Fight Card: Get Hit, Hit Back

G’day folks. The latest Fight Card novella, Get Hit, Hit Back – written by John Kenyon (as Jack Tunney) is now available for kindle.

After last months diversion into MMA, Fight Card is back with an old school boxing story (but MMA fans, don’t worry – there’s more MMA take down action coming later in the year – I think there’s one called Rosie the Ripper).

I haven’t had a chance to read this one yet, but the early reports suggest the one has a nice twist in the tail, that has caught a few people off guard. Sounds great.

Here’s the spiel.

Ottumwa, Iowa 1954

Griffin McCann’s small-town world is rocked when the bank where he works as a guard is robbed. He chases the robbers out of the bank and into a gun battle, leaving one hood dead and one on the lam. Left alone with a dead robber and a bag full of cash, McCann makes a rash decision …

Knowing he’s made a bad mistake, McCann wants to return the money, but life is never that simple. He needs a plan, so he turns to the one thing he knows best – boxing. Now, his moment of weakness has put him in the ring against a deadly opponent who wants to destroy him.

But McCann remembers the most important thing Father Tim, the battling priest, taught him back at St. Vincent’s Asylum For Boys in Chicago: When you get hit, hit back …

Fight Card: Get Hit, Hit Back

The Man From Nowhere (2010)

Country: South Korea
Director: Jeong-beom Lee
Starring: Bin Won, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Hee-won Kim, Seong-oh Kim, Jong-pil Lee
Writer: Jeong-beom Lee
Music: Hyun-jung Shim

There’s a tough little sub genre of spy films, I like to call the ‘messed with the wrong guy’ spy film. It usually features a band of villains picking on a person or group of civilians (often a family), and it just so happens that these people have been befriended by or related to a retired bad-ass spy. To the villains, the spy just seems like an old codger (or a nobody), but we know, despite the wrinkles or low-key personality, this guy is a lethal weapon.

Generally these films tends to play more like a revenge flick and have a tendency to be rather violent. And that’s the perfect lead-in to The Man From Nowhere, which I think is one the best of these violent revenge flicks to come out in the last few years. Some people say that these films aren’t actually spy films, and in a way they are right, however, it is the skill set that these characters have learned through their spy training that allow them to perform the deeds that they do. And often these offensives against the bad guys, are planned and carried out, just like an espionage mission.

Here the ex-agent in question is CHA Tae-shik (Won Bin), and he used to be a highly effective deep cover agent. However, his life is shattered, when some evil doers retaliate against him, by killing his pregnant wife and of course, attempting to kill him. But after the death of his wife, CHA leaves the service and becomes an unkempt recluse, running a pawn shop in a poor area of town. His only connection to the outside world is his neighbour’s daughter, So-mi (Kim Sae-ron). Her mother, is a junky, and when she steals a shipment of heroine from an underworld syndicate, the mobsters come after her, killing her, and taking away So-mi, and simply housing her until she comes of age, where she her organs can be harvested and sold on the black market. Naturally, CHA steps up, and goes searching for So-mi.

As you can imagine, so of the themes in this film are pretty bleak, but it is a wild, emotional ride over the duration of its running time. And I hate to admit this, but I was crying like a girl at the end. So the film has a certain emotional content that resonated with me, but the real reason to watch this film is for the amazing fight scenes. They are tough, brutal and realistic, and almost hurt to watch. If you haven’t caught up with The Man From Nowhere, it’s worth tracking down.

The Man From Nowhere (2010)

Robotic Jellyfish

Via CNN.

In the interests of bringing you the latest in spy news, I give you Cyro, the robotic jellyfish. I must admit this amused the hell out of me.

Designed by a team of researchers at Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, the robot is 5 feet, 7 inches wide and weighs 170 pounds but is stealthy enough to one day be used as an underwater spy for the military.

That’s the spirit – I want to see more ridiculous spy gadgets in the real world. In Skyfall, Q says that they don’t go in for ‘exploding pens’ anymore… no, well Q-Branch better get with the program.

Apparently…

The Navy has been involved with robotic jellyfish in the past, but none has been of this magnitude.

You can read the full article here.

Robotic Jellyfish

Charles Boeckman Presents Johnny Nickle

A press release from the good people at Pro Se Press.

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It isn’t often in the modern market that a Publisher gets the opportunity to work with the characters of a Pulp Writer from the Classic era of Pulp Fiction with the involvement of the author. Pro Se Productions, a leading Publisher of cutting edge Genre Fiction both looking to the future and firmly rooted to the past, proudly announces the debut of a new imprint bringing new life to characters created by prolific Pulp Author Charles Boeckman!

“CHARLES BOECKMAN PRESENTS…” states Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “came from the source itself, honestly. Charles Boeckman, now 92 years old, was a writer of many stories back in the heyday of Pulp and beyond, mostly suspense/mystery and western tales. Due to his publishing of a collection of his mystery stories, I became aware of his work and absolutely fell in love with the characters he created. Not only were the stories taut and exciting, but the characters, all of them just appearing the one time, so many of them had series potential. So, an email or three later to Charles and his wonderful wife, Patti, and I asked about his permission to have modern writers take on some of the characters he’d written into life. He was enthusiastic and encouraging and now we have the debut of CHARLES BOECKMAN PRESENTS JOHNNY NICKLE!”

Originally appearing in Boeckman’s story, ‘Run, Cat, Run,’ Johnny Nickle was a trumpet player on the run from his own past. And now, in CHARLES BOECKMAN PRESENTS JOHNNY NICKLE, this unlikely hero makes a return engagement to perform TWO exciting new hits. NOTES IN THE FOG written by Richard White and THE DEVIL YOU KNOW authored by Brad Mengel push Johnny into mystery and out of it hopefully on a high note.

“This character,” Hancock explained, “is neat on several levels. A sort of sub genre that is very popular among Pulp and Crime fans is that of the Musician Detective/Hero, usually a Jazz type, like Jack Webb’s Pete Kelly. Mr. Boeckman’s work is replete with these sorts of characters and each one stands apart, no cardboard cutouts. Johnny has an edge to him in the original story that both of our authors have maintained, utilizing the rich background Johnny has a trumpet player as well as his own personal background. It’s even more wonderful that Mr. Boeckman is a professional Jazz Musician and band leader as well, so the original stories come with an authenticity that definitely influenced Richard and Brad.”

CHARLES BOECKMAN PRESENTS JOHNNY NICKLE features a fantastic cover by Adam Shaw as well as cover design and print formatting by Sean Ali and ebook formatting by Russ Anderson! Edited by David White, these two tales are your backstage pass to see Charles Boeckman’s Johnny Nickle tackle mystery and murder with a soundtrack that cooks with red hot women, ice cold killers, triple time thrills and smokin’ jazz! From Pro Se Productions!

CHARLES BOECKMAN PRESENTS JOHNNY NICKLE is available from Pro Se’s own store and at Amazon for $8.00! Available for $2.99 for the Kindle at http://www.Amazon.com , the Nook at http://www.barnesandnoble.com, and in other formats at http://www.smashwords.com!

For more information concerning Pro Se Productions, go to http://www.pulpmachine.blogspot.com and http://www.prose-press.com.

Charles Boeckman Presents Johnny Nickle

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

Country: United States
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Writers: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay) / George Crile (book)
Music: James Newton Howard

Charlie Wilson’s War cops a lot of flack for being revisionist view of America’s involvement (or lack thereof) when the USSR invaded Afghanistan. It’s sort of along the lines (and of course this is a very simplified version) – the Mujahideen warriors who fought the Soviets, believed that the Americans idly sat by when the Soviets invaded. However this movie shows that the U.S. did take action, but an under the table action that wouldn’t draw attention, and cause the conflict to escalate to a showdown between the two super-powers. The thing is, the Mujahideen evolved into the Taliban, yep, those guys. One of the principal enemies in the war against terror.

The movie appears to be saying ‘Hey Taliban guys, I know you think Americans are the enemy, but in fact, they’re not. They helped you guys out – but just didn’t tell anybody’. I guess it is a pretty ham-fisted message. None-the-less, politics aside, Charlie Wilson’s War is a great film. I don’t think it is going to cause any terrorists to re-evaluate their war, but as far as entertainment goes, the film is top notch.

This is primarily because of the big name Hollywood stars in front of the camera. Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman, do what they do best – entertain, in a movie that is briskly paced and thoroughly engaging.

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

Cypher (2002)

Country: United States / Canada
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Starring: Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu, Nigel Bennett
Writer: Brian King
Music: Michael Andrews
AKA: Brainstorm

A film like Cypher is almost impossible to describe in a few short paragraphs – in fact discussing the style, plot twists and machinations, and underlying themes could fill a small book. The film is a slightly futuristic high-tech thriller, that while being totally spy – in some ways, in the Best Bondian tradition – is a complete ‘mind f*ck’. Furthermore, I challenge anybody going in cold, to predict where the story is heading.

Morgan Sullivan (Jeremy Northam) is a normal guy trapped in a dull passionless marriage. He dreams of a better, more adventurous life, and applies to a company named Digicorp to become a corporate spy. After a thorough assessment regime, he is accepted, and assumes the identity of a man named Jack Thursby. Thursby is everything that Sullivan is not, but wishes to be. He drinks single malt whiskey, smokes exclusive cigarettes, and tell tales of exotic world travel. And naturally, he is also a ladies man; the object of his desire is a mysterious lady named Rita Foster (Lucy Liu).

However Sullivan’s top secret missions don’t appear to be too exciting. He is shunted across the United States to attend various mind numbing sales seminars where he is required to record the sales pitch and relay the signal back to headquarters. Seminar after seminar, Sullivan continues to make recordings and send them back, but slowly he is losing his sense of identity. The Morgan Sullivan persona seems to diminish, and the Jack Thursby persona begins to take over.

For those who like comparisons, the film is a cross between Total Recall (with bad, bad Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Goldeneye, and it is a film that presages Christopher Nolan’s Inception. If you haven’t seen this one, it’s well worth your time.

Cypher (2002)

Fight Card MMA

Fight Card Publications is excited to announce the release of the first two novels in the new Fight Card MMA series – the first of several new expansions of the bestselling Fight Card brand. Fight Card MMA takes the Fight Card series from the ring to the cage, while delivering ground-and-pound action equal to the exciting fistic pulp action demanded by fans of the monthly Fight Card novels.

Like the original Fight Card novels, the Fight Card MMA tales will be written by many of the best authors working in New Pulp today using the series unifying pseudonym, Jack Tunney.

First up in the cage is author Gerard Brennan. His Fight Card MMA: Welcome To The Octagon takes readers deep into the hardscrabble world of Ireland’s burgeoning MMA scene, from dangerous underground battles to the spotlight of the cage. Brennan has previously won critical acclaim for his hard-hitting novels The Point, Wee Rockets, and Fireproof.

Published simultaneously, Fight Card: The Kalamazoo Kid comes from top MMA author Jeremy Brown. Brown’s previous MMA themed novels, Suckerpunch and Hook And Shoot – featuring rising MMA star Aaron Woodshed Wallace – have become the benchmark by which all other MMA themed novels are judged. Fight Card: The Kalamazoo Kid is a tightly plotted tale of revenge where every move inside and outside of the cage can be deadly.

FIGHT CARD MMA: WELCOME TO THE OCTAGON

Belfast 2013

Mickey The Rage Rafferty has gone through some tough times, but he’s not ready to tap-out just yet. The Belfast widower has to take care of his eight-year-old daughter, Lily. However, his main talent is fighting and the only way he can make enough money off it to support his girl is to take dodgy underground matches paying off in bloodstained cash. Mickey’s trainer, Eddie Smith, doesn’t approve. He wants his most promising student to step into the cage as a real martial artist, not as a fool for thugs and gangsters.

With Eddie on the verge of cutting him loose, Mickey is up against the cage – crushed between fast cash and a legitimate career. Mickey has some big decisions to make and some even bigger opponents to face.

The MMA life can be harsh, and it’s never easy … Welcome To The Octagon …

FIGHT CARD MMA: THE KALAMAZOO KID

Ray Kurt was one of the first guys to step into a sanctioned MMA fight – back when you scrapped four times a night and didn’t wrap your hands until you got to the hospital afterward. Now, he trains fighters in his Kalamazoo mixed martial arts gym, searching for someone he can take to the top.

Young fighting phenom, Tallis Dunbar might just be that someone, but Tallis comes attached to a whole lot of trouble. Detroit mob fixer Andru Harp wants Kurt to turn Tallis into an MMA beast tough enough to take on the Chicago mob’s fearsome fighter, High Voltage – the same man who nearly killed Tallis’ brother a year earlier.

For Detroit and Chicago it’s all about turf, but for Kurt and Tallis their lives and redemption are balanced on a razor’s edge. Kurt is used to fighting with few rules, but now there is only one – survive …

Fight Card MMA

Churchill's Vixens No 3

Churchill’s Vixens No.3 The Leaning Maiden

By Leslie McManus
Published by Mews Books 1976

The Leaning Maiden, is the third book in the Churchill’s Vixens series and it may even be more sleazy than the first. The second book in the series, The Belgian Fox I haven’t found a copy of — and that may be a good thing!

The action passages in The Leaning Maiden are poorly written – so if you look at the story from a blood and thunder perspective – it doesn’t pass muster. But let’s be honest, this book was never intended to be more than low-class 1970’s smut.

Even though I enjoyed this book (and I have had a bug, so my brain hasn’t really been firing on all cylinders), I couldn’t really recommend it to anyone.

From the back cover:

THE ALLIES GREATEST AGENTS AT ESPIONAGE, DESTRUCTION AND SEX

Churchill’s Vixens: The most secret weapon employed against the Third Reich. Special agents as capable on a midnight mission as in the beds of friend or foe.

Sophia Veluttio: Athletic and voluptuous, young, English girl of Italian ancestry, is parachuted into Italy to help the resistance prepare for the Allied invasion.

She proves as adept at blowing up factories as seducing Italian officers.

Sophia leaves a trail of destruction and confusion for the enemy as she and her comrades move toward the day of reckoning on the beaches of Anzio.

Sophia’s story, like the others in this powerful new series, might just be true.

Churchill's Vixens No 3

Action: Pulse Pounding Tales Vol. 2 – Coming Soon

Last year I was lucky enough to have a story in an anthology called Action: Pulse Pounding Tales, which was put together by Matt Hilton (author of the Joe Hunter series).

The first volume was (and still is) a great collection of stories – thirty-seven stories of thrills, spills, kills, and guns galore – written by thirty-six authors, including Zoe Sharp, Matt Hilton, Adrian Magson, Steven Savile, Paul D. Brazill, Richard Godwin, and many more.

If you have not bought a copy, then now’s the time to do it. For Amazon USA click here. For those in the UK click here.

Coming soon is Volume 2 – with more Pulse Pounding stories from Matt Hilton, Andrew Scorah, Alex Shaw, Tyson Adams, Paul D Brazill, Les Morris, Graham Smith, James Oliver Hilton, Jochem Vandersteen, Ian Graham, Ian McAdam, Rod Glenn, Gavin Hunt, Steve Christie, Frank Sonderborg and Richard Godwin – and with more to come, it’s promising to be a killer line up.

And of course, I have a story included as well. It is a follow-up to last year’s blood and thunder tale Cutter’s Law. The new story is entitled Get Cutter – and there are a few readers of a certain age who are groaning at that title. Sorry!

This story sees Nathan Cutter behind bars – after the events in Cutter’s Law – with a bounty on his head. Pulse pounding action (and violence) ensues.

Keep an eye out for it.

Action: Pulse Pounding Tales Vol. 2 – Coming Soon