When a botched operation on my hand left me with permanent severe backache, I decided it was time to fulfill one of my lifelong ambitions and turn to writing. Sitting at my desk in front of a computer is one of the few positions I can adopt which is pain free!
And so my first novel, a thriller called SPIDER 2-3, appeared.
When I was a kid, there were two great British heroes on the the big and little screens. Leslie Charteris’s creation, The Saint, was played by Roger Moore (who sadly is no longer with us). It was the custom in my parents’ house that, after we had returned from Church every Sunday evening, we would all sit down together and watch the latest escapade of that great hero.
And then, of course, there was Bond. I had a hard time embracing Roger Moore’s Bond; for me, Sean Connery best carries the essence of Ian Fleming’s superspy, along with Daniel Craig.
My hero – Jim Peregrine (JP) – is somewhere in between the two. As I have said many times when asked:
“Jim Peregrine is no Saint, he doesn’t have The Saint’s morals; he’s not a Bond, he doesn’t work for MI6. But if they passed in the street they would know each other well enough to say hello…”
UK retail giant WH Smiths saw SPIDER 2-3 at position #40 in their Top 100 List. With over 1,300 stores, WH Smiths is the UK’s premiere book retailer. Worldwide, SPIDER 2-3 achieved #29 on Amazon’s Terrorism list for thrillers.
The sequel, DECOY 17, is going to be delayed – I decided instead to spend a few months writing scripts for SPIDER 2-3 as a Series for TV.
There seem to be a number of people who, I am rather chuffed to say, seem to think SPIDER 2-3 – Jim Peregrine, Stella Fincrest, the Russian traitor General Vashinsky and the terrorist Barakah Malekka – should find its way onto television in a Series.
We’ll see. As they say – watch this space…!
I’m aiming for a release of DECOY 17 in the Spring of 2018.
|“An amazing piece of writing.”
– Laurie Marsh
“Breathless… First-rate… Gripping… A hotbed of deception, terrorism, and global intrigue. As intricately presented and unpredictable as the action is, Vallier is careful to fully develop his characters. Also adding texture are descriptions of the technological wizardry employed by both sides and exotic atmospheres that the author expertly depicts with both literal descriptions and evocative historical background… A tense, complex, and cleverly plotted work of international suspense with more than enough heroic gusto for future promised installments”
– Kirkus Reviews
“A powerfully moving read that’s hard to put down…If it’s nonstop, staccato action that’s desired, readers should definitely choose
Spider 2-3 above others.”
– Midwest Book Review
“Classic espionage… Vallier crafts a thrilling tale of international intrigue, attractive and headstrong characters, and a diabolical plot.”
– The Spectrum [The USA Today network]
“Spider 2-3 delivers the freedom… galloping, believable narrative… big boys’ stuff and none the worse for it.”
– Michael Wilson
“The Falcon is no Saint, he doesn’t have The Saint’s morals; he’s not a Bond, he doesn’t work for MI6. But if they passed in the street they would know each other well enough to say hello…”
About SPIDER 2-3:
A murder in Berlin… A kidnapping in the Caribbean… A girl held hostage and forced to reveal vital secrets.
The terrorist Malekka has joined forces with a Russian traitor from the upper corridors of power in the former KGB. Together they plot a raid on a military centre in South Africa. It’s the first action of his international plan. His parents died. Now he’s going to kill over 3 million people.
Where is the attack to be? The United States? Great Britain? Jim Peregrine and the British intelligence are one step behind and play a deadly game of catch-up. Waiting for the breakthrough.
Yet all is not as it seems. Who exactly is who, and what side is being played, and by whom? JP sets out to unravel and defeat the plan. And find the girl.
Revenge is sweet. JP means to take it. And so does she.
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