A Stephanie Patrick Thriller

5 books in series
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The Rhythm Section Publisher's Summary

The international thriller soon to be a major motion picture, from the producers of the James Bond film series, starring Jude Law and Blake Lively. 

Mark Burnell's riveting thriller The Rhythm Section begins with the crash of flight NEO027. The crash destroys Stephanie Patrick's life: Her family was on board, and there were no survivors. Devastated, she drops out of college, and her life spins out of control as she enters a world of drugs and prostitution - until a journalist discovers the crash wasn't an accident; there was a bomb planted on the plane. Filled with rage, and with nothing left to lose, she focuses on one goal: revenge.  

The opportunity to obtain it arrives quickly when Stephanie is approached and recruited by an extremely covert intelligence organization. She is young, smart, and beautiful - and has no family, making her the perfect candidate. The organization offers her a deal. She must undergo rigorous training; learn how to control her heart rate and breathing ("the rhythm section"); and learn how to efficiently use weapons. Then, she will assume a new identity and commit acts of terrorism on behalf of the organization. When she completes these assignments successfully - and proves her loyalty - she will be offered the opportunity to take out the terrorists who brought down flight NEO027. She has nothing to lose.  

As "Petra", a mercenary terrorist based out of Germany, and as "Marina", an international businesswoman based in London, she enters the brutal world of international espionage and adapts quickly. She is able to numb her feelings and act on instinct alone. But as the stakes get higher, Stephanie begins to question what her value really is. 

Is the organization telling her the truth - do they know who caused flight NEO027 to explode? Or are they using her for some other agenda? More important: Is avenging her family worth the price she is paying? And if it isn't - will the organization that created her let her go?

©1999; 2018 Text copyright Mark Burnell; Afterword copyright Mark Burnell (P)2018 Macmillan Audio
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  • Book 1

    • The Rhythm Section

    • A Stephanie Patrick Thriller, Book 1
    • Written by: Mark Burnell
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
    • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The crash of flight NEO027 destroys Stephanie Patrick's life: Her family was on board, and there were no survivors. Devastated, she drops out of college, and her life spins out of control as she enters a world of drugs and prostitution - until a journalist discovers the crash wasn't an accident; there was a bomb planted on the plane. Filled with rage, and with nothing left to lose, she focuses on one goal: revenge. The opportunity to obtain it arrives quickly when Stephanie is approached and recruited by an extremely covert intelligence organization.  

    Price: CDN$ 50.87

  • Book 2

    • Chameleon

    • A Stephanie Patrick Thriller, Book 2
    • Written by: Mark Burnell
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
    • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    They are chameleons. Beyond the law, beyond morality, they’ve survived by adapting, whatever the circumstances - and by trusting nobody but themselves. Stephanie Patrick, more comfortable under an alias than she was with herself, has traversed the world and forgotten who she is. Now, she wants to put her past behind her. Konstantin Komarov. The FBI call him the Don from the Don. Today, at the heart of a financial empire created by the Russian crime pandemic, he’s as comfortable in Manhattan as he is in Moscow or Magadan. Between them exists Koba, an old alias for a new threat.

    Price: CDN$ 39.07

    • Chameleon

    • Written by: Mark Burnell
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
    • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
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    They are chameleons. Beyond the law, beyond morality, they’ve survived by adapting, whatever the circumstances. And by trusting nobody but themselves. It's a question of identity. Stephanie Patrick, a woman who was more comfortable under an alias than she was with herself, traversed the world and forgot who she was. Now, she wants to put all her pasts behind her. Konstantin Komarov. The FBI call him the Don from the Don. Today, at the heart of a financial empire created by the Russian crime pandemic, he’s as comfortable in Manhattan as he is in Moscow or Magadan.

    Price: CDN$ 14.26

  • Book 3

    • Gemini

    • A Stephanie Patrick Thriller, Book 3
    • Written by: Mark Burnell
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
    • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
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    Scientific and weapons secrets and personnel are being sent via the people-smuggling routes from China, through Albania and the former Yugoslavia to Europe and Britain. Stephanie's personal feelings for one of the victims of this trade causes her to make a rare professional mistake, and the consequences are far-reaching, vicious, and challenging, even for her skills and expertise. 

    Price: CDN$ 39.07

  • Book 4

    • The Third Woman

    • A Stephanie Patrick Thriller, Book 4
    • Written by: Mark Burnell
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
    • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
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    In Paris, a bomb blast triggers a chain of events that contaminates every aspect of Stephanie's life. It's clear she's been betrayed. But by whom? She must identify the threat before she can run from it! Stephanie saves herself by taking a hostage, but soon, the tension between captive and captor accelerates dangerously beyond her control.   

    Price: CDN$ 39.07