“…a writer of prodigious imagination… gloriously and exuberantly entertaining… but also emotionally affecting and intellectually satisfying… Harkaway uses the story of a disappointed man and a disenfranchised boy to examine matters of real import.”
“…winning combination of a Graham-Greene-like end-of-empire tale and lots of Lee Child-style baddie bashing…”
“Harkaway binds the elements of the story by offering questions, not solutions, doubt, not certainty…(Graham Greene would have treasured this book)…Words quiver whenever he writes.”
“…cinematic scope and dynamism… pitch-perfect, thrilling and dramatic.”
“A poignant morality tale fueled by emotion and adrenaline.”
“…in short, awesome. Read it immediately.”
“An effortless surety of touch.”
“Freaking great. So much goodness. Popping with ideas I wish I’d thought of.”
Lauren Beukes (Zoo City, The Shining Girls)
Paul Cornell (The Severed Streets, Wolverine, Doctor Who)
Lester Ferris, sergeant of the British Army, is a good man in need of a rest. He’s spent a lot of his life being shot at, and Afghanistan was the last stop on his road to exhaustion. He has no family, he’s nearly forty and burned out and about to be retired.
The island of Mancreu is the ideal place for Lester to serve out his time. A former British colony in legal limbo, it is soon to be destroyed because of its very special version of toxic pollution. Of course, that also makes Mancreu perfect for shady business, hence the Black Fleet of illicit ships lurking in the bay: listening stations, offshore hospitals, money laundering operations, drug factories and deniable torture centres. None of which should be a problem, because Lester’s brief is to sit tight and turn a blind eye.
But Lester Ferris has made a friend: a brilliant, internet-addled street kid with a comic-book fixation who will need a home when the island dies – who might, Lester hopes, become an adopted son. In the name of paternal love, Lester Ferris will do almost anything. Now, as Mancreu’s small society tumbles into violence, the boy needs Lester to be mkore than just an observer. He needs him to be a hero.