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Chris Thrall was born in South East London. At eighteen, he joined the Royal Marine Commandos. Following active service in the Northern Ireland Conflict and Arctic warfare and survival training, he earned his parachutist's 'wings' and served in a high-security detachment on board an aircraft carrier.
In 1995, Chris moved to Hong Kong to oversee the Asia-Pacific expansion of a successful network-marketing operation he'd built, part-time, while serving in the Forces. Less than a year later, he was homeless, in psychosis from crystal meth addiction and working for the 14K, a Hong Kong triad society, as a doorman in the infamous Wan Chai red-light district.
'Eating Smoke', a moving yet humorous first book, is not a memoir of regret.
In 1999, Chris fire-walked 120 feet over red-hot coals to raise money to work with street children in post-war Mozambique. He has driven a coach of volunteer journalists to India from Norway and back to highlight the lives of those living in poverty and run a sub-four London Marathon in support of disadvantaged young people. Having raised thousands of pounds for projects in sub-Saharan Africa, Chris was awarded the Second Level Commendation of the Finnish Nation, granted to him on the grounds of Human Generosity.
Chris has backpacked through eighty countries across all seven continents and led a team of explorers from Sweden to Iceland in a vintage army truck. He is a keen snowboarder, a qualified pilot, skydiver and scuba diver, who in 2012 expeditioned to the Antarctic polar circle to dive with icebergs and leopard seals.
With a degree in Youth and Community Work, Chris has worked in mental health, learning disability and is substance misuse specialist. He lives in the UK, where he has written the opening two novels in a thriller series and still hopes to become an astronaut, a dolphin trainer or the Milky Bar Kid.