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  • Published: 18 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787630680
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

Outbreak




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 . . .

Deep within the Arctic Circle, three environmental scientists from the UK's Arctic Research Station trudge through a blizzard landscape in search of shelter. There's a cabin ahead. It appears abandoned. No lights or tell tale smoke. No snow-cat outside. The first thing Dr Sheila Mackenzie notices when she enters is the smell. It's rank, rotting. And then there's movement. There's a man lying there. Barely recognisable, his face is disfigured by livid pustules, rivulets of blood run from his nostrils, his chest is covered in black bile. Momentarily Dr Mackenzie can't comprehend what she's seeing. Then the alarm bells begin to ring: these are signs of chronic, deadly infection . . . And the man is trying to say something. She edges closer, and it's then that the convulsions begin. He coughs suddenly, violently, vomiting out a rank mix of blood, bile and mucus . . . Contaminating Dr Mackenzie and her two companions . . . Setting in train a chain of events that threatens millions with a deadly contagion . . . Who lies behind this outbreak? And why? The Doomsday Clock is ticking as MI6 operative Luke Carlton races to unravel an extraordinary conspiracy that, if unchecked, could devastate the world.

  • Published: 18 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787630680
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • 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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