• Well, I wrote some spy fiction this week. It was an 8,000 word short story called "Countdown to Midnight" for an upcoming prose anthology I'm editing for Moonstone Books featuring the old radio, serial and comic book hero Captain Midnight. In our version of the character, Cap is very much a black ops-type guy, a "flying spy" operating in an alternate history where WW II never happened. In my story, he has to destroy a secret fortress in the Andes, the launch site for the world's first intercontinental ballistic missile. The book's supposed to be out in January or February of 2010, and also has stories by Stephen Mertz, Win Scott Eckert, and John J. Nance, among others.
• I'm currently reading the 1983 Nick Carter novel The Greek Summit, which a frequent visitor to this blog, Robert J. Randisi, informs me is one of the half-dozen that he contributed to the series. Expect a review in a day or two. I'm also reading Tod Goldberg's second Burn Notice novel, The End Game. Will post my thoughts on this one soon, as well.
• This week's spy-fi purchases: I picked up four more early Nick Carter, Killmaster paperbacks from a used bookstore that recently opened nearby. The titles were: The Kremlin File, The Cobra Kill, The Vulcan Disaster, and The Sign of the Prayer Shawl. One of these days, I'll get around to reading them.
Wednesday night, I picked up the DVD of the 2003 spy-fi spoof, Johnny English, at our local Big Lots for a couple of bucks. Not one of my favorites, despite a screenplay by Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and a really excellent musical score by Edward Shearmur. Fact is, I'm just not much of a Rowan Atkinson fan. I despise his Mr. Bean character, and even Blackadder, which I recognize as being good, just isn't to my tastes. Even his small role in Never Say Never Again always irritates the hell out of me.
So why did I pick it up? Well, it was dirt cheap, for one, and it was a spy spoof, for another – and I collect spy spoofs. And even the weakest spy spoofs – like The Nude Bomb or Dr. Goldfoot – have a few bright spots and gags that prompt a chuckle or two.
And did I mention that I liked the music? I really have to track down the soundtrack CD.
• Well, that about covers the last seven days. How was your week?