“A world-class writer of pure-bred thrillers”
“Sweeping and cinematic… A sort of literary Lee Child.”
“Khoury’s thrillers engage the reader’s mind, even as they move at a breakneck pace. Readers who like their thrillers to have a solid intellectual component will enjoy Khoury’s books very much.”
A sweeping alternate-reality thriller in the tradition of Man in the High Castle, Fatherland and Underground Airlines
Out now in the UK!
The reviews are in…
"The best what-if thriller for a long, long time - makes you think, makes you sweat."
“An alternative history tale that will blow your mind.”
“A tour de force in both storytelling and breadth of concept.”
“Be prepared to be forever impacted, forever changed.”
“Thrilling, disturbing, inspiring, and left me all too often in awe.”
“An intelligent, immersive thriller, as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.”
“A stellar epic, with food for thought on every fascinating page."
“Alternate history, tons of adventure … this is real fun.”
US – October 1st
Paris, 2017. The Ottoman Empire stretches from the deserts of Arabia to the English Channel, and the sultan has ruled over Europe for 300 years.
But these are dangerous times in the empire. Facing threats from within its borders as well as from the distant Christian Republic of America, the tyrannical regime is cracking down hard. Asking too many questions can be a highly risky endeavor. Which is what Special Investigator Kamal Agha, a decorated agent of the sultan’s secret police, is about to find out.
When a naked man covered in tattoos appears on the banks of the Seine and murders a passerby, Kamal is tasked with tracking him down. But the mysterious man’s trail leads Kamal to a secret buried deep in the empire’s past, a secret that goes to the very core of the empire’s supremacy. A secret the sultan and his security services will do anything to silence.
With the state’s mysterious Z Directorate now on his trail, Kamal, together with Nisreen—a bold human rights lawyer, and his sister-in-law—is caught up in a deadly race, one that stretches not only across the empire, but across time itself.
A race that could radically change their world—its future, its present, and even, its past…
Raymond Khoury is author of seven novels: The Last Templar, The Sanctuary, The Sign, The Devil’s Elixir, Rasputin’s Shadow, and The End Game. Before writing novels, Raymond was an architect, then an investment banker, then a screenwriter, where his credits include the hit BBC series Spooks and Waking the Dead. His novel The Last Templar was based on an original screenplay he wrote ten years before the book was first published.