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The Abrupt Physics of Dying (Claymore Straker) by [Hardisty, Paul E.]
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Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger

Telegraph Top Thrillers of 2015

'This is a remarkably well-written, sophisticated novel in which the people and places, as well as frequent scenes of violent action, all come alive on the page... This is a really excellent debut' - Literary Review

'A stormer of a thriller, vividly written, utterly topical, totally gripping' - Peter James

'An exceptional debut, beautifully written, blisteringly authentic, heart-stoppingly tense and unusually moving. Definite award material' - Paul Johnston
'A big, powerful, sophisticated and page-turning thriller. Thought-provoking and prescient' - Eve Seymour

'A novel that reeks of authenticity a page-turning adventure story that grabs you from the first page and won't let go' - Edward Wilson

'Smart, gripping, superbly crafted oil industry thriller' - Helen Giltrow

'Just occasionally, a book comes along to restore your faith in a genre and Paul Hardisty's The Abrupt Physics of Dying does this in spades. So if you're terminally bored with perm two from the UK, US, Russia, China or Israel and then find a maverick and feisty gal to save the world in 400 pages, this stunning debut from both the author and new indie publisher Orenda Books is for you' - Sharon Wheeler, Crime Review

'The author's deep knowledge of the settings never slows down the non-stop action, with distant echoes of a more moral minded Jack Reacher or Jason Bourne. A forceful first novel by a writer not afraid of weighty issues and visibly in love with the beauty of the Yemen and desert landscapes his protagonists travel through' --Maxim Jakubowski

'Hardisty's prose is rich, descriptive and elegant, but break-neck pace is the king. You feel Straker's pain every step of the way. Set in the run-up to the country's 1994 civil war and against a rising tide of Islamic terrorism, The Abrupt Physics of Dying asks big and often unsettling questions. But above all, it's an exhilarating, white-knuckle ride' - Paddy Magrane

'Fast-paced and cleverly written, this novel has bestseller written all over it' - West Australian

'A trenchant and engaging thriller that unravels this mysterious land in cool, precise sentences' - Stav Sherez, Catholic Herald

'Paul Hardisty has delivered a thriller of the highest quality - a must read novel for fans of the genre and already Claymore Straker has shown the potential to one day stand in the company of such luminaries as Bond and Bourne. This is intelligent writing that both entertains and challenges' - Live Many Lives

'Wow. Just wow. The author knows his subject incredibly well but he doesn't hit you over the head with his knowledge. Instead he leads you through the tale, at a breakneck pace, littering the narrative with painful and thought-provoking truths. The sense of place is conjured beautifully and the author's fondness and respect for the people and the region comes across in spades. If you need a point of reference think, John Le Carre's The Constant Gardener. The Abrupt Physics of Dying is a thriller with heart and a conscience' - Michael J. Malone, CrimeSquad'I was a big fan, in 2013, of Terry Hayes' I Am Pilgrim and I hadn't up to now read a conspiracy thriller which came close to it in terms of quality. But Hardisty's book was an excellent read with a similar sweep across the politics of international money-making' - Sarah J. Ward, Crime Pieces'A great page-turner with all the elements that make a cracking thriller. There's plenty of action, twists and turns, skulduggery and an evil oil company what more could you want?! This is one of those books that makes you want to turn to Google and find out how much is fact and how much fiction' --Novel Heights

"This is a remarkably well-written, sophisticated novel in which the people and places, as well as frequent scenes of violent action, all come alive on the page...This is a really excellent debut." - --Literary Review

About the Author

Canadian by birth, Paul Hardisty has spent 25 years working all over the world as an engineer, hydrologist and environmental scientist. He has roughnecked on oil rigs in Texas, explored for gold in the Arctic, mapped geology in Eastern Turkey (where he was befriended by PKK rebels), and rehabilitated water wells in the wilds of Africa. In 1993 he survived a bomb blast in a cafe in Sana'a, and was one of the last Westerners out of Yemen before the outbreak of the 1994 civil war. Paul is a university professor and Director of Australia's national land, water, ecosystems and climate adaptation research programmes. He is a sailor, a private pilot, keen outdoorsman, ironman triathlete and conservation volunteer, and lives in Western Australia with his family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1333 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS (5 Dec. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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