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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 [http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Writers-America-Presents-Cold/dp/1455520713/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1414675361&sr=1-1&keywords=%27%27Ice+Cold%3A+Tales+of+Intrigue+from+the+Cold+War%27%27 ''Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War''], with another Illinois author, Jeffery Deaver.


Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) If you are interested in hiring Raymond as a speaker and/or a pianist, write to [mailto:admin@raymondbenson.com admin@raymondbenson.com]. 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 Benson’s own experience as a Bond author. (Teens and Adults; 90 min; $200 plus travel expenses and permission to sell books)

Selected Titles At Your Library

A hard day's death :
ISBN: 0843960639. OCLC Number: 183259454

Leisure Books,. .

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.

Barrakuda mù‹velet :
ISBN: 9789639910362. OCLC Number: 909747206

Partvonal,. .

Black & white :
ISBN: 1608090418. OCLC Number: 753622940

Oceanview Pub.,. .

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.

Checkmate /
ISBN: 0425212785. OCLC Number: 76709411

Berkley Books,. .

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.

Damnation
ISBN: 9780755397365. OCLC Number: 793213509

Headline,. .

Dark side of the morgue :
ISBN: 0843961988. OCLC Number: 259266691

Leisure Books,. .

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.

Doubleshot
ISBN: 9781906772529. OCLC Number: 945790591

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Evil hours :
ISBN: 190443312X. OCLC Number: 58554429

Twenty First Century Publishers,. .

Face blind :
ISBN: 1904433103. OCLC Number: 53912102

Twenty First Century Publishers,. .

Gabriel Hunt - Hunt Through Napoleon's Web.
ISBN: 1306917530. OCLC Number: 882609805

Titan Books,. .

High Time To Kill.
ISBN: 9781906772512. OCLC Number: 968736680

Ian Fleming Publications,. .

Hitman :
ISBN: 0345471342. OCLC Number: 821224008

Del Rey,. .

"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.

Homefront :
ISBN: 9780857686503. OCLC Number: 890090066

Titan Books,. .

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.

Homefront :
ISBN: 0345527151. OCLC Number: 679925342

Del Rey/Ballantine Books,. .

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.

Hunt through Napoleon's web /
ISBN: 142851130X. OCLC Number: 679933118

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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.

Ian Fleming's James Bond in Raymond Benson's Doubleshot.
ISBN: 0340751681. OCLC Number: 48611581

Hodder & Stoughton,. .

Ian Fleming's James Bond in Raymond Benson's High time to kill.
ISBN: 0340738766. OCLC Number: 40681844

Hodder & Stoughton,. .

James Bond, choice of weapons :
ISBN: 1605980994. OCLC Number: 464579888

Pegasus Books,. .

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.

James Bond, the union trilogy :
ISBN: 1605980072. OCLC Number: 227016365

Pegasus Books,. .

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.

James Bond, the union trilogy :
ISBN: 9781435117945. OCLC Number: 733800087

Fall River Press,. .

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.

Jethro Tull.
ISBN: 9781842438251. OCLC Number: 829461440

Oldcastle Books,. .

Pocket Essentials is a dynamic series of books that are concise, lively, and easy to read. Packed with facts as well as expert opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, history, and more. This pocket-sized reference book looks at this legendary rock band and analyzes its place in music history. Looking at each and every Jethro Tull album from a comprehensive perspective, as well as including concert trivia and biographical information and a look at the solo careers of band members past and present, th.

Metal gear solid /
ISBN: 0345503287. OCLC Number: 191318080

Ballantine Books/Del Rey,. .

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: 317926324

Ballantine Books/Del Rey,. .

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.

Metal gear solid :
ISBN: 9783833217418. OCLC Number: 246644268

Panini-Verl.-GmbH,. .

Never dream of dying
ISBN: 9781501248498. OCLC Number: 936412406

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It begins at a movie studio in Nice where a police raid goes horribly wrong, killing innocent men, women, and even children. It continues in an English prison, where a dead man discloses an intriguing secret about the brutal criminal organization called the Union. The trail leads James Bond to Paris, where he meets the tantalizing movie star Tylyn Mignonne and embarks on a voyage of sensual discovery. But Tylyn is in mortal danger. Her husband, a volatile French film producer, has not forgiven his glamorous wife for ending their troubled marriage and he is connected to the Union s thugs. Meanwhile Bond s friend, French agent Mathis, has disappeared while tracking down the Union s mysterious leader, Le Gerant. Bond s journey takes him to a thrilling underwater brush with death, a chase through the Corsican wilderness, a surprise encounter with an old friend and a final confrontation with a twisted criminal genius.

Never dream of dying /
ISBN: 0515133078. OCLC Number: 49787842

Jove Books,. .

Secrets & lies.
ISBN: 9781608091614. OCLC Number: 914290489

Oceanview Pub,. .

Sweetie's diamonds /
ISBN: 0843958596. OCLC Number: 133452695

Dorchester Publishing,. .

The Black Stiletto :
ISBN: 1608090205. OCLC Number: 707968300

Oceanview Pub.,. .

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: 822959886

Oceanview Publishing,. .

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: 865563459

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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: 871788877

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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"--Amazon.com.

The facts of death
ISBN: 9781906772543. OCLC Number: 941066984

Putnam,. .

The James Bond bedside companion /
ISBN: 1401102840. OCLC Number: 60758634

Publishing Online,. .

The man with the red tattoo /
ISBN: 0515135631. OCLC Number: 52207203

Jove Books,. .

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 Man With The Red Tattoo.
ISBN: 9781906772482. OCLC Number: 968736709

Ian Fleming Publications,. .

The pocket essential Jethro Tull /
ISBN: 1904048188. OCLC Number: 867920687

Pocket Essentials,. .

The psychology book
ISBN: 9781465458568. OCLC Number: 781275279

DK Pub.,. .

All the big ideas, simply explained - an innovative and accessible guide to the study of human nature The Psychology Book clearly explains more than 100 groundbreaking ideas in this fascinating field of science.

Tom Clancy's splinter cell /
ISBN: 0425201686. OCLC Number: 57196540

Berkley Books,. .

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.

Zero minus ten /
ISBN: 0399142576. OCLC Number: 35777366

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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.

Zero Minus Ten.
ISBN: 1906772568. OCLC Number: 941066956

Ian Fleming Publications,. .