I began my writing career as ROBERT CHARLES, publishing 27 hardback titles, most of them with Robert Hale. Many of them also sold foreign translation rights and US paperback rights. One sold a film option. They are all out of print now but I have showcased them below, just in case there is a TV producer somewhere looking for a new TV series of Cold War espionage, or a series on pre Al Qaeda Counter Terrorism.
Simon Larren was my James Bond, although I created him before Bond hit the headlines with the first film. Larren was the killing arm of British Counter Espionage, the man who got all the wet jobs. If Ian Fleming had not used the term “Licensed to kill,” it would have fitted Larren just as well. His exploits ran through nine books, taking him through all the threats and dangers of the Cold War years.
ROBERT CHARLES REBORN
FANTASTIC NEWS. I have just signed a contract with SAPERE PUBLISHING for new editions of all my old Simon Larren spy thrillers and for my Falcon SAS books.
Sapere are an exciting new publisher with a clear vision of promoting vibrant voices, sensational stories and beautiful books. They plan to publish the first of the Simon Larren books in September and to have all of the series plus my two Falcon SAS books online by Christmas. The books will be available as e-books and as print on demand paperbacks.
Sapere have also asked me to continue the Falcon SAS series and so I am now writing again as Robert Charles, which was my first pen-name. THE BAGHDAD BETRAYAL is in high speed progress and will be the first of the continuing Falcon SAS series.
The new Sapere editions have brand new, exciting covers.
Mark Falcon is an ex SAS captain who now works as a freelance photo-journalist. His work takes him to the world's most exotic locations and often to the world trouble spots. His ex-boss, Colonel Harry Killian now works at a desk job with MI5 but often finds that Falcon is the man on the spot whenever some freelance help is needed requiring his old SAS skills. And Falcon is always happy to oblige.
A BRANDE NEW FALCON SAS NOVEL FROM SAPERE
The allied forces were ready to launch their blitzkrieg assault upon Iraq and the extraction of a high ranking defector from underneath the noses of the dreaded Mukhabarat was just the beginning.
In his new role as a photo journalist Mark Falcon was on the spot and on call and once again all his old SAS skills were in demand.
As the bombs rain down on Baghdad he needs the help of another crack SAS team to stop Saddam's plan to bring Israel into the war.
Everything is complicated by the yearning love affair between a defiant young Englishman and a honey-eyed Muslim girl. For Firouzeh Karzarni it is an emotional battle between love and faith and between freedom and family.
It all leads to a bloody climax in the wild Zagros Mountains, in the cliff-walled trap of an ancient site that has been hidden for centuries,
NOW I HAVE JUST SEEN THE FIRST THREE COVERS OF THE NEW SAPERE EDITIONS OF
THE SIMON LARREN SERIES
AND NOW SAPERE HAVE ADDED
ALSO AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON
“There is something very big and very bad breaking in Wuhan, and you're the closest man I've got.”
Those words precipitated ex SAS captain Mark Falcon into the most desperate mission in his action-packed career, against a silent enemy he could not see and could not fight. He had to get into what had become China's most dangerous city, and get out again.
Almost immediately he had to return, to the wild rugged mountains of Yunan and the vast labyrinth of the bat caves where the world's most deadly virus had been created.
This time he had a crack SAS unit to help him, but there were more complications.
There were two covid conspiracies. One was fomented by the shadowy clandestine group who called themselves The Davids, and the other plotted by diehard fanatics of China's PLA.
I wrote the Counter Terror dossiers long before 9/11. The terrorists then were the PLO, the IRA, the Red Brigades and the Japanese Red Army. The series ran to eight novels, the action and the background coming straight out of the news headlines at the time.
If The Simon Larren and Falcon books are again a success then Sapere may also be publishing the Counter terror books. These books also sold US and European rights.
There were other stand alone books, including excursions into the realms of horror and science fiction.