Set against the encroachment of Muslim fundamentalism, out-dated regional factionalism and the increasingly powerful culture of the political and professional elite that is more in tune with modern international values than the rivalries of the past, Coup Abortive is the new political thriller by Hedley Harrison.
Mark Shorley, a security consultant, and his partner Janine Effiong are recruited to prevent illicit arms shipments from entering into southern Nigeria. Drawn into action during a holiday in the Seychelles where they meet up with Janine’s cousin, Fid Okeke, and the cold and calculating Victoria Akinbode of the Nigerian Security Service (NSS), things take a turn for the worst when a Middle East terror group murders one of the group.
The long-standing feud between this Middle East terror group and the Wongs, the arms suppliers, threatens to bring further danger. The remaining members of the group are in a race against time to prevent the arms shipments from entering Nigeria, which will cause catastrophic damage if they fail.
Can they resist the reversion to old tribal and religious prejudices so that modernity can prevail?
Hedley Harrison graduated from London University and joined a major international oil company, later progressing to senior management. He worked in the UK, Nigeria, Australia and on the North Sea. Now retired, he lives in Dorchester, Dorset and spends his time writing. This is his fifth book published by the Book Guild. Coup Abortive has the same main characters as his first book, Coup, and is in some ways a continuation of their work and life together. His others, Sorak’s Redemption, Sorak Returns and Sorak’s Legacy were in the fantasy genre.