The latest adventure in the bestselling Mark Cole thriller series is out TOMORROW (21st March) worldwide, and delivers more high octane thrills and spills!
I enjoyed writing this novel a great deal, and learnt a huge amount about organized crime in Japan during the research process. And although it is a work of fiction, many of the groups mentioned actually exist and are still operating.
The Japanese setting also provides plenty of opportunity for action scenes featuring various martial arts, another major passion of mine. I have studied karate since I was ten years old, and I have taught for many years. My father started back in the late '60s when karate first came to Britain, and I have loved it almost from birth! I am fascinated by the martial arts in all their forms, and it was a tremendous pleasure to include some traditional arts in this latest novel.
I have even managed to realize a long-cherished ambition, and finally featured a ninja assassin in my work. A boyhood dream come true!
Here is the synopsis:
In Kobe, Japan, a fierce leadership struggle breaks out after the head of the world’s largest criminal organization is killed by a mysterious assassin. Meanwhile, in Tokyo, moves are afoot to replace the government with a fanatical right-wing regime which hopes to re-militarize the nation and take its revenge against China; and the prime minister is the mysterious assassin’s next target . . .
Mark Cole – US covert ops legend and head of the top secret counter-terrorist unit known as Force One – is on vacation in Japan. Only for Cole, this means unofficially tracking down Aoki Michiko, his missing seventeen year old daughter; a daughter he has only just found out he has.
His search takes him from the hostess bars and nightclubs of Tokyo’s red light districts, to the wild mountains of the Japanese interior. In a frantic and violent race against time, Cole is forced to confront Yakuza thugs, corrupt police officers, and the deadly assassin himself; and in his struggle to save his daughter, he is thrust into what might become the largest Yakuza gang war ever seen – a war which will have repercussions not only for Japan, but for the rest of the world as well.
Here is the link to buy from Amazon US - http://www.amazon.com/NEVER-SAY-DIE-Mark-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00R9LTFKO/ref=pd_sim_kstore_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=163XH2HAQH33Y5RA4VT0.
And here is the link for UK readers - http://www.amazon.co.uk/NEVER-SAY-DIE-Mark-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00R9LTFKO/ref=pd_sim_kinc_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1ZRK1KP7QVFG654DERZR.
I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it - as always, please let me know!
P.S. To celebrate the release of NEVER SAY DIE, the second Mark Cole thriller - WHATEVER THE COST - is FREE for the next two days! If you still haven't read it, follow the links here -
Amazon US - http://www.amazon.com/WHATEVER-THE-COST-Mark-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00L3Q39EO/ref=pd_sim_kstore_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=121KCVPGMARN4QENWC7G
Amazon UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/WHATEVER-THE-COST-Mark-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00L3Q39EO/ref=pd_sim_kinc_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=184HCV89DBN5ADN70E51