I joined the Welsh Guards in 1981, serving in the Falklands War where I survived the bombing of the Sir Galahad. Postings to Cyprus, the British Army of the Rhine and Northern Ireland followed. In the early 90s I did a two year tour as an infantry company commander in Northern Ireland. Our experiences were recorded for posterity by the BAFTA winning documentary maker, Molly Dineen, in her three part programme for the BBC: The Company of Men.
In the mid '90s I was a staff officer on the Defence Intelligence Staff. After a defence fellowship at St John's College, Cambridge, I was seconded to the Cabinet Office to prepare intelligence assessments for the Joint Intelligence Committee and Number 10. I was on duty in COBRA on 911.
On leaving the army, I became a director of a private security firm with offices in Russell Square, where I was on the morning of 7th July 2005. As a result, I wrote my first book, 7-7 The London Bombs - What Went Wrong? - a critical examination of the intelligence background to the atrocities.
My debut espionage thriller, The Falklands Intercept, introducing Dan Jacot of the UK National Security Staff and his colleague (and love interest) the French spook, Monica Zaden, was published by Gibson Square in 2012. The next instalment of their adventures, Kill for a Dream, set in Paris and Chartres will appear shortly. The third volume is already in its early stages.