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Start Mills, Kyle

Kyle Mills (1966 – heute)

Der amerikanische Geheimdienst- Verschwörungs- und Politthriller Autor zählt zur jungen Generation im Genre.
Seine Romane haben sich zu internationalen Bestsellern entwickelt und gerne wird er mit den Genre-Größen Robert Ludlum oder Tom Clancy verglichen.

In der Liga des actiongeladenen Politthrillers rund um die Machenschaften der Geheimdiensten, die Bedrohung des Terros und Verschwörung wird Kyle Mills von den Fans und Lesern mittlerweile in der ersten Liga der Thriller Autoren des Genres gehandelt.

Fazit: Kyle Mills gehört zu den Top-Stars der neuen Thriller-Schreiber Generation und wird als einer der ersten Anwärter für die Nachfolge von Ludlum, Clancy, Morrell oder Follett gehandelt. Neben dem kompakten Spannungsbogen in seinen Büchern werden vor allem auch der immer wieder aufblitzende Humor und die interessanten Charaktere von den Lesern gelobt.

Wie treffend der Vergleich mit Robert Ludlum ist, zeigte sich jüngst auch darin, dass Kyle Mills als einer der "Nachlass-Autoren" von Robert Ludlum auftrat und mit "Die Ares Entscheidung" einen Action-Thriller aus der von Robert Ludlum und Gayle Lynds konzipierten Covert-One Serie vorlegte.


Mark Beamon – Serie

1997: Rising Phoenix / Der Auftrag
1998: Storming Heaven / Die Spur
2000: Free Fall / Die Geheimakte
2002: Sphere of Influence / Die Organisation
2007: Darkness Falls
2008: Global Warning / Global Warning


2001: Burn Factor / Die Jägerin
2003: Smoke Screen / Die Vergeltung
2005: Fade / Die letzte Mission
2006: The Second Horseman / Das Abkommen
2009: Lords of Corruption / Blutige Erde

2010: Die Ares Entscheidung (2011 in Deutschland/Österreich/Schweitz)

2011: The Immortals / Die Unvergänglichen (2013 in Deutschland/Österreich/Schweiz)




1: Who is Kyle Mills? How would you best describe yourself in 5 single words only?

Adventurous, curious, obsessive, analytical, athletic

2. Has the lust for writing always been with you or what really made you sit down and write your first novel ?

The lust definitely hasn't always been with me. In fact, I fell into this career more or less by accident.

In the mid 90s I was working for a bank and spending my off hours rock climbing. For some reason, it suddenly occurred to me that I never did anything artistic. I had always aspired to be a creative person but that aspiration had somehow gotten lost in a career and sports.

My first idea was to learn to build furniture. That plan had a lot of drawbacks: The tools were expensive, they would have crowded the car out of my garage, and I'm not all that good with my hands. It was my wife who suggested I write a novel. It seemed like a dumb idea since my university degree is in economics and finance but, for some reason, the idea nagged me until I finally put pen to paper.

3. Has every novel you ever wrote been published or do you have some early writing still in your carpet?

Every one has been published. I've been lucky so far.

4. When you startet to write your first novel- what made you choose the spy- and conspiracy-fiction genre?

Two reasons: First, I had read a lot of this type of fiction when I was in high school, so I felt as though I understood the genre. Second, my father had been an FBI agent for 25 years, so I was fairly certain I could capture that world realistically.

5. Whom within this genre do you read or might even had an influence do your own writing?

To be honest, I almost never read in this genre anymore. In fact, I overwhelmingly read nonfiction.

When I was younger, though, I read people like Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, Frederick Forsyth, and Stephen King. You can find bits of all of them in my writing.

6 : You nowadays travel a lot to visit all the places that you write about. When you do your research-travels: is at this time the outline of your novel already finished or is it just an idea in your head and the idea gets new developments while you travel and visit?

Ideally, I like to be on location when I'm writing a novel. That way I can absorb the atmosphere and make everything feel much more effortless and natural. My next novel, though, is set in Africa but was written entirely in the U.S. Fortunately, I've spent enough time in Africa that I had plenty of vivid memories to draw upon.

7. Where do you usually get your initial inspiration from to start on a new idea?

Usually from something going on in the world that I want to know more about terrorism, drugs, waning resources, etc. When I find something that intrigues me, I start researching it and looking at angles I can use to turn it into a good thriller.

This is, by far, the most difficult part of writing for me. Strong underlying concepts are hard to come by and I'm not the type of person who is constantly flooded with great ideas. My thought process is a bit more plodding, unfortunately.

8. Your have one regular charakter in your books, who is Mark Beamon (he has been in Rising Phoenix, Storming Heaven, Freefall, Sphere of Influence and Darkness Falls). How did this charakter develop - and how much of Kyle Mills can be found in Mark Beamon?

Mark Beamon is a composite of my father and a number of other FBI agents I've known over my lifetime. Many authors write series characters that are like them or are the person they'd like to be, but Mark is unusual in that there isn't a great deal of me in him. Which is probably a good thing, considering how self-destructive he is. Also, I don't think my wife would like being married to Mark.

9. What would you possibly do if you would not be a writer?

Writing is a pretty unstable job, so I ask myself that a lot. Unfortunately, I've never come up with a good answer. Maybe a job with a bicycle or climbing equipment manufacturer? That'd be fun.

10: Your newest novel is "Darkness Falls", dealing with a very interesting topic: oil getting scarcer more quickly. can you already tell a bit whats in your mind now - what will your next novel(s) maybe be about? What topics are keeping your mind busy?

My next book will be called The Lords of Corruption and is about the foreign aid industry. I've been fascinated with the subject ever since I began traveling in Africa and wanted to explore the complexities and corruption that can get in the way of helping the world's poor. The idea is that it would be very easy for organized crime to infiltrate a charitable organization. The wolf among the sheep, if you will.

11: Do you have a favourite among your own books?

Not really. To me, each one has a different focus though that might not be apparent to readers. Fade might be my most popular. People's passion for the main character really surprised me. I thought he might be a bit dark to carry an entire novel, but obviously I was dead wrong