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About Phil Rowan
Hi ... and welcome! I have worked briefly as a UK tabloid journalist and I have just completed A RISING STAR - a romance saga I greatly enjoyed writing. I have also written four dark humor thrillers where my main character, Rudi Flynn, is a London based US journalist who drinks too much, keeps getting diverted emotionally by attractive women, and reluctantly agrees to become a US/UK secret agent. In UNDER COVER, DARK CLOUDS and HARPS & TEARS, my man Flynn is up against nasty Islamic jihadists who want to nuke London, Paris and New York. While in WEIMAR VIBES his target is the evil Oscar 'Führer' Kerner, who is trying to drag the UK and Europe back into a Hitler horror scenario.
I grew up in Ireland, where the Holy Ghost Fathers were grim, but girls from the Jacobs biscuit factory were great. I wrote short stories at Trinity College Dublin before moving to the Athens Daily Post. Here, in the port of Piraeus, worldly dark-haired women asked if one might like to have a good time, while in Syntagma Square tourists talked admiringly about the Acropolis and the Parthenon.
Back in London on my first booze-fueled tabloid it was 'deliver, or you're out!' So as an assistant leader-writer I duly attacked the Germans in 60 words while praising the virtues of British farmers in 120. It was much the same on tabloids two and three where I occasionally invented disgracefully scandalous stories about celebs, politicians and others who happened to be in the news ... but then I started writing fiction ... which I love!
My Amazon author page is at amzn.to/1B32gsa and my International Author Network page is on http://bit.ly/1CapXQX There are blogs and excerpts from my stories on my writerrowan.com website at bit.ly/1a4d4bt and I'm with Twitter @WriterRowan.
Australia, Japan and China are faltering as the US President fires a missile into the sea close to North Korea. The French Interior Minister is shot in Paris, and there are resonances from the Nazi days in Eastern Europe as Flynn hears tales of what's driving the increasingly dictatorial leaders and their promiscuously inclined female advisors. Terrorists explode a bomb outside London's Victoria Station, while in the North of England impoverished teenage girls complain about being forced into prostitution by Pakistani migrants. There are riots in Stockholm and Holland is no longer a liberal hub.
As Flynn flies back to the States the airline pilot says that non-nuclear North Korean missiles have just hit New York, where Flynn's apartment building has collapsed. There is then a move by Russia and China to get a proper peace treaty going with the US in Moscow. It works well and when Flynn returns to Washington his wife Maria has come to see him. They were on the point of getting a divorce, but she now wants to start a family, which may be feasible as Flynn has just been offered a job in Washington with US Homeland Security.
We start with US journalist Rudi Flynn arriving in Dublin. His editor in New York is really into the Land of the Harp. She wants all he can send her on Celtic Tigers and New Irish Women. Flynn, however, is more interested in a lead he has on the embittered nuclear scientist, Bronkovski, and what he may be up to in West Cork.
Our frequently wayward journalist is lured in and seduced by Irish charm and blarney - although he is aware of a powerful Dublin businessman, who knows Bronkovski, and who has politicians and cops in his pocket. Flynn's local contact, Muldoon, is up for a bit of devious blackmail, and our guy's hotel receptionist, Siobhan, agrees to seduce and probe the emotionally challenged nuclear scientist. Middle East money is funding an assassin in West Cork, while in Dublin an Israeli academic is targeted. There are ruthless rogues everywhere, but Flynn has a few cool female allies - and as his local contact takes a crucial call, mayhem is averted in rural Ireland.
A French writer Flynn knows is shot in the Paris Luxembourg Gardens and has his throat slit by an Islamist assassin who shouts 'Allahu Akbar!' as his target collapses. Flynn befriends his murdered colleague's sexually pro-active and occasionally quite outrageous right-wing Front National mistress, Chantelle. He also works with Sophia, a seductive and very attractive Israeli agent who briefly kidnaps him in India. He is then sent to Cuba to check out a French Algerian Muslim by Leah, his Controller at the US Embassy in London. Here he gets a pointer from the Guantanamo detainee, who professes to be a Muslim moderate, but is later shot as an activist. Flynn's double agent act finally falls apart in Paris. The Iranian nuclear bombers want to execute him, and it's about to happen when Sophia and her Israeli associates come to his rescue in the remote French Correze countryside.
The bad guys want to irradiate 'decadent' Brits, who are perceived as enemies of Allah. It is scary, but a US/UK Security Service team believe that Rudi Flynn can help them avert disaster. His Muslim American girlfriend, Faria, fell with the North Tower in New York on 9/11 and he is now working as a journalist in London. He is trying to forget what happened in Manhattan on that fateful Tuesday, but he still has some Islamic contacts. One of whom, Rashid, is in the loop with jihadists and wants to cross over.
Flynn is wary about going undercover, but an oil rich Syrian he knows is suspected of funding the bad guys. On the up side, he has just met Ingrid – an artist who invites him to join her on a Greek island where he can write about a fiery Fenian ancestor. This won’t happen, however, unless he delivers for Carla Hirsch: his ice cold and very focused US Homeland Security controller.
Flynn is reluctant. He yearns for Guardian (left/lib newspaper) reader Julia Stein and doesn't want her thinking that he is a deranged neo-Nazi apologist. But the situation is serious. Flynn's mentally unstable wife is in the care of nuns in Alabama. He is broke and can't pay his mortgage; so he either signs up for the Brits as a strident right-wing Nationalist or he gets repossessed.
We start with explosions in Morocco and the main character, Flynn, being hit with a brick during riots in a Paris Muslim banlieue. We finish with troops on the streets in London and the British Prime Minister announcing that elections must be postponed.