Shadow of Malice has reached the semi finals of the Adventure Writer’s Competition 2019, placing it in the top ten adventure books decided by the judging panel at the Clive Cussler Society.

The competition is for the prestigious Clive Cussler Grandmaster Award, which will be awarded this October at the Clive Cussler Collectors Convention in Phoenix, Arizona on October 12th. The winner receives a prize fund of $1,000 plus all finalists recieve the opportunity to be considered for publishing by Stealth Books. The winner will be chosen by Dirk Cussler, an author himself, and son of Clive Cussler.

This is a fantastic acknowledgement of the hard work that went into Shadow of Malice, and I’m absolutely thrilled to make the top ten of an international competition. Clive Cussler’s books were something that my dad introduced me to as a younger reader and I loved them, so to be in anyway linked with this award is as humbling as it is exciting.

I’d like to thank the judges who’ve put the book on this platform, and I’m looking forward to hearing who gets to progress to the final. I would also like to wish all my fellow semi-finalists the best of luck, and congratulate them on their novels.

The full list of semi-finalists is below, and a final shortlist of three will be revealed in August.

  • Blue Fire by Katherine Prairie
  • Cave Diver by Jacob Avila
  • The Hurricane’s Eye by Anthony Farlow
  • The Mind of God by Bevan Frank
  • Raptor Canyon by Andy W. Baldwin
  • The Regulators: Shadow of Malice by Ben Bruce
  • The Sail by Landon Beach
  • The Search for the Fountain of Youth by Caleb Wygal
  • Sky Branch Seoul by Ted Wesenberg
  • Treasure Fever by James B. McPike

More information about the awards can be found here.





I like to think I’m a patient man. My wife might tell you otherwise.

Writing this book has been an exercise in patience, and I’ve learned a lot of techniques during this process that has made me less inclined to knee jerk into something else (and by god, when the time is right, I’ve some great ideas for some new series.)

The hardest part, has been this last part. Perhaps I came into it being a little naive, perhaps my experience having TV scripts edited set me up to see things differently, but I honestly thought the longest process would be the cover design, not the editing.

The cover went through a dream, thanks to Sean Strong,  but the edit has taken longer. That’s because I had no idea what a huge task fixing my mistakes would be, and also the level of detail that my editors would be working to. I’m so grateful that they are. Without the work being put in now, the book would not be anywhere near what it’s shaping up to be.

It’s really hard for me to sit on my hands and wait, so I’ve not. I’ve cracked on with book two, Shadow of Malice, and I’ll be premiering the first chapter of that at the end of The Regulators.

More importantly, we’re getting closer to nailing down a release date. I can’t wait to do that, and finally share with you all the story of The Regulators.

Until then, sit tight.

The Regulators

I’ve been a little quiet of late, because I’ve decided to take a change of course. For the time being, I want to concentrate on novels, and as such, I’ve been writing my debut novel. At the time of writing, it’s 263 pages long, and 65953 words long, and it’s not finished. Not even close.

This is very much a first draft, but I am delighted to share with you all now, a snippet from one of the earlier chapters. I will be sharing more with you in the coming weeks, prior to self publishing this online.

Again, this is just a first draft, not edited in anyway, and in all probability won’t be anything like this come the final thing, but it’s a good way to introduce the characters and the concept. I hope you enjoy.