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The brutally authentic, tense and terrifying thriller from best-selling Author and frontline Journalist James Brabazon.

Officially, Max McLean doesn't exist.

An off-the-books assassin for the British government, he operates alone.

But when a routine hit goes badly wrong, a cryptic note on a $100 bill prised from his target's dead fingers suggests there's more to the mission than meets the eye.

Is someone from Max's former life trying to send him a message?

From Paris to Jerusalem and on to the frozen wastes of north-west Russia, Max is forced into a desperate race for the truth - with unknown enemies determined to stop him at any cost.

And when the secret coded into the banknote is finally revealed, only one thing is certain: with the fate of the world in his possession, failure is not an option....

A razor-sharp action thriller with the raw inventiveness of I Am Pilgrim and the breathless pace of movies like John Wick and James Bond, Arkhangel sees James Brabazon stake his claim alongside Lee Child, David Baldacci and Gregg Hurwitz as a master of the genre.

©2020 James Brabazon (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Strap in and Hold on Tight!

This is a hell of a ride from James Brabazon. For someone who doesn't exist and who is supposed to hide in the shadows Max McLean is like a small fireworks display. The body count in this one alone would make a reasonable dent in our planet's over-population problems! From pretty early on it's obvious that this author isn't going for anything realistic but it is gritty and brutal and McLean is as ruthless and hard as they come. It's almost non-stop action and Jason O'Mara does a really decent job of somehow keeping up with this breakneck story. With his mild Irish accents and some very good voices for other characters he is a really good fit to be reading this one. The story careers around the world with death and mayhem seemingly around every corner as McLean manages to create chaos and no little destruction everywhere he goes. I really did enjoy this one and it's fair to at least compare it to the likes of Lee Child. If you like non-stop action and frequent brutal violence this should suit very nicely as long as you aren't hoping for too high a dose of realism in the mix.

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Great BUT...

I liked the story, it was compelling enough that I listened though over a couple of days. However there is so much unrequired detail in places, and it gets in the way of the action. In fact it's so detailed I feel I could now ride a horse based on what I heard in a section of the story. All round it's an OK listen and the narration gave it extra life but I'm not sure I'd bother reading the inevitable sequels.