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Tim Ayliffe - State of Fear


John Bailey has a history of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The former war correspondent has been kidnapped and tortured – twice. Finally he’s living something that resembles a normal life. But all that changes when a terrorist murders a woman in front of Bailey in London.

The mastermind behind the terrorist attack is Mustafa al-Baghdadi – No.1 on the FBI’s most wanted list – and the man who tortured Bailey in Fallujah a decade ago.

Mustafa has a deadly axe to grind with Bailey. He taunts him with threats of more attacks in other cities, closer to home. Back in Sydney, the people who matter most to Bailey have become targets. Bailey turns to the only man who can help – ruthless CIA veteran Ronnie Johnson – to bring down the world’s most deadly terrorist.

‘As a correspondent, I lived this world. Tim Ayliffe has written it.’ – Stan Grant

State of Fear is a gripping thriller – featuring an irresistible Aussie anti-hero – that couldn’t be more timely or terrifying.

Meet the author, ABC journalist Tim Ayliffe in conversation with Chris Uhlmann

Tickets: $15 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or juice)


Tim Ayliffe has been a journalist for 20 years and is the managing editor of television and video for ABC News. He has also worked as TV news editor for ABC News and executive producer of ABC News Breakfast. Before joining the ABC Tim worked in London for Sky News. He is the author The Greater Good, the first of a three-book series featuring John Bailey.

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