Richard Turner - Fast-Paced Action-Adventure

Richard Turner - Fast-Paced Action-Adventure

Richard Turner proudly served his country for more than thirty years, all across the globe. He wanted to try something new and now spends his time writing.  As our Author of the Day, he tells us all about his book, Goliath.

Please give us a short introduction to what Goliath is about.

Goliath is a fast-paced adventure story that introduces the reader to the members of the Polaris organization that deals with kidnappings, ransoms, and hostage rescues worldwide. Without giving away too much, the team is hired to rescue a kidnapped woman before a madman can unleash his plot to change to balance of power in Europe.


What inspired you to write this story? Was there anything in particular that made you want to tackle this?

I was, and continue to be, a huge fan of Clive Cussler and always wanted to give a crack at writing an action-adventure novel.

Why did you pick 1931 as the catalyst for your story?

I chose 1931 as it was the heyday for airships, and wanted to tie the past with the future via the Airship Goliath.

Besides writing, what other secret skills do you have?

I was in the armed forces for 32 years, so I bring a lot of my experiences from all over the globe into my writing.

How much research did this book require from you?

I spent a fair amount of time researching every aspect of this book. From airships to the history of the Romanov crown jewels to some of the places the characters end up in the novel.

Interesting cover. Please tell us more about how it came about.

I wanted an airship to represent the Goliath on her maiden voyage over the sands of Africa. I worked with Tatiana Villa, a very talented artist who helped design this and all of the covers for my books.

Tell us more about Ryan Mitchell. What makes him tick?

Ryan is a former special operations officer who is always motivated to do the right thing even when the right thing to do is the hardest thing in the world to accomplish.

What makes Jennifer March so special?

Jennifer is a unique and highly independent individual who, even when facing daunting odds, refuses to give up.

Readers say the book is really fast-paced. How did you pull this off?

I chose to keep the action fast to keep the reader engaged with the characters and their struggles.

Do you have any interesting writing habits? What is an average writing day like for you?

I like to write anywhere from three to four hours a day, seven days a week, to keep the narrative flowing in my mind.

What are you working on right now?

Right now, I am going through an edit of my latest Kurgan War novel. A science-fiction series set far in the future where humanity must work with an old adversary to keep the peace. After that, I’ll probably jump into my next Ryan Mitchell thriller.


Richard Turner
In 1931, during its maiden voyage, the British Airship Goliath mysteriously disappears without a trace. Present day, in The Philippines, an attempted kidnapping draws historian Jennifer March and former soldier Ryan Mitchell into a deadly race to find the Goliath before a mysterious figure who threatens to topple governments and the lives of millions.