Deep within the Arctic Circle, three environmental scientists from the UK’s Arctic Research Station trudge through a blizzard landscape in search of shelter. There’s a cabin ahead. It appears abandoned. No lights or tell-tale smoke. No snowmobile parked outside. The first thing the team’s medic, Dr Sheila Mackenzie, notices when she enters is the smell. It’s rank, rotting, foetid. Then suddenly there’s movement. A figure, barely recognisable as human, lies slumped on a sofa, his face staring back at her in the torchlight. It’s hideously disfigured by livid pustules, rivulets of blood run from his nostrils, his chest covered in black bile. Momentarily Dr Mackenzie can’t comprehend what she’s seeing. Then the alarm bells begin to ring. These are the signs of chronic, deadly infection. But the man is trying to say something. She edges closer to him, and it’s then that the convulsions begin.

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The explosive new thriller featuring MI6 operative Luke Carlton on his most terrifying mission yet.

Deep within the Arctic Circle, three scientists from the UK’s Arctic Research Station trudge through a blizzard in search of shelter. They see a cabin ahead. It appears abandoned. No lights. No snowmobile outside. But as they push open the door, the smell hits them. Rank and foetid: there’s something bad inside.

Then movement. A man lies slumped, his face disfigured by livid pustules. Blood runs from his nostrils; his chest glistens blackly. The team’s medic, Dr Sheila Mackenzie, pushes forward to examine him when the convulsions start. Blood, bile and mucus spray into the air. The doctor knows it’s too late – she’s been contaminated . . .

Within hours, a full-scale operation to contain this contagion is underway. Samples are rushed to the laboratories at Porton Down on high alert. What they discover changes everything. Supported by phone and data intercepts, British Intelligence reaches a terrifying conclusion: that Russia has been developing a new generation of bio-weapons.

Dispatched to investigate, MI6’s Luke Carlton finds himself on a serpentine trail of lies and deception. From a mysterious factory in Lithuania, via arrest and imprisonment, and ultimately back to Britain, he discovers that they’ve been looking in the wrong place all along . . .

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Weight 0.303 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.7 × 2.8 cm










1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


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