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A Novel



One man, an oil company.  A decision that could cost him his life.   



Trying to forget a violent past, Claymore Straker is working as an oil company engineer in the wilds of Yemen.  Hijacked at gunpoint by Islamic terrorists, he is given a choice: help uncover the cause of a mysterious sickness afflicting the village of Al Urush, or watch his friend die.  As the country descends into civil war, Clay finds himself caught up in a ruthless struggle between opposing armies, those who would control the country’s oil wealth, Yemen’s shadowy secret service, and rival terrorist factions.  


Published by Orenda Books, London, UK:

Agent, Broo Doherty, DHH Literary Agency, London, UK:


e-book available December 2014

Book available March 2015




"A stormer of a thriller -  vivdly written, utterly topical, totally gripping."  


Bestselling author Peter James


"A big, powerful, sophisticated thriller.  Thought-provoking and prescient."  


E.V Seymouth, Author of  'Game Over',  'The Mephisto Threat', and 'Resolution to Kill'



"A book that grabs you from the first page and won’t let go. A novel that reeks authenticity. It is a page turning adventure story that accurately captures the people, the geography and the tribal politics of the world’s most troubled region."


Edward Wilson, Best selling Author of A River in May and The Whitehall Mandarin



"'An exceptional debut, beautifully written, blisteringly authentic, heartstoppingly tense and unusually moving. Definite award material.' 


Paul Johnston, Award winning author of  the Alex Mavros series


"A thriller of the highest quality, with the potential to one day stand in the company of such luminaries as Bond and Bourne."  


Live Many Lives Book Review


"A great page-turner with all the elements that make a cracking thriller."


Novel Heights Book Review


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