The Failsafe Team

Since I began writing, I've been lucky enough to draw upon a great team of friends and supporters who have helped with beta reading, editing and shaping the novels. Each of them have been a great source of inspiration and I'm delighted that they continue as a team to help me along the way! ’

Leanne Hard – Beta reader, proof-reader, and great inspiration to me through all the novels. 

Trevor Foster – we joined the army together in 1979, a long-time friend, and he has a top end book review list.

Nick Milne – a former boss of mine, athlete and rugby player. I used to do leg three of 4 x 100m, he used to do the last leg.

Peter Wilson – a pigeonhole book club reviewer who provided a stunning review of the Failsafe Query. 

Tony Hodson – a huge veteran supporter, mountaineer and a coach with top end inspiration. Known as ‘coach.’ 

Drew Johnson – an author, lives overseas, provided me with some amazing insights and proof checks to improve my novels 

Mark Kane – the finest reviewer I have seen, and was a bit of a star as a rugby player. Great inspiration from him and his family.

Kaaren – A Kiwi rugby and drinking mate, fan of Le Carre, and provides me with sane advice on everything from writing to rugby.

Andy Nicholl – a superb proof-reader, and wonderful supporter.

Bryan Millar – we served together for many years, judo, boxer, entertainer, and solid friend with an eye for great books.

Rebecca Jenkins – My wife, stalwart supporter, great copy-editor, and a Kiwi who makes my life complete.


The first edition of The Failsafe Query was brought about in a rather different way to most others. It was funded directly by readers through Unbound, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The second edition is entirely published by The Failsafe Thrillers but a big thanks to those who helped get my author career underway.


This new way of publishing is actually a very old idea (Samuel Johnson funded his dictionary this way). Unbound just use the internet to help build each writer a network of patrons.


Within the novel you’ll find the names of all the people who made the book happen.


A huge thanks to all my patrons who have helped bring the first story alive..........

Special acknowledgements

With special thanks to the following supporters who went a long way to make this novel come to fruition:

Rebecca Jenkins, Ian Trayling, Martin Foster, Mark Weatherley, Russell Vincett, Matthew Brodrick, John Malcolm, Mark Verard, Justin Lewis, Dean Davison, Nick Atkinson.

And a huge thank you to our magnificent Patrons:

John A Geoff Adams Nick Atkinson Matthew Avery Mic Badger Jason Ballinger Katie Barber Brian Barkworth Stuart Batey John Bebbington Alissa Bell Jim Blackburn Lance Bradwell Matthew Brodrick Andrew Brooker Joseph Burne Ali Burns Dave Campey Trev Canner Dean Carrick Andrew Clarke Lucas Cohen Rebecca Cole Chris Conneally Simon Cosh Jason Creswell Dale Creswell Malcolm Davies Dean Davison Shane Deakin Christian Donelan Neil Drew Steve Duff-Godfrey Mariana Dumitrascu Stuart Fairnington Mark Foskett Martin Foster Joan Frazer Simon Gately Alisa Gill Peter Goodwin Alice Gould Shane Greene James Gregory Jo Hall Glyn Hannah Ben Hawkins Chris Hawthorne Greg Henson David Hirst Jim Holl Guy Horne Tom Hughes David Humphrey MBE Mark Jackson Sarah Jane Duff-Godfrey P.I. Jenkins Luke Jenkins Ramina Jenkins Matthew Jenkins Rebecca Jenkins Dan Kieran Vincent King Joe King Richard Knowles Chris Lambert Jon Leighton Justin Lewis John Malcolm Major Mark Simpson RE Peter Markham Guy Marshlain Gary Merritt Bryan Miller Jason Miller John Mitchinson Mark Molyneaux Nicholas Mould Carlo Navato Mark O’Neill Gary O’Shea Bryan Osborne Sean Owen Phil Paul Justin Pollard Paul (Ginge) Potter Ray Powell Dave Robson Steve Shores Toni Smerdon Bruce Springett Nina Stutler Phil Sullivan Mark Swindells Graham Symes Martin Thomson Gary Toombs Spike Townsend Ian Trayling Will Turner Terry Vass Mark Vent Mark Verard Russell Vincett Paul Wakefield Mark Weatherley on behalf of Avigilon UK Matt Williams Andy Wood Jeremy Wray Darren Young Alan Beeton Lance Buttress Penny Carr Ian Clarkson Robin Courtney Bennett Jimmy Coyle Clare Darbyshire Amanda Elliott Brian Lunn Richard Mallinson Neil Manchester Stuart McKears Diego Montoyer Tim Pass Matt Pilborough Darius Smith Kevin Strauther Jon Washington Derek Wilson