Entries in Espionage (4)

Sunday
May132012

Espionage and Storytelling

I love spy fiilms, there's no secret about that. But the exectuion of such films is sometimes wanting, but I end up struggling through many a half-hearted tale regardless. I recently got a chance to see Tom Cruise's Missle Impossible: Ghost Protocol and was pleasantly surprised by how it turned out, though it was a bit long and dragged out in spots, particularly after the Dubai scene, where I believe the film should have ended (blame 711 Press for my new outlook on effective and streamlined storytelling). The Bourne films (the first three, to be precise) are another matter altogether. Those films epitomize not only spy fiction but storytelling in general.

When I approach my own Kill Factor spy series, I have all of these things in mind, but I don't write from a technical standpoint, with paint-by-numbers restrictions or the like. Storytelling should be fluid and natural in its unfolding. Many times Hollywood movies feel like committee efforts, as though they went through a hundred pair of hands before landing in front of your eyes. Stories should be as personal and seamless as possible; for my money, those are generally the most impacting ones.

- R. Vallon

Friday
Apr272012

Kill Factor: Serpent Head Launches!

So thrilled to see the book's release today, Friday, April 27th! It's another Movie Book Friday, folks! And this time we invite you to the world of Kill Factor. Get ready for decadence Monte Carlo style, and thrills, chills, and spy action that will pump you up for more books in this ongoing series. Spring is more like summer with Serpent Head, so picture yourself on a beach with this book in hand and lose yourself in a convoluted espionage plot that will whisk you away from reality for about 2 hours.

In this installment, rogue agent Hadrian Black is sent to Geneva in an attempt to uncover the hidden players behind Redrum Industries, but trouble follows him when Redrum's home-grown spies corner our hero in the field. Meanwhile Magenta, the newest recruit (and the latest agent to be snatched right from the government's clutches and Redrum itself) is dispatched to exquisite Monte Carlo, where she attempts to finagle intel from one of Redrum's elite while immersing herself in the pampered Monaco lifestyle. According to 711 Press, this is the sexiest Kill Factor entry so far, and it has to be with Magenta at the center of the story. We also meet a new sleeper with a standard Principate call sign and color code, Trajan Cobalt, and a lot is revealed in short order before all is said and done.

So lose yourself in this latest Movie Book and let us know what you think! Check out Serpent Head here.

Wednesday
Aug312011

Look out James Bond and Jason Bourne, Hadrian Black is here!!!

Kill Factor, the first espionage thriller by new author Roger Vallon is officially available today (08/31/2011) on Nook and Kindle! Here's a synopsis of the thriller which can also be read on the book page-

"After going rogue and laying low on a farm in the Midwest, Hadrian Black, an ex black-ops soldier turned covert government agent resurfaces and seeks revenge against the company that made him what he is. With the aid of an old friend, and the schemes and resources of a new one, Hadrian faces off against the deadly agents of the multi-faceted corporation with a global reach known as Redrum Industries, which is also out to destroy him." 

Learn more and order your copy today at http://711press.com/kill-factor/

Tuesday
Aug302011

Roger Vallon Interview

711 Press caught up with thriller author Roger Vallon, who has gathered an impressive Twitter following in just one week (over 640 followers interested in his new series, called Kill Factor). We had a few questions for Roger that we figured would tie in nicely with the release of his first book. The results of that interview follow below:

711 Press: So Roger, Kill Factor officially releases tomorrow (08/31/2011), although I see it’s already live on Kindle, lol. We want to congratulate you on your first release. We loved the manuscript when we first read it and it’s even more explosive now that it’s polished and edited.

Roger Vallon: Thanks. I must say, people think writing a book is easy. It’s not; it takes lots of work to hone your writing skills. And following the 711 writing guidelines makes it even more difficult. There were times I almost wanted to kill you guys, like my character Hadrian Black would have :) no offense. But, having the 711 team produce the book with me made it such a wonderful, rewarding experience in the end. I honestly don’t think Kill Factor would’ve been as compelling as it is if not for your guidance. So, much obliged for that.

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