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

Max Mclean is Britain's secret weapon: the most effective assassin Her Majesty's Government has ever unleashed. Pulled home from an aborted mission in South America, Max is sent to investigate unsettling reports from West Africa - a situation that's seen another officer locked away in an MoD research facility raving about the horror he's seen.

Witnesses report that combatants in an ugly civil war are feeling no fear and no pain. In one of the most dangerous, cruel and inhospitable places on earth Max is drawn into a terrifying web of evil and corruption. And it's clear that, far from dealing with the supernatural or superstition, he's facing a threat that could bring the west to its knees.

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The Break Line punches you in the stomach on the first page and then plunges you - still doubled over - into the most harrowing world of covert operations I have ever read. I have worked in those places and covered those wars . . . Brabazon gets it exactly right. With a terrifyingly precise eye and an irresistible prose style, he has creates a world that is almost impossible to leave. I finished the book three days ago and feel like I'm still waiting for the choppers to come take me home . . .

Sebastian Junger

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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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  • Paperback

    9780718189556

    May 7, 2019

    Michael Joseph

    384 pages

    RRP $19.99

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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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