Arab Today, arab today abu dhabi\s \q\ selfpublishes thriller
Last Updated : GMT 01:27:57
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Abu Dhabi\'s \'Q\' self-publishes thriller

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Abu Dhabi\'s \'Q\' self-publishes thriller

Abu Dhabi - Arabstoday

When questioned about what his job entails, Roger Sutton pauses for a minute, slowly deliberating about what he\'s permitted to reveal. \"Let\'s just say at certain times there have been elements of danger in my job,\" he responds, carefully. His furtiveness is understandable. The 64-year-old Brit has made his livelihood from keeping classified information under wraps and, for the past 24 years, he has worked for Crypto AG, a Swiss firm specialising in communications security. When industries, governments, secret services and militaries want to transmit sensitive information in strict privacy, Sutton\'s the man they turn to. His firm makes sure emails, faxes, phone calls and radio signals are completely secure. Nevertheless, when pressed, Sutton, who\'s been based in Crypto\'s Abu Dhabi office for the past decade, is prepared to impart certain anecdotes from his career, albeit in scant detail. \"One of my scariest moments was in Kuwait City in 1990 when Iraq invaded, but I managed to get out just at the last minute. This was fortunate, as let\'s just say the reason I was there was not unrelated to the invasion,\" he recalls. \"And I\'ve been dropped by helicopter in the jungle right in the middle of a combat zone, where we were fired at by rebel armies.\" However, Sutton is at pains to point out he\'s not some kind of heroic super-spy. \"No, I\'m not a secret agent by any means. I\'m an engineer by training, so I\'d say I was more of a Q-type figure than James Bond. It\'s more technical stuff than actual espionage work,\" he admits. \"But I\'ve been doing this so long I\'ve got lots of lovely stories that I could divulge, but obviously I can\'t. My best advice would be to read my book, as this, and a sequel I\'ve planned, will be the closest you\'d get to hearing some of my career stories. \"There\'s plenty [of truth] in there. Obviously I can\'t specify what and, of course, because it\'s fiction, I have embellished some of it.\" The book is A Need to Know, Sutton\'s debut, self-published novel. With a plot involving a succession of brutal murders, a terrorist assault on a US aircraft carrier and, perhaps most implausibly, a helicopter smashing into the Burj Al Arab, he\'s clearly not averse to enriching his yarn with some far-fetched storytelling. Witness to all the this carnage is our hero, Mike Ashley, a journalist for Jane\'s Defence Weekly, the famous military magazine, whose \"tough childhood environment amongst the steel mills of South Yorkshire had instilled a healthy dose of resourcefulness and tenacity\". Haunted by the death of his beautiful Indonesian bride in a terrorist attack, he\'s commissioned by the British secret service to track down a leading cryptologist who vanished just before he\'s meant to deliver a keynote speech at a military conference in Toronto. Ashley jets off to the Canadian city to find the missing expert but, in a familiar-sounding plot device, he cracks a secret code hidden in a crossword clue that portends a terrorist attack in the Gulf. Hence, the action swiftly moves to Dubai\'s luxurious hotels, lush golf courses and seedy nightspots. However, those with a knowledge of football\'s English Premier League might question why Sutton\'s named his central character after Newcastle United\'s controversy-courting, billionaire chairman. Sutton says: \"When I wrote this book in 2006, Newcastle\'s Mike Ashley wasn\'t so well known, and so I thought nothing of naming him Mike. In fact, I wanted to call him Rick, but my daughter said he might be confused with the singer Rick Astley. That was a shame, because I liked the name Rick, it kind of created a face in my mind.\" Sutton is keen to distance himself from suggestions that Mike might actually be Roger, despite the fact that both he and his protagonist count Sheffield as their hometown. \"We\'re both from the same city, yes, but that\'s where the similarities end,\" he explains.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today abu dhabi\s \q\ selfpublishes thriller Arab Today, arab today abu dhabi\s \q\ selfpublishes thriller

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Prepares to present her new collection

GMT 14:29 2017 Monday ,20 February

Prepares to present her new collection
Arab Today, arab today Tourism shows signs of recovery

GMT 09:59 2017 Monday ,20 February

Tourism shows signs of recovery
Arab Today, arab today Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"
Arab Today, arab today Optimism on the front line

GMT 07:24 2017 Monday ,20 February

Optimism on the front line
Arab Today, arab today Murder of 2 reporters in Dominican Republic

GMT 22:45 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Murder of 2 reporters in Dominican Republic

GMT 15:04 2017 Wednesday ,04 January

Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ becomes German bestseller

GMT 23:50 2016 Thursday ,08 December

UAE is helping the Arab world read more books

GMT 11:07 2016 Monday ,07 November

Sheikh Zayed Book Award announces first longlist

GMT 10:03 2016 Thursday ,13 October

A new illustrated book compares Beirut and New York

GMT 08:55 2016 Sunday ,25 September

Chinese Book Fair kicks off in Kathmandu
View News in Arabic - Culture: مراجعة كتب
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Kidogo provides childcare for underserved

GMT 20:24 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Kidogo provides childcare for underserved
Arab Today, arab today Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed

GMT 06:50 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed
Arab Today, arab today London to tax old cars

GMT 14:06 2017 Friday ,17 February

London to tax old cars
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Nissan enhances sales in most markets

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,20 February

Nissan enhances sales in most markets
Arab Today, arab today Competes Sweden and Germans by S90

GMT 22:36 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Competes Sweden and Germans by S90
Arab Today, arab today Egypt to hold first session of Arab film festival

GMT 21:11 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Egypt to hold first session of Arab film festival
Arab Today, arab today Teach monkeys to recognize themselves in mirror

GMT 20:41 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Teach monkeys to recognize themselves in mirror

GMT 07:30 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Actress Nadeen Al Rassi views art as her entity

GMT 06:40 2017 Friday ,10 February

MP calls for removing text from Islamic story

GMT 19:10 2017 Friday ,17 February

Hats, scarves add beauty to women

GMT 10:26 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

Emergency UN meeting in Harare

GMT 23:29 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Home built on sand castles-style costs $8m

GMT 21:49 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Scientists develop new therapy

GMT 19:16 2017 Friday ,17 February

Aziz House ready to host the tourists

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 12:39 2017 Monday ,20 February

newest smartphone another winner for Huawei

GMT 13:16 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

First fashion model with Down syndrome
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday