A high-octane, hugely topical novel from 'the best thriller writer in the world' (Daily Telegraph)
'The novel is an absorbing briefing on cyberwarfare as well as a masterclass in characterisation' SUNDAY TIMES Thriller of the Month
There is a new cold war raging and its frontline warriors are Russian hackers - gang-members working freelance for the FSB, successor to the KGB. Massive thefts of personal information, electoral interference, catastrophic disruption of commercial and social services, banks, airlines, even whole countries disabled - this is happening now.
Nicknamed 'Boot' because of his obsession with the Duke of Wellington and the battle of Waterloo, Edwin Coker is a case officer at the Vauxhall headquarters of MI6. When a young hacker falls into his hands and reveals details of a secret meeting, Boot conceives a daring plan to strike back - not with a computer virus of his own, but with a bomb that will seriously damage the Russian operation, spreading fear and distrust.
Now Boot and his little team need a 'deniable' handler to deliver the explosives across the border from Estonia into Russia and bring the hacker back out. They turn to Merc, an ex-soldier fighting in Iraq, a gun-for-hire who knows how to get out of a tight spot. They hope.
From the moment Merc sets out to cross the River Narva things do not go to plan and when the hacker's sister becomes involved, his mission turns from tough to near impossible. The scene is set for a classic story of pursuit and evasion and an epic battle for survival.
He now writes better endings than anyone else, and the extended finale is particularly brilliantly orchestrated. — The Sunday Times, Thriller of the Month
Britain's finest thriller novelist is still the veteran Gerald Seymour, whose touch remains sure — i Paper
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
Praise for Gerald Seymour
Seymour expertly marshals his plot as Jago inches ever closer to the heart of darkness. A thoroughly engrossing thriller. — Event Magazine, Mail on Sunday on NO MORTAL THING
A first-rate thriller with all the strengths of his recent work: audacity, believability, impeccable pacing, [and] a rich, diverse ensemble of supporting characters. — The Sunday Times on NO MORTAL THING
Seymour is, quite simply, one of the finest thriller writers in England. — Daily Mail on THE CORPORAL'S WIFE
Seymour is not one to cut corners. He does his research, thinks hard about his story and gives us richly imagined novels that bristle with authenticity. — Washington Post on THE COLLABORATOR
Discerning thriller readers can safely say that the best practitioner currently working in the UK is the veteran Seymour. He is, quite simply, the most intelligent and accomplished in the current field. — Barry Forshaw on THE DEALER AND THE DEAD
Gerald Seymour is rightly considered one of the best thriller writers in the world...This latest adventure is plucked straight from the headlines — Irish Independent