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Firefly

Narrated by: Matt Addis
Series: Paul Samson, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (157 ratings)

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Summary

From the refugee camps of Greece to the mountains of Macedonia, a 13-year-old boy is making his way to Germany and safety. Codenamed 'Firefly', he holds vital intelligence: unparalleled insight into a vicious ISIS terror cell and details of their plans. But the terrorists are hot on his trail, determined he won't live to pass on the information.

When MI6 become aware of Firefly and what he knows, the race is on to find him. Luc Samson, ex-MI6 agent and now private eye, finds himself recruited to the cause. Fluent in Arabic thanks to his Lebanese heritage, Samson's job is to find Firefly, win his trust and get him to safety.

A devastatingly timely thriller following the refugee trail from Syria to Europe, Firefly is a sophisticated, breathtaking race against time from the acclaimed and award-winning author of Brandenburg and The Dying Light.

©2018 Henry Porter (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic reviews

"A welcome return...Firefly seems ripped from the headlines and is both timely and terrific." (Mick Herron)

"The eagerly awaited return of an espionage master." (Charles Cumming)

"British espionage fiction is the best in the world, and Porter is part of the reason why." (Lee Child)

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Gripping

This was the first time that I have been able to lose myself in a book for ages! I was on the edge of my seat as the hero travelled across the world encountering moments that no child should have to. Sadly too many do. Vivid and enthralling.

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Excellent, well paced novel

Wonderful, timely novel with a charismatic lead character. You will invest in and root for the good guys. Great narration too.

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Riveting

Unusual. Great base story line, it does stretch cedability at times but it is fiction! However, it does give a small insight into the lives of refugees fleeing their homelands whilst telling an exciting tale. And the narration is superb, hard to believe it is just once person telling the story. Highly recommend.

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Intriguing

A very unique plot with a riveting story line which makes you listen until the end.

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Ahhaha A wonderfully gripping read

I found myself completely lost in this audiobook. It seemed to me to be an excellent thriller. 12hrs 44mins of rather tense but a thrilling journey. I am hoping for a sequel.

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Ok story made over sentimental by Reader

I got through this book - just - but I’ve a real problem with Addis’ narration. I’ve deleted other books that he narrated because he has a habit of making all his female character sound overly feminine and coy: also, whenever he read in the first person (Sampson is this case) he uses a raspy chesty gravelly voice that is quite ridiculous and unnatural. He did it exactly the same in another book I listened too and I hated it then too.

To give credit tho, his Arabic and European Accents are very good but his women and central characters are awful.

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Fantastic Story, Author and Narrator!

I volunteered with an NGO in Lesvos around the time this book was being written and I was a little apprehensive about how it would represent the refugee crisis, but I needn't have been. No part of the story grated with me, and the author's attention to detail, such as the foil blankets given to refugees and the selling of fake lifejackets by smugglers, brings gritty realism to the story. Henry Porter is respectful of the experiences that countless humans have had taking the same journey, and never let's you forget that what he is writing about is happening right now.
Matt Addis is the perfect narrator: his storytelling is top quality and a pleasure to listen to, and he somehow manages to give proper accents to people with origins spread over 2 continents. I get annoyed at audio books where you can't tell who is talking- this is not one of them!

I had a great time listening to this book :D

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Firefly - good book

Firefly - good book more up to date with subject matter, migrants etc
Really good narration

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Unusual subject matter <br />

Loved it, frustrating at times, enjoyed the subject matter, the world of illegal migration through modern day Europe.

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Another Henry Porter tour de force

Porter delivers once again. Topical, thrilling and satisfying I really don't understand why Henry Porters novels haven't been translated to either the big or small screen.

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  • Geoffrey Davidson
  • 20-09-18

Exciting story brilliantly narrated

Racy story, I found it interesting but the narrating of Matt Addis brought this book to life.