The Overwhelming

The Overwhelming

When the truth is a weapon of mass destruction

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Author: Joe Gill
Length: 294 page(s)
Written: Feb 2012
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Category: Fiction & Literature » Thriller  |  Work: Novel
Keywords: islam, terrorism, mystery thriller, CIA, MI6, Mossad, Israel, Iran, Pakistan, Kashmir, love story, 9/11, false flag, Middle East, fundamentalism, journalism, London, Paris, Disney Europe, prison

When the truth is a weapon of mass destruction. 'Exciting...beautifully written'

"The story is exciting, relevant and beautifully written..." Erika Anderson of Canongate Books.

On the day of a terrorist attack on London, reporter Nick Day discovers sinister links between a telecoms billionaire, a reluctant jihadist called Raj and rogue elements working for American and Israeli intelligence.


"Then a single thought made my hair stand on end. Squires, who had just bought the building that had been blown up before my eyes, had switched our meeting this morning from the Cucumber to Freemasons Hall. My stomach turned. My mouth was dry. No one was going to convince me that this was just a coincidence. No one. How could such a thing be possible? If someone had suggested it to me, I would have laughed, but I knew it had happened and I wanted to know how and why and the blood on the pavement only yards from me made me certain that I would find out, somehow."

The story begins as thirtysomething journalist Nick Day is woken at 3.43am by foxes at play in his London garden, and ends several months later in the mountains of Kashmir, where he goes in search of Raj, the reluctant terrorist and ghost from Nick’s youth.

It should have been just another day at the office for Nick… until Raj, his online friend and chatroom jihadist, tells him another 9/11 is imminent. Nick's interview with billionaire tycoon John Squires, the new owner of London’s iconic Cucumber building, turns into a strange lunch at Freemasons Hall interrupted by a bomb exploding at nearby Buckingham Palace. Nick’s discoveries rapidly evolve into a dangerous investigation into murky property deals and foreign intelligence plots aimed at sparking war in the Middle East.

The novel explores themes of hidden links between terror groups, the intelligence agencies and high finance.

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I was a journalist for more than 15 years working for newspapers in the UK, US and Venezuela, (Financial Times, Morning Star, Caracas Daily Journal, Local Government Chronicle and PR Week New York). I also worked as a political researcher in the Houses of Commons in 2002-2003. Since 2006 I've devoted myself to launching the quiz board game About Time which has gone on to sell over 30,000 copies in Europe and the USA. My passions are history, international politics, social justice and travel. My first novel was a historical fantasy called The Vanishing Shore. My latest novel is a contemporary thriller The Overwhelming. I studied Economics and History at Leeds University and took a MSc in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics. I am married with a daughter.

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