Mike Devon is on the trail of Al Qaeda….

Top counter-terrorism operative Mike Devon is back in a new full-length action thriller Absence of Rules – now available on Amazon as a paperback or as a Kindle download.AOR WEB large

To some people Mike Devon is a highly trained counter-terrorism operative. To others, he’s little more than a Government-sanctioned assassin. Either way, Devon always takes the line of least resistance to get the job done, particularly when he’s faced with two al-Qaeda leaders preparing to unleash a new terror campaign against America and its European allies.

But Devon also has to deal with a sinister Russian oil billionaire pulling the strings in a determined bid to return to the days of East-West conflict. The stakes couldn’t be higher.

Devon has to fight his way through a plot to blow up the Eiffel Tower, and stop the assassination of some of the world’s leading businessmen in a roller-coaster that becomes highly personal, and threatens the lives of the people he loves the most.

Absence of Rules is now on Amazon – don’t miss it!

Here are the purchasing links:



Someone Has To Pay is a high-octane thriller featuring Britain’s top counter-terrorism operative, Mike Devon, who is tasked with bringing the IRA to its knees.

Hidden behind the cover of an RAF base at Bishopscourt in County Down, Devon puts together a special unit which sets out on a ruthless campaign to wreak havoc among the IRA ranks. Kidnap, torture and shoot-to-kill orders are all on the table.

But against mounting international pressure for peace in Ireland, the IRA has its own strategy for winning an outright victory before the doves move in. They call on their most ruthless assassin, Fergal McSweeney, to strike one final devastating blow for freedom.

The action swings from Chicago to London before ending up in a bloody showdown in the suburbs of Dublin. When the dust settles, who will walk away?

Someone Has To Pay is available from Amazon as a paperback or an e-book.

Here are the download links:

Amazon USA
Amazon UK:



My action short story Death by Licence features the first assignment for MI6’s newest recruit, Mike Devon, who is out to stop the flow of weapons from a shady London dealer to the IRA in Northern Ireland. His orders are simple: “Forget all that movie crap about a Licence to Kill. What you’ve got goes way beyond that. There are no suspects’ rights, no rules of evidence, and absolutely no arrest warrants. I’m giving you a licence to do whatever it takes to get the job done.”

30 Responses to BOOKS TO DATE

  1. Howard says:

    Thank you for a fantastic read. ” Absence of Rules” is one of the best thrillers………… the best thriller I have ever read and I have quite a few over the years. I have already ordered your two other books and I hope more are on the way.
    Great Job. Thanks again.


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  4. Lana Lee Heckman says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for writing a book for the world to read and to state how wonderful I think it is that you have left the world such a magnificiant gift as a personal piece of yourself with this book . This has been my first time celebrating the accomplishment of a REAL live author as a book is released. Wow thanks I am so a new fan.

  5. marjorie fleming says:

    Just started reading ” Someone Has to Pay”, and can hardly put it down. Keep up the good writing Joe , never thought i would be one to read thrillers, buttttttt , need I say more????

  6. Brad Fleming says:

    Congrats Joe on a smashing new site layout and some great content. Every success!

  7. johnny mccoubrey says:

    keep it going man…i’ve been reading ur views on the various books..must take hours..but keep up ur own writing..well done

    • says:

      Thanks Bro – or should I say great grandad! Congratulations. Yes, I’ll keep on with the writing – book 3 is on the production line!

  8. Mike Madden says:

    Hi Joe
    Great blog and Ive followed through Networked Blogs. Also sent you a FB friend request and followed on Twitter, Just reading your article on free ebooks. Check out my blog if you get chance.

    • joemccoubrey says:

      Mike, many thanks for the connection. I’ll gladly reciprocate and look forward to keeping in touch with you. Best wishes.

  9. lynelleclark says:

    Hi there. Congrats on the new books. Here is another site you can add your details. and it works. You like them they like back.

  10. Beth Cutwright says:

    Welcome to book blogs…I am now following you ….I invite you follow me through GFC at…..I read, I review and relay in my blog what I feel about the books I read. Will be anxious to read these!

  11. joemccoubrey1 says:

    Penny – I’d love for you to review my book. I’ll be in touch. Many thanks.

  12. PFreeman says:

    Hey, Joe. Your book looks really interesting. I’d like to review it. Check out my blog at and send me an email from the tool bar at bottom of screen. We’ll hook up and get that book publicized!

  13. jeanniewalker says:

    Joe, your novel looks exciting. Let me know when it is out. We authors stick together. Blessings. Jeannie Walekr

    • joemccoubrey1 says:

      Hi Jeannie – thanks for getting in touch. It won’t be long now until the launch and I’ll certainly let you know.

  14. bigdonf says:

    hi joe thanks for the invite! check out my page.
    thanks, don

  15. ratankaul says:

    Hi Joe, your book looks engaging. It’s on my wish list.

  16. Susan Condon says:

    Love the cover for ‘Someone Has To Pay’ – will have to check out this Mike Devon character. Look forward to it!

  17. joemccoubrey1 says:

    Iain – thanks for the comment. I hope you like Mike Devon when he surfaces. Your Action PPT story was one of my favourites – no kidding!

  18. Ian says:


    I’m excited to read more about Mike DeVon and am looking forward to Someone Has To Pay. Matt Dixon was a proper badass too. 🙂
    The primary protaganist in the novel I’m working on has a history in the Troubles as well and so does the character I introduced in Action PPT. Keep up the good work!

  19. joemccoubrey1 says:

    Norma – thanks for leaving a comment. It’s nice to get encouragement from readers of the genre. I hope you get the chance to pick up one of my creations.

  20. Norma Budden says:

    Both of these books sound intriguing. It’s interesting how books of this genre have wormed their way into some of my favorites. 🙂

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