Bear Grylls Thrillers to be Published by Orion
HIGH-CONCEPT NOVELS ACQUIRED
Orion has signed international adventurer Bear Grylls to write a series of action-adventure thrillers, featuring Dan Ranger, ex-SAS, ecologist and adventurer extraordinaire. The first book Ghost Flight, will be published in May 2015.
Bear Grylls is a number 1 bestselling author, former 21 SAS soldier, adventurer and global TV personality with a worldwide viewership of over a billion people. The series will be a collaboration with Damien Lewis, a former war-reporter and journalist and a number one bestselling author of non-fiction military books, memoirs and fiction thrillers (the latter both in his own name and ghost-written). Together, Grylls and Lewis make a world-beating authorial team. The Dan Ranger series builds upon Bear Grylls’ global brand by presenting characters, plot lines and narratives set within the world of extreme outdoor adventure, ecology and the elite Special Forces.
Jon Wood, Deputy Group Publisher, paid a healthy seven figure sum for UK and Commonwealth Rights from Caroline Michel at Peters Fraser & Dunlop.
Bear Grylls says: ‘This series of novels will combine the best of Bond, Bourne, & Indiana Jones in one gripping series of books. We take the former SF soldier Dan Ranger into the murky depths of covert modern-day Nazism, gritty survival and the Special Forces brotherhood in a way we have never seen before. Hold tight for the adventure!’
Jon said: ‘I grew up with the Clive Cussler and Robert Ludlum books - Raise the Titanic was probably the first adult novel I ever read! Ghost Flight irresistibly reminded me of the best of those writers. A fantastic hero in Dan Ranger, fearsome pace and compelling mysteries from our recent past. The combination of two such great writers as Bear Grylls and Damien Lewis is an absolute winner and their expertise and passion for this new series will make it a huge success next year’.
In each book Dan Ranger will embark upon a ground-breaking expedition - one with quest-like, historical detective overtones - working out of his corporate and charitable headquarters aboard the MV Global Challenger. In each Ranger will lead a team of like-minded individuals on the journey of a lifetime, to investigate a compelling mystery anchored in the past. Each book will have a strong ecological bent, something Bear Grylls feels passionately about.
Ghost Flight is Bear Grylls’ first work of adult fiction. He is able to speak with authority about the way in which his survival and military training factors into the kind of work he does today, and this underpins the plots as narrated in the Dan Ranger series. Moreover, Bear has an extraordinary family link through his late Grandfather Brigadier Ted Grylls to the post-Nazi subject matter which inspires the books in the Ranger series.
Bear Grylls has become known around the world as one of the most recognised faces of survival and outdoor adventure. His journey to this acclaim started in the UK on the Isle of Wight, where his late father taught him to climb and sail. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Bear went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, serving with 21 SAS. It was here that he perfected many of the skills that his fans around the world enjoy watching him pit against mother nature.
Despite a free-fall parachuting accident in Africa, where he broke his back in three places, and after enduring months in military rehabilitation, Bear became one of the youngest ever climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Bear went on to star in the Channel 4 series: Escape to the Legion and seven series of the Discovery Channel’s Emmy nominated TV show Man Vs Wild and Born Survivor, which has become one of the most watched shows on the planet, reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers.
Off screen, Bear has led record-breaking expeditions, from Antarctica to the Arctic, which in turn have raised over $2.5million for children around the world. In recognition of his expertise and for his service, Bear was appointed as the youngest ever Chief Scout to over half a million scouts in the UK, was awarded an honorary commission as a Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Navy and as a Lieutenant-Colonel in Britain’s notoriously tough Royal Marines Commandos.
He has authored 15 books, including the number one bestseller Mud Sweat & Tears, which was voted the most influential book in China for 2012. Other titles include: A Survival Guide For Life, Born Survivor, Living Wild, Great Outdoor Adventures, Facing Up, Facing the Frozen Ocean, and To My Sons.
Summer 2013 saw Bear’s new US TV series, Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls, running on NBC and voted the number one new network reality show in the 18-49 age category. The show is currently running worldwide on Discovery Channel alongside a further series: Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell and Bear Grylls: Extreme Survival Caught on Camera.
Two new series, Wild Weekends and ‘the ultimate survival experiment’ The Island with Bear Grylls, are both coming soon to Channel 4.
Life is always an adventure with this man!
Damien Lewis worked as a war and conflict reporter for major broadcasters, reporting from across Africa, South America, the Middle and Far East, during which time he won numerous awards for his journalism. In 2001 he wrote his first book, Slave, which was an international bestseller translated into thirty languages, and which was made into a film and a stage play. In 2003 he wrote his first book about elite military operations, Operation Certain Death, which was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. Since then he has written a string of military bestsellers - his most recent, Zero Six Bravo, becoming a Sunday Times number one bestseller. He has also ghost-written memoirs, war books and thrillers.
Lewis has had many of his books optioned as feature films or films for TV. Operation Certain Death, is being produced as a movie by the team that made Layer Cake, X Men and Snatch. His military faction book, Cobra Gold, is being developed as a Hollywood movie by Safady Entertainment (Machine Gun Preacher), using Paul Leyden and Morgan O'Neill, the production team behind the forthcoming The Factory, and part of the production team behind the mega blockbuster Avatar. Zero Six Bravo has been optioned as a TV drama series/movie by London-based Park Entertainment. The phenomenal bestseller It’s All About Treo (co-authored with Dave Heyhoe) is also being developed as a movie.
The press have hailed his work thus: ‘Modern drama at its best’ Mail on Sunday; ‘A true story of courage and daring’ The Sunday Times; ‘Revelatory’ Sky News; ‘Compelling’ FHM Magazine; ‘Utterly gripping’ Bolton Evening News; ‘The most dramatic story of a secret wartime mission ever’ News of the World; ‘The exclusive, inside account’ Zoo Magazine; ‘The best personal account of 21st Century British warfare’ Combat and Survival Magazine; ‘A triumph’ The Economist; ‘Wrenching’ The Washington Post; ‘Remarkable’ The New York Post; ‘Extraordinary’ The New York Times; ‘Searing’ USA Today; ‘Heartrending and chilling’ Kirkus Reviews; ‘Vivid’ Newsweek.