United Nations sanctions are crippling North Korea. China has turned her back on her malevolent partner. The North Korean military machine is crumbling, unable to function. Oil reserves are minimal and the government seeks new alliances.
Cargo and tourist ships are disappearing along the Somali and Kenyan coastline at an alarming rate. Speeches abound, but inaction emboldens Al-Shabab to seek their next prize: Kenya. The terror organization controls land but requires weapons.
Bedlam Bravo team leader Colonel (Ret.) Trevor Franklin leads the small international team into East Africa. Tempers flare as the team is embroiled in a political quagmire. The axis must be stopped to avert an international crisis but at what cost?
Two of Randall Krzak’s novels are semi-finalists for the 2018 Global Thriller awards, The Kurdish Connection and DANGEROUS ALLIANCE. He took time out of his busy schedule to speak with The Big Thrill about his latest thriller, DANGEROUS ALLIANCE:
What attracts you to this book’s genre?
My favorite authors include Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, and others. Their influence led me to trying something in the same genre.
What was the biggest challenge this book presented? What about the biggest opportunity?
The biggest challenge was the large cast of characters and trying to ensure I picked foreign names which would be relatively easy to pronounce.
The biggest opportunity was the research efforts required, which expanded my knowledge of the geographical areas.
Which took shape first: plot, character, or setting?
Plot first and then I worked on the setting and characters as I wrote my outline.
Randall Krzak is a U. S. Army veteran and retired senior civil servant, spending almost thirty years in Europe, Africa, Central America, and the Middle East. His residency abroad qualifies him to build rich worlds in his action-adventure novels and short stories. Familiar with customs, laws, and social norms, he promotes these to create authentic characters and scenery.
He penned A Dangerous Occupation, a winning entry in the August 2016 Wild Sound Writing and Film Festival Review short story category. His first novel, The Kurdish Connection, was published in 2017.
He is currently working on the third novel in the series, Carnage in Singapore. His creative enterprise delved even further into the treacherous sphere of the drug cartel in South America, expanding the manuscript, A Cartel’s Revenge, into a future series.
Randall holds a general Master in Business Administration (MBA) and a MBA with an emphasis in Strategic Focus, both from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. He and his wife, Sylvia, and five cats are transitioning from the United States to Scotland. In addition to writing, he enjoys hiking, reading, candle making, pyrography, and sightseeing.
To learn more about Randall and his work, please visit his website.
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