Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, Crime & Thrillers
Paperback Published on: 11/06/2020
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In Europe, the Americans are pulling out their troops in a tide of isolationism. Britain, torn between loyalties to America and the continent, is caught betwixt and between. In America, a space shuttle crashes on landing, killing all but one of the crew on-board: A British man named Mike Dreyfuss, who will become vilified by the US press and protesters. Halfway across the world, Martin Hepton, an English ground control technician watches as they lose contact with the most advanced satellite in Europe. A colleague of Hepton's who suspects something strange is going on is signed off sick, and never comes back. Hepton decides to investigate his friend's suspicions and his trail leads him to Dreyfuss, the MI6, the American military, and back to his former girlfriend, Jill, who is an up-and-coming journalist with the contacts and the courage to cover the story. But there is much more at stake than anyone realises - and many more people on their trail than they can possibly evade...

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781409196068
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 240g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm

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I'm surprised Ian Rankin agreed to this release. It is very disappointing with a ridiculous plot and frankly, poorly written by his high standards.
Ian Shepherd
Good read
Must admit I missed the usual glasgow crowd but quite enjoyed it once I got into it.
Frances Bond
West Wind
I found it very slow for the first chapters but then I could hardly put it down. It is very different to the Rebus books but it was his first published boo... READ MORE
Gill Symons
Cracks Along
Once you get your head around who the many characters are then this just cracks along: compulsive, easy to read.
Clive Hollin
Nearly but not quite
This book shows all too clearly how narrow is the line between good and excellent fiction; between the enjoyable and the captivating. Potentially, it has a... READ MORE
Chris Brookes
I think this is a cynical money making scheme by Ian Rankin's publishers marketing a book in modern day livery using modern day quotes to sell it. I think ... READ MORE
Dave H
One for completor-finishers
Rankin acknowledges in his introduction that this is an 'early work' ; one suspects that he was persuaded by the publisher to re-issue to complete the avai... READ MORE
Margaret Procter