Hi and welcome to my new website. It’s been put together by a tech-savvy ninja called Jason Kahl. Close associates of mine will know me immediately as an arch-technophobe of the old school, I have, however, with Jason’s help, been dragged kicking and screaming into this brave new world of social media and the current CV19 Crisis has greatly accelerated the learning curve. I had sort of run out of excuses and this website is the result.
The current CV19 crisis has bought me at least as much opportunity as it has inconvenience. I am currently trying to use the time to promote a couple of projects that I hope to bring online when this thing finishes. My first book ‘A Shadowing of Angels’ is now available on Amazon audible. It has been narrated by Kerry Hutchinson a colleague of mine who has his own insights into the shady world of intelligence collection. He has done an excellent job in bringing the characters to life, give it a try! The second part of the trilogy ‘A Falling of Angels’ is getting good reviews on kindle and is out in print on the 28th of June. It has already been recorded on audible by Kerry and is due release as an audible book at the end of the month.
I can also announce exciting news about joint cooperation for a film project for the first book. I am rewriting the film script for the first book ‘A Shadowing of Angels’ with another ex-Royal Marine Commando and Afghan veteran ‘Marty Stalker’. Marty is an extremely talented scriptwriter/producer from Belfast who is working in close cooperation with a London based production company called ‘Starlight Film Productions’. The first draft of the script is complete and is now looking for finance. We hope to gain the backing of the Northern Ireland Screen Board. I am also working with Marty and several other Belfast based veterans on a series of risk management seminars or ‘Urban Survival’ modules with an emphasis on the practical side of staying safe with special emphasis on avoiding knife and gun crime. A link can be found on this website. Meanwhile, the third book of my Sam Holloway trilogy is reaching the draft stage. At the moment, it is very much a work in progress. I will keep you posted! So, this time in enforced hibernation has for me been quite a cathartic experience. It has made me more appreciative of family and friends and supplied a much-needed push to projects doomed to always be on the backburner. It has also made me value the joy of personal freedom and to truly value my health. I suppose the great lockdown will eventually mean different things to different people, although I have no doubt, we will all remember the Spring of 2020! As for me, I hope it has made me a more reflective, focussed and maybe a more understanding person.
Maybe living alone has made me understand that I’m not an easy person to live with?