Humphrey Hawksley’s Latest Book “Man on Fire” Heralds Looming Disaster on the Border Islands | Local News
The third volume in the series features the special forces agent. The author tells the story of an advanced weapon that could cripple civilization as it is currently known. As world leaders gather for the signing of a new European security treaty, Rake embarks on a desperate race against time to prevent a catastrophe beyond imagination.
Former UK Cabinet Minister Sir Oliver Letwin, author of ‘Apocalypse How’, said of Hawksley’s thriller: ‘He’s not just a page turner; it is also an alarm signal.
Hawksley spoke about the recent wave of ransomware attacks.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” he said, alluding to events that could disrupt the interdependence of the company.
The former correspondent started the series in 2019 with “Man on Ice”. Rake watches a fleet of Russian military helicopters head straight for his home on Little Diomede Island, population 80. In his next story episode, Hawksley follows surgeon Carrie Walker, Rake’s former fiancée, then that she reconnects with an uncle, located in the novel “Man on Fire” published in 2020.
In an interview with his editor, Severn House, Hawksley said of the location of his novels starring Rake, “I was fascinated by the boundaries between hostile powers, and as soon as Sarah Palin was ridiculed for saying that Alaskans could see Russia from their backyard, I knew I had to check it out. Palin was right. Russia is barely 3 km away and on a clear day from Little Diomedes Island, it’s like if you could reach out and touch it. I was struck by the void. There are no flags, no border markings, nothing to say that here is the border between the two most powerful enemies of the Earth. Then came the questions shifting to the narrative arc of a thriller that would do justice to this distant and dramatic setting. “