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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Benevolent Terrorist by Danny Wynn Blog Tour

The Benevolent Terrorist
By Danny Wynn
Genre: Adventure/Literary

The Benevolent Terrorist is a thinking person’s adventure story, in the vein of various novels by Graham Greene, Robert Stone, and Patricia Highsmith. It tells the tale of a troubled young American named Jack who’s been wandering the world for extended periods on an increasingly desperate quest for excitement and adventure. Jack is traveling with a likable and beautiful Australian woman, who’s quickly getting fed up with him. In Athens, they meet a mysterious loner, an ex-Army guy who recently finished working construction in Tunisia. The unlikely trio travels to a Greek island where a romantic triangle develops. Jack’s deep desire to escape boredom and his theory of benevolent terrorism – ¬fighting terrorists with terror – lead the two men on a dark and violent adventure. The novel explores with intelligence a number of the disturbing aspects of life and artfully straddles the boundary between commercial and literary ¬fiction.

“A fantastic, existentialist thriller with visceral charm...offers a trio of vivid character studies while ¬filling [the narrative] with sinister, philosophical, and occasionally surreal prose.”— Kirkus Reviews

Author Interview

Tell me a little about yourself.  

I am 63 years old and live in Manhattan with my wife and kids.  I worked in the record business for 25 years, and have travelled extensively.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?  

When I was 9 or 10.
What is your most interesting or craziest writing quirk?  

That I can stick with it and finish my projects at a high standard.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book(s)?  

That my books were in me and all I had to do was get them out, which wasn’t easy.

Which writers inspire you?  Graham Greene, Robert Stone, William Boyd, Paul Theroux

What genre are your books?  

Thinking man’s adventure stories.
Anything else you would like to say about writing? Encouraging words for potential writers?  
Writing well is incredibly difficult, solitary, and discouraging, but if you stick with it and learn your craft, it can be very rewarding.  It’s important to constantly push yourself to figure out what you have to do to write better.  Becoming a good writer is the result of hundreds of small lessons gradually accumulating to produce artful results.

About the Author
The Benevolent Terrorist is my third novel of publishable quality.  Before turning full-time to writing, I worked at CBS Records (later Sony Music) for many years and traveled extensively, rising to the level of Executive Vice President. I’ve lived in New York City, Los Angeles, and London, and now make my home in the West Village with my wife and two children. My second favorite place in the world (after the West Village) is the island of Mallorca, Spain, which I have visited more than thirty times (and is where one of my earlier novels, Man From the Sky, is set).  My writing has received numerous starred reviews and garnered very favorable criticism such as, “an enjoyable tale of lost souls colliding in the most unlikely of places,” “conjuring shades of Steinbeck,” “the prose is subtle but vivid, intellectually engaged but never arid, as the author provides readers with a flurry of snapshots that gradually coalesce into a picture of tarnished longings,” and “well written, thought provoking…,stands in a class all by itself.”
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