Sydney Morning Herald review

By Chris Allen

Momentum, $27.99

Chris Allen has been there, done that himself, a former elite paratrooper for 20 years, who moved into law enforcement and humanitarian aid work. His background makes you wonder how much of his books are based in fact, and that's the scary bit. We've only recently discovered Allen and his protagonist Alex Morgan, Hunter is the second book in the Intrepid series, but he's on the reading list now. Intrepid is the black ops division of Interpol, and here Morgan is on the hunt for Serbian war criminals. In a way it was nice to get away from the War on Terror, different bad guys made this a more interesting read, without meaning to offend anyone. More Ludlum than Reilly; if you like action you have to think about, try Allen.

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GLOSS Magazine Article

Thunderbirds are GO! 

 Thunderbirds are GO!

This month's issue of GLOSS Magazine for the Little Black Dress Group features an article by Chris on the need for greater gender equality in the Australian workplace.

Below is an extract, or you can read the full article here.

Looking for an appropriate start point from which to tackle the issue of gender equality in the workplace, I decided to refer back to my childhood and therein, my earliest recollections of women enjoying equal status in what my young mind associated with being realistic, professional situations. So, where better place to begin than Tracey Island and the world of International Rescue. That’s right, I’m talking about The Thunderbirds.

Fear not, we’re not about to head off on some self-indulgent tangential reminisces about whether Scott was cooler than Virgil or if Thunderbird 1 could out fly and outmaneuver Thunderbird 2 (which, of course, it could). No, we are concerning ourselves with that doyenne of pre-pubescent male influence, Lady Penelope. 

It’s no secret that for many years, the utterly superb Lady P represented everything I aspired to in my ideal partner, so enduring was her impression. Let’s face it, she was exquisitely dressed and immaculately groomed with impeccable manners, enjoying only the best champagne while summarily dispatching bad guys with her fiercely loyal, jewel-thief-turned-chauffeur, Parker, at the wheel of a machine gun toting pink Rolls Royce.

There’s nothing like a Dame

Years later however, while philosophically pondering the most important of issues over the last Scotch of the evening – what’s the difference between a Lady and a Dame (within the context of the British honours system, of course) – the inequalities of Lady P’s back story begin to maddeningly present themselves. Think about it: a Lady may only be a Lady if she happens to be married to a chap upon whom the incumbent monarch had bestowed a Knighthood, therein said chap becoming Sir while the Mrs becomes a Lady.

However, if a woman was (and still is) to be recognised for accomplishment in a field of endeavor of her own selection and achievement, she is not bestowed with the title Lady. No, the title bestowed by the monarch in this situation is Dame. And as we all know, there’s nothing quite like a Dame. Aren’t we accustomed to associating the title with risqué, femme fatale type creatures of gangster or spy folklore? Even tracing it to the origins of the word we find ourselves at the word damsel, meaning young girl, maiden, one of gentle birth. It’s hardly the ideal moniker for women who excel in their field, and certainly not as deferential or appealing as the alternative.

Read the full article on GLOSS here. 


Author2Author Radio USA

Bill Kenower welcomes Australian suspense writer Chris Allen to his US radio show. Bill and Chris discuss the books we write and the lives they lead. 

For Chris, there is nothing like an early morning interview with the USA, talking to everyone 'from the future'!

It was a great 30 min Author2Author radio interview with Bill Kenower, talking all things around the writing process and reading as well as Chris's varied background, BW (before writing, that is).

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Announcing Peony Literary Agency

I am pleased to announce that I have signed with Hong Kong based Peony Literary Agency and will be represented by Marysia Juszczakiewicz, which heralds the next stage of my writing and publishing adventure.

As the founder and owner of Peony Literary Agency, Marysia has extensive experience in sales of worldwide rights both in Asia and outside of Asia. She represents many writers in the region and was the first agent to represent the recent Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan.

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Irish Defence Forces Magazine

Au Cosantoir Reviews Defender & Hunter

Defender and Hunter reviewed in An Cosantoir,  the Irish Defence Forces print and online magazine publication, for their July / August 2013 issue.

This adds to a growing list of armed forces publications where the Alex Morgan espionage and thriller series has received coverage, such as the Australian Army Newspaper, New Zealand Army Newspaper, Contact Magazine and Duty First Magazine.