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M.K. South has worked in international finance and development for over 20 years, living in or traveling to many countries including the ones featured in this debut novel. Currently, M.K. works in Eastern Europe and continues globetrotting, for work and to experience the world.

"I was born a vagabond," says M.K., "in a snow-clad little place thousands miles way from the sun-drenched city on the Black Sea my mother called home. I then lived, studied and worked in other countries, poor, aspiring and rich. I've experienced poverty and war, as well as peace and prosperity, and I've learned that you don't fully appreciate the latter, unless you've known the former. Today, I'm still living in a foreign country, working in several others in the reg
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On this day in 1989: an excerpt from Of Our Own Device

"It turned out the Station had reached an agreement with the author of the two letters dropped in Jack’s car and as a result two ops had been scheduled—one was a cash drop-off and the other a collection.

Jack stared at the COS, struggling to hold back his incredulity. The Company didn’t usually pay unknown sources whose identity together with the authenticity of the information hadn’t been establis Read more of this blog post »
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message 2: by M.K. (last edited Apr 16, 2017 10:35PM)

M.K. South Tom wrote: "My dad was a deputy director so I may be hyper-critical."

How interesting! I'm sure you (and your dad) would say that it's a complete and fabricated fiction -- which is what the plot is. The background events are 100% accurate though-- ok, 99% then ;) -- as I have extracted them from various memoirs and news archives.

But hey, the epigraph must say something about the story -- "Love is a striking example of how little reality means to us" (Marcel Proust). It's just so happened that the MC is a cia officer, rather than a banker or a miner -- with all the implications there off !! ;)

Thanks for accepting my invite! And if you will find the time to read my book sometime, I'll be thrilled if you would find some more time to drop me a couple of lines via email with your thoughts :) -- what? me, pushy?? Never! :D

PS: you can find available sample chapters from amazon, G+ and a number of other distributors.


message 1: by Tom

Tom Mathews Thanks for the invite. Don't count on me for book reviews. I'm not sure you would want me to review a book about a CIA agent. My dad was a deputy director so I may be hyper-critical.


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