“Michael Laurence writes in the high-concept, high-action spirit of Crichton by way of Clancy but in a style all his own. Clean, crisp prose and a great visual eye make this one sizzle.”Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author

“The mixture of science, history, and conspiracy echoes the work of James Rollins and Steve Berry. The pacing never lets up.”—Booklist

“With a hero facing enough twists and turns to make James Bond look like a piker….A nail-biting thriller.”—The Denver Post

“Michael Laurence not only writes the sort of books I want to read, he writes the sort of books I want to write. They’re incredible — in scope, in development, in pacing. Characters you love and love to hate, scenes that are so vivid, so real, you’ll feel as though you’re right there with Mason and his team!”—Nick Thacker, USA Today bestselling author


The discovery of a deadly virus being smuggled across the border pits FBI Special Agent James Mason and his strike force against an unknown adversary hell-bent on humanity’s destruction. In a desperate effort to contain the pathogen, they launch a predawn raid, only to find that their enemy knows they’re coming…and it’s not about to be taken alive. An explosion rips through the building, killing the majority of Mason’s team, including his partner and mentor.

Unable to shake his survivor’s guilt, Mason can’t stop replaying the events of the tragedy. He remembers seeing something inside the building before it went up in flames that convinces him that the virus is still out there. Obsessed with unraveling the plot, Mason launches his own investigation and uncovers a man who’s been photographed at the epicenter of seemingly every historical pandemic―without appearing to age. A sinister being who attempts to derail Mason’s efforts by murdering his wife.

Now, driven by the promise of vengeance, Jason’s hunt for the enemy will lead him from a dark union at the dawn of the twentieth century to a network of Nazi collaborators to a deep-state entity known only as The Thirteen…before all hope for survival is lost.

“Michael Laurence’s The Extinction Agenda blew me away. Not only is the story riveting and engrossing, but imagine Jack Reacher falling into a plot written by Dan Brown, and you might get some hint at the rollercoaster of a ride found in this book. Don’t miss the start of what I hope will be a long series featuring Special Agent James Mason.”—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author

“Michael Laurence’s blistering debut, The Extinction Agenda, is an exciting, bold, and dynamic thriller! The stakes are impossibly high, the action and suspense is non-stop, and the characters are vibrant and memorable. Michael Laurence is a new name to watch in the genre.”—Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mission Critical

“Michael Laurence explodes into the world of weird science thrillers with The Extinction Agenda. Devious, dangerous and full of twists. Highly recommended!”—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author


For centuries, a mysterious syndicate known as the Thirteen has staged a silent coup, infiltrating governments and manipulating the course of world events. It’s more powerful than any nation, deadlier than any army. The time has come for it to emerge from the shadows and claim the entire world as its own. And only FBI Special Agent James Mason and his longtime friends stand in its way.

After narrowly preventing a global pandemic, Mason and his team discover an even deadlier threat has already been set into motion. An unknown adversary has produced enough of a lethal nerve gas to wipe every major city off the face of the world, and their only clue to finding it lies in a cryptic message written in the blood of a man found entombed behind a concrete wall. It isn’t until another victim appears―right in the heart of Central Park―that Mason realizes the murders are personal in nature, and figuring out the connection between them is the key to averting catastrophe.

Eight million lives hang in the balance and their only chance of surviving lies in the hands of Mason, his old friends, and a new partner he’s not entirely sure he can trust. Can his team track down a sinister agent codenamed Scarecrow before toxic gas fills the streets of New York City, or will the true power pulling the strings from behind the scenes―the Thirteen―succeed in enacting its genocidal agenda?

“An engrossing and thrilling read!”—Michael Marshall, New York Times bestselling author of The Straw Men

“If you love conspiracy theories (and who doesn’t?), The Extinction Agenda revolves around a doozy. Michael Laurence has concocted a mind-bending thriller that chills to the bone because it’s all too plausible.”—F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author

“Federal investigators, SWAT teams, mysterious entities, and catastrophic biological agents on the loose—The Extinction Agenda has it all! A roller coaster of nail-biting suspense, breathless action and dark intrigue, Michael Laurence has crafted a gem of a thrill ride!”—Richard Chizmar, New York Times bestselling author of Gwendy’s Button Box


For centuries, a mysterious syndicate known as the Thirteen has staged a silent coup, infiltrating governments and manipulating the course of world events. It’s more powerful than any nation, deadlier than any army, and only FBI Special Agent James Mason and his longtime friends stand in its way. After narrowly preventing the release of a toxic chemical weapon, they find themselves pitted against their most terrifying adversary yet: a mass murderer with a twisted signature and a true believer in the cause of the Thirteen known only as the Dragon.

With the fate of the nation’s capital hanging in the balance and the threat of nuclear destruction on the horizon, Mason’s team must unravel a conspiracy involving a greedy investment bank, a sadistic drug cartel, and a Russian energy company before it’s too late. And the secret to doing so lies buried in the past, in a dark union between the financial sector and an apocalyptic cult hellbent on remaking the world in its own image. Can Mason expose the lethal machinations of the cabal in time, or will the Thirteen finally make good on its elimination threat?

“An exciting page-turner that will keep a fan awake long past bedtime.”—New York Journal of Books

“If Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy had collaborated on a globe-trotting thriller about a shadowy conspiracy the book would look like this. I can’t wait to read more of James Mason’s adventures, and I believe this series will have a long, entertaining run.”—David Bell, USA Today bestselling author of Somebody’s Daughter

“Think The X-Files by way of Michael Connelly…a refreshing switch from the usual, tried-and-true run-and-gun, non-stop action formula thrillers of this type tend to go for. Instead, The Extinction Agenda relies more on intelligently twisted machinations and a smart conspiracy that slowly unravels over the evolution of Mason’s investigation.”
High Fever Books

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