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MY TOP THRILLER WRITERS OF ALL TIME

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!

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CONAN DOYLE, HOLMES & WATSON: AN ENDURING FRIENDSHIP

One of the great pleasures in my life to date has been in watching directors, producers and screenwriters re-interpret the great writing of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as new productions are brought to the big and small screens. I literally count the days until the next Robert Downey/Jude Law collaboration hits the box office, and I always attempt to create a quiet environment at home when it's time to take in the BBC Sherlock series and the new US take on Holmes, Elementary. I collect the DVDs (special edition if possible) and watch them at my leisure, all the while re-reading at least one of Conan Doyle’s stories each week. Such is my obsession enjoyment of these stories and the literary inspiration I derive from them. It is indeed a pleasure to see them out again in the mainstream media for our general consumption.

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MY TOP ACTION MOVIES OF ALL TIME

Being in the line of fire certainly helps a scene to come alive, but it isn’t the only thing. If the beastly writer’s block ever pops up, I know I can always trust the big screen to throw me some ideas.

Here’s my list of the Top Best Classic Action Films that I turn to when the ol’ memory needs reviving.

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THE NEXT BIG THING

My fellow author and Momentum compadre, Nathan Farrugia, had asked me before Christmas to participate in a blog challenge doing the rounds amongst some writerly types called 'The Next Big Thing'. In it, the writer blogs about their latest writing project and tags five other authors to blog their experiences too. I like that it's creating a collective online record of what writers are working on at this point in time - what is, in my humble view, a pretty exciting time to be involved in the publishing industry.

For what it's worth, here's my two cents on the latest goings on from deep within the Chez Allen mancave.

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SKYFALL MOVIE REVIEW: GLAMOUR, HUMOR AND CHARM

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!

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BEST OF DEFENDER: MOST POPULAR BLOG POSTS

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.

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POP CULTURE MEETS V FOR VICTORY
If you live in Australia and haven't seen the promotion around town about The Voice, read about contestants in the media or watched the show yet, you've either been living under a rock, or you're on deadline to finish a book and have been locked in a room downstairs. Though I'm of the latter variety, I was bemused at first by the bus posters of the judges doing the 'V' for 'Victory' pose. Often, these signs are appropriated by popular culture with little reference to their original usage. Read More