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


Feed an Author, Leave a Review!

To a struggling author, especially the indie authors amongst us, reviews are just, if not more important than sales.  When your sales are generated through something like Amazon, the prospective reader/purchaser has nothing physical to pick up, flick through, and read the odd page or two, in order to determine whether or not they might like what is inside. Even if you provide a paperback version, the reviews your book receives on sites like Amazon and Goodreads are essential.  The_Journeyman_Cover_for_Kindle

So after a rather lengthy, and what some might consider a rather obvious observation, I hope that you will forgive me for what looks like a bit of outright begging.  The Journeyman, the second book in the Alex Keyes Trilogy was released on 24th of October, and although the sales have been very good, the book has only managed to generate one review.  So if you bought a copy, have read it, and have the time, please leave a review.

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).


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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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