Melbourne-based James Phelan has been a freelance writer and, since 2001, has run James Phelan Literary Services. After high school he studied Architecture, and afterwards English Literature, graduating with a Master of Arts in Writing. During his Masters studies he developed the idea that would become his first published book, Literati. He has undertaken PhD studies and has also taught in the Master of Arts writing programme at Swinburne University, Melbourne, as well as writing regularly for the Melbourne Age newspaper.
Red Ice2010single work novel thriller 'Just a few days after the conclusion of Liquid Gold, Lachlan Fox is thrown back into the midst of the action when the dangerous and powerful Umbra organization offers to trade a man they've taken hostage for one of their own operatives. After the CIA claim they won't negotiate with terrorists, Umbra begins to cut off the natural gas supply to Europe. This is just a small indication of the level of chaos they're prepared to inflict. Assassinations follow . . . Red Ice is a post-cold war thriller set in an unstable Europe, where control of resources equals true power. It's a novel in which Russia is under the influence of corrupt capitalists, the pace is non-stop, the stakes are inconceivably high, the villain a true megalomaniac - and ex-Navy hero Lachlan Fox is seriously challenged.' (From the publisher's website.)