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Apr 28, 2018

On Episode 41 of the Spybrary Spy Podcast we serve up a recorded Spybrary panel discussion from Spycon 2018.

On the panel, host Shane Whaley was joined by authors Mike Brady (Into the Shadows) and C.G.Faulkner (The Edge of Reality.)

The Michael Brady File

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Brady, USA, (RET), earned his MS in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University in Washington, DC in 2003. His classified thesis focused on the current and emerging issues confronting China and Taiwan and Taiwan’s ability to retain sovereignty into the future. He has performed a wide variety of tactical and strategic intelligence functions including long-range surveillance, interrogation, intelligence analysis, collection management, emergency operations, and intelligence production. He served as the Director, Presidential Emergency Operations Center in the White House from January 2001 until July 2002 under President George W. Bush.

LTC Brady is a 1990 graduate of The Citadel, Marine Corps Command and General Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, US Army Airborne School and US Army Ranger School.

His areas of expertise and research include threats to the homeland, intelligence collection systems and programs, intelligence analysis, and intelligence support to national policy making.

The C.G.Faulkner File

C.G. Faulkner has been writing stories since childhood. He has, so far, published a Western Trilogy about Captain Tom Fortner; as well as a Spy Trilogy about Tom’s descendant, C.I.A. Agent Jeff Fortner. He has published a story for younger readers, ‘The Adventures of the Home for Supper Kids’, and now ‘The Unexpected-Tales of Mystery and Suspense’. Other stories are being written for future publication.
Mr. Faulkner lives on a small farm in Georgia with his wife and children. In addition to writing, he enjoys reading, (His favorite authors are Bernard Cornwell, John Jakes, Jeff Shaara, Elmore Leonard and Ian Fleming, among others) studying history and genealogy, watching classic movies and television, doing farmwork, helping his wife homeschool their children, and the great outdoors.

We riff all over the place on this along with audience participation.

Some of the topics we cover included:

  • How authors with full time jobs find time to write.
  • How Mike and CG research locations for their books.
  • Who are their literary heroes
  • Which writer inspired Mike Brady to join the Intelligence Services.
  • What makes a great fictional spy character
  • Shane shares what kind of spy fiction he doesn't enjoy
  • What the audience are reading right now
  • Does the government/military have to approve Mike Brady's novels before publication

And Much More including CG Faulkner's interrogation in the Quick Fire Round.