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Without Sanction

(2020)
(The first book in the Matt Drake series)
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After surviving a clandestine operation that went tragically wrong, Matt Drake escaped Syria with his life, but little else. Now, to save the life of another, he must return to Syria and confront his biggest failure in a debut thriller Lee Child calls "sensationally good."

Defense Intelligence Agency operative Matt Drake broke a promise. A promise that cost three people their lives and crippled his best friend. Three months later, he's paralyzed by survivor's guilt and haunted by the memories of the fallen. Matt may have left Syria, but Syria hasn't left him.

In the midst of his self-imposed exile, Matt is dragged back into the world of espionage and assets that he tried to forget. A Pakistani scientist working for an ISIS splinter cell has created a terrifying weapon of mass destruction. The scientist offers to defect with the weapon, but he trusts just one man to bring him out of Syria alive—Matt Drake.

It’s a suicide mission—one man against an army of terrorists. Still, with stakes this high, Matt has no choice but to try. He’s going in on high alert, but he’s blind to his greatest vulnerability. His most dangerous enemy is closer to home—not on the battlefield, but in the Oval Office.

Genre: Thriller

Praise for this book

"You can smell the cordite, hear the explosions, and feel the fight in this one. Action jumps from every page thanks to an engaging premise and cross-cutting suspense. Way ahead of the pack." - Steve Berry

"Don Bentley has created a gripping tale with an authentic, broken protagonist. The result is a white-knuckle ride through both the Syrian battle grounds and the innermost sanctums of DC politics with deadly twists and turns along the way." - Matthew Betley

"Grabs you from the get-go and never lets up. An absolutely fantastic story." - Marc Cameron

"Without Sanction knocks it out of the park! His hard won wisdom and experience from time downrange grip the reader from the first page to the last. Sign me up for an early read of book two!" - Jack Carr

"Sensationally good—I want more Matt Drake." - Lee Child

"Don Bentley’s Without Sanction is seriously one of the most compelling debuts in recent memory.Brilliantly crafted and written, this book is a thoroughly riveting read and Don Bentley is an exciting new voice in the thriller world." - Mark Greaney

"Without Sanction is one of those rare books that reminds me why I became an author in the first place. Don Bentley has crafted a gut churning, heart pounding thriller. An unflinching dive into the soul of the modern warrior that is so beautifully written and expertly executed that I cannot believe it is a debut novel." - Joshua Hood

"Bentley plumbs the deepest recesses of Syria and the White House, leaving readers unsettled, wondering which arena is in fact more dangerous. Politics and foreign policy collide in a tempest of backstabbing and intrigue. Realistic, gritty, and hard-hitting—Without Sanction is an incendiary debut." - K J Howe

"Without Sanction is without doubt the best thriller I’ve read in years. Don Bentley flies his story like an Apache attack helicopter—full throttle and guns blazing. With a plot as unpredictable as a HAHO jump in high winds, the novel drops you in a hot LZ of whip-smart writing, throat-punching action and laugh-out-loud gallows humor. A keen political eye, sharply drawn characters and emotional depth accelerate this pulse-pounding free fall. Strap on your bump helmet and hold on tight. You’re in for one helluva ride!" - Mike Maden

"I am blown away...Without Sanction is top notch." - Sean Parnell

"Without Sanction is a relentless, crackling debut about the fight against terrorism, its unacknowledged costs, and the price paid by its operatives. Don Bentley has lived this life, and he writes with deep authenticity, a serious swagger, wry wit, and a lyrical heart. This is one hell of a book." - Nick Petrie


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Used availability for Don Bentley's Without Sanction

Hardback Editions

March 2020 : Hardback
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Title: Without Sanction: 1
Author(s): Don Bentley
ISBN: 1-984805-11-8 / 978-1-984805-11-9
Publisher: Berkley
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

March 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Without Sanction: A Matt Drake Thriller, Book 1
Author(s): Don Bentley
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon   


March 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Without Sanction: A Matt Drake Thriller, Book 1
Author(s): Don Bentley
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


March 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Without Sanction: A Matt Drake Thriller, Book 1
Author(s): Don Bentley
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Without Sanction: A Matt Drake Thriller, Book 1
Author(s): Don Bentley
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Without Sanction (A Matt Drake Thriller Book 1)
Author(s): Don Bentley
Publisher: Berkley
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU