Still alive


Just wanted to let anyone who’s still out there know that I haven’t been taken out by a sniper’s bullet, but am a firm believer in the dictum that if you haven’t got anything worth saying, you might consider saying nothing at all. (In which case, why was this blog ever started in the first place? I hear the unkind among you mutter.)

A bit of news: the third John Purkiss novel, Annihilation Myths, will be out in all ebook formats at the end of May. The second Martin Calvary novel, following on from Severance Kill and with a title yet to be confirmed, will appear in September.

And I’ll get round to releasing Delivering Caliban and Severance Kill in paperback some time this year.

Severance Kill


Ahead of schedule, and having dropped the definite article from its title, my new thriller Severance Kill is now out as an ebook for the Kindle and via Smashwords for all other ereaders. This is something of a departure as although it’s an action/espionage thriller, it doesn’t feature John Purkiss, the protagonist of Ratcatcher and Delivering Caliban.

Martin Calvary is a former soldier and Afghanistan veteran who’s been working as a professional assassin for the last four years, taking out enemies of the British state who are beyond the reach of the law. The job isn’t one that a normal person could sustain for long, and Calvary wants out. The trouble is that his employers, known as The Chapel, aren’t ready to discharge him from his contract yet, and want him to carry out one last hit in Prague. If he does so, he’ll be let loose. If he doesn’t, evidence of the illegal assassinations he’s carried out so far will be given to the police and the press, and he’ll become a wanted criminal facing life imprisonment.

If you like fiction with action, adventure, suspense, twists, Cold War spies, modern spies, exotic Eastern European locations, and the most heartless mobsters this side of The Sopranos.. you’ll find all of this here, and more.

Enjoy.

http://amzn.to/UMBCMl (Amazon US)

http://amzn.to/TZpKIm (Amazon UK)

http://bit.ly/Wkr2gP (Smashwords)

 

New novel: Delivering Caliban


The sequel to Ratcatcher is now out as an ebook, for Amazon Kindle and in all other formats via Smashwords. John Purkiss, the scourge of rogue agents in the British intelligence services, is back, facing an opponent who’s systematically murdering CIA operatives across Europe and the US. Delivering Caliban is darker, meaner and bloodier than its predecessor, and adds what I hope is an interesting psychological angle to the Purkiss story.

It’s available here:

http://amzn.to/Qq4q1A (Amazon US)

http://amzn.to/Tv7MLe (Amazon UK)

http://bit.ly/RJ22Ql (Smashwords)

 

Feedback is, as ever, always welcome.

Win a book!


To mark the paperback release of Ratcatcher, I’m offering the opportunity to win one of three copies completely free, as well as three copies of the ebook in whatever format you choose. To enter, just post a comment below, letting me know your preferred format (paperback or ebook). That’s it. No questions to answer, no horrendous catches anywhere.

Bribes and flattery, while always welcome, won’t improve your chances of winning. Nor will threats, of either the “I know where you live” or the “I know what you’ve done” varieties. Closing date is Sunday 11 November at midnight (UK time) and the winners will be chosen at random.

This could be yours…

Out of the mire


All right, all right. I’ll slow down with the posts. Just stop flooding me with emails, okay?

Thanks to everybody who’s visited and followed this blog. It’ll get more interesting, I promise.

At the moment, I’m doing three things.

One: formatting all my Kindle books (novel, novella, novelette, short stories, and collections) for Smashwords, so that they’ll be available in all downloadable formats. Ratcatcher is already up on Kobo and Smashwords and being distributed to Barnes & Noble, Apple and the rest.

Two: getting ready a paperback version of Ratcatcher. I should get the proof copy next week, and if all’s well, it’ll be available as a real live paper book soon afterwards.

Three: I’m finishing off not one but two new novels. The first is the sequel to Ratcatcher, Delivering Caliban, which sees the return of John Purkiss. The second, which may or may not be set in Purkiss’s world, is The Severance Kill, a thriller about a British assassin who finds that resigning from his job comes with a heavy price. Delivering Caliban will be out in mid-November as an ebook, and as a paperback some time before Christmas. The Severance Kill should appear in all formats by the end of the year.

Feedback, criticism, stalking, death threats and offers of film contracts are, as always, most welcome. Well, some of them are.

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New plug


No, this isn’t a post about some dull DIY project I’ve undertaken. The sequel to my debut novel, Ratcatcher, will be published in November. Titled Delivering Caliban, it features the return of John Purkiss, scourge of rogue intelligence agents everywhere. Darker, meaner and bloodier than the first book, it takes Purkiss in new directions: geographically, emotionally, and morally…

Here’s the cover, by the excellent Jane Dixon-Smith. Jane’s website is: http://www.jdsmith-design.co.uk/.

Hope you like it!

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Why I don’t have a Kindle


Hello to new visitors, and welcome back to my (so far) tiny band of dedicated followers. I hope the frenetic pace of my posting hasn’t put you off.

Since my last post I’ve published two books, Reunion, a chilly Cold War novella, and Woodborn: Six Tales of Unease, the title of which says it all, really. They’re doing brisk trade, and I’ve had some highly successful free giveaway days for both of them. The Alpha male of my literary troop remains, however, Ratcatcher. It’s taken off particularly well in the UK, thanks in no small part to the very generous reviews it’s had.

Oh, and why don’t I own a Kindle? Because they’re the devil’s invention. Because ebooks are killing off traditional publishing. All those lovely paper books with that characteristic musty smell are going the way of the dodo, all because of the Kindle.

Er… no, not really.

I don’t own a Kindle because I haven’t got round to getting one yet.

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