John is a comparatively late starter to the writing world. But believes this enhances the books that he is writing as they come from experience. From actually doing the job.
John served in three Commando units of the Royal Marines,
42 Commando, Singapore, where it all started.
41 Commando, when based in Malta and formed part of the force sent to Cyprus during the Turkish Invasion, &
45 Commando, the Northern flank Ski unit, serving with 45 in Northern Ireland.
With a specialisation of PW, (Platoon Weapons and Tactics) in the RM's, he became an expert in ballistics and loaded his own ammunition for certain tasks, finishing at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) as an instructor, with one of the highest security clearances in the UK.
This was followed by a rapid transfer to the Metropolitan Police, where he served on M Division, and Crime Squads before being moved to the target reason for the transfer, D11, the then Force Firearms Unit.
Here, amongst other achievements, he designed and introduced Tactical Advisors to the police, a system that has been a national policy since the late 1980's and has probably saved many police and civilian lives.
He is a trained self defence, Physical Training and police weapons instructor, as well as being one of the most successful operational team leaders.
John was also given the task of changing the methodology of training for operational teams. The reason why he was there. Given a new team, John called it Black team, they were nicknamed 'the Black team Ninjas' due to their intensive military style training and operational successes.
John was sent with a team to Grand Turk island to secure a senior member of the medallion drugs cartel and as a bodyguard instructor, Zimbabwe to train Mugabe’s bodyguards.
Later John was sent to North Wales to trace a supply source to the IRA and had to deal with small force mentality before being switched to Sussex police to initiate a project that was foiled by police corruption.
Black team was one of the first police teams to train with the SAS at Hereford and to accept SAS troopers to live train in London.
Photo left: Police trainning with the SAS at Hereford
Going in at the deep end, John has started with a trilogy. The 'I Serve' series.
It Tells the story of a young man from the back streets of the Elephant & Castle, in South London, with little education and how he became involved in the UK's best kept secret..
The books are what publishers call Faction books, that is stories based on fact, on real events. Names and some locations have been changed to protect the innocent.
The beauty of these books will be that you, the reader, have the opportunity to determine what is true and what is added, there is a mixture.
Book One, Crossing the Rubicon, begins the story. Johnny Robert, our anti-hero, takes us through his time as a Royal Marine Commando and his intro to a non existent group.
Book Two, Servant of the Crown, continues with his quick transfer to the police and three Home Office police forces, including the development of the Metropolitan Police firearms unit that is now SCO19. Princess Diana, the IRA and drug cartels.
Book Three, I Served. Goes to Europe with a project that is foiled by police corruption and takes us into the future, with a development that was initiated in the very beginning with what was known as the Gemini Project.
All marines, police officers and servants of whatever nationality, are part of his community.
Photo Right: Daily Mail
Follow Johns journey, as he leads you to places he never knew and shows you a life that never was, through the eyes of a young man recruited into an organisation that literally does not exist in your world.
John was a fully qualified Bodyguard instructor for the Metropoloitan Police, training Special Branch and Royalty Protection officers and many others
Follow the story of a young man that goes from a niave sixteen year old to one of the most effective operators for a non-existant organisation designed to protect the State and Public.
And what follows.
As the books develop you may find that you want to ask questions. He is available and will answer any reasonable questions or provide advice where I can.
I am a member of
The Royal Marines Association
International Police Association
United States Marine Corps League.
I am an Hypatian.
Photo left: My first team