In honour of the upcoming Facebook Event on 25 July at 7.30pm AEST (RSVP here to be reminded on the night via Facebook!), I wanted to put out a special post with some things you may not know about the black-ops Interpol agency, Intrepid. As the Intelligence, Recovery, Protection and Infiltration Division of Interpol, Intrepid is the start point for all my thriller novels, and as my own literary creation I'd like to think it's become an intrinsic part of my storytelling modus operandi.Read More
TEN OF THE BEST ACTION AUTHORS (AND THEIR NOVELS)
This collection of works of my favourite thriller writers is the equivalent of my literary lifeblood. I continue to enjoy them equally as much today as at my first read, and its heartening to reflect on the fact that they've kept me entertained and out of trouble since growing up as a teenager in Perth in the 1970's, and even while I was deployed in the various jungles and deserts of my past, wondering what the normal people were doing for a day job. I've grown up on many of these books, and continue to be inspired by these top thriller writers, all of them leaders in the action & espionage arena. Henceforth, and also inspired by a recent post on my favourite action movies that has been a hit, I humbly offer my list of top thriller authors alongside some of what I think is their best work!Read More
If, like me, you’re an Ian Fleming fan first and a Bond movie fan second, mark my words: you will love SKYFALL. If however, you prefer the vodka martinis, the cheesy one-liners, or the gadgets and gimmicks of earlier Bond films – the exploding pens, invisible cars and so on– don’t despair. The essential ingredients of the 007 franchise – glamour, humour, charm - are still front and centre in the long-awaited 50th anniversary 23rd film directed by Sam Mendes, but they’re present in a way that is much more a reflection of our times and tastes. The requirement to suspend your disbelief still holds strong and there’s just enough of the old tricks & gadgets to remind you of the rich history behind any Bond film. Besides, I’d be a hypocrite if I decried any story that presents such a perfect balance of gritty realism with a liberal dose of escapism!Read More
If you're new to the world of Intrepid - firstly, welcome, and here's some highlights to catch you up on what's been happening. And if you're an old-school Defender, it's more of a trip down memory lane.
It's been a couple of years now I've been blogging, irregularly as all hell, I must admit. There have been a handful of standout posts over that time that people flocked to, commented on, re-posted, re-tweeted, had conversations about, and even created their own spin-off blogs for.Read More
Today is International James Bond Day, which marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the first 007 movie Dr No - making it one of the most successful and longest-running film franchises of all time. It's a milestone day for me, too, as I've just returned the structural edit of Hunter: Intrepid 2 back to my publisher, Joel Naoum, at Pan Macmillan's digital imprint, Momentum.Read More
Some time ago I read a blog on Omnivoracious where they asked an author their top book characters of all time. It got me thinking, who are some of the characters from reading adventures that have ingrained themselves in my mind?
Here are my top five book characters - from Patricia Cornwell to legendary storytellers Ian Fleming and Arthur Conan Doyle.Read More