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Crisis in Colombia
by Bryan Marlowe 

UK price: £12.99   USA
Format: Paperback
Pages: 232
ISBN-10: 1861510853
ISBN-13: 978-1861510853
Size: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.3 cm

Mac is back! Following on from Bryan Marlowe’s thrilling Recalled to Arms and Leaving Mercy to Heaven, Eli (Mac) Murray, an embittered ex-SAS captain and his wife Sarah Shahar, a former Israeli Army captain attached to Mossad (Israel’s Secret Service), who first joined forces to fight a fanatical terrorist group in North Africa and the Middle East, are thrust back into the world of international intrigue, abduction and murder, when actors and technicians from the Omega Film Company are abducted and held for ransom in Colombia by junta overlord, Diego Contrero Moretta. With the deadline for payment fast approaching and Moretta not known for showing mercy, the race is on for Mac and Sarah to save the innocent abductees.

About the author

Bryan Marlowe was born in the City of London in 1930. He left school at the age of 14 and had innumerable jobs before being called up for National Service in the Royal Air Force from 1948/50. He rejoined the RAF in1951 and retired in 1971. He worked for twenty years with a Northern Police Force. On retirement he took up voluntary work with Witness and Victim Support, co-ordinated Neighbourhood Watch schemes and worked as a newspaper columnist. He has travelled extensively and lived abroad. He now lives in southeast London.

Review of Crisis in Colombia - Mac the Knife

By Bryan Marlowe

By James Drew

The re-emergence of Eli (Mac) Murray is as reassuring as the fact that author Bryan Marlowe, whose eleventh book Crisis in Columbia is, shows little sign of growing less prolific as the years pass, giving those of us who enjoy tightly plotted, genuinely exciting page-turners much to be grateful for.

Where was I? Ah yes, the return to arms of embittered former SAS captain Mac, who has previously featured in Mr. Marlowe’s Recalled to Arms and Leaving Mercy to Heaven, and this time, there may be too much for even our rugged, ruthless hero and his similarly hard-as-nails wife Sarah Shahar to handle.

Omega Film Company, shooting in the Colombian jungle, has a big problem. Its director, actors and technicians have been taken hostage by junta overlord Diego Contrero Moretta. With the clock ticking on the tight deadline for payment or abductees start dying fast, Omega not able to raise the ransom and Moretta not known to ever show mercy, Mac and Sarah take up the call, when it comes, to put their own lives on the line once again to save the innocent hostages.

By and large, this is breathlessly exciting stuff – readers of my previous reviews of Marlowe’s work may have perhaps thought me a little unkind concerning my criticism of his dialogue, but there are no such fears this time. In establishing his range over the years, in a remarkably varied selection of subject matter, from the Mac stories to reminiscences about his own youth to an incisive look into the murky world of cowboy builders, Bryan has now proven himself more than capable of taking the reader into different worlds, and frequently getting under his readers’ skin.

As is very much the case with CinC – not unlike the time it took for Ian Fleming to establish his famous anti-hero (seriously, you don’t need me to name him for you, do you?), a character that Mac is beginning to resemble more than a little (again, only in a good way), Marlowe’s characterizations, both of his heroes and villains, are absolutely spot on, as is the extensive research that the author has obviously undertaken to ensure fluency, accuracy, and complete readability.

Regrets? Well, only that I would like to know still more about Mac’s motivations – we know where he’s come from, but where’s he going? Does Marlowe have enough left in the character for one more roll of the dice? Time will tell, I am sure, but you have Crisis in Columbia to keep you busy until then – definitely a trip worth taking.

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Also by Bryan Marlowe:

Black Hatted Cowboys
by Bryan Marlowe 

UK price: £12.50     US price $14.50
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
ISBN-10: 1909304689
ISBN-13: 978-1909304680
Size: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.3 cm
Published: Nov 2012

The building and repair work carried out by dangerously incompetent and unscrupulous builders, often known as “cowboys,” is widely reported in newspapers and investigations into their nefarious activities make popular and thought-provoking television documentaries. This publicity helps to warn the unwary of the misery, unjustifiable costs and even death that can result by employing unskilled building workers to carry out improvements and, often-unnecessary, repairs to their homes. The cowboy builder will always ask for “cash-up-front” before he starts to work. Later, he will ask for more cash, because he “underestimated the work and material needed to finish the job”. If the householder is unable or unwilling to part with more money, the cowboy will leave the property in such a state that it is an unsafe dwelling. This is the story of two men who take deadly retributive action against cowboy builders.

Recalled to Arms
by Bryan Marlowe 

UK price:  £6.99     US price: $9.79
Format: Paperback
Pages: 258
ISBN-10: 1908026421
ISBN-13: 978-1908026422
Published: Feb 2012

Readers of Leaving Mercy to Heaven, which introduced Eli (Mac) Murray, an embittered ex-SAS captain and Sarah Shahar, an Israeli Army captain, who joined forces to fight a fanatical terrorist group, in North Africa and the Middle East, might be interested to learn that they are bent on action again.. They are now married, but find they cannot settle down to a humdrum life and are ready and eager to answer a call to arms. This time they are engaged by a powerful British media magnate to take on the task of rescuing his son (a foreign correspondent) and his daughter-in-law, who have been arrested and imprisoned by the Syrian Secret Security Service. Their mission takes them, incognito, to turbulent Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad's tyrannical government is engaged in brutally subduing the dissident populace, who are demonstrating and dying in their attempt to overthrow him and replace his government. As you might expect, the action is very strong, with Mac and Sarah giving covert, but no holds barred, support to the rebels in exchange for their help in freeing the newspaperman and his wife.

Unfriendly Fire
by Bryan Marlowe 

UK price: £6.99       US price: $9.79
Format: Paperback
Pages: 254
ISBN: 978-1908026187
Published: July 2011

Jack Drake is highly disciplined, skilled in all aspects of his job and courageous; an ideal career soldier who is well regarded by his superiors and singled out for early promotion. But there is a dark side to Drake's character - he wants to track down his father, known only to him as a soldier called 'Rowdy,' and exact revenge on him for deserting his mother. The story moves dramatically between the lives of Jack and the soldier called Rowdy. Jack's relentless pursuit of Rowdy takes him to war-torn Iraq and to Afghanistan where they have their final confrontation, while fighting for their lives against a large force of merciless Taliban warriors. Unfriendly Fire is a family saga spanning over sixty years and involves betrayal, blackmail, bravery, loyalty, love, romance and revenge.

As Long as There's Tomorrow...
By Bryan Marlowe       
UK price: £11.77     US price: $21.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 5 x 8
Pages: 394
ISBN: 0-595-39621-6
Published: May-2006

A romantic saga dedicated to those who have lost the love of their life and live in hope of one day regaining it.

Tarnished Heroes       
by Bryan Marlowe 

UK price: £8.38     US price: $15.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 5 x 8
Pages: 228
ISBN: 0-595-40750-1
Published: Aug-2006

It's the cold war in the Far East and a chain of deadly circumstances forces two former world war heroes to form an alliance to save those they love in a final desperate act of heroism and redemption.

A Kind of Wild Justice.
by Bryan Marlowe        
UK price: £8.63    US price: $16.95
Format: Paperback
Size: 5 x 8
Pages: 242
ISBN: 0-595-43194-1
Published: Mar-2007

Be warned; don’t be fooled by Gary Remington’s gentlemanly demeanour. He’s a tough, war-hardened ex-sergeant major, who exercises unremitting relentlessness in whatever he undertakes. He’s now on a mission of merciless vengeance and he’ll take no prisoners!

Settled Out of Court      
by Bryan Marlowe 
UK price: £8.00     US price: $14.95
Format: Paperback
Size: 5 x 8
Pages: 204
ISBN: 0-595-47705-4
Published: Nov-2007

Tense, gripping and with a rich seam of black humour, Settled Out Of Court is the latest thriller from Bryan Marlowe—a man with a literary mission of his own.

Leaving Mercy to Heaven  
by Bryan Marlowe 
UK price: £7.99     US price: $10.85
Format: Paperback
Size: 5 x 8
Pages: 288
ISBN: 978-0956051967
Published: Feb-2009
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Leaving Mercy to Heaven is a bang-up-to-date, dramatic action-packed tale of revenge, intrigue, betrayal, and romance, involving terrorism, modern Casablanca, and the Israeli Secret Service


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(From Up Front)

James Drew takes a trip down memory lane, with a shameless plug for his one-time journalist-cohort turned published novelist, Bryan Marlowe. Not heard of him yet? Well, that's why he's a 'cult hero'. Read on...

Bryan always takes pleasure in his work...It does seem like a long time ago. Eleven years, in fact...before falling in love with Brussels (where he arrived via a circuitous journalistic route, taking in The Yellow Advertiser in East London http://icessex.icnetwork.co.uk, which explains why he's a West Ham supporter), your 'umble hack Drew started scribbling in the ancient northern town of York, where a certain UP Front editor Tony Mallett (yes, him again), made a big mistake - he gave him a job as a journalist.

The sadly-defunct free-sheet The York and District Advertiser was where Drew first won his spurs and, if you're wondering when I'm ever going to get to the point of this yarn, don't worry, it'll be any second now.

Because, at this time (told you), Drew also came into the orbit of one Bryan Marlowe, a letter-writer extraordinaire, a man with more bylines in The York Evening Press (www.yorkpress.co.uk) than many of its journalists. Drew, anxious to score points against the 'Tizer's fiercest rival (ah, memories), shamelessly bribed the man with competition prizes, free meals and more than a few sherbets, to ensure that Marlowe's missives began flowing into another newspaper.

The York Press (as they are now called) had the last laugh, unfortunately - doubtless stung by their plucky rival's chutzpah, they offered Bryan a job as a columnist. Which he took, the swine...[Good point - exactly why are we giving him a plug, Drew? - ED]

But enough of the past - Marlowe, who was born in London in 1930 (revenge truly is a dish best served cold) and left school at the age of 14, has long lived the rover's life. Conscripted for National Service in 1948, he served two years, was demobbed, then worked for Siemens and rejoined the RAF as a regular in January 1951.An RAF regular from 1951-71, he then worked for a further 20 years with a northern police force. His extensive foreign travels, combined with his life's career path, inform the genuinely exciting narratives of his four books to date. Up to press, these are As Long As There's Tomorrow, an intensely personal romantic saga about love lost and regained, Memoirs of an Errant Youth, a tongue-in-cheek account of the author's early years of employment in wartime Britain and the immediate post-war period of austerity, Tarnished Heroes, a cold-war thriller set in the Far East and A Kind of Wild Justice, an ex-sergeant-major-turns-vigilante page-turner.

Memoirs of an Errant Youth - By Bryan MarloweAs Long As There's Tomorrow - By Bryan MarloweA Kind of Wild Justice - By Bryan Marlowe

And, just for those readers wondering what the connection is between Bryan and Brussels, be informed that he says he'd "very much like to revisit the capital of Belgium, so long as the G+Ts are on Drew's tab". Just what we need in town - another writer...[Drew, you're fired - ED]

For more information on the man Marlowe and his work (he's currently working on a fifth, Settled Out of Court), go to http://www.diadembooks.com/tomorrow.htm, where you'll also find links to purchase all of his thus-far published tomes. Happy reading!

Brussels-based freelance journalist Tom Slaughter reviews Settled Out Of Court by Bryan Marlowe.

 Considering that he only turned to novels two years ago, Bryan Marlowe proved himself prolific and more than adept at handling a range of genres, from the whimsical nostalgia of Memoirs of an Errant Youth, via the military rough and tumble of Tarnished Heroes, to riveting revenge yarn A Kind of Wild Justice.

 Settled Out Of Court runs along similar lines to …Justice, but Marlowe’s choice of a sociopathic, revenge-driven young man as central character lifts the narrative into the realm of psychological study, as well as being a cracking read.

 Dermot Baxter is the man with a plan – his father Rex died in jail after being wrongly imprisoned for the murder of his au pair lover. Still at home but distant from his mother, Baxter embarks on a calculated mission of revenge against all those members of the law and judiciary whom he believes must pay for the injustice. But the law is slowly and surely closing in…

 Marlowe’s own police experience (he worked for 20 years with a northern force in the UK) is put to good use here; the dialogue between the ‘coppers on the case’ is believable, even if it occasionally seems forced between Baxter and his mother. By the same token, the writer’s gift for creating enjoyable page-turners has once again been employed – that we are suckered into sympathising for a cold-blooded killer is an impressive turn from Marlowe, and there are more than enough twists and turns, coupled with genuinely suspenseful set-pieces, to keep thriller-hounds happy. Recommended.