The Kompromat Kill by Michael Jenkins / #SpotlightPost #BlogTour @RRBookTours1 @FailsafeQuery

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‘They were preparing for decades – now it’s time to take them down……’
Hiding overseas with a price on his head, Sean Richardson is tasked to lead a deniable
operation to hunt down and recruit an international model and spy. Moving across Asia
Minor and Europe, Sean embarks on a dangerous journey tracking an Iranian spy ring who
hold the keys to a set of consequences the British Intelligence Services would rather not
entertain.
As Sean investigates deeper, he uncovers dark secrets from his past and a complex web of
espionage spun from the hand of a global master spy. As he inches closer to the truth, the
rules of the game change – and the nerve-wracking fate of many lives sits in his hands.

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Spotlight Post

Thank you, Michael Jenkins and R&R Book Tours

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About the author

I started climbing at 13, survived being lost in Snowdonia at 14, nearly drowned at 15, and then joined the Army at 16. Risk and adventure was built into my DNA and I feel very fortunate to have served the majority of my working career as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers.

I feel privileged to have served for twenty-eight years in the British Army as a soldier and officer, working in Defence Intelligence and Counter-Terrorist Bomb Disposal operations, rising through the ranks to complete my service as a major. I served across the globe on numerous military operations as well as extensive travel and adventure on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that I led or was involved in.

I was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for mountain exploration and served on the screening committee of the Mount Everest Foundation charity for many years. It was humbling after so many years of service when I was awarded the MBE for services to counter-terrorism in 2007

The Failsafe Query is my debut novel, and I hope you enjoy the follow up novel, The Kompromat Kill, and my third in an ongoing series, The Moscow Whisper. Each can be read as standalone novels.

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Author Links

https://twitter.com/FailsafeQuery

https://www.facebook.com/thefailsafequery/

https://www.michaeljenkins.org/

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Book Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kompromat-Kill-Deadly-Hunt-Nizari-ebook-dpB07QFSF44F/dp/B07QFSF44F/ref=mt_other?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1609687633

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The Kompromat Kill by Michael Jenkins / #GuestPost #BlogTour @damppebbles @FailsafeQuery

 

 

They were preparing for decades – now it’s time to take them down.

When a British Diplomat is kidnapped in the heart of London, followed by a brutal double-assassination in Chelsea, MI5 braces for the threat of deep sleeper cells coming alive.

Hiding overseas with a price on his head, Sean Richardson is tasked to lead a deniable operation to hunt down and recruit an international model and spy. Moving across Asia Minor and Europe, Sean embarks on a dangerous journey tracking an Iranian spy ring who hold the keys to a set of consequences the British Intelligence Services would rather not entertain.

As Sean investigates deeper, he uncovers dark secrets from his past and a complex web of espionage spun from the hand of a global master spy. As he inches closer to the truth, the rules of the game change – and the nerve-wracking fate of many lives sits in his hands…….…

 

 

Guest Post

The Kompromat Kill – Geo-Politick, Treachery, and Mystery

The novel draws together an array of themes that range from current day geo-politics, the corridors of power in Whitehall, right through to the gritty espionage scenes that take place in varying geographical locations around the globe immersing the reader in the mystery and treachery of deniable intelligence operations. It was huge fun to plot and write, but what exactly are those golden threads throughout the book?

Well, the golden thread was all about the rising tensions between the USA and Iran and the plications on the western world. The story fuses the geo-politick, espionage, and treachery taking place amongst the mysterious geographic locations and settings that the novel takes place in – it links the inner sanctums of British secret intelligence taking place in London, with the overseas ground operations that Sean (the main character) was undertaking with his team that he brought together. It was great fun to write. But it did require some careful thought on both the story arc and the reader experience. I wanted to be able to take the reader on a journey of how geo-politics of the day has consequences and impact on the main character. An interesting thread of the story for me was how far the Iranians might go to unleash their state sponsored terror arms across the globe, especially when backed into a corner by the US.

The primary antagonist, Nadege, was a great character to build and put into action. She is driven by revenge, and a loyalty to her mother country – trained from a young age to be an assassin and spy. Her story arc is a journey I thoroughly enjoyed writing – a conflicted woman, a capable spy, but continually under the spell of her middle eastern master who has groomed her to inflict a terrorist incident of mammoth proportions and a magnitude way beyond her normal life of bedding and recruiting western politicians, diplomats and scientists.

So, as the story takes its journey, we have two intelligence officers about to collide and clash. Sean is tasked to recruit Nadege, a mission that fills him with dread and fear, never mind him thinking that his handler, Jack, has lost the plot giving him such a mission that Sean feels will surely fail. Sean is dispatched with some style by Jack to Asia Minor to recruit Nadege and the fireworks begin. Sean always feels wary that he is being used as a pawn for bigger things, and he never quite knows what Jack’s deeper motives are – all he knows is that he is expendable as a deniable operator, and he knows that one day, British Intelligence will throw him to the wolves with out a care. His relationship with Jack is always great to write, and there is a deep respect between them, although Jack never quite knows if Sean will tow the line or go off piste, creating never ending nervous anxiety for him – can he keep control of the bigger mission with the maverick nature of Sean?

The story arc begins as one of current day reflection – reflection for the reader on the history of Iran seeking to achieve one of its most potent strategic aims – building a nuclear bomb and becoming a nuclear state. The here and now is brought into sharp focus when the US pull out of the nuclear deal they had agreed with Iran, and so begins the Iranian backlash as they mobilise their sleeper agents and begin a series of assassinations and establish bomb making factories across Europe. Sean doesn’t know it, but he holds the key to gathering intelligence on being able to take these cells down – and Jack puts his head on the block and his career, to achieve just that.

Sean’s forays to achieve his mission take us across Asia Minor, Istanbul, Armenia, France, Suffolk and London. Sean is a man with a love of history and art – and he revels being amongst the wildernesses, mountainscapes, vistas, and people of Asia Minor. But he is now carrying his traumas at their peak. It’s during the mission that he hears news of a dark episode from his past and one that causes him

great consternation – and a new mission to kill based on betrayal and revenge. Thus, both he and Nadege are driven by similar motivations and that provides a trajectory for a huge crescendo with the fall out playing a pivotal part of the story.

Of course, the story wouldn’t be the thriller it is, without the conflicts Sean faces. They are bad enough in their own right as he needs to succeed on the mission to deny the evil intent of a number of antagonists, plus he needs to earn the right to take his life back again and rid the price on his head from the Russian intelligence services. To add fuel to fire, the nod of the story back to the cold war, provides an anxiety for Sean that he needs to neuter and put to bed. He needs the odd drink to help him on his way…..

Sean’s route to success and contentment is blocked by many disturbing and hidden facets that he didn’t know were in play. It seems an almost impossible mission. And just as you thought it couldn’t be any worse, along comes a standoff that needs Sean to make the right decision.

Just as all seems lost, Sean senses an opportunity…….

Thank you, Michael Jenkins and damppebbles Blog Tours

 

About the author

I started climbing at 13, survived being lost in Snowdonia at 14, nearly drowned at 15, and then joined the Army at 16. Risk and adventure was built into my DNA and I feel very fortunate to have served the majority of my working career as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers.

I was privileged to serve for twenty-eight years in the British Army as a soldier and officer, rising through the ranks to complete my service as a major. I served across the globe on numerous military operations as well as extensive travel and adventure on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that I led or was involved in.

I was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for mountain exploration in 2003 and served on the screening committee of the Mount Everest Foundation charity for many years. It was humbling after so many years of service when I was awarded the MBE for services to counter-terrorism in 2007.

The Failsafe Query is my debut novel, with The Kompromat Kill, my second.

 

Author Links 

https://twitter.com/FailsafeQuery

https://www.facebook.com/thefailsafethrillers/

Website: https://www.michaeljenkins.org/

 

 

Book Links

UK  – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07QFSF44F

 US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QFSF44F

The Kompromat Kill – Michael Jenkins / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @FailsafeQuery

 

They were preparing for decades – now it’s time to take them down.

When a British Diplomat is kidnapped in the heart of London, followed by a brutal double-assassination in Chelsea, MI5 braces for the threat of deep sleeper cells coming alive.

Hiding overseas with a price on his head, Sean Richardson is tasked to lead a deniable operation to hunt down and recruit an international model and spy. Moving across Asia Minor and Europe, Sean embarks on a dangerous journey tracking an Iranian spy ring who hold the keys to a set of consequences the British Intelligence Services would rather not entertain.

As Sean investigates deeper, he uncovers dark secrets from his past and a complex web of espionage spun from the hand of a global master spy. As he inches closer to the truth, the rules of the game change – and the nerve-wracking fate of many lives sits in his hands…….…

 

 

Q&A

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– When and where do you prefer to write?

Always at home at my desk which has a laptop, and desk lamp, and coasters to hold my red wine ! I mostly write in the evenings and weekends due to working full time in cyber security, and often my young 4-year-old daughter will sit on my lap while I type with one finger! She also loves drawing all over my sketch pads that have the plot written down and is incredibly helpful as striking out with a line those parts of the plot that need to be culled.

– Do you have a certain ritual?

Absolutely none! I have zero routine mainly because I have a full-time day job, a family with children, and a hectic life with social and sports that stops routine. I suppose my ritual is that I spend the first 3 months thinking and plotting a spy novel, creating linkage maps of characters and plots, then I create an outline plot with sub plot – plus more research and thinking. I like to intertwine topical political events, with current geo-political threats, and then build a story line and a character arc that merges the strategic politics with the frustrations and conflict of the ground operators. Then I’ll write for 5 or 6 months grabbing time at home wherever I can. The final 3 months is editing and preparing for publication

– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

Generally water and red wine – Hemmingway once said write drunk edit sober – and whilst I’ve never been drunk writing I do find a small wine useful to get creative.

– What is your favourite book?

Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy by Le Carre

– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

I think I’d find that quite challenging but actually, now that you’ve posed the question, I might have a think on that. I currently enjoy writing spy thrillers because I am able to draw upon my own experiences to craft the stories. The genre appeals because I can use my background and experiences in the military to craft a story that is perhaps authentic and insightful, making use of modern-day cyber technology and spy tradecraft that utilises a range of technologies including geo-forensics. I think if I was to write in another genre, it might be crime and mystery.

– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Most of my characters are based upon people I know and served with. Its great to be able to paint their own persona’s and foibles which I know well and then create story arcs for them all. The characters are generally a blend of numerous people I served with. Sean, the main character, for example, is based upon three individuals I served with as an intelligence and bomb disposal officer – It was great fun blending in some of the raw character of my friends, their foibles, and their rough edges. It was important to me that Sean did not become the tired ‘lone wolf’ superspy that you usually find in spy thrillers, but I wanted him to use his charisma and flair to lead a team of highly skilled forensics operators.  Sean is a highly skilled professional, who pulls off his missions by selecting and leading the right team of people for the job. He is flawed, he makes mistakes, pays his dues, and has to find ways to live with the extensive trauma his profession has caused him. The antagonists though, are very much created from scratch in my own mind.

– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

Not really – I tend to write down my ideas in e mails to myself and then I store them in a folder for future reference. Most often I write such ideas down on my daily commute on London tubes, but I have been known to wake up in the middle of the night and write down an idea on a piece of paper.

– Which genre do you not like at all?

I love all genres but rarely read romance!

– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

My wife – she has some great ideas!

– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

Mali – although it’s very dangerous right now, it’s the epicentre of my next novel. Luckily, I have a couple of friends who are serving out there who feed me photos, newspaper clips, and ideas for my next novel. I haven’t started writing the third yet, but I have the framework of a plot that involves the resurgence of Al Qaeda in the Maghreb and how they will target Europe. Sean and the gang will undertake deniable operations as weapons runners, linking in with the middlemen who are supplying the terrorists across the Sahel, Mali, and sub-Sahara – The conflict will be the Russians involvement, and Sean will have to be sharp to stop devastation on home soil.

Thank you, Michael Jenkins and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author

I started climbing at 13, survived being lost in Snowdonia at 14, nearly drowned at 15, and then joined the Army at 16. Risk and adventure was built into my DNA and I feel very fortunate to have served the majority of my working career as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers.

I was privileged to serve for twenty-eight years in the British Army as a soldier and officer, rising through the ranks to complete my service as a major. I served across the globe on numerous military operations as well as extensive travel and adventure on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that I led or was involved in.

I was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for mountain exploration in 2003 and served on the screening committee of the Mount Everest Foundation charity for many years. It was humbling after so many years of service when I was awarded the MBE for services to counter-terrorism in 2007.

The Failsafe Query is my debut novel, with The Kompromat Kill, my second.

Social Media Links 

https://twitter.com/FailsafeQuery

https://www.facebook.com/thefailsafethrillers/

Purchase Links

UK  – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07QFSF44F

 US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QFSF44F