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Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page

Dedication

Acknowledgements

Monday

CHAPTER 1 - 8.05 a.m. GMT BBC, Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 2 - 8.19 a.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 3 - 8.31 a.m. GMT University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich

CHAPTER 4 - 11.44 a.m. local time Pump station IT-1B

CHAPTER 5 - 8.45 a.m. GMT

CHAPTER 6 - 12.35 p.m. GMT Manchester

CHAPTER 7 - 3.37 p.m. local time Desert, Salah Ad Din Region, Iraq

CHAPTER 8 - 12.38 p.m. GMT UEA, Norwich

CHAPTER 9 - 6.42 p.m. local time Road leading to Al-Bayji, Iraq

CHAPTER 10 - 9.21 p.m. local time Road leading to Al-Bayji, Iraq

CHAPTER 11 - 8.33 p.m. GMT UEA, Norwich

CHAPTER 12 - 11.55 p.m. GMT Whitehall, London

Tuesday

CHAPTER 13 - 5 a.m. local time Road leading to Al-Bayji, Iraq

CHAPTER 14 - 6.57 a.m. local time Al-Bayji, Iraq

CHAPTER 15 - 7.21 a.m. local time Al-Bayji, Iraq

CHAPTER 16 - 8 a.m. GMT Manchester

CHAPTER 17 - 11 a.m. local time Al-Bayji, Iraq

CHAPTER 18 - 11.18 a.m. local time Al-Bayji, Iraq

CHAPTER 19 - 8.21 a.m. GMT UEA, Norwich

CHAPTER 20 - 11.22 a.m. local time Al-Bayji, Iraq

CHAPTER 21 - 8.55 a.m. UEA, Norwich

CHAPTER 22 - 8.57 a.m. GMT UEA, Norwich

CHAPTER 23 - 9.41 a.m. GMT Manchester

CHAPTER 24 - 9.45 a.m. GMT UEA, Norwich

CHAPTER 25 - 11.37 a.m. GMT North Finchley, London

CHAPTER 26 - 12.30 p.m. GMT Whitehall, London

CHAPTER 27 - 3.42 p.m. local time Al-Bayji, Iraq

CHAPTER 28 - 12.57 p.m. GMT Hammersmith, London

CHAPTER 29 - 1.30 p.m. GMT Whitehall, London

CHAPTER 30 - 1.37 p.m. GMT Whitehall, London

CHAPTER 31 - 2.15 p.m. GMT Hammersmith, London

CHAPTER 32 - 2.45 p.m. GMT M6 motorway, north of Birmingham

CHAPTER 33 - 10 p.m. local time Al-Bayji, Iraq

CHAPTER 34 - 7.23 p.m. GMT Between Manchester and Birmingham

CHAPTER 35 - 10.24 p.m. local time Al-Bayji, Iraq

CHAPTER 36 - 7.40 p.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 37 - 10.41 p.m. local time Al-Bayji, Iraq

CHAPTER 38 - 7.46 p.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 39 - 10.50 p.m. local time Al-Bayji, Iraq

CHAPTER 40 - 7.52 p.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 41 - 7.53 p.m. GMT Between Manchester and Birmingham

CHAPTER 42 - 10.53 p.m. local time Al-Bayji, Iraq

Wednesday

CHAPTER 43 - 5 a.m. GMT Between Manchester and Birmingham

CHAPTER 44 - 11.31 a.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 45 - 12.15 p.m. GMT Beauford Service Station

CHAPTER 46 - 2 p.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 47 - 2.01 p.m. GMT Hammersmith, London

CHAPTER 48 - 2.05 p.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 49 - 5 p.m. local time Northern Iraq

CHAPTER 50 - 2.30 p.m. GMT Cabinet Office Briefing Room A (COBRA), London

CHAPTER 51 - 3 p.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 52 - 3.47 p.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 53 - 8.51 p.m. GMT South of London

CHAPTER 54 - 11.57 p.m. local time Northern Iraq

CHAPTER 55 - 10.03 p.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

Thursday

CHAPTER 56 - 7 a.m. local time The Turkey/Iraq border

CHAPTER 57 - 10 a.m. GMT Beauford Service Station

CHAPTER 58 - 9.12 p.m. local time Southern Turkey

CHAPTER 59 - 6 p.m. GMT Beauford Service Station

CHAPTER 60 - 6.11 p.m. GMT Beauford Service Station

CHAPTER 61 - 6.15 p.m. GMT Beauford Service Station

CHAPTER 62 - 9.51 p.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 63 - 11.43 p.m. GMT Beauford Service Station

CHAPTER 64 - 11.46 p.m. GMT Beauford Service Station

Friday

CHAPTER 65 - 3 a.m. local time Southern Turkey

CHAPTER 66 - 3.25 a.m. local time Southern Turkey

CHAPTER 67 - 4 a.m. local time Southern Turkey

CHAPTER 68 - 4.05 a.m. GMT

CHAPTER 69 - 6.29 a.m. GMT

CHAPTER 70 - 12.31 a.m. EST New York, USA

CHAPTER 71 - 7.31 a.m. GMT Guildford

CHAPTER 72 - 7.51 a.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 73 - 4.23 p.m. GMT Outskirts of London

CHAPTER 74 - 10.27 p.m. local time Over Europe

CHAPTER 75 - 10.05 p.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 76 - 10.09 p.m. GMT London

CHAPTER 77 - 10.11 p.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 78 - 11.59 p.m. GMT Guildford

Saturday

CHAPTER 79 - 4.21 a.m. GMT Heathrow, London

CHAPTER 80 - 10.03 a.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 81 - 11.35 a.m. GMT Heathrow, London

CHAPTER 82 - 2.32 p.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 83 - 9 p.m. GMT Cabinet Office Briefing Room A (COBRA), London

CHAPTER 84 - 9.15 p.m. GMT London

CHAPTER 85 - 9.51 p.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 86 - 10.25 p.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 87 - 11.36 p.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 88 - 11.54 p.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

Sunday

CHAPTER 89 - 12.01 a.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

CHAPTER 90 - 12.07 a.m. GMT Shepherd’s Bush, London

Epilogue

Author’s Note

Jenny twisted in her seat and studied the pavilion anxiously, half-expecting a swarm of people to suddenly emerge from it and charge them down, hell-bent on pulling them out of the car and ripping their throats out.

My God, doesn’t this feel just like that . . . Like one of those crazy zombie movies?

This whole situation was like some post-apocalyptic scenario; the glimmering firelight from the bonfire, the debris and detritus strewn across the tarmac, the flickering torchlight and the frantically scrabbling crowd inside the building, the noise, the chaos.

Paul drove across the car-park towards the exit leading on to the slip-road that led out to the motorway and headed south once more.

She watched the service station in the wing mirror until it disappeared from view.

My God, this is how it is after only four days.

Alex Scarrow lives a nomadic existence with his wife Frances and his son Jacob, their current home being Norwich. He spent the first 10 years out of college in the music industry chasing record deals and the next 12 years in the computer games business. His previous novel -
A Thousand Suns
- is also available from Orion paperbacks. Visit his website at
www.scarrow.co.uk
.

By Alex Scarrow

A Thousand Suns
Last Light

Last Light

ALEX SCARROW

Orion

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First published in Great Britain in 2007 by Orion
This ebook first published in 2010 by Orion Books

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For my son Jacob, smart, imaginative . . . and maybe one day, competition. I love you man.

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Acknowledgements

There’s a small list of people that deserve a mention for the help they gave me in putting together this book. There’s no particular order in which I want to do this, so I’ll dive right on in.

Robin Carter for extensive proofing and valuable comments. Yes . . . his name does appear in the book as you, dear reader, will soon see. Obviously for legal reasons, I need to say something about this being utterly coincidental and any resemblance . . . blah, blah, blah. A damn good character name that. I also want to thank Andy Canty for his proof reading and comments as well, and again . . . that’s another Christian name that has turned up in the book! Funny old world.

My thanks also go out to someone I can’t name for security reasons, who gave me some useful ‘on the streets’ details of life in Iraq. He knows I’m thanking him anonymously like this, and that’s how it needs to be.

I want to thank my wife, Frances, for reading the first draft. I must extend my apologies for making her cry with the second draft. Her comments were many and varied; you’ll never truly know how valuable her feedback is. Dad, Tony, and brother, Simon, thanks you two for your encouragement. Additional thanks go to Jerry Stutters for some background military details.

Finally, a thank you to my editor, Jon Wood, and agent, Eugenie Furniss, for working with me on this and helping me to finesse the story and take it up to the next level.

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