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Award-winning international thriller novelist Matt Rees on writing thrillers set in the Middle East and across Europe.


From a kids playground in Jerusalem to civil war in Damascus, the story of how I came to write my Syria thriller THE DAMASCUS THREAT. My new thriller hero is a US agent cool enough to set to rights a world gone mad with hate and terrorism. My Syria thriller THE DAMASCUS THREAT is the first in a series about the ICE agency, which is the second-biggest US law enforcement body and has a $20 billion budget–even if almost no one has...

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My Syria thriller THE DAMASCUS THREAT introduces a new ICE agent hero I met a lot of guys who’d like to kill you, dear reader. Not just anyone, but you specifically. They didn’t kill me. So I decided to introduce you in The Damascus Threat. As a foreign correspondent I spent 20 years in the Middle East. It was like a magical force field that made the worst men agree to chat with someone they might otherwise have dispatched without a...

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The Damascus Threat

The Damascus Threat


Posted By on Jun 7, 2016

“Reads like it’s ripped from tomorrow’s headlines” Mark Sullivan, co-author of James Patterson’s Private Paris   “Crackerjack entertainment” Kirkus Reviews “Starts with a bang and gathers speed right out of the box…an outstanding read” Marc Cameron, New York Times bestselling author of Brute Force ICE Special Agent Dominic Verrazzano uncovers a plot to hit New York with...

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The music of my Mozart thriller

The music of my Mozart thriller


Posted By on Jun 7, 2016

In a Mozart thriller, the music is naturally one of the most important elements. You might even say it’s one of the leading characters. Certainly it’s the focal point of Nannerl Mozart’s life. Here are links to some of Wolfgang’s pieces I used in the book In the Prologue, young Wolfgang hears his Aunt Nannerl singing an aria called “Vedrai carino” (“You will see, my dear”). In the opera Don Giovanni, the aria is sung by a young woman...

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