James Brabazon

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Narrated By: Jason O'Mara

Duration: 11 hours and 25 minutes

What to expect

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The brutally authentic, tense and terrifying thriller from bestselling author and frontline journalist James Brabazon.

Officially, Max McLean doesn't exist.

An off-the-books assassin for the British government, he operates alone.

But when a routine hit goes badly wrong, a cryptic note on a $100 bill prised from his target's dead fingers suggests there's more to the mission than meets the eye.

Is someone from Max's former life trying to send him a message?

From Paris to Jerusalem and on to the frozen wastes of north-west Russia, Max is forced into a desperate race for the truth - with unknown enemies determined to stop him at any cost.

And when the secret coded into the banknote is finally revealed, only one thing is certain: with the fate of the world in his possession, failure is not an option . . .

A razor-sharp action thriller with the raw inventiveness of I Am Pilgrim and the breathless pace of movies like John Wick and James Bond, Arkhangel sees James Brabazon stake his claim alongside Lee Child, David Baldacci and Gregg Hurwitz as a master of the genre.

© James Brabazon 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


Espionage & spy thriller, Political / legal thriller, Crime & mystery: hard-boiled crime, noir fiction, Crime & mystery: police procedural, War, combat & military fiction

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'A thriller of an unusually classy calibre. Eloquently written, intensively researched ... Brabazon has crafted hugely gripping, thought-provoking yarn, ground its outlandish elements in solid realism and vivid characterisation'

Financial Times

'The Break Line delivers a full-throttle exercise in tension'


Praise for James Brabazon


Reads like a political thriller. Brabazon's searing narrative captures both the allure of war . . . and its brutal realities

Publisher's Weekly

Will keep you guessing throughout . . . you will not be disappointed. Arkhangel is what a true thriller should be


Escape into a fictional world of black ops, spies and assassins. A James Bond for the 21st century. Arkhangel is a great read, highly recommended


'As thrilling a narrative as any war novel on the shelves . . . A haunting memoir and tribute to an extraordinary comrade-at-arms'


'Totally James Bond'

The Times

'Propulsive, violent and full of unpredictable changes in direction, this is modern thriller writing at its compelling best . . . it delivers in all respects'


'A classic story of intrigue, greed and violence . . . which I couldn't read fast enough'

Sebastian Junger

'A beautifully written adrenaline rush by one of our generation's bravest journalists'

Aiden Hartley, author of The Zanzibar Chest

'Unsparing prose, a visceral shock ride into horror'

Jonathan Kaplan

'War correspondent James Brabazon brings his experience of the world's most dangerous places to this brutally compelling thriller'

Mail on Sunday

'Outstanding . . . I couldn't put this book down'

Andy McNab

A compelling insight into a devastated region that is the playground of rapacious warlords, western intelligence agents and opportunistic businessmen