Posts tagged Hunter
Hunter... a year on

This post first appeared on the Momentum Books blog.

You know, it’s with a deep sense of melancholy that I put pen to paper today while I reflect on the first twelve months of Hunter.

As any writer knows, much of our work is drawn from inspirations around us, people and things we know, admire or even in some cases despise. Of particular note for me today, I am remembering an actor whose portrayal of a tough, no-bullshit, hard hitting ex-soldier made such a lasting impression on me as a young man that his signature character eventually became the foundation for my principal protagonist, the tough, no-bullshit, hard hitting ex-soldier – Alex Morgan.

The actor I am talking about is Lewis Collins who played Bodie alongside Martin Shaw’s Doyle in that iconic British crime drama of the late 70’s/early 80s The Professionals. Lewis, a former Parachute Regiment reservist in real life, went on to play another incredible character, Captain Peter Skellern, in a film called Who Dares Wins in 1982 and also auditioned for James Bond after Roger Moore’s retirement. Unfortunately, the Bond producer’s found him to be ‘too aggressive’ and cast Pierce Brosnan instead. Bollocks, Personally, I would have much preferred Lewis Collins[1].

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HOW TO CREATE AN INTERPOL AGENCY

(fictional, of course) 

My book series features an agency called Intrepid, and in this post for Milo's Rambles blog, I discuss how I created the agency from an imagined hybrid international force. 

When I began writing, I knew my creation would inevitably be influenced by actual events that were occurring at the time and my particular take on how that might influence the context of my stories. I started writing drafts of Defender in the extended aftermath of Sept 11, 2001 – a time when I was in high demand professionally and probably needed a creative outlet. I didn’t want the context of my stories to be military in nature, so I steered away from the obvious choice – the UN and intervention forces – and looked more towards the actual criminal activity so often hidden behind idealistic rhetoric and excuses for terror.

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MASTERMINDING AN ACTION THRILLER

I'm in the thick of planning AVENGER, the third in the Alex Morgan espionage thriller series. Meanwhile we continue to blog, arrange events and market the first two books DEFENDER and HUNTER to the widest possible appreciative audience. Each day we get new great reviews - and it's so interesting to see why some readers prefer one of the stories over the other.

Some enjoy the heart-stopping monster action scenes set in civil war-torn Malfajiri in DEFENDER along with the ensuing romantic action between our Major Morgan and Ari Halls. Meanwhile, others get a kick from the thrill of Morgan's chase to rescue the beautiful classical music mega-star Charlotte-Rose, set against the backdrop of the very real story of Serbian war criminals being brought to account in HUNTER. Let me tell you now, AVENGER will have plenty of the non-stop action you love (both varieties!) together with a ball-tearing mission for Morgan and his Intrepid agent compadres to get their teeth into.

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6 THRILLING WAYS TO SPEND VALENTINE'S DAY

Valentine's Day. Two words that leave people in a hot flush, or a cold sweat. The pressure of finding the perfect gift, arranging the perfect dinner or just getting the card right for the person you fancy can be, well, challenging (unbearable).

Usually I'm rushing around at the last minute, eventually picking up a favourite bottle of bubbles for my Sar before we settle into a romantic picnic together somewhere. Of course, this year, we'll be joined by our boys, Captain Morgan and Baby Rhett, and the trampoline in the backyard will most likely be the 'romantic' spot.

So, if, like me, you don't succumb to the commercialisation of February 14 but still want to acknowledge it with a stylish but not excessive hat-tip to Saint Valentine, here's what you do this year: promise that special someone - him or her - some real action!

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BEHIND-THE-SCENES AT A BOOK COVER PHOTO SHOOT

There are times in life when being plonked in front of a camera lens for a series of high definition photos is about as appealing as a night parachute jump when the door opens and a blizzard blows inside the aircraft. 

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