Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ian Walkley: No Remorse Blog Tour

My guest is Ian Walkley who is promoting his new book No Remorse.

Ian will award a $50 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during his blog tour.

Follow the No Remorse Tour and comment for a better chance of winning. The tour dates can be found here:

I was lucky enough to get a copy of the book and I loved it. I still can't believe that No Remorse is a debut novel. Ian Walkley has produced a complex thriller that has it all: exotic settings, action, and realistic characters. The plot is believable and moves along at a brisk pace. The pages kept turning and I found it hard to put down. I'll definitely be watching for more from this talented author.

No Remorse

by Ian Walkley


Two men, exiles from their respective societies, take conflicting approaches in the quest to regain their place and self-respect, and find themselves at war over a kidnapped girl.

Lee McCloud (“Mac”), a special forces soldier facing trumped-up charges of murder, is forced to work for a mysterious government outfit operating outside the law.

Khalid Yubani, cast out of Saudi Arabia for an offence against another member of the Royal family, seeks revenge through ruthless acts of evil. Engaged in the worst forms of human trafficking, Khalid buys Sophia, the daughter of Mac’s best friend, who has been kidnapped in Mexico. With time running out for Sophia, Mac enlists the help of a beautiful computer genius, a British SAS soldier and a Lebanese fixer to try to find Sophia and save her from the terrifying fate that Khalid has in store.

Although starting the quest as a man with no remorse, Mac gradually discovers a side of himself that he suppressed after witnessing the abduction of his own sister years before.

Dodging assassins, corrupt generals, evil medicos, Mossad agents, corrupt bureaucrats, and sharks, Mac ignores the order to stay out of trouble and follows Sophia’s trail from Mexico to Paris, London and Dubai, and the island of Andaran, where Khalid and his henchmen are waiting…


The girls’ fathers, Bob and Marvin, each carried a briefcase full of cash with a tiny GPS tracker hidden in a false bottom. They were both taller than the kidnappers, and through the scope Mac could read the pain on Bob’s face. The behavior of the kidnappers was still bothering him, but there was nothing he could do except watch. The leader held out his palm and waved his pistol like it was a flag. He addressed the fathers in accented English.

“You’re late. We think perhaps you do not want your daughters back, eh?”

“Sorry,” Bob said, his breathing short and sharp. “We took a wrong turn coming into the dam. The signs were confusing.”

 The man grunted and glanced at the one with the knife. “Check them.”

Knife Man patted them down, searched their pockets, nodded the all clear.

“You have our money?”

“Of course.” Bob’s voice came through deep and confident in his earpiece, although the armpits of his shirt betrayed his anxiety. Be courteous but strong, Mac had advised him, otherwise they won’t respect you. Being a basketball coach undoubtedly helped. “And you have our daughters,” Bob said. A statement, not a question. He held out the briefcase. “Here’s the money. We didn’t contact the police.”

Several kidnappers gave a hearty laugh.

The leader smirked. “We wouldn’t be here if you had, gringo. But your daughters would be. With bullets in their heads.” He gestured to a kidnapper wearing a red bandana around his neck. “Abrirlos,” he ordered, and the man took both briefcases and unclipped the locks.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Ian Walkley has had a career in social and market research, and has been writing novels, short stories, travel articles and copywriting since 2008. He has co-authored two publications on small business and his first novel, No Remorse, was published in 2012. Ian's screenplay "Deniable Justice" placed fourth in the Writer’s Digest 2011 Competition for best screenplay. Ian has travelled extensively and researched his subject, and brings a knowledge of location and technical detail to the exotic settings and big screen thrills. Ian lives in Brisbane with his wife and three children.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Ian today.

Anonymous said...

It looks like a totally absorbing story! Congratulations...


Jibriel said...

It is an interesting story but then again I like an action packed thriller.
Did you do a lot of research for this book?

Jibriel.O at web dot de

Morgana said...

Sounds great!

Janice Seagraves said...

This books looks and the excerpt reads like an exciting story.


Ian Walkley said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. It has a bit of the "Wild Side" in it too...
Jibriel, yes, a great deal of research went into the book. I travelled to places in the story, specifically in the Middle East, and shot sniper rifles to get a feel for weapons, and of course there was lots of internet research into human trafficking, slavery and terrorism and manipulation of the global financial system.
In reality, not much of the research gets into the book, except in the sense of setting and plot. There is so much action that I didn't want to slow the pace by telling people what they might already know.
As a result, No Remorse is one of those books you have to keep reading until the end.

MomJane said...

This story sounds like a heart stopping thriller. What a great read. Loved the excerpt.

Catherine Lee said...

"A complex thriller"...nice review! I like a good suspenseful thriller interspersed between light rom-coms.

Anas said...

Hm, I thinks it's great that you've done so much research and it makes your writing seem more real to me.


Shelley Munro said...

Your research sounds just as interesting as your book. Congrats on your new release. :)

Ian Walkley said...

Thanks everyone for your comments and kind words.

Lyra L7 said...

I like a thriller that lives up to it's promise to be a page turner. Your does!
A friend recommended one to me that was more about the romance, and I didn't like the developments ther all that much. Finally I got bored with the book and still have to finish it.

How much romance do you think does a thriller need?


Ian Walkley said...

That is a great question. I actually cut two sex scenes from No Remorse. Very reluctantly, I might add, because...oh, well, never mind.
Anyway the key thing for me is whether the scene adds to the pace, or slows it down.
I think romance is more about dreaming and fantasy, and that is in the mind, whereas my story was more about action.
Unfulfilled desire creates tension, which is good, and I use that in Paris.
The amount of romance has to be just enough to fulfil the storyline needs, and not so much that it is just padding the book, I think.
Cheers, Ian

Mary Preston said...

I love getting in on the beginning of a writer's published career. NO REMORSE hits all the right notes for me.