Nathan Farrugia

The Phoenix Variant (The Fifth Column #3)

Rogue operative Sophia is in the wrong place at the right time.

A terrorist attack vaporizes a large chunk of the Upper West Side, almost killing Sophia. Narrowly avoiding the explosion, she gives chase to an operative running from the blast zone.

Amid the chaos, Sophia recovers a rare meteorite from the operative and is quickly ensnared in a hunt between clashing factions of a labyrinthine covert government known as the Fifth Column.

With New York City sealed off and the hurricane rapidly approaching, Sophia has nowhere to run and everything to lose.

What readers are saying:

★★★★★ «I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN. Nathan Farrugia is in a class by himself. You can’t help but enjoy this adventure.»

★★★★★ «What an amazing series. Plenty of action, thrills, gut-wrenching pace, cool weapons/gadgets and well written story.»

★★★★★ “Can I give this book 10 stars? It kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page to the last!”

★★★★★ “The Fifth Column series is a tour de force. This amazing series deserves a 5 star review.”

★★★★★ “Really humorous, lots of action and the characters are so much fun. Loved it. Fast-paced, entertaining read.”

★★★★★ «I picked up a copy of The Chimera Vector thinking it would be a standard adventure novel. I was wrong. From the sands of the Middle East to the streets of New York, Nathan Farrugia has taken the techno-action/spy novel pioneered by David Morrell and given it steroids.»

★★★★★ “Farrugia weaves an amazing tale of power, deceit and double crosses. Espionage at its finest, intrigue that will tighten your gut and light every nerve on fire, The Chimera Vector goes far beyond science fiction and becomes a fast-paced mystery-thriller that defies early detection of where we are headed.”

★★★★★ “This is going down as one of the best series I've read. And that's saying something. Filled with intense action with enough sci-fi and thriller to make me grin like I found the girl of my dreams.”

★★★★★ “Loved it. High paced action thriller it definitely is. You think you know where it is going then the plot twists again. It really kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next.”

★★★★★ “An excellent fast paced series that merges science, science fiction and adventure in one well written read that will make it impossible to put down.”

★★★★★ “Oh. Wow. What a book. I found The Chimera Vector to be well written, thoroughly entertaining, and at times unbearably suspenseful. I was literally holding my breath.”

★★★★★ «All the action that I really enjoyed in the first one and hoped would continue… the sequel blew that out of the ballpark. Amazing book, even better than the first, if that's possible! Love all the characters.”

★★★★★ “Be warned! This series is totally addictive. Don’t start this unless you’re ready for a wild action-packed ride.»

About the author

Nathan M. Farrugia is an Australian technothriller writer, and author of the USA Today bestselling Helix and Fifth Column series. Nathan is known for placing himself in dangerous situations, including climbing rooftops in Russia and being hunted by special forces trackers in the United States. He studies Systema, a little-known martial art and former secret of Russian special forces.
Beyond his army training, Nathan has trained under USMC, SEAL team, Spetsnaz and Defence Intelligence instructors, and the wilderness and tracking skills of the Chiricahua Apache scouts and Australian Aboriginals.
Nathan is currently in Malta, co-writing the sequel to the critically acclaimed video game Metro Exodus by 4A Games.

Also by Nathan M. Farrugia:
Helix #1: Helix
Helix #2: Exile
Helix #3: Interceptor
Helix #4: Anomaly
Helix #5: Inversion
Helix #6: Exclave
Helix #7: Purity
Helix #8: Kill Switch
Helix #9: Countervail
The Chimera Vector
The Seraphim Sequence
The Phoenix Variant
The Phoenix Ascent
386 printed pages
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Anomaly Press
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