Release Day for The Last Enemy

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It’s release day and I couldn’t be more ecstatic for The Last Enemy to finally come out.  I’m very excited that the book is getting such wonderful reviews. Not one to stand still long, I am already about a dozen chapters into the next Monk adventure tentatively titled:  The Red Wall

To check those out any of those reviews click any of the links below.

– CB

A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: The Last Enemy (Agents of Influence Book 1) by Christian Beck

The Last Enemy (Agents of Influence #1)



Luck, fate or something else…

When you get published, one of the first questions I find I’m asked is how did you do it? I’m the last bloke for giving advice but I will offer at least this perspective:

I don’t know if I would say The Last Enemy has had a charmed life. Sure, it’s my first book, and it was grabbed up from my first submission to a publisher. And that sounds like a lucky break but it isn’t. Luck is finding twenty buck on the sidewalk. I don’t believe in hubris. I’ll admit freely to feeling the pang of insecurity until my book is done. What I am confident in is my ability to write and to weave a big sweeping story together. And while that doesn’t make it good, mind you, there are hard days writing a novel, so believing in your ability can get you through it. I found that’s the case in my particular instance. I took my time with the first Simon Monk novel. And it was actually my second novel. The first was a collaborative effort with another, very busy author that was taking a long time due to their publishing commitments (more about that second book later). When I barked about it, as I often did, her advice was simply ‘write another book’. So I did. And I wrote about something I love: Spies.

Look, I don’t know that my take on the contemporary thriller is trendy, or if the truth behind some of my plot is timely. I didn’t give a shit. I knew if I loved it, I would write it well because my internal barometer would settle for nothing less than doing it really well.

So back to that perspective I said I’d offer: write what you love and write it well. Sorry, it’s hardly original advice, I know. Is the Last Enemy a good book? I’m delighted my publisher thinks it has potential. For me, I’ll let the reader decide. I hope you pick it up.





Why this knife, Simon?

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“Che la mia ferita sia mortale,” loosely translated means “May the wound I inflict be mortal.” The Vendetta Corsa is the personal weapon of a killer, one that in the hands of a skilled technician, is nothing less than an abrupt, albeit violent, death sentence. Simon Monk is such a man, one of the last few knife fighters left in the game –the blade a gift from the head of Egypt’s most powerful organized crime families. In The Last Enemy, Monk is forced to rely on every ounce of his knife fighting skills to survive the machinations of his most dangerous adversary yet.

Simon Monk: More Reacher than Bond…

7b926e02e99f5bb989f3b0c5ef27e84eI’m often asked if Simon Monk is an American James Bond. The simple answer: Hell no.  Fictional marvels like Auric Goldfinger don’t exist in a world like Monk’s. It’s a comparison of say, apples to fish, really. MI:6 employs agents, whereas American intelligence utilizes operators. that come from Delta Force and other special forces. They go in, take care of business and are out. Monk is retired Delta Force T1, decorated twice over for valor and recruited to Langley. He’s a practical guy with none of the swagger you’d find in a brit like Bond. A HK VP9 and Vendetta  Corsa knife are the tools he has to survive the world of radicalize jihadist, enemy states, and psychotic madmen  he operates in.

I love Bond. Simon Monk just isn’t him, but I think you’ll enjoy him still.

Happy New Year, Hiya & welcome…

Cheers , everyone, and welcome to my new blog. This is an exciting year for me publishing wise. My first novel, The Last Enemy,  will be out in July, published by DSPP. As we get a little closer to the summer, I’ll post covers and everything interesting related to the world of Simon Monk. I’ve also submitted a paranormal called, The Pale Witch, and am waiting to hear back. More to come on that soon…

Both books are worth all the sleep I’ve lost.

Glad to have you along for the ride.