I really enjoyed this book, the story zipped along and took you to many exotic locations along the way. The characters both ‘bad’ and ‘good’ were believable and detailed. Plenty of intrigue and action, with very current themes. Comparisons have already been made between Lee McCloud and Jack Reacher and if you enjoy Lee Child I’d say you would undoubtedly enjoy Ian Walkley. The quality of writing in this book is excellent making it a pleasure to read in addition to being a real page turner! I love it when I find out about an author that writes books this good – more like this please Mr Walkley!
“Lee McCloud ached to kill the five men in the valley below. But he couldn’t. Not yet.” With that Ian Walkley and his protagonist, “Mac” McCloud take us on a riveting journey around the globe in pursuit to rescue two kidnapped girls taken for a reason much worse than it originally appears. The pace is fast, the settings are vivid, and the tension escalates right to the end. A great debut. I look forward to reading more from the author soon.
No Remorse by Ian Walkley is a solid, fast paced, utterly engrossing read. I bought it on a whim, mainly due to the synopsis, and comparisons of the author to some of my favorite writers : Tom Clancy, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. Ian Walkley is well on his way with this novel, and deserves more than simple comparison. I enjoyed this novel immensely, and was left eagerly awaiting the next offering by this bold new writer, Ian Walkley.
More than a book about terrorism or middle-eastern culture, more than a novel about the slave trade or covert operations, NO REMORSE is a book that is and offers the it’s readers more of everything. It has more action, more adventure and more thrills per page than any novel I have recently read.
NO REMORSE is a novel as strong as the hero’s and heroines residing within its pages and works on many levels by combining intricate plotting, flawless execution, serious subject matter and lightening pacing This is not the type of book you go to for in depth philosophical discussions. This is where you go for pure escapism, an action packed story and a riveting reading experience.
In this tale of plots and sub-plots author Ian Walkley has managed to create a gritty tale featuring a former Delta Forces commander, Lee “Mac” McCloud, whose personal rescue mission is side-tracked by a government agent named Derek. Faintly reminiscent of Lee Child’s protagonist Jack Reacher Walkley’s McCloud, like Reacher, is a man you would want on your side. Both characters are cut from the same cloth with each possessing a military background, a relatively quiet personal nature, as well as an innate intelligence and a ram-rod straight moral compass. It’s a pretty safe bet that Reacher would have been a willing recruit for this adventure that moves from it’s beginning in Mexico to its explosive ending “somewhere in the Middle-East”.
I will not go into the details of the story since it would ruin the reading experience for you. Suffice to say, if you are a lover of books with plenty of page turning action, a charismatic hero and female characters who are as strong and dedicated as their male counterparts this is a book for you.
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Launch of Ian Walkley’s debut novel, No Remorse.
Brisbane author Ian Walkley talks with Adair Jones about his learning experience in writing the debut novel, No Remorse, published by Marq Books. The action thriller addresses current social issues such as human trafficking, terrorism, and manipulation of global share markets.
From the very first line, No Remorse draws readers in to a fast-paced story packed with suspense and intrigue. Lee McCloud is an ex-US Army Special Operations commander; tough, highly intelligent, dangerous, and out for revenge after his 16-year-old goddaughter, Sophia, is abducted from the streets of Tijuana while on a family holiday in Mexico. McCloud will stop at nothing to track down those responsible. With short chapters and action in every scene, No Remorse is one of those classic page-turners you just can’t put down.
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Downloaded this book onto my Kindle to take on holiday with me,it didn’t last that long as i couldn’t put it down.
I like fast paced stories with believable characters and this book certainly ticked all the right boxes. It was non stop from beginning to end, i really hope Mr Walkley will not leave the central character of Mac at one novel as i can really see him becoming a cult figure. If suspense and twists and turns are your thing then this book will give you a thrilling read. Cant wait for the next one Ian!!
Ian Walkleys first in what will hopefully become a series featuring the character Lee McCloud. A real page turner this book kept me glued whilst taking me through a whole range of emotions. There’s no holding back when dealing with the sometimes shocking issues, yet Ian Walkleys style makes it a gripping and must read novel.
No Remorse is a fast paced action story, transporting the reader in the sweaty grip of the central character – Mac, to the Middle East, Europe and the United States. The plot has more twists and turns than a pan full of boiling spagetti but Mac’s character is believable and strong enough to take you through the maze of terrorism and counter terrorism agendas, all topped off with an edgy romance, Walkley succeeds in keeping those pages turning and rewarding the effort with an unexpected ending.
Coming up with fresh storylines is a tough part of the business of writing fiction. But publishers and readers are always looking for fresh ideas. After all, there is a limit to how often people want to read about a hero whose wife gets murdered so he can chase the bad guy, the alcoholic, divorced cop who redeems himself when his daughter is kidnapped, or the terrified victim creeping through a dark old house, too curious for their own good.
See my guest blog on character motivations in Suspense Magazine here: http://bit.ly/wo0LFd
5.0 out of 5 stars A real nail biter till the last page!!!, March 3, 2012
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Excellent book. The more I read, the harder it got to put down. One of the best ending scenes I’ve ever read and I very much look forward to more work from Ian Walkley.
With great interest in the global financial problems, Martin Bodenham’s debut novel The Geneva Connection is making big waves on Amazon. I interviewed him recently about his work.
Welcome, Martin. Can you tell me a little about your background?
I was born in Leicester, England in 1959. My American father worked in the US Air Force while my British mother sterilized telephone handsets. I was educated at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Kent (a military academy) and at the University of Leicester, where I read economics. After university, I trained as a chartered accountant, working in the UK and USA. I have spent the last twenty-five years in private equity, working either as an investor or advisor. Today, I am the CEO of Advantage Capital, a London-based private equity firm. Along the way, I have been an investor at investment banks, 3i and Close Brothers, and a corporate finance partner at both KPMG and Ernst & Young. I am married to Jules, a psychotherapist, and we live in Rutland, England’s smallest county.
Your recently published debut novel is a crime thriller, about the corrupt global financial world…
In The Geneva Connection, published by Musa Publishing in December 2011, the worlds of private equity and organised drug crime collide. The main character, John Kent, is a successful private equity investor. Too late, he discovers his firm’s largest investor is a front for a brutal Mexican drug cartel. His life becomes a nightmare after an ambitious DEA agent leans on him to provide key evidence against the cartel. But if he cooperates, he will be a dead man.
Why did you choose to use a small, independent publisher?
As a first time author, I thought it would be difficult to attract the interest of the big publishing houses, particularly without an agent. A friend of mine is a multi-published writer, and he suggested that some of the smaller, independent presses were still open to direct approaches from debut authors. This seemed like good advice so I researched the market, both in the UK and US, as my novel is set in both countries. I ended up with a potential list of fifteen publishers. I started small and approached only one in the US and one in the UK in the first instance. I figured I would learn from those before sending out more submissions. In fact, both publishers showed interest, and I decided to accept the contract from Musa Publishing. I was astounded when they issued a contract within forty-eight hours of receiving my complete manuscript. After that, Musa created the book cover artwork and put it through three levels of detailed edits. It took just over three months between contract and publication. That impressed me.
How did you feel being published for the first time?
I was immensely proud that my debut novel had passed this milestone. Many of my friends and family kindly acted as beta readers of the late manuscript, and they liked it, but seeing the book actually published meant it had achieved a certain objective quality threshold. The publisher had seen enough potential in my work to devote time and money to it.
I celebrated by taking my wife out to an exclusive restaurant for dinner. That was the least I could do since she had put up with me droning on about my book for the best part of a year!
What did you do for promotion?
As my novel is set against the backdrop of the financial crisis and subsequent credit crunch, I contacted the BBC. I am pleased to say they have interviewed me twice since the book was published. It seems its topical storyline has hit a seam of public interest in all things financial.
Have you had much feedback from your readers?
I have received a lot of feedback from readers. Some have suggested topics for future books, while others have offered feedback on The Geneva Connection. As a writer, it has been wonderful to be able to use the internet to have direct contact with my readers. They can contact me using the email link on the bio page of my website. A number have told me what they really liked about my novel. The more specific feedback has been particularly helpful, and I have learned more about what works and what doesn’t. I guess I have also matured with the process, learning to take feedback as a way to improve my writing.
How do you feel about the publishing industry?
I have been amazed by the similarity of the worlds of publishing and my own industry, private equity. When I sent in my publisher submissions, I remembered what three things matter most to a private equity firm when it decides whether or not to run with a business plan. Only one or two plans out of a hundred are ever considered. These three things were: money (how will the publisher make money out of this?), market (can I convince the publisher there is a sustainable market for my writing?), and management (do I have a strong background in my market which means my writing will have credibility and authenticity?).
Any final words for aspiring writers?
Take all criticism as having the potential to improve your writing. Don’t take it personally!