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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. 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.