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    You will not read a better thriller this year.

    Perhaps the world needed a great eco-thriller in 2015 a little more than we needed another superhero infusion. We got one. Here's a sample: Above the din, a voice rose from the back of the room. Heads twisted to listen; the men quietened. A young man dressed Saudi-style in a flowing white robe stood against the back wall, one hand resting on a young boy's shoulder. He was tall, clean-shaven, light-skinned, almost European-looking. He was Clay's age, maybe younger. He spoke slowly, his voice like wind sculpting rock, deep and resonant. 'The poison that afflicts our children comes from the facility. It comes in the air, down the wadi, when the cool winds blow from the plateau. We can smell it, foul like the vapours of hell. This is done by the government and the company to push us from our land. It is intentional.' Just a superb debut from Paul Hardisty. Bring on the movie. I look for more from Claymore Straker.
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    Would make a great movie.

    Smart, faced paced thriller in a fascinating location. Explores some complex themes, including religious extremism, terrorism, and resource exploitation and its effects on the poorest in society. Well-written and full of action, the pace starts out fast and doesn't relent. Enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes. At over 400 pages it's longer than some thrillers but by the end I was hoping it would have been longer. I can't wait for the sequel.
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    BEST THRILLER OF THE YEAR!

    This is by far the best thriller I ave read in a long time. The hero of the story is taking on an issue that is very relevant today and is also extremely plausible and believable. He isn't trying to save all of mankind like in so many you see these days. The Abrupt Physics of Dying is extremely beautifully and well written. I have seen many review of this before purchasing and most seem to agree that it is a masterpiece. Those reviews that are negative are most likely because the reader has not fully understood the level of sophistication. This is not your ordinary mindless thriller, but has been written with great precision and literary skill. I strongly encourage everyone to pay no heed to the naysayers because this book is simply outstanding and you will be hard pressed to find one that will grip you as much as this one!!! 11/10 would strongly recommend
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    Really enjoyed it!!!!

    It took a little to get used to the names, which were not what I was used to.....however when I got into it, couldn't put it down......old definitley read more of his books!
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    Sweeping, page-turning and absolutely magnificent!

    I purchased this thriller after hearing the author on the the radio and subsequently learning that it has been shortlisted for the prestigious Crime Writers Association new blood award. I have just spent the last two days completely transfixed both by the exquisite writing, the extraordinarily and evocatively drawn setting, the chillingly believable story and the evident passion of the author to tell a story that needs to be heard. This is a wonderful book – not just a completely page-turning thriller (I see that other reviewers have mentioned Bond and Bourne, and even Jack Reacher, and these are accurate comparisons), but a shocking story of how huge corporations effectively (and in the words of the author) rape some of the poorest countries in the world – poisoning their water supply in an attempt to maximise profits, destroying fresh water that keeps the population alive. The main character is Claymore Straker, who has made a living working for just such corporations, and with a pretty murky past of his own. When his driver is kidnapped, he must make a decision – keep on turning a blind eye to the travesty that is being wrought upon the people of Yemen, where children are being poisoned and dying because of the contaminated water, or call up the vestiges of his conscious and fight a battle for his driver, the people and his future. The result is a filmic, gritty, action-packed, horrifying adventure that sees Clay engage in a vigilante battle against an oil giant, international intelligence services, corrupt officials and more, nearly losing his life on more than one occasion. There is a compelling love interest, too, in Rania, a journalist whose loyalties are questionable, and, who, like many characters in the book, is not at all what she seems to be. Woven into this, too, is a fascinating portrait of Yemen – the culture, the people, the geography – and it asks very, very big questions that led me straight to Google to find out how much of this could actually be true. If I could award this six stars, I would. It is one of the most exceptional, magnificent books I've read in a very long time and I cannot stop thinking about it. Outstanding.
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