Brian Nicholson served with the British Army for thirty-five years and retired as a colonel in 1997. For the last ten years of his service, he worked with the officers of the British Secret Intelligence Service in Africa and Southeast Asia, and it is this experience which forms the backdrop to his books. He was awarded the OBE by HM the Queen for his outstanding performance as a commanding officer. He has now written nine spy thriller books featuring the British agent, John Gunn. Brian Nicholson lives in Richmond, West London. Both his daughters are married, and he has just become a grandfather for the first time. When not writing, Brian Nicholson plays golf, shoots during the season from September to January, paints, and is a volunteer worker for local charities.