Complementing my interviews, the Author Spotlights are now running every weekday and this week features five authors from publisher Apostrophe Books. Today is the one hundred and eighty-sixth, is of non-fiction author and journalist Christopher Robbins.
Christopher Robbins began his career in journalism at the age of 16 when he started writing jazz criticism for the Daily Telegraph. Since then he wrote for numerous newspapers and magazines in Britain, Europe and the USA.
Christopher wrote six non-fiction books. The Test of Courage is the biography of Michel Thomas, concentration camp survivor, French Resistance fighter, and Nazi hunter.
The Empress of Ireland, a memoir of his friendship with the Irish film director Brian Desmond, won the Saga Award for wit, along with exceptional critical acclaim. The travelogue In Search of Kazakhstan was short-listed for the Authors’ Club Best Travel Book Award 2008 in the UK and (under the title Apples Are From Kazakhstan) for the Best Travel Books of 2008 in the US.
Air America, a worldwide bestseller when it was originally published, was made into a film starring Mel Gibson while The Ravens, a companion to Air America, charts the history of the men who flew in the secret air war in Laos.
Christopher lived in London and France.
Sadly, Christopher died on Christmas Eve 2012.
And now a little about Christopher’s book ‘Assassin’, published by Apostrophe Books:
This is the terrifying true story of international assassin Carlos Evertsz as he ricocheted between the high life in London, Madrid and the island paradise of the Dominican Republic – and some of the world’s most horrific jails.
It is the complete dossier of an agent licensed to kill and who doesn’t hesitate to unflinchingly state his own record of shocking atrocities. Written by the journalist who knew him best – even ending up on the assassin’s hit list a few times himself – the story is as gripping as it is unbelievable.
Also part of Evertsz’s weird world is Dr Manuel Sosa, a demonic intelligence chief with a taste
for orgies, torture, blackmail, voodoo and murder. It’s a scene you will find stranger than fiction – but remember as you read, it is all true.
And a sneak peek inside:
“I don’t think my life has been so extraordinary. It’s just been my life, it’s been routine to me. I’ve never had any other kind of life. I just think that I’ve been well trained to do what I had to do. I’m an operator, a liquidator just doing his job. To me, it’s just a way of making a living. Some people learn a trade, well this is my trade.”
- Get your copy of Assassin here: http://apostrophebooks.com/books/assassin
- Find Assassin on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17452846-assassin
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