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Sam Bourne - Author

About the Author

Sam Bourne is the pseudonym of Jonathan Freedland, award-winning journalist and broadcaster. He has written a weekly column for the Guardian since 1997, having previously served as the paper’s Washington correspondent, and presents Radio 4’s contemporary history programme, The Long View.

The most successful male thriller writer in the UK today, Sam Bourne’s first novel The Righteous Men was a Richard and Judy Summer Read in 2006 and a No. 1 bestseller, selling over 600,000 copies in paperback. His three subsequent novels, The Last Testament, The Final Reckoning and The Chosen One have all been Sunday Times Top Five bestsellers.

 

Author photograph © Eamonn McCabe 2011

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Other books by Sam Bourne

Plot Against the President

Plot Against the President

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2018

Maggie Costello uncovers an assassination plot to kill the tyrannical new president.A blockbuster thriller from No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sam Bourne.The unthinkable has happenedThe United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford Mac McNamara.When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the President comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it's clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes.Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the President and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the President and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant or commit treason against her Commander in Chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?

To Kill the President The Most Explosive Thriller of the Year

To Kill the President The Most Explosive Thriller of the Year

Author: Sam Bourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2017

Maggie Costello uncovers an assassination plot to kill the tyrannical new president. A blockbuster thriller from No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sam Bourne. The unthinkable has happened... The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford `Mac' McNamara. When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the President comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it's clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes. Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the President - and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the President and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant - or commit treason against her Commander in Chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?

To Kill the President The Most Explosive Thriller of the Year

To Kill the President The Most Explosive Thriller of the Year

Author: Sam Bourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2017

Maggie Costello uncovers an assassination plot to kill the tyrannical new president. A blockbuster thriller from No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sam Bourne. The unthinkable has happened... The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford `Mac' McNamara. When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the President comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it's clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes. Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the President - and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the President and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant - or commit treason against her Commander in Chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?

To Kill the President: The most explosive thriller of the year

To Kill the President: The most explosive thriller of the year

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2017

Maggie Costello uncovers an assassination plot to kill the tyrannical new president.A blockbuster thriller from No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sam Bourne.The unthinkable has happened...The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford 'Mac' McNamara.When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the President comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it's clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes.Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the President - and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the President and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant - or commit treason against her Commander in Chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?

To Kill the President The Most Explosive Thriller of the Year

To Kill the President The Most Explosive Thriller of the Year

Author: Sam Bourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2017

Maggie Costello uncovers an assassination plot to kill the tyrannical new president. A blockbuster thriller from No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sam Bourne. The unthinkable has happened... The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford `Mac' McNamara. When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the President comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it's clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes. Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the President - and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the President and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant - or commit treason against her Commander in Chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?

To Kill the President: The most explosive thriller of the year

To Kill the President: The most explosive thriller of the year

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 12/06/2017

Maggie Costello uncovers an assassination plot to kill the tyrannical new president.A blockbuster thriller from No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sam Bourne.The unthinkable has happened...The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford 'Mac' McNamara.When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the President comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it's clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes.Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the President - and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the President and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant - or commit treason against her Commander in Chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?

Benjamin Broccoli

Benjamin Broccoli

Author: Sam Bourne, Sam Bourne Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2015

Sammy Spinach

Sammy Spinach

Author: Sam Bourne, Sam Bourne Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2015

Penelope Pea

Penelope Pea

Author: Sam Bourne, Sam Bourne, Sam Bourne Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2015

Sam Bourne 4-Book Thriller Collection

Sam Bourne 4-Book Thriller Collection

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 16/01/2014

Four nail-biting thrillers from No. 1 bestselling author Sam Bourne.THE RIGHTEOUS MEN:THE LAST TESTAMENT:THE FINAL RECKONING:THE CHOSEN ONE:

Der Gewahlte

Der Gewahlte

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 13/11/2013

Der US-Prasident: Macher, Morder oder Marionette?Der grandiose Verschworungsthriller von Bestsellerautor Sam BourneEr war der Auenseiter. Mit seiner Wahl hat niemand gerechnet. Oder etwa doch?Der neue US-Prasident Stephen Baker ist kaum im Amt, da droht ihm ein Blogger mit explosiven Enthullungen. - und wird kurz danach tot aufgefunden. Baker gerat unter Verdacht: hat er den Mord befohlen? Gejagt von Presse, FBI und einem Killer sucht Bakers Beraterin Maggie Costello nach der Wahrheit - und gerat auf die Spur einer perfiden Verschworung ...Rasant, realistisch und erschreckend plausibel - Sam Bourne ist der Meister der Spannung

Connie Carrot

Connie Carrot

Author: Sam Bourne, Sam Bourne, Sam Bourne Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/03/2013

Pantheon

Pantheon

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2012

The darkest secrets of World War II... finally revealed. The number one bestseller returns with his most explosive book to date.Europe is ablaze. America is undecided about joining the fight against Nazism. And James Zennor, a brilliant, troubled, young Oxford don is horrified. He returns one morning from rowing to discover that his wife has disappeared with their young son, leaving only a note declaring her continuing love.A frantic search through wartime England leads James across the Atlantic and to one of America's greatest universities, its elite clubs and secret societies - right to the heart of the American establishment. And in his hunt for his family, James unearths one of the darkest and deadliest secrets of a world at war...

Pantheon

Pantheon

Author: Sam Bourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2012

The darkest secrets of World War II... finally revealed. The number one bestseller returns with his most explosive book to date. Europe is ablaze. America is undecided about joining the fight against Nazism. And James Zennor, a brilliant, troubled, young Oxford don is horrified. He returns one morning from rowing to discover that his wife has disappeared with their young son, leaving only a note declaring her continuing love. A frantic search through wartime England leads James across the Atlantic and to one of America's greatest universities, its elite clubs and secret societies - right to the heart of the American establishment. And in his hunt for his family, James unearths one of the darkest and deadliest secrets of a world at war...

Sam Bourne Bundle

Sam Bourne Bundle

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2011

The first three blisteringly compelling Sam Bourne thrillers, available together in ebook format for the first time.In Bourne's first novel, we see a serial killer thriller combined with a delicious religious conspiracy theory, when a pimp is found dead in a rough New York neighbourhood. A far-right extremist is fatally shot at his remote log cabin outside Seattle. An eighteen-year-old computer hacker is murdered on his way home from a call centre in India. One thing unites these victims. All had, at some point in their largely wasted and grubby lives, performed an act of exceptional goodness. Someone is murdering good people. Why?For rookie journalist Will Monroe, this is the launch pad for a glittering career. But then his wife Beth is kidnapped, and the riddle becomes personal.In The Last Testament, meanwhile, as the Baghdad Museum of Antiquities is looted, a teenage Iraqi boy finds an ancient clay tablet in a long-forgotten vault. He takes it and runs off into the night ...Years later, at a peace rally in Jerusalem, the Israeli prime minister is about to sign a historic deal with the Palestinians. A man approaches from the crowd and seems to reach for a gun - bodyguards shoot him dead. In his hand was a note, one he wanted to hand to the prime minister. The shooting sparks a series of tit-for-tat killings which could derail the peace accord...In The Final Reckoning, Tom Byrne has fallen from grace since his days as an idealistic young lawyer in New York. Now he'll work for anyone - as long as the money's right.So when the United Nations call him in to do their dirty work, he accepts the job without hesitation. A suspected suicide bomber shot by UN security staff has turned out to be a harmless old man: Tom must placate the family and limit their claims for compensation.In London, Tom learns that the dead man was not quite the innocent he seemed, unravelling details of a unique, hidden brotherhood, united in a mission that has spanned the world and caused hundreds of unexplained deaths.

Tag der Abrechnung

Tag der Abrechnung

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 18/10/2010

Der englische Nr.1-Thriller von Sam Bourne: Vor dem UN-Gebaude wird ein Attentater erschossen. Dann der Schock: der Tote war ein unschuldiger Mann und ein Uberlebender des Holocaust. Der Anwalt Tom Byrne soll die Familie des Opfers beruhigen. Doch der alte Mann war nicht so harmlos, wie es scheint. Tom entdeckt eine geheime Bruderschaft, die seit uber sechzig Jahren weltweit fur mysteriose Todesfalle verantwortlich ist. Es geht umdie letzten Tater des Zweiten Weltkrieges - und der Tag der Abrechnung ist jetzt erst da.

The Chosen One

The Chosen One

Author: Sam Bourne Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2010

Number One bestseller Sam Bourne, author of The Righteous Men, delivers this page-turning political conspiracy thriller that goes right to the heart of the US establishment. Bruised by years of disappointments, political advisor Maggie Costello is finally working for a leader she can believe in. She, along with the rest of America, has put her trust in President Stephen Baker, believing he can make the world a better place. But suddenly an enemy surfaces: a man called Vic Forbes reveals first one scandal about the new president, and then another. He threatens a third revelation - one that will destroy Baker entirely. When Forbes is found dead, Maggie is thrown into turmoil. Could the leader she idolizes have been behind Forbes's murder? Has she been duped by his message of change and hope? Who is the real Stephen Baker? On the trail of the truth, Maggie is led into the roots of a massive conspiracy that reaches back into history - and goes right to the heart of the US establishment...

Chosen One

Chosen One

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 27/05/2010

Number One bestseller Sam Bourne, author of The Righteous Men, delivers this page-turning political conspiracy thriller that goes right to the heart of the US establishment. Bruised by years of disappointments, political advisor Maggie Costello is finally working for a leader she can believe in. She, along with the rest of America, has put her trust in President Stephen Baker, believing he can make the world a better place. But suddenly an enemy surfaces: a man called Vic Forbes reveals first one scandal about the new president, and then another. He threatens a third revelation - one that will destroy Baker entirely. When Forbes is found dead, Maggie is thrown into turmoil. Could the leader she idolizes have been behind Forbes's murder? Has she been duped by his message of change and hope? Who is the real Stephen Baker?On the trail of the truth, Maggie is led into the roots of a massive conspiracy that reaches back into history - and goes right to the heart of the US establishment...

Final Reckoning

Final Reckoning

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 04/08/2008

From the author of Number One bestseller The Righteous Men. How are hundreds of unexplained deaths, spanning the globe, connected to the last great secret of the Second World War?Tom Byrne has fallen from grace since his days as an idealistic young lawyer in New York. A gambling addiction has lost him his home, his wife and his good character.So when the UN call him in to do their dirty work, he accepts the job without hesitation. A suspected suicide bomber shot by UN security staff has turned out to be a harmless old man: Tom must placate the family and limit their claims for compensation.In London, Tom meets the dead man's alluring daughter, Rebecca, and learns that her father was not quite the innocent he seemed. He unravels details of a unique, hidden brotherhood, united in a mission that has spanned the world and caused hundreds of unexplained deaths.Pursued by those ready to kill to uncover the truth, Tom has to unlock a secret that has lain buried for more than 60 years - the last great secret of the Second World War.

The Final Reckoning

The Final Reckoning

Author: Sam Bourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2008

From the author of Number One bestseller The Righteous Men. How are hundreds of unexplained deaths, spanning the globe, connected to the last great secret of the Second World War? Tom Byrne has fallen from grace since his days as an idealistic young lawyer in New York. Now he'll work for anyone - as long as the money's right. So when the United Nations call him in to do their dirty work, he accepts the job without hesitation. A suspected suicide bomber shot by UN security staff has turned out to be a harmless old man: Tom must placate the family and limit their claims for compensation. In London, Tom meets the dead man's alluring daughter, Rebecca, and learns that her father was not quite the innocent he seemed. He unravels details of a unique, hidden brotherhood, united in a mission that has spanned the world and caused hundreds of unexplained deaths. Pursued by those ready to kill to uncover the truth, Tom has to unlock a secret that has lain buried for more than 60 years - the last great secret of the Second World War.

Righteous Men

Righteous Men

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 19/11/2007

The Number One bestseller. A religious conspiracy thriller like no other. The end of the world is coming - one body at a time...Two murders at opposite ends of America, one in the backstreets of New York City, the other in the backwoods of Montana. A series of killings in every corner of the globe, from the crowded slums of India to the pristine beaches of Cape Town. There can't possibly be a connection.That's the instinct of Will Monroe, a young, British-born reporter for The New York Times - until the morning his beautiful wife Beth is kidnapped. Holding her are men who seem ready to kill without hesitation.Desperate, Will follows a trail that leads to a mysterious sect right on his own doorstep - fervent followers of one of mankind's oldest faiths. He will have to break through multiple layers of mysticism and ancient prophecy, unearthing riddles buried deep in the Bible - until he finds the secret that is said to have animated the world for thousands of years, a secret on which the fate of humanity may depend. But with more murders by the hour, and each clue wrapped in layers of code, time is running out...

Last Testament

Last Testament

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 19/11/2007

From the Number One bestselling author of The Righteous Men comes this staggering religious conspiracy thriller. The Last Testament: It was written. It was lost. It will save us all.April 2003: as the Baghdad Museum of Antiquities is looted, a teenage Iraqi boy finds an ancient scroll in a long-forgotten vault. He takes it and runs off into the night ...Several years later, at a peace rally in Jerusalem, the Israeli prime minister is about to sign a historic deal with the Palestinians. A man approaches from the crowd and seems to reach for a gun - bodyguards shoot him dead. But in his hand was a note, one he wanted to hand to the prime minister.The shooting sparks a series of tit-for-tat killings which could derail the peace accord. Washington sends for trouble-shooter and peace negotiator Maggie Costello, after she thought she had quit the job for good. She follows a trail that takes her from Jewish settlements on the West Bank to Palestinian refugee camps, where she discovers the latest deaths are not random but have a distinct pattern. All the dead men are archaeologists and historians - those who know the buried secrets of the ancient past.Menaced by fanatics and violent extremists on all sides, Costello is soon plunged into high-stakes international politics, the worldwide underground trade in stolen antiquities and a last, unsolved riddle of the Bible.

Righteous Men

Righteous Men

Author: Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2006

A series of brutal murders around the globe . . . an ancient prophecy of the end of the world . . . an international bestseller in the blockbuster tradition of The Last Templar New York Times reporter Will Monroe's investigation of a rash of seemingly random killings takes a dark and dangerous turn when his wife is kidnapped by shadowy enemies who want him to stop. Desperate to save his wife, Will follows the clues into the heart of New York's Hassidic community, and learns that the stakes of his quest are higher then he could ever imagine. As the death toll rises, he enlists an eccentric Kabbalah expert to decode his wife's captors' cryptic messages. The trail they pursue leads inexorably to a set of ancient texts and a prophecy that will save the world . . . or destroy all of life as we know it. What will happen when the one secret that has kept the world safe for thousands of years is revealed to all? In The Righteous Men, a blistering, high-concept thriller filled with mystery, romance and suspense, Sam Bourne takes listeners deep into the hidden worlds of fundamentalist religion, mysticism and biblical prophecies, in a visionary tale as frightening as it is entertaining.

The Righteous Men

The Righteous Men

Author: Sam Bourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/2006

The Number One bestseller. A religious conspiracy thriller like no other. The end of the world is coming - one body at a time... Two murders at opposite ends of America, one in the backstreets of New York City, the other in the backwoods of Montana. A series of killings in every corner of the globe, from the crowded slums of India to the pristine beaches of Cape Town. There can't possibly be a connection. That's the instinct of Will Monroe, a young, British-born reporter for The New York Times - until the morning his beautiful wife Beth is kidnapped. Holding her are men who seem ready to kill without hesitation. Desperate, Will follows a trail that leads to a mysterious sect right on his own doorstep - fervent followers of one of mankind's oldest faiths. He will have to break through multiple layers of mysticism and ancient prophecy, unearthing riddles buried deep in the Bible - until he finds the secret that is said to have animated the world for thousands of years, a secret on which the fate of humanity may depend. But with more murders by the hour, and each clue wrapped in layers of code, time is running out...