James Houston Turner

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#1 bestselling author of the Aleksandr Talanov thriller series, about a former KGB colonel whose past will not leave him alone.

Talanov the character was inspired by an actual KGB agent who leaked word out of Moscow back in the 1980s that James was on a KGB watchlist for his smuggling activities behind the old Iron Curtain.

Talanov's debut thriller, Department Thirteen, was voted the "Best Thriller of 2011" by USA Book News, after which it won gold medals in the 2012 Independent Publisher "IPPY" Book Awards and the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

In 1991, James was diagnosed with cancer and given eighteen months to live after an eleven hour operation in Australia, where doctors removed a tumor the size of an orange from his face. "Beat
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James Houston Turner I am currently editing my upcoming new Talanov thriller, Dragon Head, which will be published in 2018 and picks up chronologically where Department…moreI am currently editing my upcoming new Talanov thriller, Dragon Head, which will be published in 2018 and picks up chronologically where Department Thirteen and Greco's Game leave off.

In Dragon Head, I take Talanov in a new direction when he meets a family of three Chinese orphans in a community center in San Francisco, where he is placed in an impossible situation when the youngest - an eleven year-old girl - is kidnapped by a Hong Kong crime lord, who threatens to kill her if his demands are not met. When Talanov wants to rescue the girl and take down the crime lord, he is ordered by the CIA to let her die for the sake of national security.

Which brings us to the Bible verse Talanov discovers on a sign in the community center. The verse is Hebrews 13:5, which says, "I will never desert (or abandon) you." The Bible says it's a promise made to us by God, but are we willing to make the same promise to those we love? Talanov didn't ask for the love of these three annoying kids. But what happens when love of three annoying kids finds you? His grappling with that promise is the backbone of this story, and, hence, gives us the story's tagline: "I will never desert you. How far would YOU go to keep that promise?"(less)
James Houston Turner The Spud Book was my first big break as a writer, Sue. I first self-published it, got myself on some TV shows, then sold the publishing rights to St.…moreThe Spud Book was my first big break as a writer, Sue. I first self-published it, got myself on some TV shows, then sold the publishing rights to St. Martin's Press, who republished it, after which French's Foods (famous for its mustard) sent me on a nationwide television "Spud Tour," where I cooked potatoes for TV hosts and their audiences. I have never had anyone hand me the company credit card and say, "Go buy whatever you need for this tour." I had SOOO much fun shopping, including a bottle of Champagne to celebrate the deal and a haircut (I was pretty shaggy at the time). Thank you, also, for your gracious words. I am blessed indeed to have Wendy as my wife. We are the proverbial "hand and glove," with complementary strengths. We make a good team, and I have the added privilege of working at my laptop in the same room as the kitchen, where she pursues her love of cooking (being as she is the author of The Recipe Gal Cookbook). In fact, there is a pot of Texas chili cooking now and I am the official taste-tester. Gotta run...(less)
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Bestselling Author James Houston Turner's Novel, Greco's Game, Optioned By Wonderfilm and TideRock After Bidding War

BEVERLY HILLS -- Wonderfilm Media and TideRock Media have acquired the film and television rights to James Houston Turner's bestselling Aleksandr Talanov series of action thrillers about a former KGB agent who became a spy for America.

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