From the Author
Q. Why did youchoose a character like Tom Wilder as the main character for your thriller series?
A. Because many authors who write in my chosen thrillergenre like Lee Child, David Baldacci, or Michael Connelly have great heroes similarto Wilder. Heroes like these give us a chance to weave action-packed stories ofconspiracies, assassinations and general mayhem to which our main hero characterscan respond - hopefully giving readers a welcome escape from the drudgeries ofdaily life. However tough the opposition these heroes meet or the situations inwhich they find themselves, they are the kinds of people that have the skills necessaryto deal with whatever is thrown at them and they also have that crucial will towin.
Q. I seeyou've you picked a background of cyber-warfare? Isn't that something thatpeople read about in the newspapers but aren't really bothered about?
A. Yes, maybe, but not for long. Not only iscyber-warfare's potential for huge damage to an enemy now much more clearlyunderstood, many states are pumping ever increasing money into it - andOrganised Crime Syndicates as well. I realise that many people may have not yetbeen affected by cyber-warfare and therefore may not interested in it - atleast not yet. And maybe the authorities don't tell them the whole truth aboutwhat's really going on right now. Understandably banks, for example, don't talkmuch about cyber-attacks for fear of panicking their customers. But whenquantum computers arrive - as they do in my books - readers should know thatthere will be no more secrets as quantum technology can read straight throughany of today's encryption technology.
Q. You meanthey'll expose state secrets like WikiLeaks?
A. Far more than that. Even WhatsApp's encryptionwill be useless against quantum machines. State secrets, Organised Crime andTerrorists' private conversations on the Dark Net, all will become instantlyreadable to quantum technology. I believe that something like the Gemini cyber-weaponI've invented for my stories will become a reality one day - perhaps quite soon.Then wars may be won or lost by clever people with a Gemini-type machine,rather than by conventional arms and missiles.
Q. I see thatyou include lots of espionage, kidnapping and assassinations. I know these arethriller books and are fiction but aren't some of these activities a bit overthe top?
A. I don'tthink so. Kidnapping is a regular feature of daily life in many parts of theworld. They're comparatively easy to carry out, and the size of ransom demandsare limited only by the bank balances of those being blackmailed by akidnapping. And as we know, assassinations and espionage are also in daily useso, why not in my books as well?