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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Raymond Benson  

Pen Name: David Michaels, Gabriel Hunt

Genre: Fiction & Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: September 6, 1955 in Midland, Texas

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Illinois Connection

Benson moved to the suburbs of Chicago in 1993 and still resides there today. He currently teaches Film History at the College of DuPage.

Biographical and Professional Information

Raymond Benson has been an author, composer, computer game designer, stage director, film historian, and film genres instructor for over thirty years. He is also the fourth official author of the James Bond 007 novels.Along with the books he has written, Benson also co-edited [ ''Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War''], with another Illinois author, Jeffery Deaver.

Published Works

  • James Bond Bedside Companion, Putnam, 1984, revised 1988
  • Zero Minus Ten, Putnam, 1997
  • Facts of Death, Putnam, 1998
  • High Time To Kill, Putnam, 1999
  • Doubleshot, Putnam, 2000
  • Never Dream of Dying, Putnam, 2001
  • Evil Hours, Twenty First Century Publishers, 2001, revised edition 2004
  • Man With the Red Tattoo, Penguin Group, 2002
  • Jethro Tull, Pocket Essential, 2002
  • Face Blind,Twenty First Century Publishers, 2003
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Berkley, 2004 - Written under the pen name: David Michaels
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Operation Barracuda, Berkley, 2005 - Written under the pen name: David Michaels
  • Sweetie Diamonds, Five Star, 2006
  • The Union Trilogy, Pegasus,, 2008
  • A Hard Day's Death, Leisure Books, 2008
  • Metal Gear Solid 1, Del Ray, 2008
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Del Ray, 2009
  • Dark Side of the Morgue, Leisure Books, 2009
  • Choice of Weapons, Pegasus, 2010
  • Hunt through Napoleon's Web, 2011 - written under the pen name Gabriel Hunt
  • Torment, 2011
  • Artifact of Evil, 2011
  • The Black Stiletto, Oceanview Publishing, 2011
  • The Rock 'N' Roll Detective's Greatest Hits, 2011
  • Homefront - The Voice of Freedom, Del Ray, 2011 - written with John Milius
  • Hitman: Damnation, Del Ray, 2012
  • The Black Stiletto: Black & White, Oceanview Publishing, 2012
  • The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes, Oceanview Publishing, 2013
  • The Black Stiletto: Secrets & Lies, Oceanview Publishing, 2014
  • The Black Stiletto: Endings & Beginnings, Oceanview Publishing, 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

The James Bond bedside companion /
ISBN: 1401102840. OCLC Number:

Publishing Online,. Seattle, Wash. :. ©1988.

Zero minus ten /
ISBN: 0399142576. OCLC Number:

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As the takeover of Hong Kong by China approaches, opponents plot to scuttle the transfer. The British send agent James Bond and he discovers a drug dealer is preparing to explode a nuclear device. By the author of The James Bond Bedside Companion.

Ian Fleming's James Bond in Raymond Benson's High time to kill.
ISBN: 0340738766. OCLC Number:

Hodder & Stoughton,. London :. 1999.

Ian Fleming's James Bond in Raymond Benson's Doubleshot.
ISBN: 0340751681. OCLC Number:

Hodder & Stoughton,. London :. 2000.

Never dream of dying /
ISBN: 0515133078. OCLC Number:

Jove Books,. New York, N.Y. :. 2002.

The man with the red tattoo /
ISBN: 0515135631. OCLC Number:

Jove Books,. New York :. 2003, ©2002.

James Bond is sent to investigate the mysterious ailment that claimed the lives of a young woman and her family on a flight from Tokyo to London, a probe that leads 007 into a conspiracy involving genetic research and the Yakuza.

The pocket essential Jethro Tull /
ISBN: 1904048188. OCLC Number:

Pocket Essentials,. Harpenden, Herts. :. 2002.

Face blind :
ISBN: 1904433103. OCLC Number:

Twenty First Century Publishers,. [Great Britain] :. 2003.

Evil hours :
ISBN: 190443312X. OCLC Number:

Twenty First Century Publishers,. Great Britain :. 2004.

Tom Clancy's splinter cell /
ISBN: 0425201686. OCLC Number:

Berkley Books,. New York :. ©2004.

Sam Fisher, a splinter cell, or top secret agent for the National Security Agency with the right to steal and kill to preserve the country's freedom, goes after Middle Eastern terrorists who are building a highly destructive weapon and have kidnapped hisdaughter.

Checkmate /
ISBN: 0425212785. OCLC Number:

Berkley Books,. New York :. 2006.

He is Sam Fisher: Third Echelon special operative. When a cargo freighter loaded down with radioactive material is headed towards the coast of the United States, he has minutes to disable the ship or die trying.

Sweetie's diamonds /
ISBN: 0843958596. OCLC Number:

Dorchester Publishing,. New York :. 2007.

James Bond, the union trilogy :
ISBN: 1605980072. OCLC Number:

Pegasus Books,. New York :. ©2008.

In High Time to Kill, 007 confronts a deadly adversary in the peaks of the Himalayas; in Doubleshot, Bond outmaneuvers the Union by traveling to Tangier and Morocco; and in Never Dream of Dying, an enigmatic Union leader prompts a chase through the Corsican wilderness.

A hard day's death :
ISBN: 0843960639. OCLC Number:

Leisure Books,. New York, NY :. ©2008.

When aging rock star Peter Flame is murdered after his latest concert, Spike Berenger, the owner of Rockin' Security, uses his industry connections to catch the killer.

Metal gear solid /
ISBN: 0345503287. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books/Del Rey,. New York :. ©2008.

Highly skilled former agent Solid Snake is called out of retirement to do what he does best-- neutralize a crisis of epic proportions. A deadly team of renegade operatives has taken over the nuclear disposal facility on Shadow Moses Island in the icy Aleutians. If their demands aren't met, a powerful, top-secret weapon will be unleashed upon the world.

Metal gear solid 2.
ISBN: 0345503430. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books/Del Rey,. New York :. ©2009.

Solid Snake and his partner Otacon are lost at sea in the wake of a terrorist attack while rookie FOXHOUND operative Raiden is working to rescue the president from terrorist captors.

Dark side of the morgue :
ISBN: 0843961988. OCLC Number:

Leisure Books,. New York :. ©2009.

Musicians in Chicago progressive rock bands are being murdered, one by one. The local police have no clues, but several of the musicians who fear they're next on the hit list claim that the killer is a ghost from the past, a woman who was reported missing and presumed dead for over thirty years. The Rockin' Security team, Spike Berenger and his partner Suzanne Prescott, investigate.

James Bond, choice of weapons :
ISBN: 1605980994. OCLC Number:

Pegasus Books,. New York :. 2010.

Collects three full-length novels and two short stories on the famed British spy, where he finds himself investigating the British handover of Hong Kong to China, and stopping a Japanese crime ring from committing mass murder.

Hunt through Napoleon's web /
ISBN: 142851130X. OCLC Number:

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"Of all the priceless treasures Gabriel Hunt has sought, none means more to him than the one drawing him to the rugged terrain of Corsica and the exotic streets of Marrakesh: his own sister's life. To save her, Hunt will have to challenge the mind of a tyrant two centuries dead--the calculating, ingenious Napoleon Bonaparte"--Page 4 of cover.

The Black Stiletto :
ISBN: 1608090205. OCLC Number:

Oceanview Pub.,. Longboat Key, Fla. :. ©2011.

Martin Talbot is stunned when he discovers several hidden volumes of his elderly mother's diaries which tell of her adventures as the Black Stiletto, an underground heroine who operated in the late 1950s in New York City, taking on communist spies, the Mafia, and common crooks, and he must find some way to keep her safe when an old enemy surfaces from the past.

Homefront :
ISBN: 0345527151. OCLC Number:

Del Rey/Ballantine Books,. New York :. c 2011.

After the United States is invaded and occupied by a unified Korea, reporter Ben Walker flees Los Angeles and tries to survive as he joins a band of soldiers heading east across the desert and reinvents himself as the Voice of Freedom, broadcasting information about enemy positions to civilian resistance cells through guerrilla radio.

Hitman :
ISBN: 0345471342. OCLC Number:

Del Rey,. New York :. 2012.

"When the Agency lures him back with a mission that will require every last ounce of his stealth, strength, and undercover tactics, they grossly underestimate the silent assassin's own agenda. Because this time, Agent 47 isn't just going to bite the hand that feeds him. He's going tear it off and annihilate anyone who stands in his way"--Page 4 of cover.

Black & white :
ISBN: 1608090418. OCLC Number:

Oceanview Pub.,. Longboat Key, FL :. ©2012.

Martin Talbot is stunned when he discovers several hidden volumes of his elderly mother's diaries which tell of her adventures as the Black Stiletto, an underground heroine who operated in the late 1950s in New York City, taking on communist spies, the Mafia, and common crooks, and he must find some way to keep her safe when an old enemy surfaces from the past.

The Black stiletto :
ISBN: 1608090728. OCLC Number:

Oceanview Publishing,. Longboat Key, Florida :. ©2013.

Hollywood actress Judy Cooper--who lives a double life as a vigilante called The Black Stiletto--volunteers to work for John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign, only to become involved in a devious plot with a Soviet spy ring.

The Black Stiletto :
ISBN: 1608091015. OCLC Number:

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It is 1961 in the fourth book of the "Black Stiletto" series. Judy, the Stiletto, meets Leo, a charismatic man who convinces her to move to Los Angeles when she is "run out" of New York by increasingly hazardous police heat. But soon Judy suspects that Leo is not the white knight she first thought. Leo, who has connections with the West Coast mobs, has plenty of skeletons in his closet. His mysterious sister, Christina, who once served time for armed robbery, could also be a threat to the Stiletto's new life in California. Meanwhile, in the present, Alzheimer's-stricken Judy takes a turn for the worse as Martin comes to grips with the imminent end of his mother's life. And when elements from the Stiletto's past once again appear to threaten Martin's family, it is up to his daughter Gina to step up and take matters into her own hands. In a novel bristling with mysteries, secrets, and lies, the Black Stiletto saga takes a dark left turn into even more treacherous territory.

The Black Stiletto :
ISBN: 1608091031. OCLC Number:

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"It's 1962. Judy Cooper, the Black Stiletto, is devastated at the betrayal by her nemesis and former lover, mobster Leo Kelly. Additionally, Leo and his psychotically dangerous sister Christina have set out to ruin the Stiletto's reputation in L.A. with a series of crimes that are made to appear as if the crime-fighter is responsible. The very pregnant Judy must fight back only with her wits and cunning--until disaster strikes and she is forced to flee to her old hometown in Texas for the final showdown with destiny"



Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

If you are interested in hiring Raymond as a speaker and/or a pianist, write to The James Bond Phenomenon Program Everything you want to know about James Bond 007, straight from Raymond Benson, the third official continuation author and first American commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate to write original Bond novels (between 1996-2002)

. Slideshow presentation covers the life of Ian Fleming, history of the novels and the films, and Bensons own experience as a Bond author. (Teens and Adults; 90 min; $200 plus travel expenses and permission to sell books)