It is 1997, eight months since vigilante justice-seeker Claymore Straker fled South Africa after his explosive testimony to Desmond Tutu’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In Paris, Rania LaTour, journalist, comes home to find that her son and her husband, a celebrated human rights lawyer, have disappeared. On an isolated island off the coast of East Africa, the family that Clay has befriended is murdered as he watches.
So begins the fourth instalment in the Claymore Straker series, a breakneck journey through the darkest reaches of the human soul, as Clay and Rania fight to uncover the mystery behind the disappearances and murders, and find those responsible. Events lead them both inexorably to Egypt, where an act of the most shocking terrorist brutality will reveal not only why those they loved were sacrificed, but how they were both, indirectly, responsible.
Relentlessly pursued by those who want them dead, they must work together to uncover the truth, and to find a way to survive in a world gone crazy. At times brutal, often lyrical, but always gripping, Absolution is a thriller that will leave you breathless and questioning the very basis of how we live and why we love.
Canadian Paul Hardisty has spent 25 years working all over the world as an engineer, hydrologist and environmental scientist. He has roughnecked on oil rigs in Texas, explored for gold in the Arctic, mapped geology in Eastern Turkey (where he was befriended by PKK rebels), and rehabilitated water wells in the wilds of Africa. He was in Ethiopia in 1991 as the Mengistu regime fell, and was bumped from one of the last flights out of Addis Ababa by bureaucrats and their families fleeing the rebels. In 1993 he survived a bomb blast in a café in Sana’a, and was one of the last Westerners out of Yemen before the outbreak of the 1994 civil war. Paul is a university professor and CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). He is a sailor, a private pilot, keen outdoorsman, conservation volunteer, and lives in Western Australia.
‘This is the first book I have read by Paul and I have since purchased the rest of his books, which has done damage to my bank account. Absolution is a heart-wrenching thriller which had non-stop action which was overwhelming. The fast-paced gripping up to-date political thriller will have you gripped from start to finish. I read this book in one sitting as I just did not want to put it down, it would be a great read for holiday times although do not plan much in your day as you will want to read it from start to finish. When I finished this book, it was when I was able to finally breath as the story just sucked me and spat me out at the conclusion. This was certainly a brutal and thought-provoking read, not for the faint hearted’ The Secret World of a Book Blogger
‘Hardisty has become expert in piling on the adrenaline-fuelled tension and the page-turning pace in Absolution never lets up. Plot twists fly like shrapnel and environmental and political concerns are revisited in the chaotic labyrinth of 1990s Cairo and the dramatic backdrop of the Nile Valley. Peeling back the personal, social, religious and governmental layers of the complex plot to reveal the kernel of truth within is as satisfying in this novel as in the first three instalments of the Claymore Straker series’ Café Thinking
‘Clearly a writer of talent, Paul E. Hardistry manages to combine historical fact and technical details with action and plot in a manner that adds weight and validity to events without ever slowing the pace or risking attention drifting during ‘the science bit’. It’s a rare skill and one that Hardistry flexes with the same ease as Clay does a weapon … I’ve been peppering my reading with a lot of thrillers over the last few years, from the hard-boiled and vast-in-scope Ellroys to the hard-nosed airport thrillers of Jo Nesbø and Lee Child, and Hardistry’s Clay Straker series sits up there with them in quality. The series manages to combine the quite-loud-LOUDER punch of a Reacher scale-up with the depth and complexity of plot normally reserved for literary fiction. Absolution (which I genuinely hope is not the last in the series) is a real heavy-hitter. A taut, explosive thriller with intelligence that tears along at whip-crack pace and delivers in spades’ Mumbling About
‘Absolution takes the reader on a fast-paced explosive journey through the African continent. There are many brutal scenes of violence and death, unnecessary bloodshed, in a society hell-bent on imploding and destroying itself. Yet there is also strength of character, humanity and the will to step above all this chaos and show a hand of friendship and humility. Absolution recounts one of the many terrifying acts of terrorism on innocent people we have witnessed in recent times. This and other acts of violence are depicted in the novel with shocking clarity, as Clay Straker continues on his path to uncover the truth and expose what is rotten in a society that is hungry for power and money’ Swirl and Thread
‘Hardisty’s prose is taut and thrilling, his plot is compelling and the complex strands of the book are all pulled together in a way I did not see coming … On one level this is a tense and nail-biting thriller with larger than life protagonists who have a chilling tale to tell. On another, this is a book that expresses the horrors and realities of a war torn region in the grip of unscrupulous mad men with no compassion for their own people whose lives they are harming. Yet overall, this is a book about love and compassion in a mad, mad world. A first class read’ Live and Deadly
Paul takes part in an interview as part of the blog tour. Love Books Group
‘Absolution is the fourth and final book in this series and the third that I have read. After reading this book I would strongly advise that you read them in order … The author made it all very believable, shocking and at times upsetting. There are many bad people in the novel but there are also some who stand out for their bravery and kindness. These are the people who I will think about occasionally for a while. A fascinating conclusion to a great series.’ Steph’s Book Blog