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Humphrey Hawksley

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (22 of 26)
Location: London
In My Own Words:
I’m a foreign correspondent and the author of best-selling international thrillers. In The History Book, I’ve used interviews with hundreds of people in dozens of different of countries to draw a credible picture of a scary near-future world and I’ve created within it Kat Polinski, a bright, vulnerable, unsettled heroine. The first reviews rave about the concept and describe Kat as fabulous, the … Read more

Interests
I’ll grab a Foreign Affairs or Atlantic Monthly off the shelves. Both are full of intrigues of global politics. Match them with New Scientist and Nature and you can soon put together a scary milieu for a new thriller. I draw inspiration from the grea… Read more

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 255,056 - Total Helpful Votes: 22 of 26
The Prince of Risk by Christopher Reich
The Prince of Risk by Christopher Reich
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edgy, high concept, 31 Dec 2013
Prince of Risk is superb. Bobby Astor is a hedge fund manager who lives on the edge. The hardware comes out in the discovery of a trained killer and weapons cache by Special Agent Alex Forza who is also Bobby's ex-wife. The opening is the murder of Bobby's estranged father who's CEO of the New York Stock Exchange, and the tipping point is the value of the Chinese currency -- on which Bobby has bet his shirt. Christopher Reich has woven these strands into a tense, page-turning and credible thriller capturing similar ground with finance and China as Clancy took with the Soviet Union and submarines in the 1980s. The new wars that will directly impact our lives will be fought with money,… Read more
The Geneva Option by Adam LeBor
The Geneva Option by Adam LeBor
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Adam Lebor penetrates deep into the workings of the United Nations in a way rarely tackled in a commercial thriller. He spotlights the horrific mineral war around the African Great Lakes which has killed millions in recent years, while supplying metals such as gold, tin and coltan to our cell phones and lap tops. Lebor achieves this with real characters in real situations. At times the blood boils because of reality of what he decsribes. A great achievement.
Traitor's Gate by Michael Ridpath
Traitor's Gate by Michael Ridpath
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Amid colourful and well-drawn characters, Michael Ridpath dissects divisions within the British and German governments in 1938 as war looms over Europe. As Traitor's Gate unfolds we see the blur and conflict of loyalty to country, friends, family, institution and personal values. None is clear. The conversation between Conrad de Lancey and the British ambassador to Berlin, Sir Nevile Henderson is enough to raise the hairs on the back of your neck in fury. This masterful novel is drawn from fact -- not least that in September 1938 Hitler was hours away from being ousted in a coup. But it never happened because Neville Chamberlain sued for peace.

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