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First Strike

(The first book in the Tyler Griffin series)
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Libya, 1986: A valuable CIA source within the Gaddafi regime known only as "Minotaur" is exposed and goes on the run with his wife and daughter, pursued by Libyan soldiers. As he flees, so the CIA ramps up an attempt to liberate him before he is captured and returned to Tripoli for interrogation. Minotaur knows the identities of both CIA operatives and Libyan terrorist cells - whoever gets to him first, wins.

Cruising the Gulf of Sidra with the Navy's sixth fleet is rookie F-14 Tomcat pilot Tyler Griffin, aboard USS America. On his first deployment, Tyler is struggling to keep up with the tough world of a naval aviator. But his linguistic skills in Arabic, learned from his mother, now put him firmly in the CIA's sphere of interest. Between tangling with MiGs and operations aboard the carrier, Tyler finds himself caught up in a dangerous game between his CIA operative father, his intelligence analyst sister and Libyan terrorist cells determined to strike America's heartland.

As the hunt for Minotaur intensifies, it becomes clear that nothing about the asset is as it seems, and Libyan terrorist cells strike first in the heart of Germany. With a war looming in the Gulf of Sidra and a lone-wolf terrorist stalking the streets of Washington DC, Tyler finds himself in a race against time to locate Minotaur and liberate them before America finds itself on the brink of a Third World War...


Praise for Dean Crawford:

"The fossilized remains of a 7,000-year-old creature dug from the sands of the Negev Desert in Israel become the bones of contention in Dean Crawford's fast-paced debut thriller... The book neatly threads together a wild variety of plotlines." -Wall Street Journal

"... cleverly introduced premise... assured pacing and plotting... " - Publishers Weekly

"The action is frenetic, in the vein of Matthew Reilly's Scarecrow series. Crawford is an able storyteller who smoothly orchestrates the plot's twists and turns... " - Kirkus Reviews

"... brilliant high-concept, high-octane thriller... ." - The Guardian

"A fast-paced and entertaining yarn." - Melbourne Age

"Partly mythical read, part thriller this pacy tale is a page turner guaranteed to keep you up late." - The Sun

"Get the cameras rolling - Indiana Jones meets Alien. What a combination of mystery, suspense, and unspeakable horror. I loved it!" - R.L. Stine

"This is an amazingly good, intelligently told novel by an exciting new British author." - Eurocrime

"Earth-shattering intrigue, hyperdrive action and a desperate race to save humanity, cranked up to the max with scarily realistic science and apocalyptic religion thrown in for good measure . . . a major new talent has hit the mystery thriller scene!" - Scott Mariani


Dean Crawford began writing after his dream of becoming a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force was curtailed when he failed their stringent sight tests. His Ethan Warner series of high-concept novels have regularly featured on the Sunday Times paperback bestseller list and have sold all over the world. A full-time author, he lives with his partner and daughter in Surrey.

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Genre: Thriller

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Paperback Editions

August 2018 : Paperback

Title: First Strike (Tyler Griffin)
Author(s): Dean Crawford
ISBN: 1-71986-146-3 / 978-1-71986-146-5
Publisher: Independently published
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Kindle Editions

August 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: First Strike (Tyler Griffin Book 1)
Author(s): Dean Crawford
Publisher: Fictum Ltd
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