Ten years ago FBI agent Sean Reilly and retired Justice Department operative Cotton Malone had separate Templar adventures. Reilly, the popular sleuth from Raymond Khoury, and Malone, the brainchild of Steve Berry, have never had an adventure together—until now.
In the e-book Shadow Tag Berry and Khoury have teamed up for a fast, furious and funny novella that brings the pair to England in search of two missing specialists and a plot that involves a couple of oddly familiar writer types. In this entertaining and enlightening podcast, New York Times bestselling authors talk about the art of collaboration, their beloved characters and how it feels to be a character in your own fiction.
About Steve Berry
STEVE BERRY is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of 11 Cotton Malone adventures and 4 stand alone novels. His books have been translated into 40 languages with over 20,000,000 copies in 51 countries.
History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have crossed the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising over one million dollars via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their popular writers’ workshops. To date, over 2,800 students have attended those workshops.
In 2012 and 2013 their work was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve as the spokesman for National Preservation Week. He also serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board. He has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award; the 2013 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award; his novel The Columbus Affair earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award; and International Thriller Writers bestowed him their Silver Bullet for his work with historic preservation. A 2010 NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written.
Steve was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers–a group of more than 3,000 thriller writers from around the world–and served three years as its co-president.
About Raymond Khoury
RAYMOND KHOURY is the author of five consecutive New York Times bestsellers, starting with his debut novel, THE LAST TEMPLAR.
Raymond came to writing thrillers from a career in screenwriting, which includes the BAFTA award winning BBC series SPOOKS (aka MI:5 in the US) and Waking The Dead. It partly explains why his novels are often described as cinematic and very visual. As fellow bestselling author Steve Berry puts it: “his expertly chosen verbs cause the scenes to leap from the page. You can literally feel the blows as they’re landed; wince as the bullets find their marks. He has an intense brand of storytelling all his own.”
Raymond’s thrillers are based on big themes that interest him such as international politics and conspiracies, fact vs faith, why we age and die, what do we really know about reincarnation, about mind control. He explores these themes in depth, with heavy emphasis on research, and often combines a historical angle to his stories. As such, some of his novels (THE LAST TEMPLAR, THE SANCTUARY, THE TEMPLAR SALVATION, RASPUTIN’S SHADOW) feature dual timelines: the bulk of the stories are set in the present day, interspersed with chapters that take place in the distant past. As Booklist puts it, “Khoury’s thrillers engage the reader’s mind, even as they move at a breakneck pace. Readers who like their thrillers to have a solid intellectual component will enjoy Khoury’s books very much. Given the high quality of each of his novels, it seems fair to say that he may be around for a while.”
Raymond’s 7th novel, THE END GAME, is released on March 10, 2016. To find out more about him and his work, visit his website at raymondkhoury.com or connect with him on his Facebook page.
About Shadow Tag
From New York Times bestselling authors Raymond Khoury and Steve Berry comes a unique and wildly original short story, published exclusively as a Kindle ebook.
It’s been ten years since FBI agent Sean Reilly and retired Justice Department operative Cotton Malone got dragged around the globe on their separate Templar adventures. They’d never worked on a case together—until now.
Something bizarre is afoot in London, England. “American specialists” have gone missing, and intel chatter points to a major terrorist plot in the works. And a familiar keyword links to both Reilly and Malone.
The two agents are sent to London where they discover a plot that’s more personal, unusual and surprising than they could have possibly imagined (and one that may involve a couple of writerly characters new to fiction whom you might recognise).
Fast, furious and funny, Shadow Tag is NOT like the Reilly and Malone thrillers you’ve grown to love. Instead, it’s something different: a playful, lighthearted read that combines reality and fiction. And we hope it’s like nothing you’ve read before.
Includes exclusive sneak peeks at Raymond Khoury’s next Reilly novel, THE END GAME, and Steve Berry’s next Cotton Malone novel, THE 14th COLONY.