"This is a thriller packed so full of action, it leaves readers breathless. Kovacs does an incredible job at being technically accurate and easy to understand, so readers of all levels are engaged throughout. A must-read for fans of fast-paced stories that don't let you go till the very end."
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"Quick, entertaining action." - Kirkus Reviews
From the Author
I was writing screenplays in those days, and working in the film business. Screenplays I'd written had been produced in Hollywood, Canada, Israel, Argentina and elsewhere. I started writing a story inspired by the dream and called it, Asian Bride.
The basic plot is similar to what eventually became my fifth novel: a U.S. military defense attaché in Hong Kong is blackmailed into marrying an Asian woman in a phony marriage and taking her to the States, where the real trouble then begins.
I rewrote the script many, many times. Something close to twenty times, I think. Somewhere along the way I changed the title to AWOL. I optioned it. I tried to place it with Asian film companies and worked hard to set up co-productions, all for naught.
At one point, film producer Jacob Kotsky took it to legendary agent Jack Gilardi at ICM as a vehicle for Jean-Claude Van Damme (who was big at the time and shooting a film in New Orleans with red-hot film director John Woo). Gilardi got Van Damme to agree to do the film, as long as we changed it to a Russian setting. At this time, film production in the Ukraine was very cost-effective. So I made the changes--including a title change to Russian Bride--Kotsky and I were about to fly to New Orleans to seal the deal, when he and Gilardi had a falling out over money owed to ICM from another project.
So the whole deal dissolved, just like that. Such is the nature of the movie business.
I shelved the project, went on to other ventures, and became a novelist. Many years later, when I approached St. Martin's Press with ideas for my fourth novel with them, they liked The Russian Bride. So I wrote it, changing numerous elements significantly from what I'd originally written.
Writing the Russian villains was a lot of fun. Since I have spent years working overseas in an intelligence capacity as a private security contractor, I've gotten to know countless current and former members of Russia's intelligence services such as the SVR, FSB, GRU, and the old KGB. Those folks unknowingly provided a goldmine of material for me to draw upon.
So it all started with a dream, and only took about fifteen years and literally thousands of hours of my time to birth that book into the world.