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The latest from Andy McNab is called Crossfire and is in hardback at 29.50 euros.

Bodyguarding a TV crew on the streets of war-torn Basra, ex-deniable operator Nick Stone seems certain to die when insurgent gunmen attack. When a reporter vanishes within hours, presumed kidnapped, Stone is asked by the Intelligence Service to find him.

The trail leads from Iraq to London, Dublin, and ultimately Kabul – the dark and brutal city where governments, terrorism and big business inexorably collide. Caught in the crossfire, Stone’s nightmare is only just beginning, for the hunter has suddenly become the hunted in a heart stopping race against time.

Unrelentingly violent, harrowing and chillingly graphic, Nick Stone’s 10th adventure is high-voltage, pulse-pounding, no-holds-barred McNab – prose so testosterone-drenched, action so blisteringly paced, it could only have been penned by the master thriller writer at his electrifying, unputdownable best.