It’s not often readers are spoilt for so much choice between the covers of one book. In the case of Action: Pulse Pounding Tales (released today) they have access to three-dozen previously unpublished stories, including submissions from some current top-selling authors. As bargains go, this has to be up there with the best.
I’m handing over my blog today to help promote the book, mainly because it’s a rare opportunity to showcase thirty-six authors under one roof, but also because (hands in the air) I happen to be among the authors privileged to be selected for inclusion!
The project is the brainchild of Cumbrian author Matt Hilton (he of the outrageously successful Joe Hunter series of action adventures). I’ll let him explain what the book is all about:
“Pulse-pounding tales is exactly what you get in this collection of action stories from top thriller authors, both established and on the rise.
“Think back to the days when heroes were heroes and the action was furious and full-blooded. When often as not, the hero was quite the opposite: an anti-hero – but he needed to be, to bring the kind of violent justice to villains worse than him. When political correctness took a back seat, even as the bullets and karate chops were flying. Basically it was good old harmless fun. It was a case of disengaging your moral compass and getting down with the heroes as they took on all comers, and they did it with balletic grace and uncompromising violence. Gratuitous? Mostly. Realistic? Not always. Great fun? You betcha!!!
“Then fast forward to the here and now: What if the current action and thriller authors set their minds to bringing back the action genres of old? Well, that question is answered here. Within these pages you will find secret agents, vigilantes (both just and insane), cops, villains, soldiers, veterans, gangsters, swordsmen, privateers, Ninja and even a crypto-zoological beast you might recognise. Some of the tales are delivered with shocking realism, some as lighter entertainment, some on the grittier side, but each and every tale included in Action: Pulse Pounding Tales Volume 1 is sure to get your heart racing.
“Kick back and enjoy the ride”!
And here’s the list of contributors that Matt has put together:
Strangers on a Train by Stephen Leather
Satisfaction Guaranteed by Matt Hilton
Valley of Death by I S Paton
The Real Deal by James Oliver Hilton
Jingle Bells by Adrian Magson
Death By Licence by Joe McCoubrey
The Night Butterflies by Zoë Sharp
Gallance by Col Bury
Battle For Baghlan by Matt Hayden
The Stranger by David Barber
Expiry Date by Gavin Bell
A Most Honorable Death by Jochem Vandersteen
Jack Be Nimble by Steven Savile & Steve Lockley
At Close Range by Ian Graham
Cutter’s Law by James Hopwood
Angel Tough by Absolutely Kate
On Her Majesty’s Bloody Service by Iain Purdie
The Legend of Jimmy-The-Gimp by Keith Gingell
Blood Moon of 1931 by Terrence P. McCauley
Skinner Alive by Daniel Moses Luft
Jobs Taken by Asher Wismer
The Handler by Gavin Hunt
Blood on Their Hands by Les Morris
Issa’s Island Prison by Graham Smith
Eastern Fury by Andrew Scorah
The Liberator by Paul D. Brazill
The Tower of Marnir by Paul Grzegorzek
Bit Part Player by Theresa Derwin
The Judgment of Jean Lafitte by Evan Lewis
Avenged: Sixfold by Natasha Marie Thomas
Man or Mouse by Mark Dark
Stokey by Robin Jarossi
Savage Sun by Richard Godwin
One Flew Over the Policeman’s Bonnet by Pete Sortwell
Born of Woman by Laird Long
Chickens by K.A. Laity
Trench Warfare by Matt Hilton
A portion of the proceeds from sales of this collection will go to the charity Help for Heroes http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/
Watch out for my own modest offering Death By Licence which is listed at number six in the collection. I’m grateful to Matt Hilton (that’s him pictured on the right – why not check out his website:
My thanks for giving me the opportunity to share a platform with him and other luminaries such as Stephen Leather, Adrian Magson, Zoe Sharp, and Iain Purdie.
Check out the book. There’s something there to suit all tastes. I hope you enjoy it. Here are the links to the Amazon sites: