Whatever it takes
As a weapon of war it’s unique. It can cripple vital homeland services – shut down power grids for example, bringing a country to its knees in just days. The Russian President's Fixer is out to steal it but unlike its inventors, his tyrant boss has no scruples – he will use it against civilians. Can he be stopped before world peace is shattered by his efforts to restore the former Russian empire? More
A new technology threatens the world order.
Tom Wilder may be the only man who can manage it. He gets the enormity of the task when he’s told that what he’s to guard. It could take over the air traffic control hubs of New York or London, or shut down power supplies to huge areas – in effect, it could bring almost any country to its knees in just days. As a maverick ex-SAS Afghanistan hero, he’s used to dealing with people who don’t play by any rules. But will even he be able to keep at bay the Moscow Mafia who have been ordered by the Russian President to steal this, the world’s latest, unique high-tech weapon?
This intriguing, fast paced thriller is perfect for those who expect the nail-biting action of a Jack Reacher story, the international conspiracies that Leopold Blake has to deal with and understand that assassinations and kidnapping are just a means to an end for those that will do whatever it takes to get what they want.
Interview with the Author
Q.–How did you get into writing?
A. – I was briefly between jobs back in the nineteen-seventies and was so intrigued by a Grisham thriller I read that I thought I’d give it a go. And I still get a great kick out of putting a plot together for a thriller.
Q. – And how do you set about planning a thriller?
A. – I start with the theme. With ‘Whatever it takes’, my first book in the new Tom Wilder thriller Series, I was intrigued by the statement by a leading expert in international affairs that soon wars will no longer be won by missiles, planes, drones or men on the ground, but by clever people in the IT world.
Q, - Although “Whatever it Takes” is fiction, is it based on reality?
A. – Very much so. Although one of the next great technological advances will be in quantum computing; as I write it’s still in its infancy. I’ve just speeded up its development. In time, I’m sure it will have some of the extraordinary and frightening powers that I’ve given to my imaginary Gemini. Though I wouldn’t dare claim to be some kind of H.G.Wells – foretelling the future – I’m sure something like Gemini will come along.
Q. – And in your view what makes a good thriller?
A. – In no particular order of precedence, I’m sure you need good strong likeable characters. Maybe not like those that you’d meet every day but credible and with their own reactions to the thriller. Then of course, I think lovers of action-packed thrillers expect some who will do whatever it takes to get what they want and will use assassination, kidnapping, and other ruthless behaviours in trying to achieve their goals.
Q. – Why did you decide to publish on Amazon and other eBook channels?
A. – I believe that even the immensely successful J.K.Rowling had her first Harry Potter book turned down by something like a dozen publishing houses. My literary agent retired some time ago and I don’t have the time at my age to chase after finding another – same goes for traditional publishing houses. I fear they are so inundated with manuscripts that they only take on a tiny percentage of what comes their way. Although with Amazon, Smashwords and all the other excellent e-publishing channels available, although one still has to write the very best book one can, the actual process of getting a book out to potential readers is dead simple.
Q.- So you’ve just published ‘Whatever it takes’ and I see that it’s part of a series, so what comes next?
A. – ‘Whatever it Takes’ tells the story of a bunch of not very salubrious people finding Gemini and, rather clumsily, trying to find and then steal it. The next, book in the series is called ‘Stealth’ tells how one group recognise their mistakes and use a bit more cunning and stealth to acquire a working copy of Gemini. Once they succeed, their ability to hold the West to ransom becomes quite horrendous – lots of scope for conspiracies, more assassinations, and a top female FSB protagonist from Moscow. And a third, in the planning will tell how the weapon is sued to take down a rogue state.
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