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What makes Art Marvik tick? Action packed mystery thrillers

Art Marvik Mystery Thrillers by Pauline Rowson

I like heroes and as I’m a sucker for adventure stories and mystery there was no doubt that this was what my mystery thriller SILENT RUNNING the first in the Art Marvik series of four had to be. I wanted a character who was not bound by the official rules of the law like my flawed and rugged detective, DI Andy Horton, but who was nevertheless on the right side of it. The series also had to have all the hallmarks of my brand – a troubled hero, the sea, boats, interesting and diverse characters and lots of action.

Silent Running, Marvik mystery thriller by Pauline RowsonIn the first in the series of four, former Royal Marine Commando, Special Boat Services Officer Art Marvik is newly out of the marines. He's tough, highly trained, fearless, intelligent and fit but injuries inflicted while in combat have forced him to leave the marines and seek a new life in Civvy Street. He thought he’d be able to adjust and carve out a new career for himself on the sea, but his first job as a private maritime security operative (before SILENT RUNNING) goes very wrong when the luxury motor cruiser he was travelling on and had been detailed to guard, gets attacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean, and Marvik finds himself with a bullet in his shoulder and the boat’s owner dead. He’d failed on his first mission in civilian life, and SILENT RUNNING opens with him reeling from it.

Marvik’s not sure what lies ahead for him but when his former marine comrade, Shaun Strathen, enlists his help to find a missing computer scientist, and a former girlfriend of Marvik’s goes missing after visiting him at his remote Isle of Wight cottage Marvik find his himself sucked into a dangerous mission.  It is the first in this current series of four when Marvik finds himself working as an undercover investigator for the UK Police National Intelligence Marine Squad.

So what's Art Marvik's back story?

Every character has to have a back story. Marvik was sent to an elite and expensive boarding school at the age of eleven,very much against his will. He grew up feeling his parents - his mother a marine archaeologist, his father an oceanographer- loved their work more than they loved their son. After their sudden and tragic death in a diving accident off the Straits of Malacca, when Marvik was seventeen, he joins the marines and puts his parents, their life and their wealth behind him. Langton, the psychiatrist, who treated Marvik after a head injury sustained in combat, said he was running away from his emotions, maybe he was, but one day he would need to face up to them and that day was fast approachingt.

His three undercover investigations for the UK Police National Intelligence Marine Squad - SILENT RUNNING (1), DANGEROUS CARGO (2) and LOST VOYAGE (3) begin to reveal there was more to his parents' deaths than a diving accident.  In DEAD SEA (4) Marvik discovers the truth.

Dead Sea, an Art Marvik Mystery Thriller by Pauline Rowson

When Marvik visits his safe deposit box in his London bank and discovers that a three-and-a-half inch floppy disk he had placed there a few weeks previously (DANGEROUS CARGO) has been stolen he is surprised and deeply troubled. What’s more it has been taken only the day before his arrival by a man Marvik has never heard of. 

Puzzled and disturbed, Marvik is left cursing his reluctance to ask his former Royal Marine colleague, intelligence and cyber expert, Shaun Strathen, to open the disk and reveal its contents when he first discovered it in the possession of murdered marine archaeologist, Sarah Redburn. Now its theft indicates that Sarah was killed because of its highly toxic contents.

Convinced it holds the key to the truth behind the deaths of his parents, Marvik, with Strathen’s aid, sets out to track down the thief.  As they follow a trail of abduction and murder it soon becomes clear that the computer disk holds the key to a secret that a ruthless killer is determined must never be revealed.

I hope readers will enjoyed the tense thrill rides with Art Marvik in these four mystery thrillers.

Art Marvik Mystery Thrillers by Pauline Rowson

"Fans of Rowson’s DI Andy Horton books will be delighted with her series featuring former marine commando Art Marvik. A tense, terrifying thrill ride that twists and turns with dizzying speed, combined with a likable, smart, tough, but all too human hero, make this a cracking-good series—action fans need Marvik on their radar." Booklist

The ART MARVIK series of mystery thrillers (4) are published in paperback, as an ebook, on Kindle, Kobo, Apple Books and Google - Buy now

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