PETER MARSHALL – another spy thriller! And more to come?
This time, there is a sense of reality about Peter’s latest novel “The Russian Bear’s Revenge” (now available from Amazon). He had prepared an outline for this fourth spy story about the secret services of Russia and the West when the Ukraine situation exploded! Consequently, 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.
“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. While it is inevitable that such a book will be cliched and stereotypical in some ways, 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, even more business meetings, 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. Marshall’s 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 Russian Bear’s Revenge” completes a “quadrilogy” with his three previous novels set in the ruthless world of international espionage. They all follow 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 him 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 more positive reviews for “Beyond the Funeral” in 2020 and “There are No Coincidences” in 2021.
During 2022, Peter has also edited and published a third volume on space flight safety issues, together with author Dr. Joseph Pelton from Washington DC (see bibliography below). This is an increasingly important subject today as private companies pursue their plans to build and launch spacecraft as well as ambitious space station projects of the future.
For 2023, he is now 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. Also, there is the prospect of another volume on space exploration – and possibly (as a relaxation from the real world of facts and research?) another new spy novel.
After 20-plus years as a journalist with BBC News and its international offshoot Visnews, Peter’s career took him into the satellite communications business. This included 12 years in the USA working on the development of satellite services for global TV news distribution. His world travels on business provided the background for many of his creative spy stories. He is now retired and living by the sea in Torquay, Devon.
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: www.sspi.org/cpages/hof-marshall.
Peter Marshall – Bibliography (2005 to 2021)
* 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.