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‘Brilliant…wild and exhilarating’ New Yorker

Sgt Raymond Shaw is a hero of the first order. He’s an ex-prisoner of war who saved the life of his entire outfit, a winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the stepson of an influential senator…and the perfect assassin. Brainwashed during his time as a POW he is a ‘sleeper’, a living weapon to be triggered by a secret signal. He will act without question, no matter what order he is made to carry out.

To stop Shaw, his former commanding officer must uncover the truth behind a twisted conspiracy of torture, betrayal and power that will lead both to the highest levels of the government. – and to Shaw’s own past…


This masterpiece is even more trenchant these days than when it was first written
Catholic Herald
Apocalyptic ... Condon is wickedly skilful
Brilliant ... wild and exhilarating
New Yorker
Shocking, tense ... high-grade adventure-suspense
San Francisco Chronicle