Thriller writer and filmmaker Darrell (DC) Alden was born on a street in south London that no longer exists. Heralding from a long line of relatives who’d proudly served their country, Darrell joined the British Army not long after leaving school, serving throughout Cold War Europe during the 1980s. A historically tense period, Darrell soon developed a deep interest in geo-politics, global security and current affairs. He also devoured books, mainly fiction, and most notably the works of Frederick Forsyth and Tom Clancy, whose themes provided inspiration for his early writings.
Atter leaving service Darrell made several futile attempts at finding a publisher for a collection of short, military-based stories he’d written. After a year of pre-internet photocopying, stamp-licking, and schlepping around London’s publishers without success, Darrell decided to put his writing on hold in order to earn a living, working primarily as a technical consultant but occasionally as a film extra. And it was the film work that became the catalyst for his future writing.
It all began when he answered an advert for former soldiers, after which he was chosen to work on Steven Spielberg’s Band of Brothers alongside Tom Hanks, Damien Lewis, Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender. The experience reignited his lifelong passion for storytelling, and he went on to make several short films and a documentary about life on set using previously unseen footage (find out more on the ‘FILM” page).
His first novel, Invasion, was born of a short film script he’d written about a Prime Minster and his close advisors who’d become trapped in their bunker below Downing Street while chaos reigned above. A military thriller, set in a world of failing western economies and a burgeoning Islamic super-state, Invasion sold out its entire print run in three months. The book quickly caught the attention of a major TV producer who planned to turn Invasion into a ten-part mini-series, but sadly the post 7/7 political climate meant that the project was shelved.
Undeterred, Darrell pursued those same themes in The Horse at the Gates, a political thriller set in Britain’s near future. The crisis in Syria, the rise of Islamic State, the seemingly unstoppable tide of terrorism in Europe and the continued public debate over mass immigration all tie in perfectly with this fast paced, provocative thriller that continues to reflect today’s headlines.
His third novel, The Angola Deception, delves deep into the world of the power elites, the existence of the Deep State and the quiet influence that secretive groups have on global events and an unsuspecting humanity. Naturally the story begins on 9/11, and with a former Navy Seal who finds himself complicit in the conspiracy that led to the reshaping of modern history. When Frank Marshall eventually resurfaces after years on the run, his sole purpose is to derail the plan to depopulate the planet and wreak bloody revenge on those same global elites who masterminded the 9/11 attacks that ushered in a perpetual state of global conflict. Pacy and original, The Angola Deception is a conspiracy thriller not to be missed.
Darrell’s writing continues to be inspired by world events, both seen and unseen, and the myriad of characters who inhabit the shadows. He has extensive experience, both directly and indirectly, with serving British and US Special Forces, the police and security services, and with several political figures who shall remain nameless. Suffice to say, his research is often accurately woven into many of his novels, and the thoughts and deeds of the characters therein. Allegedly.
Darrell is a talent whose work is innovative, thought-provoking and always commands attention, with a style likened to Robert Harris and Frederick Forsyth, although he freely admits he couldn’t hold a candle to either.
His next book, a military thriller and the sequel to The Angola Deception, is due out in late 2017. He is also working on a feature film project that promises to be as pacy, imaginative, and as thrilling as his novels.
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