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Allan Cole is a best-selling author, screenwriter and former prize-winning newsman who brings a rich background in travel and personal experience to his imaginative work.
Son of a CIA operative, Cole was raised in the Middle East, Europe, and the Far East. He attended thirty-two schools and visited or lived in as many countries. He recalls hearing Othello for the first time as a child sitting on an ancient fortress wall in Cyprus - the island Shakespeare had in mind when he wrote the play.
Rejecting invitations to join the CIA, Cole became an award-winning investigative reporter and editor who dealt with everything from landmark murder cases to thieving government officials.
Since that time he’s concentrated on books and film. His novels include the landmark science fiction series, “Sten,” the highly-praised fantasy trilogy, “Tales Of The Timuras,” “The Far Kingdoms” series, a World Fantasy Award Finalist, and the Vietnam war classic, “A Reckoning For Kings.” The “Sten” novels, which he coauthored with the late Chris Bunch, have sold upwards of 25 million books worldwide and have been published in 13 languages.
His latest novels include “The Lords Of Terror,” which he wrote with Russian fantasy master, Nick Perumov, as well as “MacGregor,” and “Drowned Hopes,” thrillers set in Boca Raton, Florida. “Lords” is the first and only novel written by American and Russian collaborators.
Allan has sold more than a hundred and fifty television dramas, ranging from “Quincy” and “The Rockford Files” to and “Walker, Texas Ranger.”
He lives in Boca Raton, Florida, with his wife, Kathryn. For more information see his homepage at www.acole.com and his film and entry at IMDB.com
on April 25, 2011 :
Fans of the Sten Series by Chris Bunch and Allan Cole - or, really, any of their work - will appreciate having these choice shaggy dog tales consolidated in one volume. I've personally borrowed a couple of these with good results and always felt they made the Sten books stand out from the crowd. (Heck, these jokes plus the recipes in the books made them completely unique.)
Even better are the additional tales that wound up cut from the novels, now set in context and revealed in all their glory.
Thank you, Allan! Stregg forever!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on April 09, 2011 :
It takes a little bit of work to make it through the dialect, but there are some pretty funny jokes included within this book.
If you are a fan of the Sten series by Chris Bunch and Allan Cole, then you should purchase this book.
NOTE: I have been know for a twisted sense of humor, so these jokes should strike your funny bone if you are known for the same.
Thanks for your time.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)