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Absolution

Published Date: 16th January 2018

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30 March 2018
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Description

It’s 1997, and 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, Claymore’s former lover, 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 Rain fight to uncover the mystery behind the disappearances and murders, and find those 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 mad.
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.

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‘A solid, meaty thriller – Hardisty is a fine writer and Straker is a great lead character’ Lee Child

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‘A fast-paced action thriller, beautifully written’ Tim Marshall, author of Prisoners of Geography

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‘A trenchant and engaging thriller that unravels this mysterious land in cool, precise sentences’ Stav Sherez, Catholic Herald

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‘This is a remarkably well-written, sophisticated novel in which the people and places, as well as frequent scenes of violent action, all come alive on the page…’ Literary Review

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‘Gripping and exciting … the quality of Hardisty’s writing and the underlying truth of his plots sets this above many other thrillers’ West Australian

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‘Searing … at times achieves the level of genuine poetry’ Publishers Weekly

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‘A stormer of a thriller – vividly written, utterly tropical, totally gripping’ Peter James

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‘Beautifully written, blisteringly authentic, heart-stoppingly tense and unusually moving’ Paul Johnston

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‘The plot burns through petrol, with multiple twists and turns’ Vicky Newham

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‘Set in 1997, Hardisty’s hard-hitting fourth thriller featuring South African vigilante Claymore Straker (after 2017’s Reconciliation for the Dead) opens with a letter to Clay from his star-crossed lover, journalist Lise Al Farouk (whose real name is Rania LaTour), lamenting the recent disappearance of her lawyer husband, Hamid Al Farouk, and their young son … The suspense rises as the action switches back and forth from Rania’s perilous adventures as a single Muslim woman playing a dangerous game in Cairo to Straker’s difficult journey to come to her aid. Hardisty draws on real-life political turmoil in the region to tell a stirring, thought-provoking tale’ Publishers Weekly

Author

Canadian Paul Hardisty has spent twenty-five 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).
The first three novels in his Claymore Straker series, The Abrupt Physics of Dying, The Evolution of Fear and Reconciliation for the Dead all received great critical acclaim and The Abrupt Physics of Dying was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger.
Paul is a sailor, a private pilot, keen outdoorsman, conservation volunteer, and lives in Western Australia.
Follow him on Twitter @Hardisty_Paul

Online Reviews

‘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

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‘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

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‘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

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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

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‘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

 

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Paul takes part in an interview as part of the blog tour. Love Books Group

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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

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‘Once again, Paul Hardisty’s writing is robust and eminently readable. Claymore’s grief is at times palpable and there are some brutal moments. In Egypt, terrorism is an ever-present danger and at times, you feel as though you are inside Claymore’s thoughts as he wonders what has happened to Rania. Set against real life events, this book highlights the effect of terrorism and atrocities on the individual. In short: hard-hitting thriller with a compelling plot’ Books, Life and Everything

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‘The story is not only compelling for all the situations that both characters have to face, but the way Raina describes Claymore, not the soldier face he tries to show everyone, but someone with fear, feelings and ready to love even when he is hurt … I could say that you could read “Absolution” as a standalone, but this is the fourth of the Claymore Straker series, and I highly recommend you to read all of them, they will not leave you indifferent. Be prepared for an addictive read, where reality and fiction collide in an astonishing story’ Varietats

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‘Hardisty is without a doubt honing his skills as a writer and a storyteller. Absolution is an extraordinary venture into the action genre. It brims with political intrigue, sins of the past and betrayal, and the tension is as taut as a wire strung with the deadly intention of a hidden assassin. The beginning lures the reader in with the mellow warmth of the beautiful setting, which is quickly interrupted by persistent enemies and ruthless collaborators. The pace goes from that of a hesitant uncertain gazelle to a lion stalking its prey with a dogged stride, until the characters collide with unexpected violence and irreparable consequences. Hardisty can take his place up there with the best of them with Absolution, it is an exceptional read’ Cheryl MM Book Reviews

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‘The journey for justice and the truth leads them both to Egypt where terrorism is thriving and it becomes a race against the clock if anything can possibly be salvaged from this mixed up tragedy. A very gripping story with a high cost on human life. This is a hard fact story where nothing is held back, the emotional impact is very personal’ Books From Dusk Till Dawn

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‘As with the other books in this series, Hardisty writes with great intelligence and weaves his narrative with scientific, political and religious analysis to educate the reader and provide truthful background to the settings in which he places Clay and Rania. Together with the stunning imagery to describe the most barren of landscapes, and his brilliant character structuring, a Hardisty novel does not disappoint … This novel moves fast and it did not take me long to read it, mainly because I could not put it down. Straker is such an intriguing character and no matter what he does, the reader wants him to have a happy ending, ideally with Rania given their attraction to each other. From the title of the book, and the direction the narrative takes’ Segnalibro

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‘This book was really enjoyable, I loved the plot and pace was spot on! The characters are great and I thought it was a great thriller that was really gripping in all the right places and I sat and thought about the story long after I had finished it – always the sign of an excellent book for me!! This is the fourth book in the series (and the final one) and whilst I would say that this can be read as a stand alone, if you do get the opportunity to read the series in order you will get more out of the books. 4.5 stars from me rounded up to 5 stars for Goodreads and Amazon – very highly recommended!!’ Donna’s Book Blog

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‘The language used in this novel is quite beautiful, the imagery as evocative as it is often stark and shocking and used to brilliant effect throughout. It manages to convey a powerful message without appearing overly preaching in its execution. You will feel every strike as it hits home, each gradually escalating emotion pulled from the reader with every new paragraph. Moments of introspection blend seamlessly with heart thumping action, each one allowing the story to build to a final, shocking showdown set against a backdrop of devastating, and very real, loss. It really is quite something … If you are looking for a beautifully crafted action thriller, strengthened by its ability to possess heart, mind and soul – well you’ve come to the right place. I’m only sad we have to say goodbye to Straker but I can’t think of a better way to do it than this’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews

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Paul shares the opening story from his next book, unofficially subtitled ‘Imagining My Own Death’ as part of the blog tour. The Quiet Knitter 

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‘I really felt for Rania on many levels. But above all else, her character appealed to me because I always like a kick-ass female character. Would I recommend this book? If you’re a fan of the thriller novel then yes, absolutely! You must read this book, along with the others in the series. As far as thrillers go, this is the most detailed, intelligent and captivating series out there with a heck of a lot of heart added for good measure!’ Damp Pebbles

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‘First off, WOW!!!!! I have not read the other three books in the series, and I was not lost at all. This novel has so much atmospheric detail. Claymore is such a great character and I have already ordered the previous in the series. Claymore and Rania try to fix what they both feel guilty of. There is so much action-packed delight in this book!’ Vanessa Turns Pages

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‘The exotic setting of the book is another big tick for me. I have a weakness for books that take me to new places and ‘Absolution’ has taken me to East Africa, Paris and Egypt. Paul E. Hardisty has brought these places to life with his writing. The descriptions are vivid, stunning and beautifully written. I like that such an action-packed, violent thriller can have lines so beautiful it’s like reading poetry, Paul E. Hardisty has a very skilful pen! A thriller full of emotion and heart, jammed packed with thrills and exhilarating to read. I can’t wait to see how it ends!’

Emma’s Bookish Corner

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 ‘As with the earlier novels, Absolution is action-packed from beginning to end. The plot is split between Rania’s almost lyrically written diary entries – addressed to Clay, and full of truths that she will never tell him – and the narrative which follows Clay, the events almost mirroring each other in terms of time frame … In addition, Absolution is extremely filmic – it’s topical and very location-led – and if it hasn’t already been optioned, mark my words, it soon will be’ The Literary Shed

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Paul writes a guest post about Absolution as part of the blog tour. Ronnie Turner

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‘The compelling action in Absolution is complemented by writing of the absolutely highest calibre throughout. Paul E. Hardisty has created an unforgettable story which touched me deeply and though I finished the book with the tears pouring down my face, I was left feeling inordinately satisfied and privileged to have read this wonderful conclusion and indeed the whole magnificent series’ Hair Past a Freckle

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Paul talks about his life in books as part of the blog tour. Random Things Through My Letterbox

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‘Wow what a gripping, fast paced book this is. I was soon drawn into the story and the action wondering what was going to happen next. The author has created two brilliant main characters that the reader can’t help but like and care about. I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens and to make sure they were ok … There is some fairly graphic, brutal scenes in the book that was quite hard to read at times. These were appropriate in a book that deals with terrorism but might not be to everyone’s taste. This is the fourth book in the Claymore Straker series and while it could be read as a standalone their is a very interesting back story which might be beneficial to read first. If you like fast paced, brilliantly plotted and well written thrillers you’ll love this book! I’ll definitely be telling everyone about it’

Over the Rainbow Book Blog

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Paul talks about what makes the best crime fiction as a guest post as part of the blog tour. Off the Shelf Books

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Paul writes a guest post about ‘under the stars’ as part of the blog tour. My Reading Corner

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‘This novel deals with a terror attack – apt, sad and poignant all at once. Clay is a vigilante and only Rania, is his weakness. To see him respond and react to this changing world shows his strength of character,and seeing the world and what happens in Egypt is both fascinating as it is poignant. The author has been there and done that and you can tell. There’s not many authors with a level of authencity this strong. The writing and energy take it to another level for me. The only thing which slowed the reading of it for me were Rania’s diary entries in italics. I imagined this happening at the same time as Clay’s story yet it was in a diary. Having said that, I can’t wait for the film which must surely be in the pipeline!’ The Book Trail

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Absolution is defined as formal release from guilt, obligation, or punishment. Did this happen? Is this the final time we’ll see Straker? Is there more story to be told … you’ll have to read this stunning piece of crime fiction to find out! Would I recommend this book? Holy mother of the book-gods, ab-so-friggin-lutely I would! An addictive and intense story, with an hypnotic writing style that reels the reader in, this book is pure genius! Easily read as a stand-alone, I would however, urge everyone to read the whole series as it is simply stunning!’

Crime Book Junkie

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‘The fourth book in Paul. E. Hardisty’s critically acclaimed Claymore Straker series is another sophisticated and socially aware crime thriller. Absolution sees Clay and his former lover, Rania, fighting to uncover a succession of disappearances and murders that eventually leads them both to Egypt. Action-packed and evocatively written, this is a must-read for fans of Hardisty’s previous novels’ Absolution was recommended as one of 10 crime and thriller books that will keep you on the edge of your seat at Culture Fly

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Absolution is a staff pick at Love Reading this week. Love Reading

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Paul talks to Liz Loves Books about Claymore’s journey so far as part of a special Claymore Straker journey week. Liz Loves Books

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Paul writes a guest post as part of the Claymore Straker series week. Stephs Book Blog

 

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