State of Fear

Tim Ayliffe

Catching the world’s most wanted terrorist was supposed to be someone else’s job…

John Bailey has a history of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The former war correspondent has been kidnapped and tortured – twice. Finally he’s living something that resembles a normal life. But all that changes when a terrorist murders a woman in front of Bailey in London.

The mastermind behind the attack is Mustafa al-Baghdadi – No.1 on the FBI’s most wanted list – and the man who tortured Bailey in Fallujah a decade ago.

Mustafa has a deadly axe to grind with Bailey. He taunts him with threats of more attacks in other cities, closer to home. Back in Sydney, the people who matter most to Bailey have become targets.

Bailey turns to the only man who can help – ruthless CIA veteran Ronnie Johnson – to bring down the world’s most deadly terrorist.

‘Another brilliantly crafted thriller from Ayliffe that fits perfectly in today’s worrying world … Verdict: Get this guy on TV.’

- Herald Sun

‘As a correspondent, I lived this world. Tim Ayliffe has written it.’

- Stan Grant, writer and broadcaster

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Tim Ayliffe

Tim Ayliffe has been a journalist for 20 years and is the managing editor of television and video for ABC News. Before joining the ABC Tim worked in London for Sky News. State of Fear is the second of a three-book series featuring John Bailey. He lives in Sydney.

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