Duncan Falconer is the pseudonym of renowned British author, who is widely known for the John Stratton book series. As a person who has been living a high stakes life, Duncan Falconer served with the British Royal Marines in the Special Boat Services. Falconer’s novels are not only written with command but with authenticity as well. His official names are not known as well as his parental origins. Abandoned at birth, Falconer was raised in an orphanage located in the North London area. Later on, a couple adopted Duncan Falconer. Thus he ended up spending a major part of his childhood in the town of Battersea. When he turned 18 years, Duncan Falconer joined another family. Falconer joined the Royal Marines. At 19, Duncan Falconer was sent to the Special Boat Services selection located in Poole Dorset.
Duncan Falconer is a pen name, as Falconer has to keep his identity a secret due to the work that he’s carried out in the past.
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The writer known as Duncan Falconer was raised in an orphanage in Mill Hill East, which is in North London. From there, at the age of ten, he moved to Battersea, where he studied at William Blake School. Upon the completion of his studies, Falconer joined at Royal Marines at the age of 18, where he enrolled in the Commando course. After the completion of this course, Falconer ended up enrolled in recruitment process for the Special Boat Service, also known as the SBS. Like his Commando training, Falconer got through and became the youngest ever SBS operative at the time of completion. He then undertook many undercover anti-terrorist operations, often working alongside the SAS.
After several years in the SBS, Falconer decided to leave and set up a private security firm. He spent two years doing this, but his career took an unexpected turn when he changed tack and wrote his first screenplay whilst living in Los Angeles. He balanced his writing with his private security work, and eventually wrote his autobiography, First Into Action, which was released in 2001, and which recounts his time spent as an SBS operative.
After the release of First Into Action and its success, Falconer turned his hand to writing fiction, and came up with the character John Stratton, a character whose live and personality closely mirrors that of Falconer. Stratton is an SBS operative, and the first book to feature him is The Hostage, which was released in 2003. Following the success of the first two books in the John Stratton series, The Hostage and The Hijack, Falconer continued writing Stratton’s adventures, while also continuing to be a private security consultant and a screenplay writer.
Falconer, together with other 8 marines out of a class of 147 to complete the exceedingly challenging Special Boat Service course. Falconer’s mastery of military knowledge and the course left an impression on his superior officers. Despite the fact that the military required the candidates to serve first as Commando’s before they apply for the Special Boat Services, Falconer was selected as an exception. To broaden Falconer’s career, his superior decided to post him later as the 42 Commando. After serving in the military for sometime, Falconer moved to the private circle, where he worked for one of the leading private security firms in the city of Los Angeles for more than two years. After working for the private security firm, Falconer got the chance to work for a unit that specialized in Kidnap and Ransom negotiation.
While still residing in Los Angeles, Duncan Falconer, penned his first ever screenplay and managed to sell it a few days later. Thus, Duncan Falconer made up his mind to remain in Los Angeles, so that he could pursue his two dreams; one as a security firm expert and the other as an upcoming screenwriter. To fit exceedingly well and understand the American culture, Duncan Falconer served as a bartender. It was at the bars that Duncan Falconer got to learn more about the Americans habits and cultures as well. While working as a bartender and a screenplay writer, Falconer also penned down his autobiography. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Duncan Falconer returned to the UK where he took back his job in the security industry. While working for the security firm as an instructor and consultant, Falconer had the opportunity to travel to numerous countries such as the Middle East, America, and Africa as well.
Duncan Falconer Awards
Duncan Falconer is yet to receive any major literary award.
Duncan Falconer Books into Movies
Duncan Falconer is widely known for the movie Stratton, which was based on his novel of the same name
Best Duncan Falconer Books
First Into Action: Duncan Falconer very first publication was titled First into Action and was published in the United Kingdom. A military thriller, First into Action featured semi-biographical accounts of Falconer’s actions in Special Boat Services and also in the 14 Intelligence Detachment. Despite the fact that there were numerous ex-military novelists at the time, Duncan Falconer’s work was highly distinctive. Falconer not only provided striking visualizations of his military escapades but he also depicted about the relationship that he formed with his colleagues together with the humorous aspects of his life in the military. This novel, First into Action also depicted the history and rivalry between the Special Air Service unit and the Special Boat Services unit. Falconer’s first novel was exceedingly successful such that the Time Warner Publishing House even commissioned Duncan Falconer to pen down two more military accounts.
John Stratton, is the protagonist in the first few novels, a fictional character, who in some way represented who he was and followed a much similar career projection as Duncan Falconer. Stratton is an operative who serves for the SBS. He works with the Intelligence Detachment that is located in Northern Ireland.
The Protector: In the novel the Protector, which was published in the year 2007, Duncan Falconer introduces the readers to another character, Bernie Malory. Malory is an ex-marine who eventually became a private security contractor. Hostage is another excellent read from Duncan Falconer. This book features the SBS Operative, John Stratton. When one undercover operation goes terribly wrong, the Intelligence Agency eventually turn to one of their most effective weapon with an exceedingly lethal operation.
In an exceedingly dangerous race against time, Stratton must be able to locate an agent who has been abducted by the IRA. However, how did the IRA find about the British mission? The intelligence believes that there was a rat within the agency who was passing highly sensitive information to the highly dangerous group.
Duncan Falconer FAQs
Q: What nationality is Duncan Falconer?
A: The author Duncan Falconer was born in the United Kingdom, therefore he is British born-and-bred.
Q: What is the first book Duncan Falconer wrote?
A: The first book written by Duncan Falconer was his autobiography, First Into Action. The first work of fiction Duncan Falconer wrote was the first book in the John Stratton series, The Hostage.