In this blog post area I shall be sharing some interesting objects that I come across, some of which may turn up in my writing. I hope that you enjoy them?
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Watercraft – Seabreacher x
I’ve just spent a virtually a month in the Mandurah, South of Perth, Western Australia. I had a great time, and the whole place is full of natural coastline, water inlets, estuary, canals and lots and lots of watercraft. I had the good fortune to come across this spectacular craft, the Seabreacher X, and it might just make its way into one of the Jack Jago Thriller novels, so watch out for that!
To appreciate what this craft is all about, how versatile it is, check out these couple of videos:
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Underwater Breathing Apparatus
Today, researching underwater breathing apparatus for my character, you know the kind of gear that would allow a character to swim undetected underwater for a few minutes. And I found a bunch of gear that fits the bill.
First up we have this cool video showing some new products that suit might just suit my needs:
And then I found this item that’s used by the military, surfers, and divers the world over. It’s an item that I’d really like to incorporate into my story. It’s called a Spare Air Extreme Tank Watersports Rescue Kit. What do you think?
Pistols and How to Carry Them
Now, there’s no good having a hero style protagonist in a thriller without them being well versed in weaponry is there? So I’ve been busy researching the different type of pistols. While I have lots of experience having carried one for some years, I still wanted to see what is out there today.
One of my favourites is the Glock and with that comes the decision as to how my character carries his. Should he carry his Glock in a belt holster like this?
Or should he use a thigh strapped holster like this?
Now have you seen one of those elastic waistband holsters that even accommodates your mobile phone?
I’m not so sure that my character would feel comfortable with this on? What do you think? Or should he just gauge it by the activity he’s going to be involved in?
That’s it, I think that he should have a Glock holster for all occasions. Problem solved!
Drones and Motorcycles
During the course of writing my latest project, a thriller I have some interesting objects to tell you about. Firstly, I’ve been looking at adopting some modernistic products into the series. One area of my research has been Drone Technology. Now without giving away too much of the plot, I want to share with you how exciting this technology is, and how much it has developed in recent years.
It has amazed me how much drones can actually lift and what their range is? For example one Drone the DJI Matrice 600 can handle a maximum payload of 6kg and has a range of 5km. There are numerous models, and they each have their own characteristics. They are truly amazing. To learn more about this types of drones click here.
Then there’s the micro-drones and one, in particular, the Lilly, looked impressive but failed to get funding for manufacture. But there are plenty of others around and their uses are astounding.
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Now if you’ve seen the movie ‘Eye in The Sky’ with Helen Mirren you will have seen the drone disguised as an insect. Yes, an insect. They can be that small, and they’re getting smaller all of the time. Of course, when written into a thriller plot they can be put to great use.
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Silent Motorcycles (Stealth Bikes)
I was moseying around for something pretty snazzy for my character to ride upon and I came across some fantastic motorcycles that are electric but with a difference. One of which has been developed for special forces it is silent and has a a multi fuel capability.
Check these out:
Zero Bikes: Electric Motorcycles | SciTech Now
This first bike is being adopted by many law enforcement agencies and for good reason, it’s capabilities and it’s running costs.
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Logos Technologies SilentHawk Hybrid-Electric Military Motorcycle (Flex-Fuel Motocross-Type)
This motorcycle has been specifically designed for the US Special Forces and the concept is fascinating.