Hello and welcome back to the First three chapters podcast.
This week I am happy to be investigating a new genre for the podcast with Mark Petry’s Secret Sevice.
One of the best things about doing this podcast is that it has made me go exploring genres outside my usual favourites and so I have been looking through the crime and thriller fiction for interesting new reads.
I think I first saw a link to Secret Service on Twitter and I knew straight away that it was the kind of book that I was looking for.
Mark has a strong narrative voice and the story has a tough, gritty feel.
There is somewhat more swearing and sexual references in this book than in most of my previous choices so don’t listen to this one in front of the children. But assuming you like your drama hard-boiled and action-packed then I think you’ll like this one.
I was almost tempted to try some American accents this time but you’ll be glad to hear that I refrained.
Mark’s parents emigrated to the US from Germany and he spent his summer holidays as a boy travelling back to Germany. Those long flights from Texas gave him plenty of time to nurture his imagination.
He graduated from the University of Texas and lives in Dallas with his wife Becky and ten year old daughter Kayla.
He has been a high flyer in the banking business for 20 years but wrote his first novel in the 2008 downturn.
His writing is inspired by stories, novels and movies with surprise endings. One of his favourite examples being ‘No way out’ an early Kevin Costner movie or the ending to William Diehl’s Primal Fear.
His first novel Class Dismissed about a psychology professor who supposedly killed his class during the final has a very surprising ending and was well received by Amazon customers.
Secret Service is the first in a series with Jack Shields. He modelled Jack after two of the greatest male protagonists in fiction, Don Draper from Mad Men and Jack Reacher from the Lee Child series.
It’s a thriller with a bit more sex. Even though it’s the first of a series Secret Service is a good stand alone read and will leave you waiting for the next book.
So if you’re ready, I’ll begin…
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