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Gladiators Didn’t Always Fight to the Death

I guess this would be considered the boy’s locker room by today’s standard. While researching the Colosseum in Rome, I discovered plenty of things that I took for granted about gladiator fights.  And then I realized how we’ve been duped by Hollywood.

Contrary to what the movies always show, not all gladiators were slaves nor did they always fight to the death. It’s too expensive to have a dead gladiator, especially after training and investing in these guys. It made no economical sense to exterminate the guy.

The “thumbs down” probably didn’t mean death even. Interestingly, there were also women gladiators.

These guys were even celebrities and icons.

Now we know…



Why I included Romance in My New Thriller

Anyone who has read my first two novels will know that the stories were devoid of romance. I just couldn’t do it.

Maybe it was me at that time or maybe it was how things went along as the stories progressed. Honestly, it bothered me to include flowers and chocolates when the scenes were full of gruff and grit.

With all the excitement and intensity (and no time to lose!), I felt squeamish about including scenes with birds chirping or lovers staring into each other’s eyes.

But when I thought my mind was fixed that I will write stories without characters watching the moonlight together, I went against my own word. So I included romance in my upcoming thriller, Gun Kiss. Obviously, the title is a dead giveaway.

Why the sudden turnaround? Well,  a Hollywood actress inspired me. A blonde. Watching some of her movies put me in that atmosphere. You know, when you walk past someone and you get a whiff of a perfume she’s wearing that titillate your senses? Something like that.  She inspired me.

Never say never, I guess.  We think we know ourselves, but see how things turn out for me? I surprised myself.  You know what else? I really enjoyed writing this novel. I was passionate about it, and it only took me six months to complete.

But don’t expect the conventional “Love is in the air” with this novel.  This is a thriller, after all. Expect  – well, I’m not going to say more –  you’ll just have to read it.

I promise you an exciting read. Of course, there’s going to be some chocolates and flowers… but there’s also going to be lots of guns. Is it going to be a Kiss Kiss Bang Bang type of story?  That’s for you to decide…

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Keeping a Gun: What are Your Thoughts?


My new Gun Kiss has a scene where it discusses the dilemma of a woman debating whether or not she needs a handgun when her life is put in danger.
I suppose, depending where you live, the question might pop up whether or not you need to keep one.
There are more than a dozen handguns out there designed specifically for women. They are easy to carry and concealable.
Here’s an example: The Ruger LC9s (9mm).
What are your thoughts about owning a gun?

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    Author of the New York Times Bestselling novel Once A Spy
    Khaled Talib’s novel Smokescreen is a cocktail of Deighton, Ludlum, Hitchcock, and two parts adrenaline.
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    Author of Drift
    In this action-packed thriller, Khaled Talib explores the little known relationship between Singapore and Israel, spinning a web of international intrigue that expands across the globe as inexorably as it tightens around his protagonist’s throat.
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    Author of The Umbrella Man and The Ambassador’s Wife
    I have published two novels set in the police and security services in Singapore, and I am here to tell you that SMOKESCREEN is nearer to the truth of that closely controlled little country than you might believe. It is a gripping and creepy tale of how governments can rig the way we all see the world.
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