MARK CHARTERIS is a business consultant with a background writing ad campaigns and sieving gloopy masses of Big Data. He lives in London in a 'hood where the Wharf, the Gherkin and the Shard are all visible from his rooftop, constant reminders of his hometown's place in global business.
Mark has been a freelancer most of his adult life, and it's let him travel further and have more fun than most wage slaves. (He's lived in six countries and explored sixty more, mostly by bus and backpack.) Outside the office, he also climbs walls, practices close-combat, and jumps out of planes.
Freefalling at minus 20 with the alti on 9,000, he wondered: what if someone did this stuff seriously?
By the "stuff", he meant taking self-actualisation to its logical extremes. Like a business consultant who treats close-combat and free-running as tools of his trade no different to a four-box matrix or an MBA. Someone who uses military- and police-style tactics to achieve business goals... stuff not learned at West Point or GCHQ, but from ideas he's developed and put into practice as a truly self-actualised individual?
There must be someone out there like that. And if there isn't, it's time to invent one.
After all, it's been sixty years since Bond and there hasn't been a proper British action hero since.
That's why Mark created Gabriel Rayner. A different kind of business consultant. One who believes, deep down, that anyone can be an action hero.