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David Gilman was raised in Liverpool and educated in Wales. By the time he was 16 he was driving a battered 1946 Ford, ferrying construction workers in the African bush. A variety of jobs followed in different countries: fire and rescue, forestry work, JCB driver, window dresser and professional photographer in an advertising agency. He served in the Parachute Regiment’s Reconnaissance Platoon and then worked in publishing. In 1986 he turned to full-time writing. He has written many radio and television scripts including several years of ‘A Touch of Frost’. In 2007 his ‘Danger Zone’ trilogy for YA was sold in 15 countries. The first in the series – The Devil’s Breath was long listed for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and won the French Prix Polar ...more

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David Gilman James, apologies for this late reply but your question was not flagged for some reason and I have only just come across it. Thanks for your generous c…moreJames, apologies for this late reply but your question was not flagged for some reason and I have only just come across it. Thanks for your generous comments I'm pleased you are enjoying the series. If you have finished Scourge of Wolves, the 5th book, then there is another on the way. I have recently delivered the 6th book - Cross of Fire - which should be published in February 2020. There was a bit of a delay this year because I wrote another standalone which was published in February 2019 - Night Flight to Paris. I hope you continue to enjoy the books. Best wishes, David.(less)
David Gilman Dear Sudhagar,
Thank you for getting in touch. It took a long time to dig out the research for both the Mali war involvement of the French Foreign Leg…more
Dear Sudhagar,
Thank you for getting in touch. It took a long time to dig out the research for both the Mali war involvement of the French Foreign Legion (I'm pleased to say a former Legionnaire with 15 years experience thought I had got the whole Legion ethic correct). I also recall being in Africa, both jungle and desert when I was a soldier and from the time I lived in Africa afterwards. So there are many sources of inspiration that can be embraced and out down on the page. And I am pleased to hear you think the atmosphere prevailed in the novel.
As far as the penal colony goes I found information via an Italian documentary in an Italian magazine and then discovered more about the harshness of these penal colonies. There are quite a few of them and some, like the one in the book are really bad - and it was one colony in particular that the various sites and articles in international, as well as Russian, periodicals that I based this prison on. Thanks again for getting in touch, Best wishes, David. (less)
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