Global Domination for Beginners


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Global Domination for Beginners was published on 3 October 2014.

If you are in the UK, you can get it from here

From the States you should click here

It’s your everyday story of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy decides to win girl back by taking over the world from a hollowed-out volcano.

We have all seen the super spy films – James Bond, Jason Bourne, Derek Flint, the Man from Uncle, The Spy who … you know whatted… me.

In just about every one of them, there is a super villain who wants to take over the world. Blofeld. Spectre. Smersh. Dr Evil. They come up with this outrageous plan involving lasers and satellites and the like. Naturally, our hero manages to stop them in the nick of time.

One particularly scene has always stuck in my mind. In “Our Man Flint” with James Coburn, the villains explain why they want to take over the world. They want to create a perfect world with no war, hunger or disease. They can’t understand why the superspy Flint won’t help them.

Flint replies: “Because it’s your idea of perfection, gentlemen – not mine.”

And that got me thinking. What if the super spy was wrong? What if we shouldn’t be trying to stop someone from taking over the world? What if the world really needs a benign dictator? Someone with their fingers on the button could try to stop Governments from fighting each other and big businesses from destroying the environment.

That was the inspiration for “Global Domination for Beginners”. Can we tell the spy story from the villain’s perspective … and this time the villains wins? What happens if they do actually take over the world – can it really be that easy?



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