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Chas Murrell Author Interview

Yearn To Fear follows a scientists with a world changing invention who finds himself surrounded by lies and spies. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thrilling story?

It was a story that just kind of developed quickly along from a very raw idea, and certainly didn’t end up being what was originally in my head in the first place! I wanted to create something different, something I hadn’t read about before in the 3 to 5 books I would consume a week pre-covid. Then relate that to the near future. It was not a linear process that’s for sure, and I wouldn’t say there was a single inspiration for the set up. Perhaps, it was a bit like the event business, you start with something and add layers as you go along, such that at the end everything has purpose.

Marcus is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind his character development?

Marcus had to be likeable but an unlikely hero and someone who didn’t see himself that way. He had to be able to rise to the occasion, but not be conceited and dare I say, in some regards a stereotypical bloke, who has no idea about some things. There are some parallels between us both lol Meaning he ended up with most of my many faults!

What were some themes that were important for you to focus on in this book?

That’s a good question. It had to be believable and it had to tie up at the end, yet leave the door open for book 2. For those who have finished Yearn to Fear, hopefully they will appreciate that everything was done or said for a reason as small and large themes run through the book. Readers will be more of a wake up to my ‘style’ for next book, so I’m already trying harder to keep them on their toes. lol

This is book one in your Lamarr Series. What can readers expect in book two?

Book two is called Fear to Recall. It’s called that to align with book 1, but the contextual reasoning behind the name is different. Book 2 has already involved more research than book 1 and I’m happy to say, I’ve been enjoying the research side of things, discovering, for instance, a function of InfraRed jammers I wasn’t aware of and as of writing this, that function will make an appearance. I guess that means still more high tech in book 2. I’m a romantic at heart (probably overly so), so I enjoy writing the banter between characters, there will definitely be more of that too. 🙂

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Sydney scientist, Marcus Hall, is developing a radical 5G Wi-Fi receiver for CSIRO. With access to secretive Lamarr computer chips – this technology promises billions to repair Australia’s ravaged economy. On a caffeine boosted whim, he inadvertently discovers a therapeutic breakthrough in neuroscience. Or so he thinks…
His seemingly trustworthy lab partner, Henry, is an unlikely Australian spy. His official duty is keeping tabs on the project and their Lamarr chips. But the whole project is now classified top-secret.
Marcus remains blissfully unaware of the many secrets surrounding him, until he witnesses the graphic murder of a colleague. Could this event reveal Henry as a master deceiver and ruthless double agent? Will the scientific discovery be fatal for Marcus, those he loves, and the one he yearns for? Marcus faces a soul tearing dilemma: is the only means of stopping the carnage to weaponise his prototype?
Foreign intelligence agencies realise the top-secret breakthrough is priceless. One particular spy leads the race to seize the invention. A psychological master of the long game, espionage, and extortion, his only rule according to Kung Fu: Win.
Friend and foe alike confront this psychotic mastermind. All will FEAR him, but is their FEAR real? Only the next six minutes will tell…

Yearn to Fear: Australian Spy Thriller

Yearn to Fear: Australian Spy Thriller - The Lamarr Series Book 1 by [Chas Murrell]

The Australian government is sponsoring research on the Lamarr chip, an invention that could improve data download speed beyond anything the world has ever seen. But right there at CSIRO, the agency spearheading the research, there’s a network of industrial espionage woven around the project. Project manager Sarah Pease, electronic engineer Marcus Hall, and their friends find themselves unwittingly caught in this web of conspiracy and espionage. As research into the Lamarr chip turns up startling results and unexpected discoveries, the scramble to take control of the resulting innovations heightens. In a race against time, the Australian government must protect its project from the vicious claws of clandestine forces while attempting to secure the lives of innocent citizens caught in the skirmish.

Chas Murrell’s Yearn to Fear is an Australian spy thriller brimming with political intrigue and nail biting situations. Murrell’s debut novel has all the workings of a typical tale of espionage. From conceited spymasters to accidental civilian detectives, lofty deceptions to astute deductions, the author throws in all the spy thriller ingredients but not without his distinct personal touch.

Author Chas Murrell spins a seemingly straightforward tale that quickly becomes anything but that – a very welcomed twist if you ask me. I mean, what’s a spy novel without some moments that will have you scratching your head? Don’t fret though, every move is well explained, and in the end, you’ll have answers to your questions.

The book is doused with several moments of tension that keep you dangling deliciously on the cusp of the truth. On the one hand, you want to scurry to the end of the page and find out what happens. On the other hand, you also want to prolong the suspense because it’s so exciting. I also love how an even-keeled plot suddenly switches to a story unfolding at neck-breaking speed.

I couldn’t miss the well-placed humor and banter too. The book includes delightful tongue-in-cheek moments and comments that add flavor to the story and provide much needed comic relief amidst the tension.

Reading this book is an excellent way to be entertained and learn a couple of fascinating facts about the human mind, tech, guns, and even whiskey. Somehow, our Aussie author was able to create a book with just the right dose of cool nerdy stuff to appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Yearn to Fear is the first part of a trilogy, and that revelation has me excited. If the sequels turn out to be half as good as this one, then the author’s getting a place on my list of “super-cool Australian authors to keep an eye on.” Inaugural entrant or not, getting on that list speaks volumes of his writing prowess.

Pages: 351 | ASIN: B08MTFMK6J

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