Monday, June 18, 2012

No Remorse

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

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 traveled 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. 


Minder's Virtual Tour

June 18:  TaraLenWalker
June 19:  It's Raining Books
June 20:  Welcome to My World of Dreams
June 20:  STOP 2:  Reader Girls
June 21:  Hywela Lyn (Romance That's "Out Of This World")
June 22:   United By Books


  1. "assassins, corrupt generals, evil medicos, Mossad agents, corrupt bureaucrats, and sharks" - IT'S ALL GOOD or BAD!!


  2. Wow, this sounds like an action packed story. Congrats on your release, Ian.

  3. Oooh, this story sounds intriguing!

    Good luck with you're own blog tour too!

  4. Thanks, Jennifer.
    Most welcome, Goddess.
    Marybelle and Shelley, it does sound good doesn't it?

  5. Sounds very action-packed! :P

  6. Sandra...I've never been to your blog before. It IS cute! I just followed via GFC. I'll check out your tour too.

    Ian...Congrats on the debut novel. It does sound action packed and suspenseful. How does novel writing compare to the work of writing short stories, screenplays, and travel pieces?

  7. Welcome Catherine Lee. So glad you stopped by and will be checking the tour.

  8. PS. Thanks for the follow, Catherine Lee.

  9. Yowch! This would be a page-turner indeed! Thanks for the excerpt...


  10. Wow, sounds like a great action/ adventure book, looking forward to finding out more about it on this tour!


  11. No Remorse sounds like an excellent book and from what I've read so far, a real page turner. Hopefully we will see an excerpt that will include some background for Khalid Yubani. I'm wondering why he chooses engaging in human trafficking as a form of revenge against his family.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  12. Hi everyone,
    Thanks Sandra for hosting me today.
    Thanks everyone for your kind words about my debut novel. I hope it's a genre that appeals...I've found about fifty percent of my readers are women, which means I have a slightly higher male readership than some other genres. But that's cool, because we need to get more men back into reading fiction. I've tried to create a page turning, entertaining story with some serious themes we should be concerned about.
    Catherine - writing novels I enjoy because I can create the whole world, whereas screenplays are great for practising tight dialogue, but of course you only use visual and audio senses in movies. I'm not great on short stories, although when I find some time I'll try to write some more. I have so many novel stories in my head though... Travel writing is good for practising description, but I find magazines are wanting a certain spin for their audience.
    Karen - Khalid wants to overthrow the Saudi regime. His motive for trafficking is to (spoiler alert!) win influence among terrorist groups, and others who are seeking organ transplants from young, healthy bodies. So trafficking is not directly linked to revenge, merely another one of his nasty business dealings, along with pornography, slavery, drugs and illegal arms dealing. He's an all round bad guy, but such a lovable villain.
    Thanks again!

  13. Hm, is one of this father's by chance Sophias?

    Congratulations to you debut novel!


  14. Hi Anas
    Yes, the two fathers are of Sophia and her friend Danni, the two American girls kidnapped in Mexico. In this scene the fathers are meeting the kidnappers to pay the ransom. Watching above them, hidden in the rocks, is Lee McCloud and his team of Delta Force snipers.
    Thanks for your comments!

  15. Enter me in this <3

  16. It's a page turner for sure. I was wondering how could they snag the girls from such places like hotel pool, why wasn't someone there to help and prevent this.

    Jibriel.O at web dot de

  17. Jibriel
    Some of the things people do in movies and books... but then real life can be even more surprising.
    I was in a NY hotel last year and found myself wandering around in the basement, back of house, with nobody stopping me. And the hotel was next to a major train station.
    To answer your question, maybe security was busy, or corrupt, or slack or maybe there was no security. Kidnappers often work on opportunity and wait until there is one. Victims are often in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    Cheers, Ian