- Book: FALL OUT
- Location: California, London, Switzerland, The Philippines, The South of France (Le Midi)
- Author: M N Grenside
“Riveting. Page-turning. A jaw-dropping rollercoaster of action and surprise. And best of all, it’s based upon shocking true history. A real gem.”
Damien Lewis, international No. 1 bestselling author and multi-award-winning reporter.
“I predict great success for this wonderful debut thriller and I hope the beginning of a franchise of books about the adventures Producer Marcus Riley and designer Mako de Turris. Fresh in style, fast paced, sparkling dialogue and a fabulous collection of characters. The premise of a screenplay with cleverly hidden clues that can prove deadly to the reader morphs into a fabulous reveal that is based on one of the greatest crimes ever committed.
Truly fascinating historical fact buried in a thrill a minute read, all revealed with a lightness of touch that gave me a shiver of delight.
I cannot recommend it enough.”
Dawn Airey, former CEO Channel Five, Director of Content ITV, CEO Getty Images
“A terrific debut thriller set in the film world, written by someone who clearly has worked in it. The story starts with the murder of a screenwriter and a very special screenplay he has sent to five specific people; Their common link? They all worked on a movie that abruptly stopped shooting years before.
The story has all the ingredients of a classic page turner, drawing you in with its fast-paced narrative. Fall Out mixes danger and death, hidden clues and intrigue that rival the Da Vinci code and a wonderful set of engaging characters from the Producer Marcus Riley to the resilient designer Melinda ‘Mako’ de Turris.
With stunning attention to detail, MN Grenside transports us through the gilded locations that we can only dream of visiting. The final reveal, set in a remote cave deep in the Philippine jungle blew me away, all the more because it is based on fact!
I’m already looking forward to the follow up novel, but in the meantime if you want a fast-paced stand out different thriller, I can’t recommend Fall Out enough. I loved it”.
Emma Forbes: Broadcaster and author
A wonderfully fresh debut novel and hopefully the beginning of a franchise based on the two leads, film Producer Mark Riley and whipsmart designer Melinda ‘Mako’ de Turris.
Written in a very visual style, fast paced, and with dialogue that crackles, Fall Out is set in the movie business by someone who clearly knows it. The story is liberally sprinkled with clever clues and unexpected twists and turns.
The writer has created a group of diverse and believable characters in a deeply satisfying read, taking the reader to wonderful locations and a mind blowing history lesson, all wrapped up in a page turning thriller. It ends in a cave in the Philippines with a truly shocking denouement that I never saw coming.
In my view Fall Out has all the ingredients for a wonderful series on top of being a great read. I hope the author is as focused on this as he has been with the sprinkling of historical facts that underpin the evolving story
It may be a cliche, but I found it hard to put down.
Read and enjoy!
Simon Oakes, owner CEO of Hammer Films
“Fall Out is a tautly written, entertaining thriller that will keep the reader turning the pages right till the very end. It almost reads like a movie and Mark’s background in the business comes through on the page. It feels authentic and informed but never overbearing. Although the story revolves around the movie business, the construct reveals one of the greatest twists I’ve seen and I doubt the other readers will see it coming. As the clues to the initial crime emerge we follow Marcus and Mako from California to Cannes, Switzerland to the Philippines in pursuit of the hidden secrets that underlie the mystery until the final reveal, on the old set of APOCALYPSE NOW in the Philippines, when everything becomes clear. To borrow movie parlance, it sits somewhere between ‘The DaVinci code’ and ‘Indiana Jones’”
Alan Moloney award winning Producer including Oscar nominated Brooklyn and Oscar Nominated Albert Knobbs
“A gripping thriller twisted around an incredible piece of recent history… and an equally fun glimpse into how our industry works! A well researched ride.”
Robert Halmi, Jr., Emmy and multi award winning Producer including Lonesome Dove,Tin Man and Merlin
“A Breathless and Breathtaking Debut
In 1972 Frederick Forsyth’s Day of the Jackal set the standard for meticulously researched, fast-paced international thrillers that still stands 50 years later. It is a tribute to Mark Grenside’s debut novel Fall Out that it can be mentioned in that company. The author seems to have detailed knowledge of the movie business, vintage cars, the international art market, post-WWII Japanese military criminality as well as some exotic European locations – or a team of researchers with big grins and a great work/life balance.
Fall Out starts with a bang; the murder of an LA scriptwriter whose last script contains clues to why a big budget film was cancelled years ago mid-shoot in the Philippines jungle. Producer Marcus Riley hopes to rebuild his career by turning the script into a blockbuster but things quickly go awry. It seems just reading the script is bad for your health and Marcus needs to solve the puzzle before he joins the casualty list.
This quest takes him from Hollywood, through Belgrade’s, Cannes, the Swiss Alps and Lake Como to the denouement in the Philippines.
Mark Grenside has a background in film and TV and is a natural story-teller. His book reads like a film script; the dialogue is razor sharp and it’s easy to visualise each scene as the action unfolds. I finished Fall Out in two and a bit sittings only because my plane landed with only 15 pages left and none of the crew seemed willing to hang around while I finished. Without giving anything away, the ending has a Poirot-like resolution where the plot lines fall neatly but, most importantly, credibly into place in the last few breathless pages. It was over too quickly but I am looking forward to the successor and, maybe, the film or TV series.
Nigel Foster serial Entrepreneur
Fall Out brings the high-stakes world of international film and television to the page with a verve and an industry expertise that invites comparison to John le Carre or Lee Child. Grenside delivers a high-voltage drama, weaving together a hidden treasure plot equal to Indiana Jones, with the suave jet-set world of James Bond. Marcus Riley and ‘Mako’ de Turis are destined to become our 21st century Bogie and Bacall or Hepburn and Tracy.
Anne Kreamer, former international television executive and bestselling author of Risk/Reward, It’s Always Personal and Going Gray.
Mr Grenside has written a splendid and page turning first novel and he is to be congratulated. It is set against the entertainment industry of which he clearly has knowledge. It also displays a very high level of historical knowledge, something I am well acquainted with. The pace is fast and the plot is intriguing and this novel bodes well for a series and likely screen adaptation. I look forward to both developments happening.
Peter Clark, Founder Talk Radio
“I love this book—and I have read it six times! In 30 years in book publishing, I have seldom found a thriller that is so satisfying or this much fun. Fall Out is a rich (and believable) mix of history, movies, travel, and unforgettable characters. When you’ve read this book, you’ll join me in longing for the next. Marcus and Mako are wickedly interesting people”.
Sherrye Landrum Author and Editor
“Clearly a spellbinder! What’s so compelling is the knitting together of historical events into a thrilling novel whose center of gravity is modern day Hollywood and the effort of a producer to film a story that some very powerful people would kill to keep it from being exposed. I loved the clear descriptions of so many fascinating locations around the world from cities like London, Cannes, and Interlaken via the manicured lawns of the Will Rogers Polo Ground in LA , to steering jungles in the Philippines.
What’s riveting about Grenside’s tale is that so much of it appears to be backed by his beautifully researched history. Fall Out is brilliantly written for a world where the unthinkable, turns out to be true. I can’t wait to see the film!”
Charles. S. Bonan, Chairman Starstream Media and Award winning Producer of The Butler
Wow! Fall Out grabs you from the get-go as it twists and turns across the globe. Ian Fleming meets high stakes contemporary thriller – glamorous locations, exotic cars, a wild ride behind the scenes of the movie business, and all based on actual events. What’s not to love? Mark Grenside has a true voice, fresh and exciting as the action flows and captivates the reader throughout. I seriously can’t wait for the next instalment.
Erik Pack, President International Distribution, Platform One
Move over Tom Clancey and John le Carre – there’s a new writer in town – Mark Grenside.I urge you to pick up a copy of his new thriller novel – FALL OUT and fall into an irresistible literary journey filled with the darkest historical secrets of hidden fortunes, murderous betrayal, villains, revenge set against a true mystery set inside the world of international film maker – which the reader will feel compelled to ask – what if this really happened? A marvellous read – can’t wait to see the movie!
Chris Brough, Producer, Writer, Director