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A compelling and suspense-filled debut novel from internationally bestselling author James Brabazon.

Officially, Max McLean doesn't exist. The British government denies all knowledge of the work he does on their behalf to keep us safe. But Max and his masters are losing faith in each other. And they've given him one last chance to prove he's still their man.

Sent to a military research facility to meet a former comrade-in-arms, Max finds the bravest man he ever knew locked up for his own protection. His friend lost his mind during an operation in West Africa. The reason? Absolute mortal terror.

Max is determined to find out why.

Ahead lies a perilous, breathtaking mission into the unknown that will call into question everything that Max once believed in.

Acting alone, without back-up, Max lands in Sierra Leone with his friend's last words ringing in his ears: 'They're coming, Max. They're coming . . .'

The Break Line is a debut dripping with authenticity and menace. Smart, unputdownable and packed with irresistible set pieces and jaw-dropping plot twists, this is a thriller like no other.

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  • Paperback

    9780718189556

    May 7, 2019

    Michael Joseph

    384 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781405929431

    July 16, 2018

    Michael Joseph

    384 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9780718186234

    July 15, 2018

    Michael Joseph

    384 pages

    RRP $45.00

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  • The Break Line
    James Brabazon

    EBook

    9781405940580

    July 16, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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  • The Break Line
    James Brabazon

    EBook

    9781405929424

    July 12, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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Extract

Prologue: Last Light

Sunday 27 March 1994

It began a long time ago. I was nineteen then and a soldier. Not a killer.

Early that evening, I was called to Colonel Ellard’s office. He sent an orderly, who asked me to bring my rifle and follow him immediately. I asked if I was in trouble, and the orderly shrugged and smiled.

‘There’s a man with him. Smart suit. They’re in a hurry.’

We took off down the corridor at the double. The orderly smiled again and hung back, not wanting to be sent on another errand. I entered the room alone. Colonel Ellard was inside with the man who had been watching me all day. He sat at the back of the office behind the door. I couldn’t see him clearly.

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