After three children stumble on dumped radioactive waste in a Murmansk forest, one of them dies from radiation poisoning.
Outraged by such a tragic waste of a child's life, American doctor John Ross joins forces with a Typhoon class submarine captain (the father of one of the surviving children) and an undercover operative from the Russian Radiation Authority to hunt down those responsible.
This puts them on a collision course with a Russian Mafia boss and an Al-Qaeda agent determined to acquire nuclear material.
They find themselves entangled in a web of brutality, bribery and blackmail, where no one is who they seem and everyone is expendable ...
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Australian writer Harry Ledowsky’s debut begins with a rapid volley of scenes that shift between a Russian nuclear submarine caught in a ferocious storm and the Murmansk General Hospital, where three children are admitted with a mysterious leukemia-like illness. Sure to appeal to fans of Tom Clancy, Lethal Metal confidently combines elements of military, medical and international conspiracy thrillers. Ledowsky (a retired advertising director) uses crisp detail and sure-footed pacing to roll out this story about a veteran naval officer, a Russian intelligence agent and an American pediatrician who join forces to break up a nefarious smuggling racket specialising in weapons-grade plutonium.