Interview with thriller writer Chris Allen on Grubstreet
“The two thirty-eights roared simultaneous.” This is my favourite opening line, says author Chris Allen. “It’s all an action writer hopes to do, teasing the reader about what’s to come.”
The line, from Ian Fleming, opens “Moonraker,” the third story in the James Bond series. The guns don’t roar in an exotic location; Bond is not in a lethal shootout with a gruesome villain. No, he’s on a shooting range, far below the streets of London, requalifying, as a good public servant must, on basic skills.
Alex Morgan, the Allen hero, is public servant, as is Bond. Morgan works search and destroy missions for INTREPID: the Intelligence, Recovery, Protection and Infiltration Division of Interpol. What Interpol can’t do openly, Intrepid does covertly.
INTREPID is different from MI6. INTREPID has a global mandate; MI6 protects mostly British interests. Although deeply hush-hush, MI6 is a public agency. INTREPID doesn’t exist.
Crime Thriller Fella Review
Crime Thriller Fella blog reviews Defender, saying:
"Chris Allen’s Defender, the first in his Intrepid series, is a book best enjoyed in the pounding noonday heat. It’s widescreen writing. When you see the images in your head, they’re in Imax. Defender is a movie on a page."
Book review of Hunter: Intrepid 2 by Kim of Quintessentially Bookish blog.
Crime Thriller Girl
Blogger and aspiring Author Steph reviews Hunter and interviews Chris Allen on his military history, writing process, what's on his TBR pile and importantly what is next for Intrepid!
Imagineer review by Steve
"A tale of cold-blooded ruthlessness (from both sides), treachery, courage, cowardice, avarice and lust for power, Hunter has everything the thriller aficionado could wish for. Yes, it took me a while to read, but then I’m a slow reader and I wanted to do justice to a brand new book in a genre I rarely visit. I found it easy to read, partly thanks to that clever use of chapters varying wildly in length, according to content. To me, the story passed a very important test: I began picturing the characters and locations as I read! There is enough detail for both to give a firm base, and sufficient unsaid to allow the imagination to do the rest. The second test was passed, too: there were times when I read far more than I meant to, and certainly for longer than the time I had available!
"I can happily award Hunter five stars! In fact, now I’m left wanting to read more of these tales…"
Bite the Book Defender review
Review of action thriller Defender by Jon Page of Pages & Pages Mosman on his Bite the Book blog.
See Want Love
Aspiring novelist and PR guru Sophie Louise @sosolouise reviewed Hunter on her blog of all things books, blogs and beautiful things, See Want Love.
Aust Crime Fiction
Karen reviewed Hunter: Intrepid 2 on Aust Crime Fiction blog after first reviewing and enjoying Defender of the Faith when it was self-published.
That Book You Like
Review of Hunter by Mandi on the That Book You Like blog.
Fair Dinkum Crime
Review of Hunter: Intrepid 2 on Fair Dinkum Crime book blog.
Just a Guy That Likes To Read
Review of Defender: Intrepid 1 thriller novel by Josh @oznoir on Just a Guy That Likes To Read blog.
That Book You Like
Original and first Defender review from That Book You Like blog by Mandi Johnston, 2011.