Recommended Read: Cold Blood by Alex Shaw

cold bloodAidan Snow, a retired SAS trooper who is now teaching English in Kiev, is hauled back into action to confront Bull, the man who almost killed him in Poland 10 years earlier.

Alex Shaw’s Cold Blood is an immensely enjoyable and tightly written international spy thriller. The story moves from character to character and place to place with ease, and the glimpses of ex-pat life in Kiev are particularly enjoyable. Snow is a very likable action hero and Bull is a terrific bad guy. Smashing stuff.

Short, Sharp Interview: Matt Hilton

matt bookPDB: Can you pitch THE LAWLESS KIND in 25 words or less?

MH: Hunter faces his most dangerous opponent yet when he goes up against a Mexican crime cartel to save a child from his own father.

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

MH: “Hot Rod 57”, a new rockabilly band, has kept my toes tapping. James Lee Burke’s “The Neon Rain” kept me turning the pages. “Banshee” kept me tuning in on TV. And for movies it has to be Avengers Assemble – I laugh every time I hear the Hulk mutter the line “Puny God”.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

MH: Yeah. I learned to write by reading, so it must have been important for me.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

MH: I’ve been thinking about writing a TV script recently and done a bit of research. It’s just finding the time between writing the novels where I struggle.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

MH: I mainly research little nuggets of info these days, or locations, but pretty much write the books from the knowledge I already keep stored in my noggin.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

MH: Very. It’s where I communicate most with my readers and peers. If I didn’t use social media I’d likely never speak to anyone!

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?

MH: I’ve a new Joe Hunter book (number 9) coming out in January 2014 called ‘The Lawless Kind’, and have also just finished the first draft of a standalone paranormal/crime novel I hope to see published. Hopefully my publishers will have enough faith in me and Joe Hunter to keep the series going.

Bio: Matt Hilton quit his career as a police officer with Cumbria Constabulary to pursue his love of writing tight, cinematic American-style thrillers. He is the author of the high-octane Joe Hunter thriller series, including his most recent novel ‘Rules of Honour’, published in February 2013 and the upcoming ‘The Lawless Kind’ (January 2014) by Hodder and Stoughton. His first book, Dead Men’s Dust, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers’ Debut Book of 2009 Award, and was a Sunday Times bestseller, and was recently a Kindle bestseller.

Matt is a high-ranking martial artist and has been a detective and private security specialist, all of which lend an authenticity to the action scenes in his books.

www.matthiltonbooks.com

Short, Sharp Interview: Alex Shaw

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kyiv-Rules-Director-Dudka-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00GFSR4DW/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1387020982&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=alex+shaw+kyev+rulesPDB: Can you pitch your latest book in 25 words or less?

AS: KYIV RULES: Ignoring pressure to retire, veteran SBU Director Dudka must prove to the President and the bandits that he’s the man for the job.

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

AS: I hardly ever listen to music, or what passes for it currently. Book wise, after reading all of Stephen Leather’s ‘Spider Shepherd’ novels – I’m a big fan, I’ve started to work my way through Lee Child’s back catalogue, having arrived late to that party. I thought that Jake Needham’s ‘A World of Trouble’ was outstanding. I haven’t seen any recent films but the first series of ‘Banshee’ was superb as was ‘Spartacus’. I also enjoy ‘Ice Road Truckers’ and ‘Celebrity Juice’.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

AS: No. I still love to read, but now I am more aware of the smoke and mirrors. If I am reading outside of my genre then I critique plot and character, in my genre I notice factual errors.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

AS: I initially started writing stage plays before moving to fiction. My first degree focussed on acting & writing for the stage, screen, radio and TV. So if asked I’d happily adapt any of my books for Hollywood!

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

AS: I’m constantly reading about the places my works are set in and visiting them, so a lot of my research is carried out subconsciously. The problem I do encounter with research is when the sources I need aren’t public, for example the inner workings of the Ukrainian Intelligence Service (formerly known as the KGB). In these instances I have to rely on friends in the know.

alex shawPDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

AS: We authors live in a bubble and before social media, FB specifically, I felt very isolated. I’ve been on Twitter for three years and FB for just over one and now could not envisage my writing life without either of them. The interaction with readers and fellow authors (some of whom I’ve been a fan of for years) is what keeps me inspired and makes me feel part of a community. Does any of this help with sales? I don’t know.

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?

AS: The third Aidan Snow thriller ‘DANGEROUS DEADLY ELITE’, will be released early in the year and I have three other planned projects (another novel and two novellas). I may also write a few more short stories.

BIO: Alex Shaw spent the second half of the 1990s in Kyiv, Ukraine, teaching Drama and running his own business consultancy before being head-hunted for a division of Siemens. The next few years saw him doing business for the company across the former USSR, the Middle East, and Africa. He is the author of the Kindle Bestselling ‘Aidan Snow SAS thrillers’ HETMAN and COLD BLACK and the new DELTA FORCE VAMPIRE series of books. His short stories have been published in the thriller anthologies DEATH TOLL, DEATH TOLL 2 and ACTION PULSE POUNDING TALES 2 alongside International Bestselling authors Stephen Leather and Matt Hilton. DANGEROUS, DEADLY, ELITE – The third Aidan Snow Thriller will be available in early 2014. Alex, his wife and their two sons divide their time between homes in Kyiv, Ukraine and Worthing, England. You can follow Alex on twitter: @alexshawhetman or facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alex.shaw.982292 or contact him via his website: www.alexwshaw.com.

The Liberator is OUT NOW!

The Liberator.The Liberator is short, sharp story that kicks off a violent  new noir/ horror serial from Paul D. Brazill, creator of Roman Dalton – Werewolf PI.

A priest tracks down his kidnapped sister and finds her trapped in a nest of evil.

Van Helsing meets The Punisher in this hard-boiled noir/ horror serial from Paul D. Brazill.

The Liberator is a version of a story that first appeared in Matt Hilton’s Action- Pulse Pounding Tales 1.

 

Action: Pulse Pounding Tales Volume One is out NOW !!!


That’s exactly what you get in this collection of action stories from top thriller authors, both established and on the rise.

Think back to the days when heroes were heroes and the action was furious and full-blooded. When often as not, the hero was quite the opposite: an anti-hero – but he needed to be, to bring the kind of violent justice to villains worse than him. When political correctness took a back seat, even as the bullets and karate chops were flying. Basically it was good old harmless fun. It was a case of disengaging your moral compass and getting down with the hero as they took on all comers, and they did it with balletic grace and uncompromising violence. Gratuitous? Mostly. Realistic? Not always. Great fun? You betcha!!!

Then fast forward to the here and now: What if the current action and thriller authors set their minds to bringing back the action genres of old?
Well, that question is answered here.

Within these pages you will find secret agents, vigilantes (both just and insane), cops, villains, soldiers, veterans, gangsters, swordsmen, privateers, Ninja and even a crypto-zoological beast you might recognise. Some of the tales are delivered with shocking realism, some as lighter entertainment, some on the grittier side, but each and every tale included in Action: PulsePounding Tales Volume 1 is sure to get your heart racing.
Kick back and enjoy the ride!
Contents:

Introduction by Matt Hilton

Strangers on a Train by Stephen Leather
Satisfaction Guaranteed by Matt Hilton
Valley of Death by I S Paton
The Real Deal by James Oliver Hilton
Jingle Bells by Adrian Magson
Death By Licence by Joe McCoubrey
The Night Butterflies by Zoë Sharp
Gallance by Col Bury
Battle For Baghlan by Matt Hayden
The Stranger by David Barber
Expiry Date by Gavin Bell
A Most Honorable Death by Jochem Vandersteen
Jack Be Nimble by Steven Savile & Steve Lockley
At Close Range by Ian Graham
Cutter’s Law by James Hopwood
Angel Tough by Absolutely Kate
On Her Majesty’s Bloody Service by Iain Purdie
The Legend of Jimmy-The-Gimp by Keith Gingell
Blood Moon of 1931 by Terrence P. McCauley
Skinner Alive by Daniel Moses Luft
Jobs Taken by Asher Wismer
The Handler by Gavin Hunt
Blood on Their Hands by Les Morris
Issa’s Island Prison by Graham Smith
Eastern Fury by Andrew Scorah
The Liberator by Paul D. Brazill
The Tower of Marnir by Paul Grzegorzek
Bit Part Player by Theresa Derwin
The Judgment of Jean Lafitte by Evan Lewis
Avenged: Sixfold by Natasha Marie Thomas
Man or Mouse by Mark Dark
Stokey by Robin Jarossi
Savage Sun by Richard Godwin
One Flew Over the Policeman’s Bonnet by Pete Sortwell
Born of Woman by Laird Long
Chickens by K.A. Laity
*Bonus Story* Trench Warfare by Matt Hilton

Acknowledgements

Afterword by Matt Hilton
A portion of the proceeds from sales of this collection will go to the charity Help for Heroes http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/