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 will 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.
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.