A powerful blast blows away a bank wall and five innocent people – and 4,250,000 in gold bars disappear. A coolly-plotted assassination seems accidental, as a militant left-wing labor leader, on the eve of a paralyzing national strike, takes a fatal fall down the world’s longest escalator. Off the Yorkshire coast, an oil rig the size of a football field is firebombed and totally destroyed. The UK suffers blindly under a series of tragedies with no visible link. Then, a defector appears at Cannon Row police station and spells out the threat from the sinister group CORDON – a right-wing takeover of Great Britain is imminent. Only 12 days remain. The Prime Minister orders his intelligence chief to recruit a new agent. The assignment: stop CORDON, no one can be trusted. CORDON has penetrated every level. From its top secret files, the Special State operations department pulls a dossier on Tom McCullin. A case-hardened former Belfast sniper, veteran of many dirty campaigns, McCullin is a hard-drinking recluse with a talent for destruction. As he is led – and misled – to the truth by his own government, a small secret army is ready on the South Downs; vehicles stand poised to deal death to England’s ghettoes with lethal gas; and fascist rallies pack London meeting halls as CORDON prepares for a ruthless coup d’etat. As the days tick off, McCullin races toward the explosive climax in The Partridge Kite as England faces its greatest crisis, one that could very well be taking place right now.
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Michael Nicholson is one of the world’s most travelled and most decorated television foreign correspondents. He has braved 18 war zones over the past 40 years, picking up a host of awards. Michael is a familiar face in Britain’s homes as a former anchor of ITV’s Evening News and a correspondent for long-running current affairs series Tonight. He has won numerous British and international awards for his reports – from Biafra, Cyprus and Vietnam – and has twice been named the Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year. For his coverage of the Falklands War he was given the prestigious Richard Dimbleby Award by BAFTA. In 1991, Michael was awarded the OBE for his reporting of the Gulf War. His books include The Partridge Kite, Red Joker, December Ultimatum, Pilgrims Rest, Across the Limpopoand his memoir A Measure of Danger. His book Natasha’s Story, the gripping account of how he bought an orphan from war-torn Bosnia home to the UK, was made into the Hollywood film Welcome to Sarajevo in 1997.
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