Fearless: A Novel (Ben Koenig #1) (Hardcover)

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Fearless: A Novel (Ben Koenig #1) (Hardcover)

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Wow! I LOVE it when my favorite genre comes up with a new series that leans on a unique concept. Ben Koenig is the Fearless guy – because he can’t feel fear. Sometimes that’s a good thing but it can also lead to some bad outcomes, so he’s constantly on the watch for personal disaster. When he takes on the job of finding Marshall Burridge’s missing daughter, he ends up in Texas where he’d better have his own back. Things just get more dangerous from there. I am really looking forward to the next one already. Have fun!

— Linda Bond

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
“Tough, explosive, badass, and brilliant, Fearless is everything you could want in a thriller...If you like Reacher, you’ll LOVE this.” —Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End


What is a truly fearless man capable of?
They’re about to find out. . . .

Ben Koenig used to head the US Marshal’s elite Special Operations Group. His team hunted the bad guys—the really bad guys, and he could find anyone. Then one day Koenig himself disappeared.

Koenig has been on the run for six years. Now suddenly his face is on every television screen in the country and his cover is blown. A woman has gone missing, and her father will do anything to find her. He wants Koenig to discover what happened, no matter the cost.

The trail leads Koenig to a small town in the burning heat of the Chihuahuan Desert, where some people have a secret they’ll do anything to protect. But Koenig has a secret of his own: a unique condition that makes him unable to feel fear.

Now Koenig is coming for them. And they should be afraid.

With Fearless, award-winning author M. W. Craven launches a new series, featuring the man who can't feel fear, Ben Koenig.

M. W. Craven is an English crime writer. He is the author of the Washington Poe series and the DI Avison Fluke series. In 2019 his novel The Puppet Show won the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger award, and in 2022 his novel Dead Ground won the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award.

Product Details ISBN: 9781250864567
ISBN-10: 1250864569
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: July 11th, 2023
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Ben Koenig

Sunday Times bestseller
The New York Post’s Best New Books to Read
Times (UK) Thriller of the Month

“The opening scenes in Fearless are classic suspense-building, but also manage to be entirely original. Craven has unleashed Ben Koenig into the thriller world. Long may he raise hell in the pages. A superb thriller that will have everyone talking, and gasping.”
—David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Tough, explosive, badass and brilliant
, Fearless is everything you could want in a thriller. Blistering pace and all-out action, impossible to put down, impossible to forget. If you like Reacher, you’ll LOVE this.”
—Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End

“If you haven’t read any M. W. Craven yet, fix that immediately.”
—S. A. Cosby, New York Times bestselling author of Razorblade Tears

“Fans of Jack Reacher, get excited. . . Imagine if Reacher and John Wick had brought up a child together, and you’d get Ben Koenig. . . A blistering barnstormer of an action thriller, this demands to be read.”
—Heat Magazine, Heat’s Book of the Week (UK)

“Perhaps for the first time, Jack Reacher has a convincing rival in the form of MW Craven's Ben Koenig. . . Highly promising.”
Times UK

“Koenig’s insouciant style and sharp thinking pack a very hefty punch. Paging Lee and Andrew Child: you’ve got company.”
—Daily Express (UK)

Fearless is a reading experience that should require safety belts and mouth guards.”
—New York Journal Review of Books

“'Thrill-ride' gets tossed around a little too generously these days, but Craven has written one. A highly entertaining, brilliantly violent tale, full of unforgettable set-pieces.”
—Peter Swanson, New York Times bestselling author of The Kind Worth Killing

Fearless is a terrific thriller, full of action, twists and turns and a very unusual hero.”
—Peter Robinson, bestselling author of the Inspector Banks novels

“A knockout thriller! Fans of Reacher will love this.”
—Steve Cavanagh, bestselling author of Thirteen

“Great fun...Craven is on top form in Fearless, with his wry, humane take on life woven into fast, gritty action, intriguing characters and entertaining plot. It is easy to see why 25 Hollywood executives made offers to adapt it.”
—The Bookseller, Book of the Month

“The comparisons to Reacher will be inevitable. But what Craven has done is to fashion a character with an identity all his own. In this all-action series debut, we meet Ben Koenig, former-lawman-turned-fugitive; a badass with a backstory; and a man, literally, without fear. Adrenaline-fuelled plotting, hard-charging characters, and small town evil...this is a thriller with all the right ingredients. And yeah, Reacher fans, you’re gonna love this too.”
—Vaseem Khan, award-winning author of the Malabar House series

Fearless hits the ground running then only gets faster. An absolutely stunning thriller, a total blast, and the most fun I've had speed-turning pages in ages.”
—Simon Toyne, bestselling author of the Sanctus Trilogy and Solomon Creed series

“Effortless. Thrilling. Explosive…this series looks to take the world by storm.”
—Imran Mahmood, author of You Don’t Know Me and All I Said Was True

“Gets off to a strong start…Fast-moving.”
—Kirkus

“Tense…Craven excels at writing action, and his strong prose has occasional Chandleresque overtones.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Full of vividly described violence, clever plotting and an agreeable main character, Fearless is a terrific piece of gutsy entertainment.”
—LiteraryReview.co.uk

“Comparisons to Lee Child’s Jack Reacher character will be inevitable, but MW Craven comfortably manages to outreach Reacher in this viscerally exciting and extremely violent thriller.”
—Sunday Independent (Ireland)

“An elegant ballet of non-stop high octane action and bad ass dialogue. . . The read is breathless and enjoyable.”
—CrimeTime.co.uk

“M.W. Craven masterfully spins a high-octane action thriller that grabs the reader by the throat. The action and suspense are relentlessly ratcheted up in this page-turner, escalating into an amazing denouement.”
—Mystery & Suspense Magazine

“The explosive action thriller of the year. Hurtles to a Bond-like climax.”
—Peterborough Telegraph

Fearless is crammed with shooting, chasing, hand-to-hand combat, scene-chewing villains, tough guys and tough ladies, plot twists and surprising revelations. If that’s your idea of the perfect summer thriller, you won’t be disappointed.”
—CemeteryDance.com

“A high-octane escapade. Heart-pounding, brutal action scenes – Ben Koenig is the new Jack Reacher on steroids.”
—Woman & Home