Pleasant Surprise on Amazon

Opened up my Amazon page this morning to find this:

Complete Series

Alex Keyes (2 Book Series)
Theo Knell
Kindle Edition




From Book 1 The Apprentice: Alex Keyes is a man with a secret. Its discovery would destroy him and everyone associated with him. He has spent years training to be a “grey man”: quiet, unassuming, invisible, but now, having been sent behind the Iron Curtain to find someone who doesn’t want to be found, his survival depends on him becoming a different person entirely.


From Book 2 The Journeyman:  Haunted by his past, and now hunted by both sides, Alex knows that revenge is never going to be enough.

Amazon Page


A Precious Gift

Have you ever wondered what would be the ultimate Christmas gift?  Well, I suppose, the worth of any present depends on both the intended recipient, and the size of the budget you have at your disposal. However, this year, if you want to give something really special, something that will be appreciated much more than you can ever imagine, whilst at the same time cost you nothing more than a little honesty and a few minutes of your very precious time, then why not leave a review for a book you have recently enjoyed.  The Thinker

Authors spend an enormous amount of time constructing a story that will be both interesting and engaging. In many cases, this will involve a great deal of research and endless hours of re-writes. It is generally accepted that it will take most authors, at least, two thousand hours to write a novel worth reading. So a total stranger first buying a copy of their work, and then taking the time to tell them what they thought of it, is a priceless gift. But it doesn’t stop there, a review is a gift that just keeps giving as it will help other potential readers to decide whether they should also read a work, or not.

Personally, I treasure every review I have ever received, good or bad. The good reviews spur me on, make me more determined to write something even better in the future, while a bad review, (thankfully only a very small number) as long as its constructive, will encourage me to address flaws in my writing and up my game.

So if you want to spread a little happiness this year – leave an author a review of his or her work.

Happy Christmas to you all, and take care.

Great News

For all of you who are finding it hard to get a copy of my first book, A Hell for Heroes, good news, I have just been informed that the publisher, Coronet, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton has authorised a fresh print run of an additional 8,000 copies.  Thanks to all those who have purchased a copy, and to all those who have purchased copies of my first two novels, “The Apprentice” and “The Journeyman”.


Heroes Cover

Alex Keyes Trilogy Previews Now Available

I have been asked on a number of occasions if I would consider providing a preview of both The Apprentice, the first book in the Alex Keyes Trilogy, and The Journeyman, the second book in the series.  So bowing to popular demand here are the two links to a free download sample.



The Apprentice Preview

The Journeyman Preview

Excellent Value For Money

The second book in the Alex Keyes Trilogy, The Journeyman, was released on the 24th of this month, and a big thank you to all those who have already purchased a copy.

As does every other author out there, I do my very best to provide my readers with an enjoyable and engaging read. However, I think that it’s equally important to provide them with good value for money. As a result, you can now purchase a Kindle copy of both books, The Apprentice and The Journeyman for less than £5, (£1.99 and £2.93 respectively) which I’m sure you will agree is great value for two exciting fact-based thrillers, and especially when the two paperbacks would cost you close to £20, (£19.11).


Trial TA2

Released Today

“The Journeyman”, the second book in the Alex Keyes Trilogy goes on sale today in both Kindle (£2.96) and Paperback (£9.78) formats.


To celebrate the book’s release, we have reduced the price of The Apprentice, the first book in the series down to just £1.99 on Kindle, which means you can now get both books for under £5.

Here’s a sample of what people thought about “The Apprentice”:

5.0 out of 5 stars

Exciting Read 17 July 2015

By Nicua Shamira

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Having read Theo’s previous book, an autobiography ‘A Hell for Heroes’, I was very keen to read more from this engaging author. I was not disappointed in the least and finished the book in a weekend. ‘The Apprentice’ is a story of Alex Keyes – an ex-Olympian whom is forced to become a spy. But there is so much more to the story than this, an engaging depth that draws you in.

Alex is a strong, lethal fighter but who also has a very human side which tends to cause him degrees of pain and concern. This is what I love about Mr. Knell’s writing and his character – the range of understandable and relate-able emotion as well as a story that doesn’t follow the same blueprint as those in similar genres.

The story follows Alex on a secret mission behind the Iron Curtain – a journey that will test all his skills and make him question whom he really is as he is forced to almost change identity to make his way across the harsh land and help him survive several hit men.

I can’t wait for the next installment in this series and would recommend it to anyone, regardless of their preferred genre, for an engrossing, enjoyable read.

5.0 out of 5 stars

….shadows and half-truths almost at every turn….a splendid read… 2 Aug. 2015

By essgee

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

…I enjoy watching the manner in which a writer weaves the elements of a good novel together… Theo Knell has delivered an excellent smorgasbord with a British Special Forces officer, a bevy of Russian and Czech Cold War intelligence spies, both sides of the internecine religious conflict in Ireland, and a couple of interesting female characters to spice up the emotional and romantic interludes… the best intelligence and counter-intelligence narratives include shadows and half truths on both sides, almost at every turn… second-guessing, and even third-guessing is the order of the day in The Apprentice… a splendid read…

4.0 out of 5 stars

A Dangerous Game 10 Aug. 2015

By John Holt

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Set during the Cold War era, and the troubles in Northern Ireland. The Apprentice is an old fashion spy story. Mr Knell writes of what he knows and draws on his experience in the military. The result is a well-paced in depth action story of intrigue and arms dealing, with a twist.

Overall Rating – Currently 4.8 of 5 Stars.

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