This is the press release Macmillan issued on the publication of Overkill and which led to about a dozen interviews on BBC radio and elsewhere:
Published by Macmillan on 6th August 2004 Price: Hardback £12.99
OVERKILL is a pulse-raising, highly ingenious, top-class techno-espionage debut thriller by an author who has himself worked there. OVERKILL is the first title in an exciting new series featuring a new British action hero, Paul Richter.
A group of disgruntled Russian supremos decide the time has come to deploy their secret nuclear arsenal, and so team up with al-Qaeda in order to neutralise America and take political and economic control of western Europe. Only one man can stop them - a British agent called Paul Richter.
As a Special Operations Officer working for British Intelligence, Richter discovers that Europe has been seeded with neutron bombs, while more lethal nuclear devices have been planted in strategic cities throughout America, which can be detonated by satellite at any moment. Now the US government is about to be handed an ultimatum - abandon Western Europe to the Russian forces or see millions of its citizens destroyed. But what the renegade Russians don't realise is their own allies' even deadlier agenda.
James Barrington is a trained military pilot who has worked in covert operations and espionage. He now lives in Andorra, and this is his first novel. James Barrington is a pseudonym.
This is the press release Macmillan issued on the publication of Overkill:
Published by Macmillan on 17th June 2005 Price: Royal hardback £ 10.00
The second high adrenalin international thriller in the acclaimed Paul Richter series
The wreckage of a US government jet has lain undetected at the bottom of the Mediterranean sea for over 20 years. When a Cretan diver accidentally comes across it, he discovers a steel case containing a dozen sealed canisters. Hours later, his horribly disfigured body is found on his blood-soaked bed. A team of experts from the American Centre for Disease Control starts to investigate, but someone in the CIA is working against them: someone above all trace of suspicion.
Paul Richter, a veteran pilot of the Royal Navy, is now a Special Operations officer for British Intelligence. As his bosses know well, he’s insubordinate and defiant, but no one can match his determination and persistence, especially when his own country is at risk.
Richter is sent to Crete to get to the heart of the crisis. As he delves deeper, the connection between the wrecked jet, the deadly, unnamed epidemic and the murders of several CIA agents becomes increasingly sinister. Even worse is the secrecy surrounding a 1970s CIA operation called CAIP, which has been kept off all surviving records.
But a darker heart lurks at the centre of US Intelligence than even Richter could have imagined.
About the Author
James Barrington worked as a helicopter pilot for the Royal Navy, a radar controller and a special operations officer for over 20 years. During his career, he took part in several covert missions and espionage activities, including insertion of agents in foreign countries, intelligence gathering and radar intercepting. This experience has provided him with a huge knowledge of aviation combat, maritime operations, military tactics and modern weaponry.
James Barrington now lives in Spain. The first novel in the Paul Richter series, Overkill, was published by Macmillan in 2004.
James Barrington is a pseudonym.
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