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  • Published: 1 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787630680
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $32.99

Outbreak

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




BBC security correspondent and No.1 bestseller Frank Gardner's MI6 operative Luke Carlton returns to the field in his third, explosive thriller - a pulse-racing read that confronts the all-too-real horrors of 21st century bio-terrorism . . .

***THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER***

The explosive new thriller featuring MI6 operative Luke Carlton on his most terrifying mission yet.

Deep within the Arctic Circle, three scientists from the UK's Arctic Research Station trudge through a blizzard in search of shelter. They see a cabin ahead. It appears abandoned. No lights. No snowmobile outside. But as they push open the door, the smell hits them. Rank and foetid: there's something bad inside.

Then movement. A man lies slumped, his face disfigured by livid pustules. Blood runs from his nostrils; his chest glistens blackly. The team's medic, Dr Sheila Mackenzie, pushes forward to examine him when the convulsions start. Blood, bile and mucus spray into the air. The doctor knows it's too late - she's been contaminated . . .

Within hours, a full-scale operation to contain this contagion is underway. Samples are rushed to the laboratories at Porton Down on high alert. What they discover changes everything. Supported by phone and data intercepts, British Intelligence reaches a terrifying conclusion: that Russia has been developing a new generation of bio-weapons.

Dispatched to investigate, MI6's Luke Carlton finds himself on a serpentine trail of lies and deception. From a mysterious factory in Lithuania, via arrest and imprisonment, and ultimately back to Britain, he discovers that they've been looking in the wrong place all along . . .

Readers are raving about Outbreak
***** 'A fast-paced espionage thriller with a timely premise'
***** 'A sharp and fast-paced thriller'
***** 'A great read for fans old and new'
***** 'One of the best thrillers of 2021'

  • Published: 1 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787630680
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $32.99

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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