The Assyrian Contraband was written as a short introduction to the hero of The Benevolent Deception, Simon Ashcroft. Its early life was as a James Bond novella set in the 1950s, but I changed it to suit Ashcroft and the modern era. The story is set in the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean and … Continue reading Thrilling Locations: The Assyrian Contraband
Why I chose not to write a James Bond novella and instead transform it into a prequel for The Benevolent Deception.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXXu4fTWw5k When I was planning how to promote my novel, The Benevolent Deception, I decided to create a book trailer. The finished product runs for one minute only, so doesn’t take up much time to watch. But a minute is fast, and you can’t get much information across in 60 seconds. Most book trailers are - let’s face it - … Continue reading The Benevolent Deception book trailer made like a movie trailer
Technology is developing at an ever expanding rate, and have as much implications on fictional worlds as in real life. Here are eight new real world gadgets that you might see in thriller novels of the future, some of which appear in my novel when it is released later this year. 1. Gunshot wound syringe … Continue reading 8 real world gadgets perfect for modern espionage thrillers
For over 50 years James Bond movies have been renowned for their many unique elements, from exotic locations to cool gadgets, to over the top villains and crazy world-domination plots. Bond films have long been the benchmark for action films the world over. For me, the most enthralling elements of the Bond formula is the … Continue reading Top 5 James Bond Action Sequences
With the release of SPECTRE as a downloadable movies, I thought I’d revisit the latest James Bond film with a review. Daniel Craig returns for his fourth outing as the world’s most popular spy. Arguably, Craig is also the world’s most popular actor ever to portray Secret British Agent 007 — he’s certainly made the … Continue reading Movie Review: SPECTRE
In the lead up to the release of my first novel, I thought I’d revisit five great spy movies that have influenced my writing. Be warned, there are some spoilers to be found. Gorky Park (1983) One of the first spy thrillers I read as a teenager was Martin Cruz Smith’s Gorky Park. I was … Continue reading Five Great Spy Movies