CHANGES Made July 2015
All Creasy and most other A.J.
Quinnell books now available on Kindle
I am not sure how long these books have
been available on Kindle, but I only just discovered them yesterday and have now
started filling my Kindle with them, even though I already own them all in
They are available from both amazon.com
I live in Singapore and am blocked from
purchasing Kindle books from amazon.co.uk, so got my downloads from amazon.com
The links in the Book Store below will
usually take you to print versions, but those pages will also contain links to
the Kindle versions.
CHANGES Made 31st January 2009
June 2005 Visit
This page started life in 1996
and has grown since then, as more information about the author A.J.Quinnell and his writing
has come to light. For first time visitors it is best to read this page from the
top down, while returning visitors may wish to skip straight to the sections near the
Some of the earlier text has been
left as originally written, rather than being updated, as this preserves the
chronology of the search for A.J.Quinnell.
according to his books is the 'pseudonym of an author who lives
on an island in the Mediterranean'. The mercenary hero of many of
his books 'Creasy', coincidentally happens to have a little pad
(with swimming pool) on the Island of Gozo, near Malta (also in
the Mediterranean). Who is A.J.Quinnell that he requires a
book I read by Quinnell was 'Blood Ties'. I'd never heard of him,
but this book was on offer at Singapore airport at about US$3. So
I bought it and to my surprise really enjoyed it. This story as
it turns out was quite different to his other books. But since
reading it I have bought all his other books (at the full price)
and enjoyed every single one.
was the story of an Indian man, a native girl, a Caucasian woman
and two Caucasian men, one of who is severely racially
prejudiced. After some adventures and romances in a small boat
and on exotic islands in the Indian Ocean, four of the characters
get hitched to their soul mates, while the racist dies, after
being cured of his prejudice. Actually it is a lot more exciting
and romantic than my précis would suggest. I strongly recommend
Quinnell books include:
Man on fire
Snap Shot (UK Title) / The
Snap (US Title)
In the name
of the Father
from Hell *
above with * indicate books involving Creasy the mercenary. All
are a good read!
"The Trail of Tears" was
only published in Japan and is in Japanese language
"The Scalpel" was a
manuscript which appears not to have been published
"The Shadow" was a
manuscript which appears not to have been published
"Priests of a Dead God"
was not completed
THERE HAVE BEEN TWO MOVIE VERSIONS OF MAN ON FIRE
CLICK HERE FOR
INFORMATION ABOUT THE MOVIES OF MAN ON FIRE
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Who is A. J.
creating this page in 1996, I have received many messages from
people who like myself have wondered about the real identity of
AJQ. I do not propose to disclose a possible real name here,
since up to a point I respect the man's privacy. However I
believe that revealing a few tantalizing titbits (US
English: tidbits), will help keep the
that much of the information below was picked up by various
contributors in the form of bar gossip. As such it could be
inaccurate or deliberately misleading, so should not be relied
informants confirm that AJQ lived on a Mediterranean Island near
Malta and confirm that he was a regular at Gleneagles bar in
Mgarr, Gozo. One suggestion was that he no longer lives on Gozo
but that when he did, it was in St. Lucia.
this tourist page http://www.discovergozo.com.mt/stlucia.htm starts with the statement:-
"The Hamlet of Sta. Lucia surrounded by
the Village of Kercem, St Lawrence and just minutes from the
Capital of Gozo - Victoria. Sta. Lucia is sometimes forgotten it
is so quiet, an ideal place for writers. "
informant suggested a real name, which if correct would make his
to have quite a following in Japan. He seems to have revealed
more of himself to the Japanese speaking world than the English
speaking world - including photos of himself. What a pity I can't
the image above for a listing of AJQ books in Japanese
to Patrizia Huinder, Arwell Reed and Tanaka Shigeki for their
Letter from A.J. Quinnell
(Received via email on 4th April
From: A. J. Quinnell
Yesterday afternoon I was taking
a dreamless siesta.
My wife came down
from her study, woke me up and announced that someone called Tony had
put a website on the internet about me.
After cursing the
internet and everything about it, I resolved to track down this
Tony and castrate him with a very blunt knife.
Then I got up and
read the pages. Then read them again; and slowly calmed down.
It seems you have
a certain amount of decency. Inspite of knowing quite a lot about me
you chose to respect my anonymity. I appreciate that.
Yes; for the last
24 years Gozo has been my base. Some years ago I met and married a
Danish lady who is also a writer. Now we split our time between Gozo,
Denmark and travelling.
No, I do not live
in St. Lucia. That was a one mule village until the mule left about
ten years ago. Writers don't need peace. They require inspiration.
Yes; I do
occasionally drop into Gleneagles for an orange juice. Yes; a film
remake of 'Man on Fire' has been made, directed by Tony Scott and
starring Denzel Washington and Christopher Walken. I don't know much
about it because filmmakers don't let novel writers get close in case
they start bitching about what a mess has been made of their
However, I'm told
that it's a great movie although quite different from the book.
The trailer can
be seen on the internet (20th Century Fox). It comes out
this month in the US and in September in most of the rest of the
Yes, I am working
on a novel with a working title 'Priests of a dead God'. It's been
delayed because I was ill. I'm o.k. now and should finish it by the
end of the year. It's a Creasy novel.
Yes, I'm very
popular in Japan and I have given interviews there a couple of years
ago. The Japanese connect to Creasy. They see him as a 'Ronin' - a
disgraced Samurai warrior who spends his time trying to redeem himself
by doing good deeds. Yes, it's strange but they love my books. I 'came
out' in Japan because many of the readers figured out I lived in Gozo,
and descended on Gleneagles.
Rather than have people try to
track me down, may be a better way would be if you were to forward
emails to me, which I will try to reply to. Please only forward the
- Questions and Answers
section of the web site was set up so that readers could send
questions to AJQ. In many cases they got a response. The questions and
A. J. Quinnell's answers are posted below.
a serious illness, A. J. Quinnell is unable to to answer further
questions as of 20th June 2005. This section will remain as an archive
of the interesting information that AJQ revealed.
person who maintains this web site, I am always interested to hear
of AJQ's works and anecdotes from those who have met him, or known
him. If you wish to contact me, my email address is
Where did the name A. J. Quinnell come from?
Quinnell was a famous rugby player in
Wales in the 60's/70's. I once broke his nose. A. J. are the initials
of a bartenders son in Malta where I drank while writing 'Man on
fire'. Several people in the past 20 years have claimed to be A. J.
Quinnell. When I hear about it I send them a message saying: 'No
problem. Just do some of the work!'
Is there any plan in the works to get all of your work released in the
United States (perhaps on the wave of the second "Man on Fire"
movie)? Also, are there any novels, Creasy-related or not, that have
only been released in Japan or other isolated areas (such as "Trail of
Tears")? If so, are there any worldwide release plans?
Thanks - Michael
'Man on fire' has been re-issued by Morrow in the US to tie in with
the film. Also in Britain by Orion and several other countries and
translations. I guess the other Creasy books may be re-issued
depending on the sales of 'Man on fire'.
'The trail of tears' was only published in Japan. It was very
successful there, but other publishers didn't seem to like it. I guess
that's the business.
Q. Which other
authors in your field would you recommend?
In my field I most admire the American writer Charles McCarry whose 2
books 'Tears of autumn' and 'The secret lovers' I regard as
masterpieces. Of course they are out of print, but if you can find
them I urge you to do so. I also like Len Deightons early books,
particularly 'Funeral in Berlin' and 'Horse under water'. I regard his
dialogue about the best in the business.
Q. A number of
people have asked your opinion of the movie?
I haven't seen the film yet (as of beginning May 2004) but understand
that Denzel and Dakota Fanning produced great chemistry. 55% of the
people who have seen the film are women - which is interesting and
Q. Is Creasy based
on a real character?
A. Creasy was based
on a mixture of characters that I knew in the sixties and seventies in
Africa and Vietnam.
Some people have commented that the movie seemed to imply that it was
based on a real event, is that impression correct?
Yes, the story was based on an actual event in Italy in '75.
Q. Have you
considered writing a prequel to Man on Fire - Creasy's early years
perhaps? Thanks - Sophia
Yes, I will be writing a prequel to 'Man on Fire' It will involve
Creasy in Korea and the Vietnam war with the French when he was a
young man. Right now I'm working on a film treatment which is another
do you think of the large amount of security work in the gulf states
that is drawing a lot of British and American soldiers out of the Army
to go and work there? Can you relate to this? (question posed 2nd
June 2004). Thanks - Mick
Yes, the security work in Iraq is phenomenal. About 30.000 people
so far earning from 5,000 to 30,000 Dollars a month depending on
experience risk. Also tax free plus expenses. If I was a bit younger
I might be heading that way myself. The risk is relatively low with
losses running at around 4-5 a month. One Iraqi business man employs &
rents out 8000 security guys. He also buys leases hotels and then
rents them to contracting companies at great profit. I'm not
surprised that many soldiers are opting out and taking the bones of
war. Anyway, without those guys the Americans would have to send in
another 50,000 troops; and they are stretched very thin.
Q. In 'the perfect
kill' is a character named Rambahadur Rai, a 60 year old gurkha
topshot marksman. I'd like to know if this man really lives/lived or
if the book character is modeled after one or more (famous) marksmen
(and, if yes, who are these marksmen ?). Thanks - Rob - Netherlands
A. Yes, Rambahadur
Rai is a real person. He served with the 2/10th Gurkha batallion in
the then Malaya against the communist insurgents circa 1950 and later
against the Indonesian Sulawesi Division in North Borneo circa
1958-61. He was much decorated and is a legend in the British Gurkha
Brigade. He retired to his village in Nepal and, if he is still alive,
would be in his mid/late eighties. He looked, talked and comported
himself, as I described.
Q. I realize Mr.
Quinnell would like to remain anonymous, but could you ask him to
describe his background prior to becoming an author? Has he had prior
military service? Or was he previously employed by a three-lettered
agency? His novels seem to speak with authority, but it would be
interesting to know if his novels come from his own
personal experience or just stories that he's heard from someone he
A. I can only tell
you that I spent many early years in sub-Saharan Africa, and later
about twenty years in the Far East. My stories are based on my own
experiences - and from other sources. There are many facts in them,
but of course they are all fiction.
Q. I assumed that
AJQ was an American writer, based on Creasy being an ex US marine but
I always felt his writing style was more 'British' - would he be
prepared to reveal his background/nationality? - Dave Goldfinch -
I was born in England but spent most of my life in a variety of other
countries. I know it sounds corny but I feel more like a global kind
of citizen. Borders are for crossing!
I love all the books but some have special resonance for me; In the
name of the Father especially because I was educated by Jesuit
priests and also because I read the obituary in the Times last year
about a priest known as 'The Bacon Priest' who was always getting
into trouble - when you discover facts like that you can only admire
the author's ability to meet people like that and construct stories
Creasy's stories are fascinating - I read Simon Murray's book about
being an Englishman in the Foreign Legion as a para during the time
of the OAS so I guess my question is - 'How much of his story is
Creasy based on?'
Finally, Mr. Quinnell, Desmond Bagley and Alistair MacLean had or
still have few peers but your stories are of equal stature. Please
make more knowledge of when your books are coming out available for
loyal fans such as myself who eagerly await your latest tome. Thanks
- Edward Darroch
Thanks for your e-mail and kind words. They are encouraging. I did not
know that the 'Bacon Priest' had passed on. I don't read obituaries;
in case I come across my own! Yes, he was a great character and, in a
way, may have felt out of place once the wall came down. However he
must have been a very old man. He was already well up in years when I
researched him 16 years ago.
I met Simon Murray many years ago in the Far East; an engaging and
very controlled and focused man. But he bears no resemblance to
Creasy. You may see from other e-mails on the web that I'm working on
a new Creasy novel. no date for publication yet but certainly next
One of the
supporting characters in ‘Blood Ties’ was Guy Savy, of Bird Island in
the Seychelles. When I was at high school in Auckland, New Zealand,
in the 1970s, my French teacher was an old Frenchman named Guy Savy,
who often talked about Bird Island in the Seychelles. As I recall, he
lived there during the Second World War and at the time I knew him his
son had taken over the island and turned it into a resort. I don’t
remember his son’s name, or his wife’s, so I don’t know whether the
Guy Savy in the novel is meant to be père or fils. At least one of
the other teachers at school visited Bird Island during my time there,
so it certainly wasn’t an old man’s fantasy. As you can imagine, I was
thrilled beyond words to find my old French teacher (or possible his
son) portrayed in a novel. The Guy Savy I knew was a wonderful old
man, and one of the few truly memorable teachers I have known. I have
no reason for asking for information beyond simple curiosity, but I
would love to know how M. Savy became a character in ‘Blood Ties’.
Thanks - Grant Shirreffs
A. Yes, your old
teacher was the father of Guy Savy of Blood Ties. A long time ago Guy
stayed with me in Hong Kong on his way to New Zeeland to get his
fathers permission to build a nature reserve on the island. I first
sailed to Bird Island from Mahé a few years before. It's very small
and in those days inhabited by two million sooty terns; Guy and his
wife, Marie France,; and an American bartender dressed in bermuda
shorts, a Stetson; and a holstered Colt 45 which he used to shoot any
coconut rats that ventured into the bar. Guy is still there, a friend
of mine visited recently. If you ever get the chance, go. Especially
when the sooty terns return from Australia to lay their eggs. (I think
about Oct./Nov.) If you get there give Guy my regards. I would like to
have met his father, your teacher, who had an interesting history of
his own. In fact the Savy family are very extensive. They are
descendants of the old French 'Grand Blanc' families who first
colonised the islands. I was at school in East Africa with one of
them; Marcus. His grandfather Harry Savy was the scion of the family
and reputedly had eighty children on about ten of the islands. He used
to tell me that it was the only form of entertainment! Hence the
wonderfully mixed ethnic population of the islands today.
Q. I like a lot
your book , I think it is a real master piece, and I like a lot the
movie too, specially because it was done in my city, Mexico city, and
I would love to hear your description or opinion about the feelings
between Creasy and the girl. Thank you a lot. Thanks - Orlando -
A. Many thanks for
your kind words. The relationship between the girl and Creasy is vital
to the story. First of all it is the reason for Creasy's
rehabilitation from a drink-sodden ex mercenary to his real deep down
character. Secondly the depth of feeling between the two, justifies
the extent of the violence that follows. I think that it worked very
well in the film. It's interesting that 'Man on fire' was the first
major Hollywood Movie to be made in Mexico City. Let's hope more
I was just curious about the name Creasy and where he is from in New
Jersey - what made you choose that name and why did you make him
from New Jersey? Thanks - Vivian
Vivian. I'm a bit confused. From which book did you get the info that
Creasy came from New Jersey? I think the only mention I make about his
youth had him coming from Tennessee, but I may be wrong. Please let me
know. He is, of course, a fictional character.
I got that from the Man On Fire TV movie. When he was
"talking/smacking around" the American man involved in the
kidnappings. It was the scene over the Rave Club.
Vivian - Thanks for following up. It has been a long time since I
wrote it, but unless I am mistaken, the reference to New Jersey, only
appeared in the movie with Denzel. I believe in the scene, that the
American you are referring to, mentions that he is from New Jersey and
that Creasy says he it too. Maybe he was hoping that such an apparent
bond would result in information being more forthcoming, but I'm not
sure since I don't recall writing that bit.
Could you describe more of the event that led you to write this book
MAN ON FIRE. I would love to hear about the true story, or find some
information on it. I looked back to Italian papers to see if I could
find anything in 1975 and I couldn't. By the way I love the story
and the movie. Your work is a true WORK OF ART. Thanks - Ogden
A. Thanks for your
kind words. There was no specific event that led me to write 'Man on
fire'. Two things stuck in my mind. Sometime in the sixties the eldest
son of a rich Singaporean business man was kidnapped by a triad gang.
The man had eleven children. He refused to pay the ransom and his son
was murdered. His refusal meant that his other children would never be
targets. The will to make that sacrifice fascinated me. Second: The
kidnapping of John Paul Getty's son by the Mafia in Rome. When Getty
hesitated they cut of the boys ear and sent it to him. To me the
kidnapping of an innocent third party is totally abhorrent. I guess
the writing of 'Man on fire' expressed those feelings.
My wife and I just
watched the Tony Scott remake of "Man on Fire" last night and were
very moved by the "redemption" theme (as well as the acting, writing,
cinematography, etc.). At the end of this version was an "obituary"
note re: Creasy (1956-2003) as if he were a real historical person.
Is this true? If so, how can this be if the original novel was
written in 1980??? And the events??? Regards - Frank X
A. Good question.
Someone told me about the 'obituary' several weeks ago. I asked my
agent to investigate. No answer yet. I will ask again, this time more
forcibly, and let you know the answer. It may be some internal goings
on at 20th Century Fox. Creasy is a totally fictional character.
Q. Hi AJQ. Have you
had a chance to see the movie yet? - Tony (asked September 04)
A. The film is not
here until mid November, so I saw it on DVD on a big screen. I liked
it. The mood was right. They also used a lot of my dialogue which I
Q. I only have one
simple question - Has AJQ written anything under another name? I love
his style and if he has written under another name I would like to buy
a copy of it too. Thanks -
A. I only write
under the name A.J. Quinnell. Thanks for your kindness.
Q. I was wondering
how you felt about the movie ending as opposed to the book ending. I
really enjoyed the movie, but the book seems to place MORE emphasis
on his salvation with Pita dying and him bringing justice (for lack of
a better word) to those who had a part in the kidnapping. I want you
to know that I immensely enjoyed the book. I actually picked it up
when I was in Trieste Italy in 1992. I was in the USN and doing some
shore patrol duty. Can't wait to read the next Creasy novel. Thanks
- Michael Deck
A. Thanks your
e-mail. Of course the ending of the film was designed for Hollywood.
On the whole I enjoyed the film. Also they used a lot of my dialogue.
Yes, the book was steeped in the single minded desire for vengeance
and justice. It also had the element of 'redemption through ordeal' as
Creasy had to go through the pain of getting fit. On the whole I was
satisfied with the film.
I am also a fan of yours. I read in the name of the father and was
fascinated. At the time of the printing, there was a rumor that the
catholic church was trying to find out who you were so they could
sue. Was there any truth to that story?
Thanks for your work.
A. Yes, when I
wrote 'In the name of the Father' I used several real names, including
Archbishop Marcinkus who was then head of the Vatican bank. I changed
the names for publication in Britain and most translated editions; but
in America my publishers kept the name, citing the guarantee of
freedom of speech under the constitution. Marcinkus immediately sued
for one million dollars. The suit was dropped when my U.S. publishers
agreed to change the name for future editions. At that time the
Vatican bank was involved with Banco Ambrosiano, which itself was
involved with the Italian P2 Masonic Lodge and also, apparently, the
Mafia. The head of Banco Ambrosiano was found hanged from Greyfriars
Bridge in London. At the time I heard rumours that certain 'people'
were looking for me. We never met.
Hi there. First of all I would just like to say how great this
website is that you have created dedicated to A.J. The e-mail
postings espicially provided a lot of relevant information. My
question for Mr A.J. Quinnell follows "This is just a follow up to a
posting I read on Tony's website concerning the "obituary" note of
Creasy in the new Man on Fire film. I was just wondering if you ever
recieved a response to your second request to 20th Century Fox to
determine where this came from. Thank you in advance and great job
with Man on Fire. The story was very deep and relevant. Thanks." -
No, I still don't have a reply from Fox about the obituary note. Maybe
of you guys could e-mail them & who knows? You might get an answer.
Thanks for your kind words.
Q. Could you give
me your thoughts on how you selected the name "Creasy"? It is our
family name and derives from the city of Crecy in Lombardy France. The
family came over to England with William the Conqueror and settled in
Berkshire. The family name then came to Henrico County, Virginia prior
to 1678. It may be interesting to note that there is one Creasy
on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC. On a personal
note, my brother was also a Vietnam era Marine and has many of the
qualities of your character. Thanks - Bob Creasy
A. Hi Creasy! I
picked up the name from a friend, an ex pilot with the Royal Navy
fleet air arm. He became a training captain with a regional
airline. I once flew into Seoul airport in S. Korea with him in the
early sixties in a Convair 880. I was in the jump seat behind the
pilots. It was nighttime and there were squalls and flashes of
lightning. In those days you had to stick exactly to your flight path
or risk being shot down by S. Korean AA (The border was just 60 miles
away). Creasy was training a first officer who had control. At the
last minute he panicked. Creasy shouted: 'I have control!'. The first
officers hands froze and would not let go. Creasy hit him in the face
with the back of his hand, and he released the stick. Seconds later
the landing lights were flashing by. As we taxied to the terminal,
Creasy turned to look at what must have been my very white face. He
grinned and said: 'Takes me back to the old days landing on a postage
stamp called a carrier.' So when I started to write many years later
his name sprang to mind. Yes, I was told there was a Creasy on the V.M.
wall. - No connection.
Q. Hello, I am
currently reading Man on Fire and I love it. I would really like to
read more of your works, but I am having trouble tracking some of
them down, but I'll find them eventually. My question is this: is
there a particular order in which we should read your Creasy related
novels? I mean, does one come before another, or what? Thank you for
your time. Man on Fire is awesome!!! Chris Shamblin.
A. Thanks for your
email. After 'Man on fire' the sequel is: 'The Perfect Kill', 'The
Blue Ring', 'Black Horn' and 'Message from hell'. Hope you enjoy them.
you please tell me if the book "The Scalpel" was ever published
in Britain. Thank you.
A. Your question
puzzles me. I wrote a manuscript many years ago which I titled
'Scalpel'. As far as I know it was never published anywhere. If you
have seen it, please let me know.
Q. Having been
raised Catholic I picked up IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER somewhere and
got hooked. Went on a hunt. . .all over the world before I was able
to collected the rest of your novels. My favorite. The MAHDI. So my
question is do you think any "intelligence agency" is smart enough to
ever pull of anything near like what you did in the MAHDI or do you
feel todays bureaucracies screw up the works too much? Del Tinsley,
A. Very interesting
question. Made me think. No. I don't believe that intelligence
agencies these days could mount such an operation. In modern
intelligence the emphasis is on technology. In many ways the N.S.A.
has become more important than the C.I.A. 20 years ago human
intelligence (humint) was paramount. Perhaps after 9/11 the pendulum
has begun to swing back to the agent on the ground. I hope so.
Q. I was curious
what inspired an ex-merc / spec-op man to begin a writing career and
have you ever considered writing a real bio?? I've read books from
people such a Richard Marchinko (Rogue Warrior) and found them to be
both full of insight and interest (real life better than fiction).
Thanks for the good reading! Jonathan Bauer
A. No, I was never
a merc/spec.op man, but over the years I met a few. - Keep guessing!
Thanks for your kind words.
Why are "Message from Hell" & "Black Horn" nearly impossible to find?
The prices when I do an Addall search are crazy. A copy of Message
from Hell went for $46 on ebay a few days ago. Were the production
runs so very small or what? Jim Fincher
A. Thanks for your
e-mail. I cannot answer your question. Publishers decide what they
publish and reprint. I have never been a 'volume' author like Tom
Clancy et al. My books have been published in over 30 languages and
I'm proud of that. My American publisher is the morrow division of
Harper Collins. The editor is Michael Shohl. Maybe you should direct
your question to him. The e-mail address is
I have just come across your Quinnell
web site and found it engrossing reading. The first of Quinnell's
books that I read was 'The Perfect Kill' which I thought was one of
the most enjoyable reads I had ever experienced. As a result I
tracked down 'Man on Fire' and many others and gave them all high
ratings. Being an Australian, I was particularly impressed by his
characterisations of the Australians in his novels. They were so
spot-on I just wondered where he obtained the skills to portray them
so wonderfully. I may be biased, but I judge ALL other books by the
standards that Quinnell has set.
My one criicism relates to the death of
Michael. Oh, why oh why, did he have to be killed off? His
relationship with Creasy was beautifully drawn and when he died, I
felt that a part of me had died as well.
Many thanks again for your web site and
please pass on my heartfelt thanks to AJQ as well. Bill
Magill, Tasmania, Australia
A. Thanks for your
appreciation of my work.Yes, the Michael question! So many people have
asked me why he had to die. The simple answer is that it was part of
the story. I work during the night. The stories come out and in a way
develop a life of their own. Yes, it's fiction; but in my head it
becomes real. It happens that way. In life there are tragedies. People
are born; succeed or fail; suffer or prosper. As I write this
hundreds, even thousands are dying unnecessarily. In Darfour, the
Congo, Iraq. Many die violently; most are mourned. I mourned for
Michael. It seems many others did as well. Bill, part of you did not
die. You were deeply saddened. I make no apologies; that's how it
happened. I suppose I should take your distress as a compliment to my
writing. I do not. Like you I also mourn. That's the bond that can
exist between a writer and a reader. I cannot resurrect Michael but
part of the story that I'm working on now will, in a way, balance out
the episode in Black Horn.
I just want to find out from Mr Quinnell
his Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) connections. Mr Quinnell seems
to have some bits of knowledge on the Rhodesian bush war. Did he
serve in the infamous Sellous Scouts?