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The Spanish Renegade Spy Is Now On Pre-Order

The German version is held up in the editing process, but the Spanish one is full-steam ahead. My first foreign-language version of my debut novel, “The Renegade Spy”, is now on pre-order at Amazon, entitled “La Espia Indomable”.

My Video Interview On Terri Loves Books

Here is a video interview I did last week with Terri Wilson, who runs a book website. She interviewed me about my Department 89 books, as well as other things such as my writing technique, and even a question that almost stumped me at the end!

Don’t Get Hung Up On Researching Every Little Thing

When The Renegade Spy came out, I inevitably had the nitpickers send me emails and Amazon reviews about inaccuracies they found in the book. Oh, this gun should be called this, you can’t do this, it should be called a suppressor, not a silencer, etc, etc. Being the polite person I am, I thanked them…

“The Renegade Spy” Is Out In Paperback!

When I was younger, I had four main ambitions in life – get married, have kids, have at least one dog, and get at least two books written and published. Well, the kids are never going to happen now for a variety of reasons. But the others have come true. I’ve been married since 2010,…

[Book Review] – Munich – Robert Harris

There are so many books – both fiction and non-fiction – about Winston Churchill and the war, that it has become an industry in itself. Every year, historians and publishers try to find the next unique angle about Winston, and as much as I love the man, it does get tiring after a while seeing…

Which Actors I Would Want In a Renegade Spy Movie

I think it’s only natural that when a writer writes a book, they instinctively visualise a certain actor or actress playing a particular role. For me, knowing who that person is helps me to establish their voice in the story. Knowing how they performed in past movies or TV programmes gives me a good basis…

“The Renegade Spy” Is Out – Three Weeks Early!

After countless tweaks and rewrites, I spontaneously decided on Saturday to just call it finished and put it out. In doing so, I finally became a published fiction writer. Yes, my 170-ish page novella, “The Renegade Spy” is finally out. It’s been a long and tiring journey to get to this stage. From conception to…

[BOOK REVIEW] – Their Trade Is Treachery – Chapman Pincher

MI5 has been around for hundreds of years and faces down many enemies who routinely threaten the internal security of the United Kingdom. They are overworked, underpaid, and understaffed. Until recently, it was official government policy not to acknowledge they even existed, and the name of their Director-General was highly top-secret. Despite their many triumphs…

The Indoctrinated Children Of The Soviet Pioneers & Komsomol

This is an article that I wrote for an educational journal back in 2004. They wanted something about children in the Soviet Union, in particular, about the youth organisations. I recently found it while cleaning out, so I scanned it and I am now reproducing it here, because I think it is one of the…