Why Anzac Day is one of my favourite days

One of my favourite days of the year is Anzac Day - it’s a time to remember, it’s a time to pause and say thank you to our servicemen and women, and it’s a time to catch up with great mates, people who truly “get” who you are at your core. This pic is from an Anzac Day March ten years ago with my great GREAT mate Barry. Where will you be this Anzac Day?

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Lest We Forget

Pulling on a uniform has been a very big part of my life. I’ve served in the Australian Army, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Protective Service and in 2008 was appointed Sheriff of New South Wales. I’ve been attached to the New Zealand Army and the British Army and I’ve served alongside soldiers of various other nations. On days like today, Remembrance Day, while I take time to reflect on how my service has shaped me, my most important consideration is to reflect on how military service has impacted others. Specifically, I refer to our veterans and their families.

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DEFENDER MUSIC VIDEO

Flashback Friday

In 2011, legendary Aussie rock band Bullethead released the extended version of their popular song 'Promise Made' as a tribute to the black-ops Interpol Intrepid agents, otherwise known as Defenders, or defenders of the faith.

This high-octane video film clip interprets some of the book's meatier scenes in Defender and now has more than 100,000 enthusiastic views on Chris's YouTube Channel!

Watch it here.

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Kapyong Day, & Remembering Our ANZACS

April 24 is Kapyong Day, the day in 1951 when my old battalion 3RAR fought back thousands of Chinese and Korean soldiers in one long and desperate night. I feel incredibly proud even to this day for having been at one time a custodian of the great legacy forged by these men. There's a great description of what happened in the Battle of Kapyong in The Age from 2011 at this link if you'd like to learn more.

While 24 April is Kapyong Day, a very special day for my former battalion, this post is equally to mark ANZAC Day on April 25 and pay my respects to all the diggers and officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

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A NEW YEAR FOR THOSE WHO SERVE

I’m a first generation Australian, with a strong British lineage on both my Dad’s and my Mum’s side of the family, specifically England and Wales. I grew up on the stories my father told of my grandfather and my uncles during both world wars and as a young lad, those things really resonated. I felt a strong pull towards military service very early on and, as I got older, I became serious about it.  That childhood interest grew into a real sense of duty. It was almost inevitable that I would choose a military career. Read More

SOCIAL MEDIA BOOK HUNT

We're getting chills about the impending release of explosive action thriller Hunter, the second in the hard-hitting  Intrepid series. So, to celebrate, there's going to be a social media Book Hunt happening from our Facebook page from 19-24 November.

Get involved to win exclusive book pack prizes including signed copies of Defender and Hunter and other fantastic recent releases by authors in the Momentum / Pan Macmillan stable, all arriving on your doorstep just in time for the holidays!

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RECOGNISING MY SUPPORT NETWORK

Sitting here today, putting the very final touches on Hunter, the second in the Alex Morgan Intrepid series, I realised these two action thriller novels would not have been half as good if I weren't perched on the shoulders of some very legendary blokes and ladies.

It's important then that I digress from my usual writing of Serbian war criminals being brought to justice, rogue intelligence officers getting their just desserts, criminal gun-runners caught at the last minute, all by the hardy Alex Morgan and his band of merry Intrepid agents, to recognise some of those working behind-the-scenes to get me to the top of the suspense thriller best-seller lists and beyond.

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