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You Wouldn’t Call This Email ‘Low-Key’

Some websites yesterday posted emails allegedly from British actor Tom Hiddleston (Loki in “The Avengers” and both “Thor” movies) to Joss Whedon, writer/director of “The Avengers.” I don’t know if this email is for real, but I absolutely love it.

Tom-Hiddleston-Loki-Costume-Chest-ShoulderHiddleston says, of the Loki character, “It’s high operatic villainy alongside detached throwaway tongue-in-cheek; plus the ‘real menace’ and his closely guarded suitcase of pain. It’s grand and epic and majestic and poetic and lyrical and wicked and rich and badass and might possibly be the most gloriously fun part I’ve ever stared down the barrel of playing. It is just so juicy.”

I write villainous roles in my novels: Dennis in “Crashers,” Calendar in “Breaking Point,” Asher Sahar in “Ice Cold Kill” … Wait till you get a load of Viorica in “Gun Metal Heart.” And I think this might be the finest compliment any writer could ever get.

To top it off, Hiddleston also allegedly wrote, “Thank you for writing me my Hans Gruber. But a Hans Gruber with super-magic powers. As played by James Mason.”

Hans Gruber, of course, being the charming villain in 1988 film “Die Hard,” played to perfection by another British gent, Alan Rickman.


Daria Gibron, star of CRASHERS, BREAKING POINT and ICE COLD KILL, is back.

Daria, a freelance operative with a long and deadly history, has been hiding out in rural Italy, avoiding the enemies she’s made in the CIA, the Israeli government and Western law enforcement agencies. An old colleague tracks her down and seeks her help protecting an aerospace engineer from the White Scorpions, a Serbian mercenary group.

GUN METALMeanwhile, a small group of disgraced CIA agents have been waiting for their chance to exact revenge on the person they blame for their discharge — Daria Gibron.

Soon Daria is in the thick of both fights, squaring off against enemies from all sides and facing the threat of stolen military technology that can lay waste to entire cities.

The chase takes her from Italy to the former Yugoslavia. With the help of John Broom, a congressional aide, Daria has to thwart her old foes, take on new ones, and face perhaps her greatest challenge yet: Veronica, a mercenary with whom she is so evenly matched, they might as well be opposite sides of the same coin.

With the odds against her, Daria is in the worst danger of her life. And she couldn’t be having more fun.

“A high-voltage, high-body-count thrill ride!” – Publishers Weekly


Minotaur Books

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More Reviews for GUN METAL HEART


Haynes knows how to deliver high-octane action scenes that will make readers shudder with delight and terror. He also writes strong female characters, and there are few stronger than freelance operative Daria Gibron. Men who know her are scared to be in the same room with her and women try to emulate her, minus the violence and gunplay. Fans of the Brad Thor and Robert Ludlum vein have a new author to enjoy.

Picnic HouseDaria Gibron is trying to leave the spy game and has moved to Italy to enjoy life. When a former colleague tracks her down and asks for her help to protect a scientist, she can’t resist jumping back into action. Things immediately go wrong when she learns that a Serbian mercenary group has their sights set on the asset. They are working with a woman who had similar training to Daria and has a vendetta against her. There are CIA operatives seeking revenge against Daria, and her former boss appears to have secrets of his own. Daria will have to rely on herself to save the day. (MINOTAUR, Aug., 320 pp, $25.99)

First Reviews are in for GUN METAL HEART!



In Haynes’s brisk, darkly humorous sequel to Ice Cold Kill (2013), Diego, a Mexican bodyguard, asks an old colleague of his, Israeli ex-spy Daria Gibron, for help. Now an independent operative, Daria has been lying low in an Italian village far from the eye of various GUN METALinternational espionage and crime organizations. Diego suspects that members of a Serbian paramilitary group, the White Scorpions, have seized his fellow bodyguard, Vince. Diego and Vince were protecting Italian engineer Gabriella Incantada, the inventor of a military-grade avionic control device. Meanwhile, Minister Dragan Petrovic, a Serb official, has hired a stunning but lethal blonde known as Major Arcana to get Gabriella’s device for him. With some under the radar assistance from senatorial adviser John Broom, Daria—“a hand grenade in high heels”—embarks on a series of explosive deeds of derring-do across Europe in this high voltage, high-body-count thrill ride. Agent: Janet Reid, FinePrint Literary Management. (Aug.)

Reviewed on 06/27/2014 | Release date: 08/19/2014


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