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  • Published: 1 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787630680
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $37.00

Outbreak

a terrifyingly real thriller from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author




Frank Gardner's former SBS officer and now MI6 operative Luke Carlton returns to the fray in his third, roller-coaster of an adventure . . . and this time he - and the world - are facing the all-too-real horrors of 21st century bio-terrorism . . .

Deep within the Arctic Circle, three muffled figures trudge through a blindingly white, bitterly cold and barren landscape landscape. They are environmental scientists from the UK's Arctic Research Station, forced by a raging blizzard to abandon their fieldwork and go in search of shelter. The cabin they're heading for seems abandoned. No tell tale smoke or lights glowing. No snow-cat parked outside. The first thing they notice when they enter is the smell - rank, rotting - and then there's movement. A man, barely recognisable, lies on a sofa, his face hideously disfigured by livid pustules, rivulets of blood run from his nostrils, his neck swollen, his chest covered in black bile. Momentarily, the team's medic Dr Sheila Mackenzie, can't comprehend what she's seeing but then the alarm bells begin to ring ... These are the sure signs of chronic infection. The man is trying to say something, she edges closer to hear and it's then that he begins to convulse, and coughs suddenly, violently, vomiting out a rank mix of blood, bile and mucus...contaminating Dr Mackenzie and two companions and setting in train a terrifying chain of events that points to an extraordinary conspiracy that threatens millions with a deadly contagion.

And so begins the third terrifying roller coaster of a thriller from BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner and former SBS officer and now MI6 operative Luke Carlton must confront the all-too-real horrors of 21st century bio-terrorism . . .

  • Published: 1 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787630680
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $37.00

About the author

Frank Gardner

Born in 1961, Frank Gardner is the BBC's Security Correspondent, reporting for television and radio on issues of domestic and international security, notably on Islamist extremist related terrorism. A fluent Arabist, with a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies, he was previously the BBC's Middle East Correspondent based in Cairo, and before that in Dubai.In June 2004, while reporting in Riyadh, Frank and his cameraman, Simon Cumbers, were ambushed by Islamist gunmen. Simon was killed outright, Frank was shot multiple times and left for dead. Against all expectations, he survived and, in 2006, published his acclaimed and bestselling memoir, Blood and Sand. In 2009 he published Far Horizons,a much praised account of his life as an inveterate traveller and explorer. His first novel, the thriller Crisis, was a No.1 bestseller. Awarded an OBE for services to journalism, Frank has also written for the Economist, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Time Out and has been published in The Best of Sunday Times Travel Writing.
He lives in London with his family.

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