SIS officer Luke Carlton returns in the explosive, action-packed and unerringly authentic new thriller from BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner, author of the acclaimed No.1 bestseller Crisis . . .
Deep within a cave system at the Iranian military complex of Parchin, south-east of Tehran, and hidden from the prying eyes of Western satellites, scientists are working round-the-clock on a banned device. Acting on the orders of a renegade cell within the ultra-conservative Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, their intention is to propel Iran into the elite club of nuclear-armed nations - and seal its domination of the entire Middle East.
Britain's intelligence agencies know something is up - they have a mole inside the programme. Ready to hand over the information, he must first get out of Iran. Crossing the mountainous border into Armenia, he was due to rendezvous with MI6 agent Luke Carlton at a remote, snowbound monastery. But the mission goes bloodily wrong and Carlton must be extracted. And fast.
Reeling from that fiasco, an increasingly desperate MI6 seize on an opportunity - to recruit a well-placed individual with unique access to the leader of the IRGC hardliners. Luke is chosen to bring this person in. Going into Iran undercover is dangerous enough but Luke is determined to redeem himself. But then a new nightmare begins: a senior British minister is snatched while on an official visit and the UK government is presented with a terrifying ultimatum. Suddenly, as the only agent inside Iran, it falls to Luke Carlton to head off what could lead to a cataclysmic new conflict in the Gulf . . . and the clock is ticking.
ACCLAIM FOR CRISIS:
'Fast, taut, tense, accurate. A terrific read' - Frederick Forsyth
'Few thriller debuts possess the confidence and verve of Frank Gardner's Crisis . . . exhilarating.' - Sunday Times
AUTHOR: 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.