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Tarnished Heroes
by Bryan Marlowe 
UK price: £8.38     US price: $15.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 5 x 8
Pages: 228
ISBN: 0-595-40750-1
Published: Aug-2006

It's the cold war in the Far East and a chain of deadly circumstances forces two former world war heroes to form an alliance to save those they love in a final desperate act of heroism and redemption.

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Book Description
Group Captain Randolph Tremayne, RAF, the British Air Attaché and Lieutenant Colonel Bradford Rantzen, USAF, the United States’ Assistant Air Attaché, both serving in their respective embassies in Bangkok, are embittered and disillusioned men. Passed over for promotion and beset by family discord and tragedy.

Both men are former heroes, but are now tarnished by their experiences or weaknesses. Tremayne is a gallant, but philandering, self-indulgent opportunist and Rantzen is a heroic, but war-wearied veteran, suffering nightmares over the time he was a prisoner of war in Korea and fears he’s losing his grip on life.

A chain of deadly circumstances forces the two men to form an alliance to save those they love more than life, in a final desperate act of heroism and redemption.


Tarnished Heroes is saturated with believable characters, humour and dialogue that fits snugly in with a terrific story, which has more twists and turns than a HimalayanYeti trail, complete with a surprise ending. It's a tale that is bound to please more than 99.999% of its readers.  
        Carl Morris Miller, Bolivar, Missouri USA


“A good, old-fashioned war yarn, harking back to when men were men
who took their drink hard and their broads harder, Bryan Marlowe's Tarnished Heroes, based on the author's own RAF experience, engages and amuses, only occassionally slipping into pastiche. To be read in one sitting, with a large glass of Remy Martin to hand."

 — James Drew - Brussels-based film writer, sub-editor and reporter.

"Tarnished Heroes is a worthwhile read, with a story that will keep the reader on edge and wanting more. It has all the right ingredients: action, intrigue, romance and roguish heroes."
     Terry Clamp, Acomb, York


I can highly recommend the novel, Tarnished Heroes. For me it brought back memories of working in Bangkok and meeting the author's RAF associate, assigned to the British Embassy. Bryan Marlowe was our best man at our wedding in Bangkok.


        Jennie D. Sefton (American)

About the author

Bryan Marlowe was born in Holborn, City of London, 1930. He attended 22 schools, leaving at the age of 14. He had numerous jobs before National Service in the Royal Air Force 1948/50. He rejoined the RAF in 1951 and retired in 1971. Marlowe worked for 20 years with a northern police force. On retirement he took up voluntary work with Victim and Witness Support and worked as a newspaper columnist. He has travelled extensively through the five continents and lived abroad.



Review by Tom Slaughter:

Bryan Marlowe's deft touch with the thriller genre leads one to wonder just how many of the situations he describes, in tight-lipped, tense tones, are based on his own military experiences?

An interesting notion to play with, certainly, and it would not surprise this reviewer to find that the two key characters in Tarnished Heroes, Marlowe's Cold War Far East thriller are based on the author's own acquaintance from his RAF career.

Anyway, the novel introduces us to RAF British Air Attaché Group Captain Randolph Tremayne, RAF, the and USAF Lieutenant Colonel Bradford Rantzen, who is the United States' Assistant Air Attaché, who are both serving in their respective embassies in Bangkok but are embittered and disillusioned men - they're former heroes, but are now 'tarnished' by their own weaknesses. Tremayne has a gallant character, but he's a philanderer and more than a little selfish, while Rantzen is a heroic but jaded vet plagued by nightmares over his time as a prisoner of war. For both men, redemption may be just around the corner, but there may be a very high price to pay...

As comfortable with the thriller genre as he is with the broader strokes of comedy, Marlowe manages, once again, to provide the reader with believable characterisations and, while the high adventure on display may occasionally veer a little to close to exaggerated for comfort, the underlying dry, wry humour and dialogue work well in the labyrinthine concoction that Marlowe serves up. And, as a bonus, the ending is probably his best to date, it's a belter, to be served with a long, hard drink, naturally.

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Also by Bryan Marlowe:

Black Hatted Cowboys
by Bryan Marlowe 

UK price: £12.50     US price $14.50
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
ISBN-10: 1909304689
ISBN-13: 978-1909304680
Size: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.3 cm
Published: Nov 2012

The building and repair work carried out by dangerously incompetent and unscrupulous builders, often known as “cowboys,” is widely reported in newspapers and investigations into their nefarious activities make popular and thought-provoking television documentaries. This publicity helps to warn the unwary of the misery, unjustifiable costs and even death that can result by employing unskilled building workers to carry out improvements and, often-unnecessary, repairs to their homes. The cowboy builder will always ask for “cash-up-front” before he starts to work. Later, he will ask for more cash, because he “underestimated the work and material needed to finish the job”. If the householder is unable or unwilling to part with more money, the cowboy will leave the property in such a state that it is an unsafe dwelling. This is the story of two men who take deadly retributive action against cowboy builders.

Recalled to Arms
by Bryan Marlowe 

UK price:  £6.99     US price: $9.79
Format: Paperback
Pages: 258
ISBN-10: 1908026421
ISBN-13: 978-1908026422
Published: Feb 2012

Readers of Leaving Mercy to Heaven, which introduced Eli (Mac) Murray, an embittered ex-SAS captain and Sarah Shahar, an Israeli Army captain, who joined forces to fight a fanatical terrorist group, in North Africa and the Middle East, might be interested to learn that they are bent on action again.. They are now married, but find they cannot settle down to a humdrum life and are ready and eager to answer a call to arms. This time they are engaged by a powerful British media magnate to take on the task of rescuing his son (a foreign correspondent) and his daughter-in-law, who have been arrested and imprisoned by the Syrian Secret Security Service. Their mission takes them, incognito, to turbulent Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad's tyrannical government is engaged in brutally subduing the dissident populace, who are demonstrating and dying in their attempt to overthrow him and replace his government. As you might expect, the action is very strong, with Mac and Sarah giving covert, but no holds barred, support to the rebels in exchange for their help in freeing the newspaperman and his wife.

Memoirs of an Errant Youth
by Bryan Marlowe           
UK price: £7.38       US price: $12.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 164
ISBN: 0-595-38830-2
Published: Feb-2006

Memoirs of an Errant Youth—a tongue in cheek account of the author’s early years of employment in wartime Britain and the immediate post-war period of austerity.

As Long as There's Tomorrow...
By Bryan Marlowe        
UK price: £11.77     US price: $21.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 5 x 8
Pages: 394
ISBN: 0-595-39621-6
Published: May-2006

A romantic saga dedicated to those who have lost the love of their life and live in hope of one day regaining it.

A Kind of Wild Justice.
by Bryan Marlowe        
UK price: £8.63    US price: $16.95
Format: Paperback
Size: 5 x 8
Pages: 242
ISBN: 0-595-43194-1
Published: Mar-2007

Be warned; don’t be fooled by Gary Remington’s gentlemanly demeanour. He’s a tough, war-hardened ex-sergeant major, who exercises unremitting relentlessness in whatever he undertakes. He’s now on a mission of merciless vengeance and he’ll take no prisoners!

Settled Out of Court      
by Bryan Marlowe 
UK price: £8.00     US price: $14.95
Format: Paperback
Size: 5 x 8
Pages: 204
ISBN: 0-595-47705-4
Published: Nov-2007

Tense, gripping and with a rich seam of black humour, Settled Out Of Court is the latest thriller from Bryan Marlowe—a man with a literary mission of his own.

Leaving Mercy to Heaven  
by Bryan Marlowe 
UK price: £7.99     US price: $10.85
Format: Paperback
Size: 5 x 8
Pages: 288
ISBN: 978-0956051967
Published: Feb-2009
Published by SPIDERWIZE

Leaving Mercy to Heaven is a bang-up-to-date, dramatic action-packed tale of revenge, intrigue, betrayal, and romance, involving terrorism, modern Casablanca, and the Israeli Secret Service

Unfriendly Fire
by Bryan Marlowe 

UK price: £6.99       US price: $9.79
Format: Paperback
Pages: 254
ISBN: 978-1908026187
Published: July 2011

Jack Drake is highly disciplined, skilled in all aspects of his job and courageous; an ideal career soldier who is well regarded by his superiors and singled out for early promotion. But there is a dark side to Drake's character