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About Nathan

Nathan M. Farrugia is an Australian technothriller author known for placing himself in dangerous situa­tions, including being hunted by special forces trackers. He studies Systema, a Russian martial art, and is a former recon soldier trained by USMC, SEAL team, Spetsnaz and Defence Intel­li­gence instructors.

Nathan M. Farrugia is the author of the episodic Helix technothriller series and the bestselling series, The Fifth Column, published by Pan Macmillan. Nathan is known for placing himself in dangerous situa­tions, including climbing rooftops in Russia and being hunted by special forces trackers in the United States. He studies Systema, a little-known martial art and former secret of Russian special forces.

Nathan is a former Australian recon­nais­sance soldier who has trained under USMC, SEAL team, Spetsnaz and Defence Intel­li­gence instructors, and the wilderness and tracking skills of the Chiricahua Apache scouts and Australian Aborig­inals.

Key points

  • Hybrid author (tradi­tionally published and self-published)
  • First author published by one of the world’s first digital imprints
  • Former Australian recon soldier trained under special forces instructors, including SEAL team, Spetsnaz and Defense Intel­li­gence
  • Known for going to extreme lengths to research novels, Nathan has been water­boarded and tasered, climbed rooftops in Russia and explored abandoned tunnels in the New York City subway (Daily Mail article here)
  • Inter­viewed by Daily Mail, Junkee and Triple J, and featured by Apple and Vulture
  • A rarity in the male-dominated thriller genre, Nathan’s novels feature female protag­o­nists and score an “A” rating on the Bechdel-Wallace test for gender bias and diversity
  • Previous career in feminist lesbian pornog­raphy
  • Nathan’s first novel was awarded iBooks Thriller of the Year by Apple in 2012.