Queensland Writers Centre Whispers

I’ll be reading from my novel No Remorse at the QWC event “Whispers” on Saturday, 13th October, at the State Library Cafe. With me will be Brisbane’s lady of erotic fiction Krissy Kneen (Affection and Triptych), Antonia Strakosch, Simon Groth, and Ellen van Neerven.

Hope to see you there!

New Reviews from UK Readers

Here are two new five star reviews of No Remorse from UK readers, posted on the Amazon UK website. Thanks guys!

5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ ALERT, 23 Sep 2012
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This review is from: No Remorse (Kindle Edition)

I started this book today and I have just finished it. If you want a read that is like watching a top film, up to the minute and topical, you just have to read Ian’s book. I’m a confirmed fan. Its Bourne .v. MI but believable.

Just off to get another one.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A must read on par with Tom Clancy, 25 Sep 2012
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This review is from: No Remorse (Paperback)

No remorse grabs your attention from page 1 to the very last page.Allthough the story may seem a well used one,ex special forces soldier working for secret Govt department,this has several twists and turns in the story.It is certainly on a par if not better than Tom Clancys works.
If you want to know more read the book,you’ll not be disappointed by it

LASR Mystery Reviews gives No Remorse 4 Stars

Long & Short Mystery Reviews published its review of No Remorse here: http://lasrmystery.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/no-remorse-by-ian-walkley.html

This graphic thriller is not for the faint of heart. The characters are well-rounded, believable and many, downright terrifying. The topic, human trafficking, is all too real. From the first line, the reader is drawn into a sordid world where the ends justify the means. This book is a roller coaster ride through a sick “fun” house where the scary clowns are armed and dangerous and the air is tainted with evil.

I certainly felt the horror, agony and desperation of the victims and their families. There is no psychic distance. I bled for the victims. The sexual exploitation of children and the live organ harvesting were particularly hard for me to stomach, as the scenes nearly jumped off the page thanks to the author’s skill with words. Mac’s frustration and pain are palatable as he battles his personal demons and the near-misses in his quest to save his goddaughter. The casual cruelty of Khalid Yubani and his shard of society where life is cheap and “pleasure” is both violent and fleeting is all too believable.

This book is well written and the author is amazingly capable, which in this case makes for a difficult, emotionally exhausting read. No Remorse is compelling and riveting, but definitely not for everyone. The characters and their situations were so real, I found myself praying for them. This book is hard to put down, but I don’t know that I “liked” it as “like” isn’t a word I’d use for how I felt. I believe I may be too soft or the book to explicit for me.

If you enjoy highly suspenseful books that expose the seedy underbelly of a violent and amoral segment of the world where, whether the good guy wins or not, there’s a lot of collateral damage, and if you don’t mind graphic detail, I’m certain you’ll find Ian Walkley’s No Remorse gripping.

Thanks Garden City Library.

Thanks to Cathy and everyone at Garden City Library for hosting my talk today about writing a thriller novel and self-publishing.

I’ve left two copies of the book with the library. Enjoy!

 

 

Greg can’t wait to see the movie…

Here’s a five star review for No Remorse posted by Greg from Broomfield, Colorado. Thanks Greg!

5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book, September 15, 2012
This review is from: No Remorse (Kindle Edition)

The first thing that occurred to me as I was reading No Remorse was that I can’t wait to see the movie. It would be a cross between Taken, the Bourne series and James Bond’s Thunderball. The characters are fantastic and the action is almost non stop. I bought the book and it sat on my digital shelf while I was finishing up another book but I don’t know why I waited to start it. I can’t wait to read more by Ian and I look forward to the next adventures of Mac and Tally.

 

Here’s the link to No Remorse in case you haven’t discovered it yet.  http://amzn.com/B006D30IBE

For Authors: Amazon new feature for kindle readers – About the Author

Amazon will on September 14 release a new feature for Kindle users enabling them to obtain more information about their favourite authors. It will be called “About the Author”.

If you are an author on Amazon, you should have an Author Central account, separate from your Amazon account.

 

About the Author gives readers easy access to your photo, biography, and bibliography so they can learn more about you and your other books, which are only 60 seconds away. Readers can tap on any of your books to go to the Kindle Store. Also, any time you update your bio or claim a new book through Author Central, we will update About the Author on Kindle so your readers have access to the most recent information about you.

Be sure to take advantage of this new feature by following these steps:

  1. Claim all your books in Author Central. In the Author Central Books tab, make sure your bibliography is complete so that your About the Author profile is available in every one of your books.
  2. Make sure you’re happy with your profile page. All About the Author pages will use the image that you have designated as primary in Author Central. Make sure that you have an image uploaded. We encourage you to feature yourself in the photo.
  3. Update your biography in Author Central. Readers are going to your profile because they want to know more about you and your books. In the Author Central Profile tab, bring your bio up to date.
   

Booklover Book Reviews: Four Stars for No Remorse

Here’s the latest review of No Remorse, by Jo of Booklover Book Reviews . Thanks Jo!

4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and intelligent thriller, September 13, 2012
This review is from: No Remorse (Paperback)

What first struck me when I started reading Ian Walkley’s debut novel No Remorse was the quality of the writing. From the first page the reader feels like they are in the hands of someone that knows what they are doing and where they are going. You can just tell from the outset this is a plot that will have meat on it. The dialogue has a feeling of authenticity too.

No Remorse by Ian Walkley is a first class thriller that I found impossible to put down.

The scope and complexity of the story is ambitious, featuring many different characters and exotic locations, and the pace unrelenting. Walkley has developed characters that evoke strong reactions from readers. I really liked that the lead characters Lee McCloud and Tally, were in addition to many other endearing qualities, intelligent individuals. Also, the bad guys in this story are some of the `baddest’ I have come across in fiction in some time. The evil featured in this novel is powerful because of its plausibility.

I must provide a warning though – No Remorse contains extremely confronting subject matter, child rape, torture and more… so this is not a book for the faint-hearted. The movie, and it is that good that I think there is a high chance of this novel being made into one, would at least be MA+ rated.

Ian Walkley’s debut thriller No Remorse is a gripping and intelligent thriller. If you can handle graphic and confronting subject matter in your leisure reading, I highly recommend it. On the strength of this debut I eagerly await the publication of Walkley’s next title.

The link to this review is here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2YQ1P9PNCXLNH/

Sometimes thrillers are just too real…

In the past few weeks we have witnessed news stories about human trafficking for the purposes of organ harvesting (in Kosovo, and a Philippino woman brought to Australia to take her kidney and make her a sex slave after!), Mexican police being involved with kidnappings, the financial support of terrorism by wealthy Muslims (Dow Jones). Now a story about the CIA and Mossad working together on software called GAUSS, which enables them to track and possibly interfere with terrorist funding.

My God, have people been reading No Remorse or what?

David Nordell from TerrorFinance.org reports that:

“The most interesting feature of Gauss is that, at least according to Kaspersky, it is designed to steal bank log-on credentials of Lebanese banks, including the Bank of Beirut, Byblos Bank and Fransabank; and the company’s report claims that this “is the first publicly known nation-state sponsored banking Trojan.” So what does this all mean? My guess is that either the USA or Israel, or both countries working in tandem, have decided to go well beyond the traditional forms of financial intelligence gathering, using Know Your Customer and transaction data from the international banks carrying our transactions with the Lebanese banking system, which have yielded disappointing results, not least because the European Union has refused to designate Hizbollah as a terrorist organization. Instead, they designed Gauss as spyware to be planted directly on computer systems in Lebanese banks known or suspected to carry out banking operations for Hizbollah, and especially if these banking operations also involve the large sums of Iranian money that have helped to keep Hizbollah afloat. It’s equally possible that Gauss has been engineered to propagate itself from Lebanese bank computers (or bank computers in Dubai, which is also known to act as a proxy for Iranian transactions that the international banking system is supposed to block.”

All we need now are a couple of characters called Khalid and Ziad and a superyacht, and someone will think I’ve been writing reality television. Speaking of which, my screenplay of No Remorse is previewed on this website.

 

Thanks Hal David, for the lyrics of a brighter, optimistic world

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some but for everyone

Lord, we don’t need another mountain
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross
Enough to last ’til the end of time

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some but for everyone

Lord, we don’t need another meadow
There are cornfields and wheat fields enough to grow
There are sunbeams and moonbeams enough to shine
Oh listen, Lord, if you want to know

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some, oh, but just for every, every, everyone

What the world needs now is love, sweet love (Oh, is love)
What the world needs now is love, sweet love (Oh, is love)
What the world needs now is love, sweet love (Oh, is love)

(Music by Bert Bacharach)

Hal David – lyricist. 1921-2012