I was delighted to be able to interview the protagonist of my novel No Remorse recently, during a brief stop in Brisbane, Australia. He is currently on a mission that will inevitably become the sequel to No Remorse. If you haven’t read No Remorse you may prefer not to read this in case of spoilers. You can download No Remorse here: http://amzn.com/B006D30IBE or http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006D30IBE
So Mac, what are you doing here in Australia?
Would you believe I’m here for the wedding of an old friend.
A special ops buddy?
Actually, she’s an attorney, Georgia Menzies. She helped me out during an incident in Iraq. Can’t say any more than that.
Is Tally with you?
Tally’s back home in Boston helping to run Sophia Freedom, an organization we’ve set up to help rescue people who are being held in captive situations.
So what plans do you two have together?
(chuckles) You know, I’m not exactly the sort of guy who plans much for my personal life beyond what I’m doing at the time. She and I are working together on a project, but beyond that…who knows?
Okay, and where are you headed after Australia?
You know, we’re getting information on people being held in situations involving slavery or worse, from all over the world. Even in Australia. The police can’t handle the volume of human trafficking occurring around the world. So we’re having to pick and choose who we are able to rescue. Unfortunately we have to do this, although we’d like to rescue everyone. In some ways it’s like sophie’s choice, so Sophia Freedom has that nuance about it. Next, I’m heading to Eastern Europe somewhere. There’s lots of work to be done.
Do you work with the authorities in freeing these captives?
Sometimes, but you know, in many countries the police are either compromised in some way, or do not have the skills and resources to do what we do.
Tell us about how the story of No Remorse came about.
I was a special operations soldier. A friend’s daughter, Sophia,was kidnapped, along with her friend, Danni. There were problems in Mexico and I was offered only one way out––leave the Army and work with a secret government outfit operating outside the law. I took the deal, even though I was determined to find Sophia and Danni, even if it meant disobeying orders of my new employers. You know the rest.
You had some difficulties working with Tally, a computer genius who’s pretty hot.
Well, you know, she should’ve been left back at the office. She’s had no experience in the field, so I felt I’d be spending my time holding her hand. She’s smart, but her good looks made her stand out in the crowd, and that’s not good in undercover roles. And she didn’t like soldiers. She dated one once, and he attacked her. It was something of a love hate thing we had going.
Has some event in your childhood had a profound impact on your life?
My nine-year-old sister was abducted in front of my eyes when I was fourteen. She had run ahead of me along a quiet road in a park, and a van pulled up and two guys grabbed her. One of them shot at me but missed. Then she was gone. That’s why it was so important to me that I get Sophia and Danni back. And it explains why I have no remorse the way I deal with bad guys. Trouble with today’s justice system, too many bad guys get away with a slap on the knuckles. Sophia Freedom has the resources to do something about it.
And what about your personal life? What sort of things do you enjoy doing?
I went mountain climbing in South America a few months back. Took Tally parachuting once, that was a hoot. She’s petrified of heights. I’ve been learning to fly helicopters, and recently obtained my licence.
Do you talk to your brother?
Things will always be strained, I think. Good luck to them, I say, but I don’t forget. As for forgiveness, some things are not worth worrying about. Get on with life. But when someone has done something truly evil like Khalid, I find that hard to just let continue.
What are six things you would carry around on a mission?
Knife or pistol in an ankle holster; lock-picking tools; my iPhone; a key to a safe deposit box that has lots of cash and a false passport; a few condoms, and a gym bag full of guns and changes of clothes (I’m no Jack Reacher).
If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you like to be stranded with?
I’m not sure I even want to answer that question. You know, this is where the Muslims have it all over us: the seventy-two virgins thing. How can anyone beat that in paradise? Yeah, yeah, I know, keep those letters coming… One thing I am not gonna become is politically correct, okay? The real answer is: someone sexy and with a great sense of humor. Don’t tell Tally.