Gulf War hero John Nichol's new novel is a tour de force - a high octane adventure thriller and a haunting love story played out against an elemental conflict.
The Falklands, 1999 - a vital strategic stronghold and a prize gem in the oil-rich South Atlantic. For RAF pilot Sean Riever it is a place of ghosts. For Jane Clark, the only female navigator in the squadron, it's a place of tough decisions. Sean's compulsion to live up to a legendary hero leads him towards a woman whose loneliness matches his own. Then a Royal Navy nuclear submarine disappears, and Argentine jet fighters penetrate the Exclusion Zone. As Sean and his companions stave off wave after wave of enemy attacks, their fight to protect the islands becomes an epic battle for survival - in which victory can only be achieved at a terrible price...
Startlingly pertinent . . . A thriller with a serious message - The Times
Fresh and compelling...as good as anything written by Jeffrey Archer or Dick Francis - Daily Mail
'Bristles with topicality and anger - Daily Telegraph
John Nichol straps you in and doesn t let you out until the very last page - Andy McNab
An exciting and topical debut...skates perilously close to real life - Mail on Sunday
The glimpses of aerial combat are brilliant - you can smell the hot oil, the sweat and the fear - Daily Telegraph
John Nichol flew for the RAF for fifteen years. On active duty in the Gulf War he was shot down with his pilot John Peters. Captured and tortured, he was paraded on television provoking world-wide condemnation of the Iraqis and leaving one of the enduring images of the conflict. He is the bestselling co-author of TORNADO DOWN and TEAM TORNADO, both co-written with John Peters, and four novels POINT OF IMPACT, VANISHING POIN, EXCLUSION ZONE and STINGER. He has written for various national newspapers and is a widely quoted commentator on military affairs. He has also been a consultant and presenter for Newsnight, World in Action and Cutting Edge.