After 20-plus years as a journalist with BBC News and its international offshoot Visnews, Peter Marshall worked on the use of the early communications satellites in the 1980s for global TV transmission.This took him to spend 12 years in the USA, first in a new position with the INTELSAT organisation to develop this new market. When the satellite communications business was deregulated in the 1990’s, he went on to become President of a new private sector company providing global satellite services.  He is now retired and living by the sea in Torquay, Devon, with time to write books.

His world travels on business provided the background for his creative spy novels, which are set in the murky world of international espionage.  And he also began to work with his former colleague, Dr. Joseph Pelton, on a series of books on the space industry. These described the emergence of private companies in the space business and then (following on from the NASA Space Shuttle disasters) they went on to explore the importance of safety for human space flight.

The series of books they produced is listed in the bibliography below, including the latest volume which describes the human safety issues associated with NASA’s Artemis project to take astronauts back to the moon and to then set up a new base there for further space exploration. Another book is now in preparation for publication in 2024 describing the challenges faced by NASA in planning the ambitious “Gateway” project, which includes creating a new space station as a future base for future missions beyond the moon and en route to Mars.

Meanwhile, Peter has published “The Bear is Stirring“, his fourth spy story about the secret services of Russia and the West at the time when when the Ukraine situation exploded!  The latest hazardous exploits of the ‘spooks’ created in his previous books – including Marina Peters and Nikolai Aldanov – suddenly became an echo of real life and one on-line reviewer wrote:

“I have no hesitation in rating this book five out of five. Notwithstanding that it is a fiction, the book is presented in a way that gives it a real-life feel, it is fast-paced, and it relies on multiple characters rather than an individual one …. these elements are delivered with taste and good humour. A couple of examples are the incessant polite bowing of Japanese diplomats and the obligatory offering of vodka for all occasions by the Russians. I recommend this book to readers who like spy stories based on real-life events. You will not be disappointed with this one. Marshall aligns the story with the contemporary status of the frayed relationship between Russia and the West. His experience as a veteran journalist also lends credibility to the aspects of the book that are factual.”  Review by online book club, Feb 2023.

“The Bear is Stirring” completed a “quadrilogy” with the three previous novels which all followed the experiences of a British woman who became embroiled in a web of intrigue as the outcome of an on-line “date” with a Russian, who turned out to be a secret agent in Moscow. The first novel, “The Russian Lieutenant”, earned this review: “I will definitely be keeping an eye on this incredibly gifted author”. Another wrote: “There are surprises in every chapter… a page turner… this reviewer certainly couldn’t put it down!”. Peter then followed up with even more positive reviews for “Beyond the Funeral” in 2020 and “There are No Coincidences” in 2021.

This year, as well as researching for another spy novel, Peter is working on a follow up to “The Wayward Spirit”, published in 2016, on the latest extraordinary travel experiences of the international marketeer and philanthropist Peter Harris.

Peter Marshall’s career highlights also include serving as Chairman of the Royal Television Society (RTS – UK) in 1986; and President of the Society of Satellite Professionals (SSPI – USA) 1987-1992. He was chosen as Executive of the Year by the World Teleport Association (WTA) in 1995 and was elected to the Satellite Hall of Fame by SSPI in 2003. For further information, see:


Peter Marshall – Bibliography (2005 to 2023)

* available on Amazon


The Russian Lieutenant* (AUTHOR) – first novel – published by Authoright, April 2020

Beyond the Funeral* (AUTHOR) – sequel to “The Russian Lieutenant” – self-published with Amazon/KDP, October 2020

There Are No Coincidences* (AUTHOR) – a third spy thriller to complete “The Marina Trilogy” – published by Booktrail Agency (USA), December 2021

The Russian Bear’s Revenge* (AUTHOR) – a fourth spy thriller – self-published with Amazon-KDP, February 2023



Space Safety 2005 – (EDITOR – a research report by Dr. Joseph Pelton, conducted for the Space Shuttle Children’s Trust Fund and published by George Washington University, USA, March 2005)

Communications Satellites – Global Change Agents* – (CO-EDITOR with Dr. Joseph Pelton and Jack Osland, published by Lawrence Erlbaum, USA, 2006) –

Space Exploration and Astronaut Safety – (CO-AUTHOR with Dr. Joseph Pelton, published by AIAA, 2006)

Space Planes and Space Tourism – (EDITOR, a research study by Dr. Joseph Pelton, published by George Washington University, 2007)

License to Orbit* – (CO-AUTHOR with Dr. Joseph Pelton, published by Apogee Books, Canada, 2009)

Megacrunch – Survival Strategies for the 21st Century*
(CO-AUTHOR with Dr. Joseph Pelton, self-published with Createspace/Amazon, 2010)

The Safe City by Dr. Joseph Pelton and Indu Singh (EDITOR, published by The Emerald Planet, USA, 2013)

Launching into Commercial Space* – (CO-AUTHOR with Dr. Joseph Pelton – published as an E-Book by AIAA, 2013, and updated and self-published as a paperback in 2015).

Delivering the News – (AUTHOR – a personal autobiography, published privately, 2014, for family and friends.)

The Oracle of Colombo* by Dr. Joseph Pelton – (EDITOR, a biography of Arthur C. Clarke, self-published with Createspace/Amazon behalf of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, 2015.)

A Wayward Spirit* by Peter J. Harris – The Life-changing experiences of a Globetrotter – (EDITOR – self-published in 2016 with Createspace/Amazon).

The Farthest Shore – a 21st Century Guide to Space by Dr. Joseph Pelton and Dr. A. Buckley (CO-EDITOR – published by Apogee Books, Canada, 2016, for the International Space University)

The World is Their Stage* – “How Stephanie Manuel created Stagecoach, helped a million kids … and became a millionaire” – (AUTHOR – published in 2018 by Janus Publishing).

The Oracle of Colombo – 2nd edition* (CO-AUTHOR with Dr. Joseph Pelton) – Arthur C. Clarke reveals the future (self-published with Amazon/KDP in 2019)

Crabbgate* by Dr. John Bevan – the unsolved mystery of the Royal Navy frogman, Commander “Buster” Crabb and the Russians (CONTRIBUTOR and FOREWORD) – published in May 2019.

Life on Spaceship Earth* (EDITOR) – the autobiography of Dr. Joseph N. Pelton – self-published with Amazon/KDP, June 2020.

Safety First – a Review of NASA Spacecraft for Astronaut Missions* (EDITOR AND CO-AUTHOR with Dr. Joseph N. Pelton) self-published with Amazon/KDP for the Space Shuttle Children’s Trust Fund, August 2021.

A Face, a Voice* (EDITOR) – the autobiography of Martin Muncaster, Broadcaster – published by Austin Macauley, December 2021).

The Space Safety Institute: A new way to safety certification for the “New Space” Age* (EDITOR with author Dr. Joseph N. Pelton) self-published with Amazon/KDP for the Space Shuttle Children’s Trust Fund, April 2022.

21st Century Space Stations: New Approaches to Space Safety* (EDITOR with author Dr. Joseph N. Pelton) self-published with Amazon/KDP for the Space Shuttle Children’s Trust Fund, June 2022.

Safety on the Moon: NASA’s Artemis Lunar Exploration Program* (EDITOR with author Dr.Joseph N. Pelton) self-published with Amazon/KDP for the Space Shuttle Children’s Trust Fund, May 2023.