absorbing. Then, about two thirds of the way through, it morphed in... READ MORE
Oundle Crime
This is the second Elliot Kane book and I enjoyed it possibly more than the first as I found it easier to understand what was happening!