Held up by rebel forces in a brutal siege, John Porter is tested to the limit in the African jungle.
Strikeback hero John Porter is sent on a mission with Regimental scallywag John Bald. Where Porter plays it by the book, Bald will always want to break the rules.
They are sent to Sierra Leone to extract Ronald Soames, a former CO of the Regiment and now right-hand man to the President.
But when Porter and Bald arrive the Englishman has disappeared, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake.
Rebels are threatening to take over the country and its diamond mines - and to massacre all foreigners.
Porter and Bald find themselves fighting shoulder to shoulder with the Regiment psychopath who is already embedded in the country.
But it soon becomes clear that the Firm has lied to them about the true nature of the mission.
What seems at first to be a battle to control Sierra Leone's diamond mines will turn out to about a much greater evil - and with a trail that leads back to both Westminster and the Kremlin.
[Ryan] is reliably capable of depicting international crises and special forces operations in plausible and gripping detail. - Sunday Times
Chris Ryan has always been underrated as a novelist of ideas... a welter of treachery and mayhem. - Daily Telegraph
Ryan... became so expert as a modern thriller writer that it is easy to underestimate his talents...He chooses fiercely up-to-the-minute plots, and laces them with an exceptional eye for detail and insider knowledge...Fearsome and fast-moving...much more than a conventional thriller. - Daily Mail
Former SAS corporal and the only man to escape death or capture during the Bravo Two Zero operation in the 1991 Gulf War, Chris Ryan turned to writing thrillers to tell the stories the Official Secrets Act stops him putting in his non-fiction. His novels have gone on to inspire the Sky One series Strike Back.
Born near Newcastle in 1961, Chris Ryan joined the SAS in 1984. During his ten years there he was involved in overt and covert operations and was also sniper team commander of the anti-terrorist team. During the Gulf War, Chris Ryan was the only member of an eight-man unit to escape from Iraq, where three colleagues were killed and four captured. It was the longest escape and evasion in the history of the SAS. For this he was awarded the Military Medal.
He wrote about his experiences in the bestseller The One That Got Away, which was adapted for screen, and since then has written three other works of non-fiction, over twenty bestselling novels and a series of childrens' books.