--Michael Lackey, author of The American Biographical Novel and Truthful Fictions: Conversations with American Biographical Novelists
"Stephen Banks refers to Kokio, based on the life of Neill James--intelligence agent, intrepidadventurer, writer and, above all, a woman adept at recreatingherself--as a novel based on a life, but that's an understatement. He'saccomplished far more. After ten years of intensive research, Banks hassucceeded in creating a character so believable, so true to life, shejumps off the page of this masterful page-turner of a book."
--Diana Anhalt, author of Second Skin and Because There Is No Return
"Neill James had the rare luck and the rare talent to invent--andre-invent--her life as she lived it. Her 'inventions' often disguisedsecrets; some trivial, others not.Stephen Banks has done a masterful job of reconstructing and revealing that life, weaving it together with astrand of fiction that Neill, doubtless, would appreciate."
--Richard Spence, author of Secret Agent 666: Aleister Crowley,British Intelligence and the Occult