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A good ‘ol Georgia home cookin’ – the Trial of Midnight Rider

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Articles, Blog, News | Comments Off on A good ‘ol Georgia home cookin’ – the Trial of Midnight Rider

In the history of filmmaking, there have been many deaths on set. But not a single film director has ever been held accountable and jailed. Until now. That’s how the documentary begins. You may remember the incident. It happened on February 20, 2014, on a railway trestle way down in Wayne County, South Georgia, USA. A train ploughed into a film crew shooting a scene on railroad tracks  for a biopic about Greg Allman of the iconic band the Allman Brothers. Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was struck and killed by the locomotive. The film’s director, Randall Miller, was subsequently charged with criminal trespass and involuntary manslaughter. He took a plea and was jailed for two years, reduced to one year for good behaviour. The prosecution claimed that Miller knew the crew had been denied permission from the railroad to be on the racks, and that he had set the shoot up there anyway and “stole the shot.” But is that what really happened? I met Miller a number of years ago when his wife, writer producer Jody Savin, enquired about obtaining a film option on my Cold War book, THE ZERO OPTION. Miller didn’t seem to me to be the reckless type. He made kinda friendly family movies and was himself the big gentle bear type. So I started to look into the evidence piled up against him. Over six months of filming, 75 interviews and many depositions later, the TRIAL OF MIDNIGHT RIDER is the result. Was Miller guilty or innocent? Would Ms Jones be alive today but for his actions? To find out, you’ll have to wait to see the documentary, but I have to say that it has been among the most interesting and, at times, risky journeys I’ve been on. Stay tuned for the trailer, which I’ll post here...

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War Lord, Kindle Edition

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Blog, News | Comments Off on War Lord, Kindle Edition

Some people in the US have found it impossible obtaining a copy of WAR LORD in Kindle. And it’s particularly in my case because my books are published officially in both the UK and Australia, but not currently in the US (which has created a bit of a hole).

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Meet the sig

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Blog, News, Research | Comments Off on Meet the sig

The Sig Sauer 226 is the standard weapon of the AFOSI (Cooper’s unit). It’s weighty at 34 ounces when loaded with 13 rounds of 9mm ball (12 in the mag and one in the chamber), but Cooper likes it because the weight of it reminds him of the Colt .45, his favourite handgun.

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You don’t mess with a Ranger

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Blog, News, Research | Comments Off on You don’t mess with a Ranger

The Texas Rangers is a 144-man team that represents the pinnacle of Texas Law enforcement. “You don’t mess with a Ranger” was something I heard time and again when I was in Texas recently, researching STANDOFF (2012).

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Coming Soon: Standoff (Special Agent Vin Cooper, book #6).

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Coming Soon: Standoff (Special Agent Vin Cooper, book #6).

Just before dawn, two low-flying blacked-out aircraft land at Horizon Airport, El Paso, Texas. A team of killers disperses from one of the aircraft and murders everyone in the vicinity – 27 people. Unseen by any witnesses, a cargo of cocaine worth $30 million is unloaded from the second aircraft and spirited away…

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Don’t leave home without one

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Blog, News, Research | Comments Off on Don’t leave home without one

Hanging out with US Army, Air Force, Navy or law enforcement types can get very expensive if you don’t have one of these in your pocket. They’re bar coins. If you’re at a bar and someone produces their unit bar coin and you can’t match it with one of your own, the drinks are on you, sucker.

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