The ‘Failsafe Query’ is a thrilling novel exploring the legacy of an unknown list of Russian moles in the British establishment when it surfaces for the first time in decades.

Weeks before Intelligence Officer Alfie Chapman is due to abscond his high level British Intelligence Officer role, ready to expose grave revelations about British Government spy rings, he disappears. His plan to ‘whistle-blow’ and reveal thousands of secret files sees ex-agent Sean Richardson brought back from disgrace to find him. When Alfie is feared dead, so begins a shadowy race to find his body which holds the clues to a chest of files deadly to the world of British Intelligence activity.

The race to the body finds Richardson embroiled in a dangerous game, shadowed by dark actors’ intent to win the prize of startling information, as senior establishment figures are left to nurse their nervous anxiety. Fearful at every turn, Richardson is unaware of who knows of the mission, but feels the truth is ruthlessly buried as to why he was brought back in. He cannot trust anyone.
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About the Author

I started climbing at 13, survived being lost in Snowdonia at 14, nearly drowned at 15, and then joined the Army at 16. Risk and adventure was built into my DNA and I feel very fortunate to have served the majority of my working career in HM Armed forces as a soldier and officer within the Corps of Royal Engineers and Defence Intelligence.  My experiences within the services involved lots of travel and adventure on operations, and also on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that I both led and was involved in.

These experiences, over many decades, helped forge an indelible passion for reading about geo-political affairs and the many deeds of derring-do of British diplomats and military officers, particularly in the era of the nineteenth century ‘Great Game’.

This, alongside the larger than life characters I met, and the often intriguing world of geo-politics led me to start writing novels. The Failsafe Query is my first spy thriller and a second, The Kompromat Kill, is in the middle stages of completion. Not sure how I quite got here, & survived, but writing novels in my middle age is my new risk and adventure……!

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