A Conversation on Literary Thrillers with Mark Powell | Firebird

A Conversation on Literary Thrillers with Mark Powell | Firebird

January 10th 2020 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Stop by Hub City Bookshop on Friday, January 10th at 6 p.m. for a talk with Author Mark Powell! His latest novel, Firebird, is a literary thriller about a U.S. arms deal gone south. This book will take you into the underground world of political operatives, Ivy League criminals, and a hedge fund billionaire with eyes on the presidency.

The plan was simple: foment a small-scale conflict in Eastern Ukraine that will prevent the vast Ukrainian shale gas field from being tapped. Should the project succeed, Leviathan Global's billionaire founder stands to profit mightily from the sale of gas reserves in Slovakia. But when a disillusioned staffer named Hugh Eckhart uncovers a dossier containing bank accounts laying out the conspiracy, things begin to unravel.

Spanning the U.S. and Eastern Europe, from New Haven and D.C. to Kiev and Bratislava, Mark Powell takes you into the 2014 Ukraine-Russia conflict and reveals the corrupt relationship between war, money, and political power.

“‘War is a racket,’ it’s been said many times and in many ways but rarely with as much verve as Mark Powell harnesses in his masterful new novel Firebird.” —Elliot Ackerman

"Mark Powell is a fearless and master storyteller and Firebird is an absolute powerhouse of a novel.” —Patricia Engel

"A kind of The Quiet American for our time." —Jeff Parker

MARK POWELL has been called the "best Appalachian novelist of his generation" by Ron Rash, and “a writer on the verge of greatness" by Pat Conroy. He is the author of six novels, including Firebird, Small Treasons, and The Sheltering. Powell has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf, Sewanee Writers' Conferences, and was a Fulbright Fellow to Slovakia. He also received a Chaffin Award for contributions to Appalachian literature. 


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