The reviews keep on comin’…

Thanks Paul Christy for this wonderful five star review for No Remorse:

5.0 out of 5 stars No Remorse means merciless action!, January 23, 2012
Paul Christy (Houston, Texas USA) – See all my reviews
This review is from: No Remorse (Paperback)

As an obsessive reader of the thriller/military/crime genres, I am very excited to have discovered Ian Walkley. If you, like me, have read everything out there from early Richard Stark to the latest Lee Child, you know we need more! We get more from newcomer Ian Walkley, and his novel No Remorse. I ran across No Remorse and was immediately drawn in. There is violent action from page one. In fact, I had been reading Zero Day by David Balducci and had to put it aside until I had finished No Remorse. The evildoers are truly despicable and our flawed hero Lee McCloud is the no-nonsense tough guy perfect for punishing them. As a bonus, this thriller is a time capsule of this decade, with many references to geopolitical happenings as timely as today’s headlines. Whereas other heroes such as John Sanford’s Lucas Davenport have softened and lost their punch over the years, Walkley’s McCloud should be expected to keep on brutalizing bad guys for years to come. Highly recommended.

Guest blog with crime suspense author Sandy Curtis

Ian Walkley has No Remorse

Brisbane writer Ian Walkley is one of the new generation of self-published novelists, with his debut novel, No Remorse, recently launched on Amazon and Smashwords. The non-stop action thriller, set in Europe and the Middle East, follows a former Army Special Operations commander on a personal mission to rescue a friend’s kidnapped daughter, only to discover a much bigger threat than he could possibly imagine.

With author JJ Cooper, who penned The Interrogator and Deadly Trust, describing No Remorse as “An edgy thriller that gets straight into the action and doesn’t let up, a plausible plot with a strong and engaging protagonist—intelligent thriller writing”, Ian looks set to establish himself as a thriller writer to watch out for.

Ian, your main character, Lee McCloud, is described as “a loose cannon” by his superior in the secret organisation which he is forced to join. Why do they believe this?

McCloud is a Delta Force special ops guy, trained for the toughest missions, deniable, highly intelligent, used to making quick decisions under extreme pressure. You can bet the bosses worry about whether someone like that can be controlled. Especially after McCloud leads a personal mission, unsanctioned, to rescue two kidnapped girls, which goes terribly wrong.

Read the full interview at Sandy

Review of No Remorse

5.0 out of 5 stars No Remorse, January 8, 2012
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This review is from: No Remorse (Kindle Edition)

Intriguing,pacey and very compelling, this action- thriller is well researched and well written. Great characters, gripping plot together with conflict and suspense, a very polished novel is presented by the author. I can’t wait for the next from Walkley.

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Thomas Keneally Event 29th November

Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally is best known for his 1982 novel Schindler’s Ark that was adapted into the Oscar-winning film Schindler’s List by Steven Spielberg.  Keneally, however, is also a prolific writer of history and Australiana – producing works such as Australia: Beyond the DreamtimeA Commonwealth of Thieves and Our Republic.
Now, in the follow up to his widely acclaimed book Australians: Origins to Eureka, Keneally has written a second instalment covering Australian history until World War I – Australians: Eureka to the Diggers.
Join Coaldrake’s and Brisbane’s Better Bookshops on Tuesday, November 29th as Thomas Keneally talks about the vast array of characters that populate his latest book – from immigrants to Aboriginal resistance figures, bushrangers to politicians, artists to soldiers, hard-nosed radicals to pastoralists.
Tuesday, 29 November at 6 for 6.30pm start
Contact Coaldrakes Bookstore for details.
RSVP Essential
Tickets $20 Adult; $18 Concession; $15 for purchase of 6 or more
Call 07 3367 8526  or  07 3841 0188 to book.

Torn Apart, by Shane Gericke

There are three elements to a good thriller: pace, suspense and high stakes. And with the great thrillers we also get a depth of character and point-of-view. Shane Gericke gives us all of these and more. Torn Apart is a complex, yet lightning-fast plot weaving together related subplots and characters with breathtaking momentum leading up to an explosive climax.

Strong female detective Emily being teased by a serial murderer who’s sending her body parts; four white trash killers kidnapping young girls for porn and slavery, and couriering drugs; a corrupt cop trying to save his daughter who needs treatment costing $3 million. These and a host of other characters, including a wily old stag (yes, a deer) make the plot buzz along at a pace that any author would be pressed to match. This is a story I carried around until I’d finished it.

I’d say Shane would have to be one of the tightest writers of prose in the business. He constantly surprises with his use of strong verbs. In fact, I’d consider him the Prince of Strong Verbs.

So, if you want a book that is a great example of modern writing style with a fast pace, great plot, suspense and depth of character, this is your next read!

Savages by Don Winslow

The Power of the Dog is one of my favourite books, so I had high expectations for Savages. And I was not disappointed. It has the in your face, impassive narrative of gruesome violence and explicit sex in a pacey present-tense style that is the Winslow trademark. The story portrays two laid-back, but quite differently motivated characters, Ben and Chon, whose wealthy lifestyles as successful marijuana producers is threatened by an invading Baja cartel. Avoiding confrontation becomes impossible after their shared girlfriend “O” is kidnapped. Yet even with the predictable violence that follows, Winslow manages to achieve empathy for even the villain, the head of the Baja cartel, Elena, who it seems is forced to carry out her despicable acts by the position she’s been thrust into. Its short chapter lengths and quirky narrative keep the reader amused, in suspense and turning the page (or in my case clicking the forward button on the Kindle). The viewpoint characters are strong and have a wonderful depth.

The only problem I had was that I started reading the story on a flight to Sydney, and was sitting next to an old lady who expressed some fascination in the Kindle. I was a little shocked when I opened up the Kindle file to show her how a book appeared. Chapter 1 has only two words: “F… you.” The lady sort of smiled and went back to her magazine.

Sirocco: My Review on

DL Wilson is up there with DeMille and Daniel Silva in creating characters that are real, have weaknesses and personalities, and are not just two-dimensional heroes. In Sirocco we see a determined female terrorist planning to release a biological agent that will destroy the US, and a somewhat unlikely hero in Brett, an expert in biological agents whose brother has been found dead in a New York apartment, apparently from suicide.
The plot ducks and weaves, heaping mystery upon suspense, as Brett fights the bureaucracy and his own confused relationships while trying to perform an important role for the White House. Meantime, Sharifah, the terrorist, is having her own issues.

What I enjoyed most about this book is the humanity of the characters, and some of the twists that create a character-driven thriller that keeps the reader turning the page. Highly recommended.


The news agency Reuters has reported (6/10/11) that American citizens who are terrorists like Anwar al-Awlaki are being placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the President of its decisions.

The role of the president in ordering or ratifying a decision to target a citizen is apparently “fuzzy” according to Reuters. Clearly, though, not warm and fuzzy.

Do other countries have such panels? One might be able to imagine Russia having something similar, with President/PM Vladimir Putin having a good old chuckle as he listens to the panel’s Top 40 hits of the week.

Does Australia have something similar? And who might be on any hit list that was approved by Prime Minister Gillard? Would Kevin 13 be asking that question himself right now?

Australians, having invented the “fair crack of the whip, mate”, would no doubt consider it appropriate to allow nominations to such a list. Because, let’s see, there are those awful landlords featured on A Current Affair recently, and there are the sleazebags who smuggle in the thousands of people invading Australia in little boats. And all Australians hate people who try to rig or cheat at sport, and of course, there are those un-Australian bakers who don’t know how to make a proper lamington. They really need to be done away with.

More pertinently, one should be asking who might be the members of the “judging panel” that decides on who to hit? Imagine, if in the US during George W Bush’s presidency the panel included Donald Rumsfeld? All those conspiracies about why it took until Barack Obama became President to get Osama Bin Laden would have even more of a run in the National Enquirer.

There are some obvious candidates for a “Hit Panel”. Kyle Sandilands would have to be front runner, and of course Graham Richardson would be in the Chair. With his super-sized knife, our Crocodile Dundee, Paul Hogan, would also be a natural. That would be one way he might keep the ATO off his back… permanently.

But seriously, there are clearly cultural relevancies that need to be considered here. Obviously, the Bulgarians would carry out the work using poisoned-tip umbrellas. The Japanese would apologise as they squashed people to death on the commuter trains. The French would strike their targets with a picket, and the Italians would love ’em to death at a PM’s Bunga Bunga party.

Regardless, I can see numerous novels about corruption of the process, when some innocent thriller writer gets targeted because he or she has invented a plot that is just too close to reality. Come to think of it, I saw a show on TV recently called At Home with Julia…