by Glover Wright
Release Date: February 21st 2017
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing
Only the CIA knows the truth, and all it would take for the president’s legacy to be tarnished forever is for one agent involved to turn rogue and reveal everything . . .
In 2011, American Seal Team Six killed Osama bin Laden in an ultra-secret CIA operation hailed as the outgoing US president’s crowning achievement. Pakistan's chief investigator into US Operation Neptune Spear concluded Bin Laden was betrayed by Al Qaeda itself, fooling the CIA and gaining the US president’s bounty on their ailing leader’s head: $25,000,000, which may have given birth to deadly ISIS.
Loner, Agent Ben Markstein, betrayed and primed for retribution by his obsession with the Pakistani beauty at the dark heart of HARD ACT, an unsanctioned covert black operation planned by former US Senator Wendell Strachan to save the president and regain the $25,000,000 held in a Liechtenstein bank account by Saudi Prince Faisal bin Sharif, CEO of a billion-dollar Islamic charity trust and secret terrorist money-launderer.
Markstein learns that Serena Lashari, the beautiful, clever, successful Geneva-based fund-manager is Prince Faisal’s lover and has the account codes. He acts ruthlessly, manipulating Wendell Strachan and the black operation to win Serena and the money for himself.
Against a background of political conspiracy and escalating violence across Europe, culminating in potential catastrophe at a nuclear-armed U.S.A.F air-base in England, Ben Markstein plays HARD ACT’s ruthless game to win – even at the cost of the lives of all who stand in his way.
HARD ACT is his most hard-hitting and timely thriller to date.
“The most ingenious thriller I have read this year.” – World best-selling writer Jack Higgins
MY INTERVIEW WITH GLOVER WRIGHT
Q: How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
A: Fast paced, hard action, intelligent thrillers set against international backgrounds
Q: What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
A: Seek success with my latest thriller HARD ACT and look forward to planning my next work.
Q: Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
A: Absolutely flows naturally – though it’s like flying, you have to keep the flow going over the “wings of creativity’ (to coin a phrase) or you’ll stall and crash. When you’re really flowing, you’re flying high and it’s a sensational feeling. Mind you, you can be brought back to earth hard when the editing phase kicks-off! That’s why a good writer/editor relationship is so important …I would say, vital. I was lucky to find myself paired with Vicki McGough for HARD ACT and, boy, did that working relationship take off!
Q: Do you have a character that you have been working on for a long time that still isn't quite ready, but fills you with excitement to work on the story?
A: No, every character is new to me with each new book. The only character who has always existed but was never put onto the page, until now, is the faded rock star Johnny Rourke in my latest thriller HARD ACT. To explain: For years’ author and friend Jack Higgins has been urging me to write a thriller which would incorporate a character where my own music background would come into play. I have always avoided that because - I guess subliminally - I wanted to keep those two talents separate. I created Johnny Rourke … no! that’s wrong … Johnny Rourke created himself in HARD ACT simply by fitting the role needed by the story, which was that of a man who had known fame, through hard circumstances had lost it, then had found it again … only to realize that he was prepared to give it up, indeed give up everything – even his life if necessary – for something deeper, something greater than himself. You have to read HARD ACT to discover what drove him down that road.
Q: If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional character, who would they be?
A: Interesting question. I’m afraid my answer will disappoint because I like to leave fictional characters where they belong: on the page of a novel. If the question had been on the lines of: Spending a week with the authors of 5 fictional characters, whom would I choose? My answer would be: Ha! Thanks but no thanks – my liver couldn’t take it!!
Q: Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYWhere? What would you do with this time?
A: Not waste a moment of that time, wherever it was – but it has to be somewhere warm and peaceful and away from crowds, must be by the sea which again must be warm and with waves to jump into before breakfast! Also have long white sand beaches to walk along with my beautiful wife Rachael and our dog Moysha and have small coves to explore. That’s the perfect setting. Things to do? There’s always interesting things to do wherever you are, just a matter of finding them and enjoying the experience. I would of course be writing, that’s a given. I’ll never stop writing as long as I can breathe.
Q: Can you share you next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
A: I never talk about a new book in advance of writing it – that somehow takes the excitement, the freshness of delving into a new work, away … leaving me flat and doubting the credibility of a possible projected plot or characters involved. Writing a new work of fiction is a bit like having a belief, or faith, if you will. You have to believe in something that does not exist . . . and which only you can create with nothing except your imagination. A painter has his canvas and his oils, a sculptor, his marble or bronze – but an author of fiction has noting before him but a blank sheet of paper or these days a screen. However, it only takes one word, the first, on that white surface to open the floodgates to one’s imagination and what lies beyond – or in darker works, beneath. Scary!
Thanks for the interesting questions– I hope my answers were satisfying and that you will enjoy reading HARD ACT.
All the very best to you at Book Junkie Reads,
Glover Wright has a background in entertainment. He was lead-guitarist in the 1960’s for American Rock Legends Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent on their British tours, recorded as Buddy Britten & the Regents, was with the Beatles in their early Hamburg days and, through his friendship with John Lennon, became composer and producer with The Beatles Apple Music. After the Beatles split, he signed with Mercury records USA, had success as Simon Raverne and toured widely entertaining US troops, an experience he remembers with pride.
With writing in mind, he broke from music in the 1970’s and spent time with contract soldiers and British SAS units in Oman, resulting in his debut novel The Torch, which was accepted immediately by Putnam USA and published worldwide including many translations. During his extended period in the Middle East he met many figures later to shape world events, including Libya’s Moammar al-Gaddafi and in Beirut’s celebrity-haunt nightclub Le Cave de Roy was invited – after being recognized and asked to perform a song on stage – to join the table hosted by a wealthy young Saudi Arab named Osama Bin Laden.
Glover Wright has had eight novels published to date and lives now in Jersey, British Channel Islands. He still performs musically at charity fund-raisers for servicemen and women wounded in action and is proud to do so.