remarkable comeback... The result is his best book yet, even better than 2005’s Brandenburg... Given its topicality and its sheer ambition, the resulting book is bound to be in contention for 2018’s thriller awards. But it’s also possible to imagine it challenging for the Orwell prize for political writing, such is the power of its depiction of the migrant exodus. Full of poignant scenes and mesmeric action sequences, it may be the first novel to do justice to the phenomenon’s epic scale.
...Henry Porter’s Firefly (Quercus, £14.99), a brilliant novel for our times that I could not put down, about terror threats, refugees and the challenges of the security services in the 21st century.
Firefly by Henry Porter (Quercus, £7.99) is brilliant; the brutal hunt for a terrorist jihadist and the long agonising and heartbreaking journey of a young refugee from Syria. Porter is a veteran journalist who turns out to be one of our best thriller writers.
...feels unusually credible for a suspense thriller, but has a clear social purpose... there is both a sharp journalistic attention to detail (Porter was a regular columnist for the Observer) and genuine anger... If Firefly ultimately works better as a Le Carré-esque procedural than a ripping yarn, then its attainment is a greater and more serious one... Readers are unlikely to finish Firefly feeling the warm glow of escapism that a less sophisticated thriller might provide, but it offers something more important: a glimpse into a terrifying and random world in which there are few happy endings.