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Read By: Maggie Mash Publisher: Quercus Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 12.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 9.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781623659820

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47:39 minutes

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20:30 minutes

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Stockholm, September 2011. Carina Dymek is on a fast track for promotion at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, when she is approached by a stranger and given a USB stick containing a report to circulate in her department. Unwittingly, she delivers a time bomb of classified information that sends her career up in flames and puts her on the radar of the security service, Säpo. Tasked with investigating how Dymek gained access to the confidential report, the formidable Bente Jensen of Säpo is quietly approached by the British MI6, who have an undisclosed interest in the leak. She finds out that Dymek's boyfriend is an Egyptian Swedish national. But it's MI6 who link his family to an extreme faction within the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo. The case explodes into an international manhunt. Liaising with the ruthless MI6, Bente uncovers the secretive plans contained in that leaked report: plans for an omnipotent Europe-wide Intelligence Service. Forces hone in on Dymek, while Bente begins to suspect she is a red herring caught in a far wider net: one in which social media is abused for intelligence and civil rights are sacrificed to national security. Andreas Norman, a former Swedish Ministry official, has written an explosive expose of Anglo-American spying and surveillance on European civilians in the name of counter-terrorism. This dizzying thriller anticipated the Edward Snowden revelations and rocked Sweden on publication.

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Norman weaves EU politics, the dark reality of diplomacy, and modern espionage techniques together with a classic thriller story, creating a detailed, thoughtful exploration of ethics and sacrifices in the era of the War on Terror and WikiLeaks. Fully dimensional characters humanize this thriller, and readers will be intrigued by the European perspective on international power, which blurs the role of the U.S. as the good guy.

— Christine Tran, Booklist (Starred Review) 


  • Rarely have I read such a well-written debut novel as this . . . Well orchestrated dramaturgy, rich language, and extremely believable characters . . . Norman has written a dizzying thriller.

    — Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)
  • An excellent and very up-to-the-minute novel . . . Into A Raging Blaze is fiction, not reportage. But crime fiction often gives a truthful picture of the society it springs from. Is this how others see us now? If so, alas!

    — Literary Review
  • An enthralling political thriller with relevance to current world's affair and the failures of global security systems. I'll be eagerly awaiting further installments as this is only the first part of the planned trilogy.

    — Upcoming4Me
  • Swedish writer Andreas Norman's novel starts with a spark then simmers for a while before reaching the state of its title, Into a Raging Blaze. . . While a thoroughly entertaining work of fiction, the issue of security vs. privacy in contemporary society is a fact written between every line.

    — Pittsburg Post-Gazette
  • The action and tradecraft are good, and the book generates some real momentum.

    — Publishers Weekly
  • so plugged into the present that it's hard to believe its publication in Norman's native Sweden anticipated Edward Snowden's revelations by two months . . . Norman's understanding of the dark, destructive side of surveillance is second to none . . . Into a Raging Blaze is convincing and addictive.

    — The Guardian
  • Norman, a former diplomat in Sweden's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has written a first-rate debut thriller that asks: Who watches the watchers if they don't choose to be seen? The narrative starts slow but doesn't take long to build up speed. From then on, watch out!

    — David Keymer, Library Journal (Starred Review)
  • engaging . . . There's plenty to like in this plausible and well-written tale.

    — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
  • Norman spent 10 years as a diplomat, and his knowledge of espionage fuels the high-octane pace. You'll fall for his complex plot and characters-not just Carina but also her Egyptian-born boyfriend and the agent who's tracking her. Finally, a thriller for the WikiLeaks era.

    — Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly

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About Andreas Norman

Andreas Norman was born in 1972 in Stockholm. He made his debut as a poet, published by Albert Bonniers in 1996. After studies in political science and history, he worked in Bosnia and later joined the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As a career diplomat, he has served as member of the Counter-Terrorism Unit at the Ministry’s Security Policy Department, working on long-term measures of terrorism prevention; as a senior officer at the Middle East-North Africa Department managing diplomatic relations with Egypt, Tunisia, and Syria during the “Arabic Spring,” and on postings in the Western Balkans and the Baltics. Andreas Norman is currently deputy chief of mission at the Swedish Embassy in Vilnius. Into A Raging Blaze is his debut novel.

About Maggie Mash

Maggie Mash trained as an actress and worked in theater before starting her broadcasting career in Forces Radio. Her voice-over work includes everything from audiobooks to in-flight airline videos and the UK’s national mental arithmetic SATs tests. Her audiobook narration has earned her an AudioFile Earphones Award. She is fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, and Greek.