Paperback: 448pp

Published: Lightning Books (December 2017)

ISBN: 9781785630613

The Exphoria Code

Antony Johnston


A Brigitte Sharp thriller

Brigitte Sharp, a cyber-espionage specialist with MI6, has been deskbound and in therapy for three years, after her first field mission in Syria went disastrously wrong. But now one of her best friends has been murdered, and Bridge believes his death is connected to strange posts appearing on the internet, carrying encrypted hidden messages.

When Bridge decodes the messages, she discovers evidence of a mole inside a top-secret Anglo-French military drone project. Her MI6 bosses force her back into the field, sending her undercover in France to find and expose the mole… who may also be her friend’s killer. But the truth behind the Exphoria code is worse than she could have imagined.

Soon she’s on the run, desperate and alone – as a nuclear terrorist plot unfolds and threatens everything Bridge has left to live for.


“She staggered back, firing at Novak. The bullet hit him in the thigh, and he cried out. But his momentum carried him through, falling into her before she could brace herself, and now Bridge fell back, expecting to slam into the wall, but there was no wall, only the empty hole of the shattered window, nothing to stop her from tumbling backwards, out and down...”




“Antony Johnston is a talent to look out for and this, his latest entry into the world of espionage, is a treat.”

Anthony Horowitz

“If Atomic Blonde was my love letter to the cold war, The Exphoria Code is my encrypted email to the modern age of cyber-terrorism.”

Antony Johnston



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Antony Johnston

Antony Johnston is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling graphic novelist, author, and games writer. The Charlize Theron movie Atomic Blonde is based on his graphic novel The Coldest City. His epic series Wasteland is one of only a handful of such long-form stories in comics. His first video game, Dead Space, redefined a genre.

Antony has written more than thirty graphic novels, comic series and books, including The Fuse, Daredevil, Julius, Codename Baboushka, Wolverine Prodigal Son, the Alex Rider graphic novels, Dead Space transmedia comics, and the adaptation of Alan Moore's 'lost screenplay' Fashion Beast.

His video games include Shadow of Mordor, Blackwood Crossing, The Assembly, Dead Space Extraction, Zombiu and more.

Antony also hosts the podcast Unjustly Maligned, and records music under the alias Silencaeon.

The Exphoria Code, to be published by Lightning Books in December 2017, is the first in a major new techno-thriller series featuring cyber-espionage specialist Brigitte Sharp.

He was born in Birmingham and lives and works in England.

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