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  • Location: Cornwall, Falmouth, Istanbul, Cyprus

The Evolution of Fear

The Evolution of Fear

Why a Booktrail?

2000s: Where does a fugitive with a price on his head run to?

  • ISBN: 978-1910633243
  • Genre: Hitman/Gangster, Thriller

What you need to know before your trail

Claymore Straker is that fugitive and he’s on the run as the CIA  want him for acts of terrorism he didn’t commit.  What someone has committed however is the murder of his best friend and on top of that Rania, the woman he loves has disappeared. Clay needs answers and fast.

Feeling betrayed by those closest to him, he must flee the sanctuary of his safe house in Cornwall and try to find out where on earth Rania could have disappeared to. It’s not long before he’s on her trail

Racing across Istanbul and then Cyprus, chaos looms and the horrific truth is unveiled, Clay must call on every ounce of skill and endurance to save Rania and put an end to the unimaginable destruction being wrought in the name of profit.

Travel Guide

This is a trail which hits the ground running and never lets up. A fugitive is always going to run to places others know nothing about and places in plain sight that no-one sees.


“It was a good place to hide. From almost any vantage point the cottage was invisible”

Living in a safe house which  is no longer safe on the beautiful but cold Cornish coast near Crackington Haven, he first walks to find a phone box and makes the call that will change his  life.

How had someone found him here? “Questions boiled in his mind”

Everything here takes place in rain and darkness, slashing winds and unrelenting isolation

Istanbul Turkey

After a long and arduous journey by sea, and from the quiet of Cornwall, Clay is bombarded with the heat and haze  ofIstanbul. Apparently the author stayed at the Pera Palas hotel when he was living and working in Turkey during the 1980s, and this is the hotel Clay now hides out in. Many scenes find him running, hiding amongst the citiy’s labyrinth of streets, the chaos of its markets and thin the shadows of its grand mosques


All comes to a head in Cyprus after docking in Lanarca Marina, there are some truths to be told and some secrets to be revealed at the end of the line. Again the author knows this island well and writes of the struggles and dual identity it has.

The island is one maze of revealing truths and unravelling secrets as the chase ends in some surprising revelations. The Russian Mafia, Turkish developers and Greek Cypriot extremists infiltrate an island rich in heritage and history and richer still for those who could develop things for their own ends.

Booktrailer Review

Susan: @thebooktrailer

I don’t know about you but as I read this, I felt the sweat on my brow as I raced through it, my reading pace in keeping with the running pace of Clay. This really is non – stop and gritty, reeling you in and spitting you out much like happens to the protagonist himself.

You don’t have to have read The Abrupt Physics of Dying in order to gain the true satisfaction from this read as this novel is more than capable of speaking for itself. There’s just so much too it that although jam packed, it never feels rushed or busy for busy’s sake.

As a booktrailer, I really was thrilled to be taken on a trail that led to a final destination of consequences and danger. I’m not aware of the issues and problems mentioned in the book and so didn’t know what was going to happen but never fear, the novel takes you by the hand and sucks you in so you don’t have time to think, just read.

The journey from Cornwall’s rain and isolation to the dusty heat and chaos of Istanbul and then on to Cyprus was just brilliant but it was the bits in between, the arduous and dangerous journey by sea to these places where you might have expected a lull but these parts were crafted to create just that much energy and suspense to have you ricochet off to the next chapter of both the events and the book itself.

The entire plot was griping from beginning to end. It’s fierce, violent and in your face but you can tell it’s written by someone who knows, who’s been there and who has felt every bead of sweat on his top lip as Clay does.

A meaty thriller says Lee Child and he should know. We say like the best steak there is, this is worth savouring. Chewing over until that moment when, meat sweats or not, you can sit back and relax, enjoying the feeling of having devoured a book that satisfies on every level.

Booktrail Boarding Pass Information: The Evolution of Fear

Destination: Cornwall, Istanbul, Cyprus   Departure Date: 2000s

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