I wanted a character who was not bound by the official rules of the law, but who was nevertheless on the right side of it. The new crime series also had to have all the hallmarks of my brand – a troubled hero, the sea, boats, interesting and diverse characters and lots of action. So already the stage was set, enter former Royal Marine Commando, Special Boat Services Officer, Art Marvik, in the first of this new series Silent Running
Silent Running an Art Marvik marine crime novel
Marvik was sent to an elite and expensive boarding school at the age of eleven. He grew up feeling his marine archaeologist parents loved their occupation and their quest for aquatic treasures more than they loved their son. After their death in a diving accident when Marvik was seventeen he joined the marines and put his parents, their life and their wealth behind him. Langton, the psychiatrist, who treated Marvik after a head injury sustained in combat, said he was running away from his emotions, maybe he was, but he would continue running. The past was the past, but the past has a nasty habit of catching up with you and Marvik’s is about to do just that.
Silent Running, sees Art Marvik newly out of the marines. He's tough, highly trained, fearless, intelligent and fit. But injuries inflicted while in combat have forced him to seek a new life in Civvy Street. He thought he’d be able to adjust and carve out a new career for himself on the sea, but his first job as a private maritime security operative goes very wrong when the luxury motor cruiser he was travelling on and had been detailed to guard, gets attacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean, and Marvik finds himself with a bullet in his shoulder and the boat’s owner dead. He’d failed on his first mission in civilian life, and Silent Running opens with him reeling from it.
Marvik has retreated to a cottage in the remote and quiet waters of Newtown Harbour on the Isle of Wight to recuperate and consider his future. But when his former marine comrade, Shaun Strathen, enlists his help to find a missing computer scientist and a former girlfriend of Marvik’s goes missing after visiting him in his cottage Marvik finds himself seconded to the National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) headed by Detective Chief Superintendent Crowder and so Marvik is sucked into a dangerous mission, his first for NIMS.
Silent Running has been published in hardcover, as an ebook and in Large Print and in July 2016 will be released as an unabridged audio book
The second in the art Marvik marine crime series, Dangerous Cargo will be published by Severn House in hardcover in the UK on 31 May 2016 and in the USA on 1 September 2016 and I am busy writing the third in the Marvik series.
Now in paperback Silent Running is available at all online bookstores and in bookshops and can be loaned from UK and USA Libraries.