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Paul E. Hardisty

  • Original Title: CLAYMORE STRAKER
  • Publication date: March 2015
  • Publisher: Orenda Books
  • Country: AU
  • 450 print pages
  • Thriller/Crime fiction


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: Yemen
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Surpassing oneself, Search for the truth, Disease, Moral dilemma, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Conspiracy, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence, Terrorism, Power, Ecology, War and other conflicts, Corruption, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge


Claymore is threatened at gunpoint by Islamic terrorists while working as an oil company engineer in Yemen. He has to choose between helping them uncover the cause of an illness afflicting a nearby village, or watch his good friend and driver, Abdulkader, die.


Debut novel.
An eco-thiller which bears similarities with John le Carré's books and the 'Bourne' films.

THE ABRUPT PHYSICS OF DYING, book 1 in the series, features the maverick Claymore Straker, who has been described as the thinking man’s Jack Reacher. It was published by the newly formed Orenda Books and was shortlisted for the John Creasey Debut Dagger.

Paul E. Hardisty is an Australian writer, university professor, environmental hydrologist, and triathlete. He currently leads Australia's national research flagship in land, water, biodiversity and climate adaptation.



Claymore Straker is trying to forget a violent past. Working as an oil company engineer in the wilds of Yemen, he is hijacked at gunpoint by Islamic Terrorists. Clay has a choice: help uncover the cause of a mysterious sickness afflicting the village of Al Urush, close to the company's oil-processing facility, or watch Abdulkader, his driver and close friend, die.

As the country descends into civil war and village children start dying, Clay finds himself caught up in a ruthless struggle between opposing armies controllers of the country’s oil wealth, Yemen’s shadowy secret service, and rival terrorist factions. As Clay scrambles to keep his friend alive, he meets Rania, a troubled journalist. Together, they try to uncover the truth about Al Urush. But nothing in this ancient, unforgiving place is as it seems. Accused of a murder he did not commit, put on the CIA’s most-­wanted list, Clay must come to terms with his past and confront the powerful forces that want him dead. This eco-­thriller is largely based on true events – the horrific destruction of fresh water and lives by oil giants.

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