Omega, the second book in the Col Sec series has also been relaunched in eBook format and the print edition will be released soon too. The inspiration for the book came from quite an unexpected source. Soon after I finished writing Ronin I wanted another project but wasn’t sure what to write. With developing the Col Sec Universe I had all these great characters but I didn’t have a clue what to do with them. I surely wasn’t going to discard them and do something else completely, it seemed such a waste. There was so much more left for them to do, to experience, but at that time I wasn’t sure where to start.
Then it hit me after watching Quantum of Solace with Daniel Craig. I have always been a huge fan of James Bond in both literary and movie form, although at times the two are completely different animals. When Casino Royale came out I was ecstatic that they finally brought the character back to the big screen but when Quantum of Solace arrived I was less than overawed. It was good, but not especially what I would term a ‘Bond movie’ but there were some good ideas there.
I have always wanted to write a good spy novel and then I realised that one of my characters from Ronin, Matt Hawk was essentially a secret agent. I wasn’t sure where to go with Kurt Stryder after his dramatic recovery from Ronin but I didn’t want to discard all the other characters and I knew Kurt would resurface sooner or later so I decided to centre the new book around Matt to give Kurt time to sort his head out. If you’ve read Ronin you’ll know what I mean.In that regard it gave me ample opportunity to expand the Matt Hawk character along with the rest of those he worked with from Ronin.
I have always liked the idea of SPECTRE from the James Bond books and movies, the idea of a multi national covert criminal cartel that sold their services to the highest bidder, intriguing. In many ways Quantum was the up dated version of that same idea so I thought I would go one step further and update it for the twenty fifth century. Omega is the quintessential covert criminal cartel, no one knows they even exist until they reveal themselves. Through many twists and turns Omega threatens to destroy everything that Col Sec has fought years to attain and protect.
Through the process of writing the book I started with, what I considered to be a secret agent story, with the lone protagonist against the insidious organisation that was everywhere, but it slowly progressed into a Col Sec story. In Omega I think I’ve created a threat to Col Sec that will challenge them in ways they never thought possible but to find out how, you’ll have to read the book.
That’s all for now,
see you soon