A searing novel of trust and betrayal in the fight against terrorism.
The Kalashnikov AK47 is a weapon with a unique image, symbol of freedom fighters and terrorists across the globe. In a fanatic's hands, inside a crowded shopping mall, it can bring death and mutilation to scores of people in a matter of seconds.
MI5 have struggled for years to keep this rifle out of Britain.
Andy Knight is a young truck driver. Last year he was doing something different and had another name. Next year, if he survives, he'll be someone else again.
That is the dangerous, lonely life of an undercover officer.
Andy has befriended Zeinab, a young Muslim student from a small Yorkshire town who is a central part of a murderous, extremist plot.
Connections have been made through a veteran Manchester gangster with a source of AK47s in the impoverished, drug-ridden, high rise estates of Marseilles.
If Zeinab can find a driver and bring one rifle home on a test run, many more will follow: this is the nightmare scenario for the security forces - with them would come killing on an horrendous scale.
Zeinab is both passionate and attractive, and Andy had had drilled into him that the golden rule of undercover work is not to get emotionally close to the target.
But, sometimes rules are difficult - impossible - to keep to.
Battle Sight Zero follows Andy and Zeinab on their path to the lethal badlands of the French port city, simultaneously tracking the extraordinary life journey of the veteran blood-soaked weapon they are destined to be handed there.
Do his rivals ever quietly resent the veteran Gerald Seymour's default description as 'Britain's best thriller writer'? It's an encomium he has enjoyed for many years, and one that he shows no sign of relinquishing. As ever, Seymour has forged a scenario quite unlike anything that he (or his contemporaries) have attempted before - his reputation as Britain's best thriller writer remains firmly intact.—Crimetime
Britain's finest thriller novelist is still the veteran Gerald Seymour, whose touch remains sure—i Paper on A Damned Serious Business
Ask aficionados who is Britain's finest thriller writer, and many would answer the veteran Gerald Seymour... A Damned Serious Business sees him once again firing on all cylinders...The hazardous mission is palm-sweatily convincing—Guardian on A Damned Serious Business
Typically thoroughly researched, expertly told and enthralling—The Sunday Times
He now writes better endings than anyone else, and the extended finale is particularly brilliantly orchestrated.—The Sunday Times, Thriller of the Month on A Damned Serious Business
Utterly absorbing from start to finish. Seymour's latest book takes an unblinking look at the unthinkable cruelty and blood thirsty violence used by terrorist groups in Europe and the Middle East in pursuit of their jihadist agenda.—Irish Independent
As always, the extended finale is particularly brilliantly orchestrated and it takes no crystal ball to predict that this will become another bestseller for man who, since the retirement of Frederick Forsyth, stands head and shoulders above any other author working in the genre.—John Cleal, Crime Review
A scarily realistic tale—Mail on Sunday
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