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Matt Fulton

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December 15, 1989

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Matt Fulton is an independent writer and filmmaker with a B.A. in English and Political Science from Rutgers University—Camden. He is the author of the Active Measures series of spy thrillers and The Walk, a one-act play which tells the untold true story of Howard Unruh and America’s first mass shooting. At twelve, he found inspiration in the stories of John le Carré, Graham Greene, Tom Clancy, Cormac McCarthy, and J.R.R. Tolkien and began slowly developing the key characters and central plot that eventually became his debut novel, Active Measures: Part I, released in 2016. Matt has also studied foreign policy in Washington, DC and interned in Congress and the British Parliament. He lives in New Jersey.

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Matt Fulton Thanks for the question. That little company first came about primarily through necessity. I wanted Kazanoff to have his own men independent of al-Din…moreThanks for the question. That little company first came about primarily through necessity. I wanted Kazanoff to have his own men independent of al-Din's loyalists in Hezbollah, which naturally brought me to search Russian SOF and special services. Using a standing unit didn't quite fit the bill from from an OPSEC perspective, so I decided to have Kazanoff source his team from the GRU Spetsnaz units that have recently seen action in Ukraine, and even some of the militias loyal to the Chechen president (who, as you'll see in Part II, is a twisted fellow named Ramzan Umarov).

After I figured out where these guys might come from, I had to factor in what sort of person would serve an individual like Kazanoff and the influence he might have on them. You can clearly see that influence in Part I. Moving into Part II, I'll say it might be better to call them acolytes, rather than henchmen.(less)
Matt Fulton The creation of Nina Davenport as a character predates Homeland's first season by about 9 years, so I wouldn't say Nina is meant to be a response to C…moreThe creation of Nina Davenport as a character predates Homeland's first season by about 9 years, so I wouldn't say Nina is meant to be a response to Carrie Mathison (full disclosure: I've never watched Homeland). Rather, while I'd say Nina and Carrie are certainly cut from the same cloth--i.e. that group of methodical, driven counterterrorism analysts and targeting officers who came to prominence in Langley after 9/11--they differ widely in personal qualities. That's not to say Nina has no character flaws (she definitely does) but hers are more more subtle, more internal. Nina focuses on her target to the point of obsession, neglecting nearly everything else around her, and this is something she's done for years now. As she takes a moment to stop and look around at the personal wreckage of her life, she's beginning to realize the cost of that obsession. Yet more than that, I think there's something much deeper to her that needs to be explored--there's a reason she obsesses over this rogue's gallery; there's something else she's trying to avoid by hunting ghosts.(less)
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“I can’t give you an answer,” Minin sighed.
“What do I say to Eni and OMV?” Ivanov leaned in. “What do I say to the crews in Burgas?” He shrugged. “‘Mikhail’s mistress bit down a little too hard last night and, shame, it’s worth fuck-all now?’”
Minin looked down at his toes.
“I helped that bastard when no one else would.”
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“It began two years earlier when Karetnikov seized the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in broad daylight and dared the West to make him pay. As sanctions were levied against Karetnikov’s associates, the European Commission passed regulation after regulation to prevent South Stream from being built and leaned on the Bulgarian government, where the pipeline would come ashore, to end their involvement. Gazprom executives and Kremlin emissaries began clandestine pilgrimages to Bojan Siderov, the prime minister of Bulgaria, and showered the country with politically strategic investments. Ivanov warily helped the GRU, Russian military intelligence, funnel millions to Ataka, a far-right party opposed to European integration and the exploration of Bulgarian shale gas. After parliamentary elections, Ataka gained enough seats to bolster Siderov’s coalition and pass a bill clearing the way for the pipeline. Everything was in order, and even as of that morning, pipe-laying ships were at work in the Black Sea.”
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“Ivanov’s cold indifference was unshakable. He snapped the book shut. “Do you want to spend the rest of your life in that man’s shadow? Or would you like to cast a pall of you own?”
“Where you’re asking to go—I can’t follow.”
“You’re not innocent anymore,” Ivanov said.
“No.” Minin shook his head. “No.”
“Could Trubnikov’s man?”
Minin stared at the TV. “He’s done that much.”
“Andruishka, we’ve talked about this for years.”
“It’s not right.”
“Go see him. See for yourself.”
“He was still alive…”
“He’s not now.”
Minin’s eyes welled for a moment.
“Andruishka?”
“Fine,” he breathed. “I will.”
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