I would only read Irish books when I was younger - James Stephens, Flann O'Brien, Michael McLaverty, the Blasket books. Or else politics, history, philosophy. I must have lightened up a bit later on, that's when I started reading about murder as entertainment. The classics, of course, Hammett, Chandler, Cain, Himes, Parker, Macdonald, Jim Thompson. Then Ellroy, Mosley, Burke, Rankin, then all the Scandanavians (the Icelander Indridason is the best). Started to match books to the places I travelled to -Orhan Pamuk in Turkey, Camilleri in Italy, Montalban in Spain, Mercier in Portugal (originally in German). I started to write Blood from a Shadow as a standard thriller, no big messages. Then I realised I couldn't help it, all that stuff about being an underdog, free will limited by inherited cultural baggage and everyone's basic human right to be treated with dignity, it all had to come out. Nobody else will notice, but at least it has worked for me. That's all any writer can hope for.
I started writing Black Boat Dancing in 2012. I settled on two main hinges, real events - 1) a $40m cyber theft 2) the act of cyber-espionage revealed when the Flame malware was exposed.
As 2013 progressed, real life facts overtook my fiction; civil war in Syria, ongoing attacks against Russia from jihadist and other groups in the southern Caucasus regions of Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Ossetia, the Boston Marathon bombing linked to Dagestan, fears of attacks at the Sochi Winter Olympics, and then the overthrow of the government in Ukraine and the ensuing conflict in the largely Russian speaking regions of Ukraine.
The underlying Geopolitical framework of Black Boat Dancing (the Great Game between USA, Russia and China) seemed, initially, to be a fanciful conspiracy theory. As 2013 turned into 2014, my fiction seemed tame compared to the daily news headlines.
My task, as I saw it, was to write a diverting entertainment. All the sam
Blood from a Shadow (Con Maknazpy Book 1)
by Gerard Cappa
Blood from a Shadow is a contemporary thriller wherein the hard-boiled 'hero' Maknazpy is expendable cannon fodder in the ruthless scheming between Neocon America, Israel and Iran. In this story, the death toll is high, innocent people suffer pain and trauma. If you prefer your hero to assert the moral good by dispatching the bad guys...
"A remarkable thriller about money, technology and geopolitics that manages to feel both timeless and timely... there’s a lot here that is new, particularly in terms of style. Author Gerard Cappa constantly blends elements of traditional noir with subject matter that could only exist in the present. Mambo Italiano serves as a...
A Dark Bank in Vienna launders Russian plunder. Covert tapes are a blackmail bonanza. Paddy Hamilton was Military Liaison Officer in Belfast. He moved on to MI5 and then freelancing for CIA, running the Dark Bank operation funneling CIA funds to 'moderate' rebels in Syria. The same Dark Bank that recycled Russian money through multiple...
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