The Orange Moon Affair – by the best-selling author of CONTACT – is the first book of a compelling new thriller series, an action-packed conspiracy with a hero and heroine you hold your breath for. If you enjoy the action of Robert Ludlum, the intensity of Brad Thor and international intrigue of Daniel Silva, then this book’s for you!
Ex-British Special Forces soldier Thomas Gunn is drawn back into his old life of international intrigue and danger following the murder of his billionaire father. The deeper he digs the more complicated the puzzle becomes until he finds himself working for MI5 uncovering a global conspiracy that puts the freedom of the western world at grave risk. His girlfriend Julie becomes his accomplice surprising him with her loyalty, strength of character and physical prowess.
While traversing the globe being shot at, shot down, and losing loved ones – a haunting question tears at his soul – was his father really at the heart of this evil conspiracy? Or was he a pawn in a larger more insidious game that even he could not control?
Seeking the final answer could cost Thomas dearly, ripping from him all that he most loves and cherishes and leaving him questioning his past, his future and what kind of person he is or wants to become. The final outcome depends on him! Or does it?
As a former Captain of Britain’s elite Parachute Regiment and son of an MI6 operative, the author brings his unique and eye-opening experiences to the character and exploits of Thomas Gunn, as well as an unsettling blurring of the lines between fiction and reality when exploring the ruthless abuse of power and position for personal gain.
“ …The Orange Moon Affair is timely, eye-opening, fast paced … you will find you want to turn the next page, and the next page, and the next…. the first of the Thomas Gunn series…you don’t want to miss them!” 5 Stars, Remy Benoit.
“Would make a great movie … riveting, thrilling, and exciting…. If you haven’t read it, you are missing out on one of the best books in the genre.” Rarebird1 5 Stars
Book length: 256 pages.
Targeted Age Group: 18+
Book Price: $2.99
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I don’t think writing in the thriller/mystery-suspense genre is any different than in another genre in terms of still having to create an engaging story, rich characters, vivid imagery and transporting the reader to another world. What the genre does demand is a different rhythm and pacing than, say, a romance novel or more personally reflective type of book. Thrillers tend to be faster paced with more twists and turns that keep a reader’s mind engaged and guessing. I describe it as proceeding at just above normal heart beat pace, a lot of the time. But the danger of this genre is that the author throws in too many twists, writes superficial characters and stretches the realms of possibility too far and ends up with a book like one of those $220 million Hollywood movies full of explosions, death, mayhem, superman heroes and dumbed-down women that become boring, trite and quite frankly, disrespectful to the reader’s intelligence.
So it’s a tough balance between action and poignancy, fast moving and though-provoking, roller-coaster and reflective. There are also so many writers in the thriller genre that it’s hard to poke your head above the rest and say “read at me”. It’s a fun genre to write though, and offers the opportunity to explore and question things in our world that are not necessarily in the best interest’s of our collective future.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
This is one of those questions I get asked a lot and feel uncomfortable answering, as I still don’t think I have earned the right to become a sage. But I do think that there is one piece of advice I could offer that I have found to be true. Write from your own knowledge and experience. This gives even a fictional book an authenticity and depth that is otherwise difficult to create. Writing good characters means facing your own flaws and strengths, your own demons, your own emotions and your own humanity – don’t shrink from revealing “yourself” on the page or your experience of the human condition – this is what makes your work real and allows you to grow as a person and, as a result, as an author.
I am fortunate to be the bestselling author of the nonfiction book CONTACT, which was serialized in a British national newspaper and made into an award winning film by BBCTV. I also write fiction of various genres. I’ve lived all over the world, served in the British army, had a near death experience, lost half my insides and recovered from the physical and emotional traumas of war. A proud father of four daughters, screenwriter, pilot, race car driver, I love to sail, listen to opera, cook gourmet meals, drink wine, read good books, have heated discussions and travel off the beaten path.
Writing mainly fiction these days, I favor politically charged thrillers, suspense and intrigue, humorous satire and books about the challenges of human relationships, all of which I think reflect my curiosity about the world and my strong belief in the overwhelming power of love, laughter and of the human spirit.
Books include: Contact, Collisions, An Unquiet American, Dry Tortugas, The Book of Baker Series (Dreams from the Death Age; Armageddon; Genesis Revisited) and The Orange Moon Affair, the first of the new Thomas Gunn suspense series with more coming soon. Author website: www.afnclarke.com.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
It was an opportunity to draw on my father’s life as an MI6 operative, what I knew about the intelligence community, my own experiences of special forces and being in the army, and my intense interest in how power can corrupt even those we would least expect. But I think the inner fire came from the person the book is dedicated to – Terry Forrestal, ex-SAS and brother-in-arms, may he rest in peace. He had that streak of larrikin in him and so I think he’d like this book and relate to the experiences of the central character Thomas Gunn.
I also wanted to feature a heroine. It’s not the norm in this mostly “male dominated” thriller genre to have a strong female character – yet it’s very clear to me that women often have greater insight, are more considered in their actions and display the calm inner strength that men sometimes lack when we focus only on brute force.
And finally to be honest, I just wanted to have a blast writing an intriguing layered unpredictable story that kept me as engaged and excited as I hope it does my readers – and as the first in a series, to be able to keep doing that in the next book and the next and the next. It was just so much fun to write and I hope that comes across.