Normally, at least for me, coming up with ideas for novels is relatively easy, in part thanks to the interesting life I’ve led. However, with ‘Primed’, the issue was a little different. ‘Outsourced’,
2. Do you have any photos or descriptions of your characters?
3. What drives you to write?
It’s the voices, you hear, the voices!!!
4. What is your favorite book of all time?
That’s a really hard question, Deneale. There are so many. Perhaps I could mention one each from the writers who have been my greatest influences and summarize what I learnt from them. The first, perhaps only because of its chronological age, is ‘Hard Times’ by Charles Dickens. The novel originally came out as a serialized piece in a magazine in 1854. The novel is important in that it is, as are most of his works, an insightful social commentary cleverly wrapped in an interesting story, a trait I try to incorporate into all my novels. Next would be ‘Casino Royale’ by Ian Fleming. Fleming was a master of pace and storylines written with a simplicity that belied their intricacy. If it’s one thing my novels are known for, it’s their pace, so this lesson has come to roost. Finally, the British author John Gardner, who was a major influence for me when starting out. I had the pleasure of corresponding with, and eventually meeting, him and he gave me writing advice I still use today. Perhaps the most interesting is how dark humor can be woven into a tale without detracting from its pace or impact.
5. What are you working on now?
I have just completed a couple of short stories for two anthologies which will be coming out later this year and have restarted writing the sequel to ‘Leaving Shadows’, which is entitled ‘Chasing Shadows’. This will be a new series featuring the kidnap recover company CACS and their tense relationship with British Intelligence. I’m over halfway through writing this one which hopefully should see the light of day at the end of summer. Next after that is the final volume, book five, of the popular ‘the CULL’ series.
6. Have you met any Authors IRL?
What’s IRL, Deneale? Oh, you youngsters, always speaking in acronyms as though you don’t have the time to use the words. Just imagine for a moment if we writers did the same. Lol ;-)
7. What are your hobbies?
Writing (it’s my profession but if I don’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t do it, so it also a hobby), reading, cinema, martial arts, etc, etc
8. Do you ever hope to turn one of your fascinating books into a movie or mini series?
Yes please. Where do I sign?
9. What all education have you had?
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As you may already know, I reviewed book one, “Outsourced” so when Eric came to me asking if I wanted to read and review this one, I jumped at the chance. My husband and I dearly loved the first book, it was a five star read, and can also be found within my blog.
“Primed” begins where “Outsourced” left you with Defense Intelligence Agent Bridget Mason who had recently recovered from her gunshot wounds. (By the way, Agent Mason is/was a Major in the military too!) And as I picture Mason, she is one beautiful strong woman.
The Agency determines that it would be better if Agent Mason would slip back into her job with an easier case. So they do just that, they assign Agent Mason was given what she is told is to be an easy case, and low and behold it turns out to be anything but. But she of course, doesn’t let that slow her down.
Agent Mason obtains a confession from a seemingly tasteful looking guy named: Nic Stiles, about what really happened in India. This causes Phil Beasley to make a deadly decision himself, and this causes further problems because now they will be threatened by the Bratva Russian Mafia.
Agent Mason is thrust into the middle of lies, deceit and of course murder, where she must learn and find and of course determine what is the truth, and solve the mystery. Can and will she do it?
This book, is another five star read by Eric, which will lead you on a roller coaster ride, in solving a mystery, and riding along learning about the Russian Mafia, and an Agent who will do her best at her job, to solve whatever problem comes her way. “Primed” kept my husband and I on the edge of our seats, visualizing once again, another one of Eric’s books as a very entertaining movie! This is an excellent book, a definite five-star book and should be a movie! Check it out!
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