AJ Huston


AJ Huston worked in intelligence and security for nearly two decades. Born in Germany to a British Army family, he spent his formative years being dragged around the vestiges of Colonialism before finally being deposited at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School, where at the age of 11 he first learned how to march and fire a gun. This is where he also learned of the importance of tunnels, a recurring theme in “Task Force Nightshade”.
After being rejected from a summer job at MacDonald’s, AJ Huston bluffed his way into Cambridge to study English, although unpartisan observers may dispute the use of the verb “study”. From the gorgeousness of Cambridge, Huston subsequently found himself in the horror of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where people made him run around a lot carrying heavy things.
From Sandhurst he worked in the world of Military Intelligence, which mostly involved sticking pins in maps and taking credit for other people’s work. His work took him to many interesting countries, and he worked with many interesting people, some of whom he even liked.
Every country he went to was better off when he left. Yes, that can be read in two ways.
AJ Huston now divides his time between drinking wine in the East Cavendish Club on Pall Mall, and drinking beer in the East Cavendish Club on Pall Mall.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
Very easily actually - an old friend is a graphic designer and artist. I sent him the last chapter of the book, which by definition is the defining moment of the novel, and asked him to come up with some ideas. Task Force Nightshade is a very visual piece of writing and I was confident he would be able to portray the sense of speed and uncertainty which is inherent to this military thriller. I'm delighted with what he's done.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Crikey, that's a difficult one. And I'm going to cheat with the first two answers because they're collections. I have an absolutely beautiful leather bound Complete Works of Shakespeare. I've had it since I was a schoolboy and I still haven't read all of it because I tend to keep going back to the bits I'm familiar with and love. So if I had to pick one from it, it would be A Midsummer's Night's Dream. Why - because it's hysterical, and I really feel for the amateur actors who take themselves so seriously. And it also touches on one of life's major issues - love. It highlights the absurdity and complexity of it in parallel. No-one has ever beaten Shakespeare at that.
Second choice would be another leather bound compendium of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Love them all but if I had to choose one it would be The Hound of the Baskervilles. Fantastic detective story and also highlights how Holmes is a complete genius and also incredibly devious and occasionally quite unpleasant. He's an incredibly complex character, and Arthur Conan-Doyle allows his readers to figure that out for themselves rather than screaming it at them.
Third is easy - the Dictionary. I love it to bits and it sits beside me constantly. We are companions. But it has to be the Oxford English Dictionary, no other version is acceptable. With apologies to Merriam-Webster and all the others, I'm sorry, but the OED reigns supreme. When I'm a proper grown-up I will probably buy a full 20 volume set and bore friends rigid when they come round for dinner.
Fourthly, hmm, I'm probably cheating again but I have an anthology of English poetry which runs from Chaucer right through to the 20th Century. Why do I love it? Probably because you can find something which fits your mood easily. Poetry is so clever, it can put a whole novel into twelve lines. Therefore saving you considerable time.
Finally I shall choose Winnie the Pooh. Just because.
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Where to find AJ Huston online


Task Force Nightshade
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 83,560. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
When an iconic London tourist attraction suffers a devastating attack from a lone assailant, a former trade union leader now with a seat in the House of Lords recognises the need for a new way of thinking. Will Richards, an Army Officer with a colourful background, is asked to establish Task Force Nightshade. Six months in the making, Richards now sits bored in his office in Whitehall.

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coup    london    military    political    sas    spies and espionage    thriller