Author(s): Simon Scarrow
PLAYING WITH DEATH is a gripping, edge-of-your seat contemporary thriller that marks a new direction for legendary historical novelist Simon Scarrow, writing with exciting new talent Lee Francis. Not to be missed by readers of David Baldacci and Michael Crichton. FBI Special Agent Rose Blake has faced evil and survived. Haunted by a failed undercover mission, Rose is finding it hard to shake the memories of her close encounter with a ruthless serial killer - one who is still free, and could strike again without warning. The call to investigate a suspected arson attack that's left a man dead is a welcome distraction. It's not the kind of case usually assigned to the FBI, but nothing about this crime is usual. As Rose digs deeper, she finds herself confronting the sort of imagination her son might see in the fantasy worlds of his video games. But when your opponent is a killer, nothing feels like a game...
Compelling and exciting * Historical Novels Review * This lively, absorbing novel will not disappoint * The Sunday Times * Gripping... Ferocious and compelling * Daily Express * Pacy...and thrilling * The Book Bag * Gripping... [Scarrow's] sense of plot and pace is strong * The Times * An amazing roller-coaster of a ride... Fantastic... A cracking historical thriller -- Manda Scott A fast-moving and exceptionally well-paced historical thriller * BBC History Magazine * Top stuff * Daily Telegraph * Intrigue, treachery and violence... intense action, beguiling characters and authentic detail * Publishers Weekly * Praise for Simon Scarrow's novels: 'Scarrow's [novels] rank with the best' * Independent * If Stephen King had collaborated with Michael Crichton on a thriller, it might have been as good as this. It's a grab-you-by-the-throat page-ripper' * Peterborough Evening Telegraph * What starts as a gripping killer thriller morphs into a serious and frankly scary examination of the possible threats the development of AI poses for humanity * Irish Independent * This fast, furious, twisty thriller kept me on the edge of my seat -- Chris Ryan
A regular on the Sunday Times bestseller list with his historical novels, Simon Scarrow launches an exciting new strand to his writing with PLAYING WITH DEATH, written with Lee Francis: both an edge-of-your-seat thriller and a terrifying exploration of the dangers of the modern world. Simon's Eagles of the Empire novels are legendary amongst readers of historical fiction, and all his novels, including the World War II thriller HEARTS OF STONE, have been acclaimed by reviewers and readers alike. Prior to writing fiction Simon worked as a teacher and lecturer; he is now a full-time writer. Lee Francis worked for several years in the world of film, TV and advertising as a script reader and assistant director. PLAYING WITH DEATH, written with his former lecturer Simon Scarrow, is his first novel.