“Dropping through space was exhilarating. In the warm cocoon of their suits, breathing oxygen, the false sense of security left them with a feeling that was indescribable. There was no fear, no thought as to what might happen if their parachutes failed. Just an adrenaline rush that was completely intoxicating. In the moonlight they could see lights scattered for miles across the country.”
Extract from Mayhem. A Nick Hunter thriller
I guess there is still dare in the old (or is that oldish?) devil yet.
I’ve just been to Switzerland where I did a skydive. I leapt out of a perfectly sound airplane, plummeted for about 50 seconds – you know the position. Arms and legs extended, belly down, smile (or is that a grimace?) on the face. The chute opened, I dropped to a vertical position and sailed serenely towards the earth. I landed on my backside with my feet and legs in the air and slid along the ground to a halt.
Unlike Nick and Co, I did this in daylight, and was strapped to a professional skydiver. Oh and I was not going to have to run 3 km on landing in order take out some deadly terrorists and rescue two hostages!
But since the jump, Dorothy insists on referring to me as “Nick”. If you are new to my books, Nick Hunter is the diving and bomb specialist in my TIFAT series of thrillers.
It was what I used to do. Except Nick Hunter is taller, tougher, better looking, traps the women a damn sight more easily than I did (before I met Dorothy – what did you think?) oh, and he’s also younger by about 3 decades.
Still, he’s the alter ego – in my head, that is.
If skydiving is something you are considering then I can strongly recommend Skydive Switzerland. The guys were professional, re-assuring and had a good sense of humour: “Hi Paul we’ve teamed you today with Dangerous Dave !!!”
As a 65th birthday present from my sons Richard and Oliver, it was an exciting experience and great fun. Another objective ticked off my bucket list.
That’s all for now. Anarchy has just launched as a paperback and I have another thriller due pretty soon. When it’s published, I’ll be in touch. Hope to see you over the summer- I am out and about quite a bit. Next weekend (20th, 21st June) I am at the Bon Accord Steam Engine Club at Sauchen near Inverurie. – Click here for my schedule
No please don’t panic! The Show is absolutely fine. We mean Paul’s new book Anarchy, which was just released in paperback, will be available for sale at the Drymen Show on Saturday May 30th. Paul attended this show last year and he says it is a great family day out.
A lovely way to spend a Saturday and pick up a signed copy of Anarchy for your summer holiday.
What is it about?
” Nick Hunter is up to his neck in trouble. He’s on his own and a simple job has gone wrong. He finds himself up against a UK criminal boss as well as a foreign General with political ambitions based on Islamic fundamentalism. Both need to be stopped. But how are they connected? Can he use one to take out the other? Fast paced and thought provoking this is another page turner from the annals of The International Force Against Terrorism (TIFAT). This is non-stop adventure from beginning to end. A riveting story told by a master story teller.”
At this time of the year my thoughts turn to spring and summer. I’m a warm blooded kind of person. I like it sunny and hot. It means barbeques, cold beers and cool wine.
It also means wandering the UK appearing at events, doing the all important promotional work. So I’ll be travelling far and wide, from the north of Scotland to deepest South Wales and many places in between. My website shows where I will be and when. I have many more to add and should be finalising details by Easter.
The big news is that we are creating an audio book of A Million Tears. This is something Dorothy and I have been talking about for the last four years. Thanks to the incredible knowledge and ability of Philip Marno, the books producer, we should have the finished article in about 4 or 5 weeks. Philip has been amazing – without him we would have been lost.
The book is being narrated by …… ME ! Of course, like many people, I don’t like the sound of my own voice but I am told by the associate producer (Dorothy) that it works well.
When it’s available for download I’ll let you know.
Readers all over the world have been downloading my books via Kindle. We have had a flurry of reviews on amazon.com for A Million Tears. We plan to offer it as a FREE download over Easter. It is sitting at 98 reviews at the moment – we are wondering whether you could help us get this to over 100? Just click A Million Tears and write your comments. We would be very grateful. If you have already written a review then a huge thank you. It makes a significant difference when we offer Kindle promotions
Anarchy is now typeset and the book cover has been designed. It should be available in paperback by the end of May at the latest. I will do another blog when we are ready to take orders.
I hope to see you sometime, somewhere, during my travels this Spring, Summer and Autumn. Just check the Book Signing schedule for dates and venues.
Happy Easter when it arrives.
If you have just received a new kindle,why not download the FREE copy of The Seventh Circle this weekend? Please let others know also. Paul’s new thriller Anarchy is also available on Kindle and his new political thriller is now with the publisher. So 2015 is looking at being quite an exciting year. Paul aims to have this first part of his new saga ready for next Christmas. As it is a period of history he has not written about before, he has a lot of research to do.
Armistice day not only brings a lump to my throat but tears to my eyes. And this year with the centenary coverage, more people than ever have been reflecting on the bravery of those that fought.
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Churchill was talking about the RAF and what we now know as the Battle of Britain, but it equally applies to our brave military across the ages. The First World War was so barbaric we thought it could never happen again in Europe. How wrong we were!
Two films I watch whenever they are on the television. The Longest Day and The Battle of Britain. There are moments in the films that I find incredibly moving. Such as when Lord Lovat and his Highlanders are marching to save a group of commandos who had captured an important bridge. The piper marching with the men is a sight that stirs my blood.
Then, in the Battle of Britain, the Polish squadron are in the air. They’re still undergoing training. German fighters appear and the Poles sheer off one by one to attack. They pretend their radio isn’t working so they ignore their instructor not to attack. What a moment!
I served 25 years as a Royal Naval officer between the RN and the RNR. I qualified as a Minewarfare and Clearance Diving Officer in the RN and over the years I met a number of Bomb Disposal Engineers from WW2. Their bravery was inspiring yet at the same time they showed humility for their achievements. When they told their stories – if you could get them to talk about them – it was always in an understated manner.
The field of poppies at the Tower of London is probably the finest tribute to our dead that I have seen. It is awesome as well as dreadful to think of the lives represented and the sacrifice made by men and women so that we are free today.
And what do politicians do? All words and no action when it comes to looking after the troops. But no surprise there.
On a totally different note we have put together some Christmas specials and also are offering a FREE download of A Million Tears today (16th Nov). Finally Dorothy has asked me to mention a great new book 60 Minute Business Transformation by Martin Robertson. Dorothy knows Martin and is so impressed by the book she is telling everyone about it. If you are in business this is well worth a read.
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