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Terrorism in Contemporary Fiction

There is an author daring to incorporate modern reality into contemporary thrillers.


While entertaining and well-written, his latest offerings could be considered alarming and even controversial.

Ian G. Watson is an octogenarian who has witnessed many of the events shaping the last century first hand. Noted primarily for humor (he is a master), he has nevertheless published two books, so far, in a series which deals with the clandestine workings of today’s real world, and he has dared to do this bluntly. That they have received little notice surprises me. Perhaps people are fooled by the cover art. That is a shame.

Plots to take over the world are nothing new and the groups who undertake such schemes are generally patient, not concerned about accomplishing it in their generation.

Just how relevant is Watson’s take on things?

Here is an excerpt of the his WIP (Work In Progress) called “The Washington Rose”, which is due out later this year and is the third book in the Wren Series.

Gwen sipped a glass of water, cleared her throat and began: “A common thread of belief runs through our religion,” she said. “We are all ‘People of the Book’, whether that book is the Qu’ran, the Torah or the New Testament. Our beliefs come to us from Abraham, Jesus and Mohammed. Those beliefs are in one God and Eternal Life.

“So, what has happened to interfere in those basic beliefs and cause our minds to descend into the violence of recent years? What has caused our peoples to enter into wars and terrorism and horror? What has caused us to enter in ‘A Battle for God’ if there is only one God? Why have our religions, with so much in common, become perverted into the tools of politicians? I think the answer is one of control. With violence and the breakdown of order, a fertile ground is left for those who want to turn back the clocks to fundamentalism, militant forms of piety running through our major religions.

“Fundamental Christians object to and fight against scientific principles such as Darwinism while their dogma preaches a return to the principles of Creationism based on Genesis. Jewish fundamentalism came about after the Holocaust and staunchly supports the State of Israel and this in itself is a thorn in the side of Moslems. The Moslems do not trust the secular civilizations where governments are set up to rule in the name of the people. In their view only God can rule the people. 

“Therefore, from these backgrounds, originally those of compassion, the Fundamentalists have forged three ferocious religions. These ‘ferocious’ religions now hold us in their grip. Fundamentalists of all stripes believe that they are fighting to survive and they turn to militancy and ignore the compassion of religion in favor of a ferocious extremism. In this respect all three faiths based on the message of Abraham have developed fundamentalists who follow similar patterns, withdrawing from the mainstream of their faith and forming their own sacred and separate corps. They form ‘study groups’, ‘extreme groups’ and ‘training camps’ like fortresses in which counter cultures exist against modern life, filling them with fear and ferocity.

“From these backgrounds, fundamentalists are active in planning their political, military and social strategies. Strong examples of these phenomena are the Iranian Revolution, the Moral Majority and the Middle Eastern Islamic Jihadists and Jewish Groups.

Christian Fundamentalists in the United States commit few acts of terror, living as they do in a relatively peaceful society. Among such Fundamentalists though is the belief that the democratic government of the U.S. will eventually collapse due to its own size and complexity and become a dictatorship supported or opposed by militias and bodies with vested interests like the National Rifle Association.”

Provocative to be sure.

To be ready for ‘The Washington Rose’ when it comes out later this year you would do well to read the first two books in the series,’ The Just’s Umbrella’ and ‘The Sunless Treasuries’.

DON’T be fooled by the cover art. The stories are linked to dastardly chemical weapons first developed in WW2 but they take place in the 1990s.

The Just’s Umbrella on Amazon

The Sunless Treasuries on Amazon

Ian G. Watson’s website

Ian G. Watson on Facebook

Interview with Canadian author Ian G. Watson

Ian G. Watson, author

Ian G. Watson, author

Ian Watson was born and raised in England, arriving in Canada as a young groom with his bride, Tina.  We met when he was looking for an editor and I had no idea at the time that both couples would become such close friends.

Usually quite talkative, although blessed with a soft-spoken, slow, dry British wit, I was surprised at his short answers to my questions. Not one to enjoy the limelight – many authors are introverts – he seemed almost reticent when I proposed the interview suggestion.

Without further hesitation:

1.  Have you always been a story teller?

I got it from my Uncle Edwin, an editor with Sampson-Lowe, and maybe my maternal grandfather.

2.  Is it difficult for you control the urge to insert clever dry humour?

Yes, extremely, and also corny jokes.

3.  Who has been the greatest influence and inspiration in your writing?

Jerome K. Jerome, Neville Shute, P.C. Wren

4. Do you believe in your own talent?


5. Was it difficult to zero in your primary genre?

Yes – still not sure.

6. Are you a “pantser” or a “plotter”?

Definitely a ‘pantser’, but a planner as I chapter-write. I think I’m a ‘Method’ writer.

7. Do the characters you write ever surprise you?

No. Most are based on people I have known in life, others are characters I would like to have known.

8. What genres have you dabbled in only to reject them?

Fantasy. Prediction. Stage drama.

9.  Have you found your niche?  Do you know what kind of writer you want to be when you grow up?

No, probably not. As I am close to 80, I had better grow up awful fast.

10. When will you consider yourself successful?

When I am making regular sales of a successful genre.

Ian’s current genre, mystery/suspense, seems a perfect fit to those of us who are hooked on his writing style. His Wren series does contain that irrepressible wit and tongue-in-cheek humour Ian cannot seem to forsake. His fans are happy about that.

Book one: “The Just’s Umbrella tells of two deadly secrets left from the Second World War; a deadly chemical weapon and a clandestine pact between enemies. If either weapon or pact surfaces, all mankind will face a Third War – the War of Total Annihilation. Two people, newly in love, unravel these mysteries of Secret Conflict and dedicate their lives to World Peace.”

Book two: “Following the short conflict in the Falklands between Argentina and Great Britain, Chris Wren and Doris Judd reprise their Secret War activities against Neo-Nazi fanatics in the Andes Mountains and the South Atlantic. They search for a scuttled submarine laden with treasure and a deadly biological weapon called ‘The Final Solution’. This is a sinister novel set in savage places with murderous people, where savage practises are carried out with unbelievably cruel methods. The ‘Sunless Treasuries’ is a page turner to the end with a twist of plot second to none. Look for a third ‘Secret War Thriller’ with Wren and Judd, ‘The Washington Rose.”

The first two titles of the Wren Series are available through Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Wren Series



Be watching for, you guessed it, “The Washington Rose”, book three in the series due out later this year.

To learn more about Ian:






Tina and Ian

A Good Author Just Got Better

Most books are purchased by people between the ages of 40 and 60.

The largest target audience is the baby boomer crowd, born between 1946 and 1964. (Guilty!)

Spy thrillers have been popular since the 60s when James Bond was in his hay day. Television series such as Murder She Wrote and Columbo were favorites. Even just ten years ago Sue Thomas F.B.Eye was big news.

With the advent of CSI programs most common folk have an uncommon grasp of investigative techniques, police procedures and evidence collection. Even if your choice in reading material tends towards romance, paranormal or fantasy, a good who-dun-it will grab your interest on the screen.

If you elect to do the research there is evidence that some German scientists, both of the Nazi persuasion and those whose talents were held hostage by the regime, may have been whisked away to the U.S. and other countries to work for those governments.

Neo-Nazi forces still exist.  Chemicals and germ warfare agents developed during WW2 also still exist. The risk of them being used today is higher than you might imagine.

A new series of books by author Ian G. Watson http://www.iangwatsonauthor.com/index.html   will be introduced this fall and while I believe it will be of interest to all age groups I also suspect the baby boomers will be amongst his most loyal followers.

Ian was a young boy in England during the Second World War. He has extensively researched all aspects of it and has written a few light, comedic books about Churchill and events of the era. But he has turned his attention to the more serious and factual aspects of the time.

Set in the 1990s the Wren Series is about reality. It follows some experienced war horses, middle aged to elderly, still full of piss and vinegar, expert at old school intelligence gathering, and called into service once again for God and country. Most of the action takes place in Britain and the U.S. but they do hopscotch across Europe often barely escaping with their lives.

The first book in the series, The Just’s Umbrella, is due out by the end of October. Grab it! The second book, Sunless Treasuries, should hit the market in mid-November. If this is your genre, this is your writer!

Stay tuned…