Alexander McNabb

Biography

ALEXANDER MCNABB

Alexander McNabb has been working as a journalist, editor and magazine publisher in the Middle East for some 30 years. Today he consults on media, publishing and digital communications.

Alexander's first serious novel was the critically acclaimed Olives - A Violent Romance, a work exploring the attitudes, perceptions and conflicts of the Middle East, exposing a European sensibility to the multi-layered world of life on the borders of Palestine. Published in 2011, the book triggered widespread controversy, finding a receptive audience in the Middle East and beyond.

Olives was followed in 2012 by testosterone-soaked international spy thriller Beirut - An Explosive Thriller. His third Middle East-based novel, Shemlan - A Deadly Tragedy, about a man dying of cancer unearthing a deadly past, published in 2013. Together, the three form the 'Levant Cycle'.

A Decent Bomber, set in Ireland, published in 2015. It tells the story of a retired IRA bomb-maker forced to resume his old trade, pitching 'old terror' against 'new terror' in a battle of wits between an Irish farmer with a violent past and Somali extortionists with a questionable future.

Alexander's latest, Birdkill, is a psychological thriller about a teacher who has lost her recent past to 'The Void', a terrible incident she can't recall and nobody seems to be in a hurry to tell her about. Her friend Mariam embarks on a race to uncover the truth before Robyn is driven over the edge into insanity.

You can find Alexander and his books at www.alexandermcnabb.com.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I have somewhere, on a Toshiba T1600 (just showing my age there), a couple of pages about a former French resistance fighter called Rene The Horse who hung out at a cafe near the Pompidou Centre in Paris. He eventually made his way into my first book, spoof thriller 'Space'. I guess it was about ten years before that first brief attempt to write a book turned into an actual book - I started Space in early 2002 after I had given up smoking. There were a lot of smoking scenes in the first draft, but it was a better way to find something to do with my hands than the risk of causing blindness through relentless onanism. It was a 60-a-day habit, after all.

Having worked as a journalist, editor and publisher - and then as a communications guy - I had written millions of words, from articles and reviews through to speeches and white papers for CEOs and kings. I reckoned if I could make stuff up for people like that, I could make it up for people like you and me too.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It's too embarrassing to revisit, thank you.
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Where to find Alexander McNabb online


Books

Fake Plastic Souks - The Fear Returns
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,490. Language: British English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
Alexander McNabb's Dubai based blog, Fake Plastic Souks, has charted an erratic little course over the years. Like a little pea green boat, it has bobbed on the waves of opulence and the stormy seas of the global financial crisis, throwing inane commentary and half-thoughts out to the benefit of a tiny audience. This irrelevant collection contains the second two years of Fake Plastic Souks...
Shemlan - A Deadly Tragedy
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,180. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Jason Hartmoor is dying of cancer. But will his past kill him first?
Fake Plastic Souks - The Glory Years
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,680. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
Alexander McNabb's Dubai based blog, Fake Plastic Souks, has charted an erratic little course over the years. Like a little pea green boat, it has bobbed on the waves of opulence and the stormy seas of the global financial crisis, throwing inane commentary and half-thoughts out to the benefit of a tiny audience. This wholly irrelevant collection contains the first two years of Fake Plastic Souks!
Beirut - An Explosive Thriller
Price: Free! Words: 97,240. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Michel Freij is poised to become the next president of Lebanon. European intelligence discovers he has bought two ageing Soviet nuclear warheads from a German arms dealer. Maverick British intelligence officer Gerald Lynch is pitched into a deadly clash with Freij and his violent militia as he pursues the warheads across the Mediterranean.
Olives - A Violent Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,910. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Starting a new life in Jordan, Paul Stokes is drawn to colleague Aisha Dajani but is blackmailed into spying on her brother by British intelligence. Uncovering a daring bid to save Jordan’s failing water resources at Israel’s expense, Paul is sucked into betrayal as he tries to protect Aisha. The explosions shattering the fragile peace are tied to Paul's struggle to survive.

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