Nathan M. Farrugia

Nathan M. Farrugia

Melbourne, Victoria

Nathan M. Farrugia is the author of the episodic Helix technothriller series and the bestselling series, The Fifth Column, published by Pan Macmillan. Nathan is known for placing himself in dangerous situations, including climbing rooftops in Russia and being hunted by special forces trackers in the United States. He studies Systema, a little-known martial art and former secret of Russian special forces.
Nathan is a former Australian reconnaissance soldier who has trained under USMC, SEAL team, Spetsnaz and Defence Intelligence instructors, and the wilderness and tracking skills of the Chiricahua Apache scouts and Australian Aboriginals.

Alien Invasion, Cyberpunk, Genetic Engineering, Hard Science Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Spies & Politics, Technothrillers, Thriller & Suspense

The Phoenix Ascent (The Fifth Column)

Can one alchemist and a rogue assassin turn the tides of war? Hordes of the Mongol Empire sweep across Northern Asia, crushing everything in their path. As plague ravages the continent and the heavens burn with meteors, the empire’s greatest general will stop at nothing to possess the first Phoenix virus. When Kaifeng, the Chinese capital falls, the only thing standing in the path of total domination is one lone alchemist and a rogue assassin.

The Phoenix Variant (The Fifth Column #3)

Rogue operative Sophia is in the wrong place at the right time. 
A terrorist attack vaporizes a large chunk of the Upper West Side, almost killing Sophia. Narrowly avoiding the explosion, she gives chase to an operative running from the blast zone. 
Amid the chaos, Sophia recovers a rare meteorite from the operative and is quickly ensnared in a hunt between clashing factions of a labyrinthine covert government known as the Fifth Column. 
With New York City sealed off and the hurricane rapidly approaching, Sophia has nowhere to run and everything to lose. The Phoenix Variant is the third action-packed novel in The Fifth Column technothriller series by ex Australian recon soldier Nathan M. Farrugia. If you like conspiracies, covert operations and edge-of-your-seat action, then you’ll love this thrilling cross between Jason Bourne and Dark Angel.

The Seraphim Sequence (The Fifth Column #2)

Rogue operative. Most wanted terrorist. Your only hope. Former black operative of the Fifth Column, Sophia is now a member of a shattered resistance. Betrayed by those closest to her, Sophia barely escaped her last encounter with the Fifth Column. Now a new threat is emerging from inside the clandestine organization. Project Seraphim: a technology that can make anyone feel and do anything at any time. To stop them Sophia must join forces with former friends turned enemies and former enemies turned unlikely allies. Together, they have four days before what little freedom the human race has left is gone forever. The Seraphim Sequence is the second action-packed novel in The Fifth Column technothriller series by ex Australian recon soldier Nathan M. Farrugia. The brutal game of betrayal and counter-betrayal that began with the international bestseller, The Chimera Vector, continues in this highly anticipated sequel.

The Chimera Vector (The Fifth Column #1)

“Officially, Sophia doesn’t exist. Unofficially, she squeezed the trigger and her target’s head popped like a grape.” The Chimera Vector is the Apple iBooks Thriller of the Year and the first action-packed novel in The Fifth Column techno-thriller series by ex Australian recon soldier Nathan M. Farrugia. If you like conspiracies, covert operations and edge-of-your-seat action, then you’ll love this thrilling cross between Jason Bourne and Dark Angel. Sophia is a black operative, working for a ruthless clandestine agency that wields unimaginable power and influence. But when she learns of their hidden agenda, she goes rogue. Leading a crack team of former operatives, Sophia plans to steal the agency’s most valuable weapon—the Chimera vector—from the most secure black facility in the world. The only problem: they know she’s coming.

Helix: Episode 5 (Inversion)

Olesya faces her biggest threat yet--a devastating attack that will shatter Europe. As the Purity Party celebrate their victory with a march through Wroclaw, Olesya learns of a covert death squad lying in wait, poised to slaughter thousands. Their objective is simple: blame Olesya's team for the attack and rally support for Purity. To thwart their plan, Olesya must call on the last person she wants to ask for help--Sophia. Together, they discover the death squad is just a diversion from a larger attack--a powerful Russian weapon that will incinerate Wroclaw, killing millions. With the stakes now higher than ever before, Olesya and Sophia have twenty-five minutes to stop the weapon before it's too late. This is the fifth episode in the action-packed Helix technothriller series by ex Australian recon soldier Nathan M. Farrugia. If you like conspiracy, espionage and edge-of-your-seat suspense, then you'll love this thrilling cross between Jason Bourne and Dark Angel.

Helix: Episode 4 (Anomaly)

For Project GATE recruits, success is everything, failure is death. After Marina washes out of training, she's sent for termination. But when a rebellion rises, she escapes to join Olesya on the icy coast of the Baltic Sea. Here, she finds the popularity and power of a violent anti-genetics movement spreading like wildfire. They're called Purity, and they want people like Marina to burn. While Marina and Olesya are ensnared in a battle against Purity zealots, another rebel, Sophia, discovers more about Project GATE than she bargained for: every recruit carries a genetic kill switch, and someone is planning to use it. Now it's a race against time. Marina and Olesya must overcome impossible odds and Sophia must fight to save her fellow operatives from their own bodies. Success is everything, failure is death. This is the fourth episode in the action-packed Helix technothriller series by ex Australian recon soldier Nathan M. Farrugia. If you like conspiracy, espionage and edge-of-your-seat suspense, then you'll love this thrilling cross between Jason Bourne and Dark Angel.

Helix: Episode 3 (Interceptor)

Sophia was once the Fifth Column’s most dangerous weapon. Now she’s their greatest threat. Intercepting Fifth Column operatives before they can complete their deadly missions, Sophia is deprogramming them and turning them against their masters. But a powerful, new type of operative tips the balance against her, and she barely escapes with her life. The rules of engagement have changed, and Sophia is forced onto a collision course with the one person who will save her or kill her—Olesya. They’ve crossed paths once before. This time, only one will walk away. This is the third episode in the action-packed Helix technothriller series by ex Australian recon soldier Nathan M. Farrugia. If you like conspiracies, covert operatives and edge-of-your-seat action, then you’ll love this thrilling cross between Jason Bourne and Dark Angel.

Helix: Episode 2 (Exile)

Covert operatives are disappearing, and nobody knows why. But Olesya will put everything on the line to find out. After narrowly escaping a subway explosion she was assigned to prevent, she is too late to stop unknown assailants kidnapping her best friend. Forced away from her hunt by the Directorate, Olesya is exiled to the frozen borderlands of Kaliningrad, where she discovers a new and deadly threat that could destroy them all. Except Olesya isn’t the only one searching for answers. Rogue operatives Damien and Nasira are caught in a violent raid on a Colombian research facility. They manage to slip away unscathed, realizing the answers they seek lie hidden inside a Las Vegas military base. Getting in will be easy, but getting out will be near impossible now that they’re atop the U.S. Most Wanted Terrorists list. This is the second episode in the action-packed Helix technothriller series by ex Australian recon soldier Nathan M. Farrugia. If you like conspiracies, covert operatives and edge-of-your-seat action, then you’ll love this thrilling cross between Jason Bourne and Dark Angel.

Helix: Episode 1 (Helix)

This is the first adrenaline-charged episode in the Helix technothriller series by ex Australian recon soldier Nathan M. Farrugia. If you like conspiracies, covert operatives and edge-of-your-seat action, then you’ll love this thrilling cross between Jason Bourne and Dark Angel. Olesya is just an ordinary girl, but that changes when the clandestine Fifth Column discover her rare genetic anomaly. Taken from her home and ensnared in a special training program, Olesya is destined to become a black operative, or die trying. But when a splinter faction of the Fifth Column sabotages the program, she escapes. Almost a decade later, Olesya leads a team of hunters on a dangerous assignment. Her targets are black operatives: elusive, genetically enhanced, and unstoppable. From the bio-clinics of Brazil to the icy borderlands of Kaliningrad, from the catacombs of Lithuania to the citadel of occupied Prague, Olesya is at the heart of a war against a powerful, malevolent organization that wants total control. But as operatives and hunters start to vanish, Olesya discovers they aren’t the only players in this deadly game…

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