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Andy Briggs - Author

About the Author

Andy Briggs was born in Liverpool, England. Having endured many careers, ranging from pizza delivery and running his own multimedia company to teaching both IT and film-making (though not at the same time), he eventually remembered the contant encouragement he had received at an early age about his writing. That led him to launch himself on a poor unsuspecting Hollywood. In between having fun writing movie scripts, Andy now has far too much fun writing novels.

He lives in a secret lair somewhere in the south east of England-attempting to work despite his two crazy cats. His claims about possessing superpowers may be somewhat over-exaggerated…

Q & A with Andy Briggs

1.    What inspired you to write these books?

A life-long love of comic books and action adventure stories.  I originally thought of it as a movie or TV show but the ideas kept growing in size and scope!

2.    Describe them in two lines?


Hero.com and Villain.net are two action-packed superhero series that will throw you back in your seat as they take you on a wild thrill ride.

3.    How long did it take you to write?

The ideas have been bubbling away for a couple of years, but once I started putting it on paper they flowed quite quickly.

4.    What do you think people will say about this book?

Hopefully. . . “Wow!”

5.    Are you working on something else at the moment?

I have a few movie scripts that I’m working on and I already have ideas for further adventures in this series!

6.    What is your favourite food?


I love every type of food - I even ate live termites in Venezuela.  But I think Mexican Chicken Fajitas are the best thing in the world. . . oh, and strawberries.

7.    What makes you laugh out loud?

My clumsy cats falling off things, The Simpsons and the classic Laurel and Hardy.

8.    What is your one luxury item you would take with you on to a Desert Island?


A speedboat. . . you’ll never know when you have to leave in a hurry!

9.    What is your most treasured memory?

Oooh. . . so difficult.  I would have to say it is one of two STRIKING memories - scuba diving in coral reefs off Mauritius for the first time. . . or walking through Paramount Studio gates as an employee, after seeing the classic image in books and on TV so many times. . .

10.    What is your weakness?


Being easily distracted by the Internet and TV. . .  what was I saying?

11.    What is the worst/most unusual job you have ever done?


Pizza delivery - I lasted half a night.  I got lost and crashed too. . .

12.    Who is the person you most admire?


Difficult. . . I would have to say Steven Spielberg. . . or Stan Lee (creator of all the famous Marvel comic characters).  Or self-made people like Steve Jobs (founder of Apple), Bill Gates and Richard Branson.  Or any explorers. . . Michael Palin. . .

13.    What is your most embarrassing moment?

Possibly the first time I stood up in front of a class of 30 French children to give my first Film lesson. . . I bumbled through with difficulty, but eventually got so comfortable with it that I continued for every summer for 7 years.

14.    What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Never give up.  Never.

15.    What is the best piece of advice you could give to someone?

You can achieve anything if you think you can.

16.    Favourite holiday destination?

Anywhere there’s something to explore - particularly diving or trekking through the jungle.

17.    Most treasured possession?

A personally signed Stan Lee comic book.

18.    Where are you happiest?


Outside in the jungle, swimming in the ocean or just watching a good film.

19.    Favourite biscuit?

Chocolate Shortbread, followed by Shortbread. . . do Jaffa Cakes count?

20.    Pet hates?


Being late - I always prefer to be a little early. . . or at least on time!

 

Featured books by Andy Briggs

Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy

Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy

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Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2011

The classic story of Tarzan, the jungle warrior, has been updated for a new readership. Raised by apes and living in the wilds of modern Africa, Tarzan has new challenges and makes a perfect eco-warrior tackling everything that threatens contemporary Africa from illegal logging to the poaching of endangered species. A great modern adventure paying an attractive homage to the original.

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Other books by Andy Briggs

Drone Racer

Drone Racer

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

An action-packed novel that brings drone racing to life! Carson and his friends love racing drones, and they can't believe their luck when they stumble across a discarded one at a junkyard. But this new find is full of surprises. When they power the drone up, it starts talking! And it's fast. Really fast. Carson's team could win big prizes in the racing leagues. Trouble is, someone wants their incredible drone back, and they'll stop at nothing to get it. How can three kids protect their new friend?

Inventory: Winter Storm

Inventory: Winter Storm

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

Thrilling, gripping, action-packed. - The Guardian In the fourth book of this high-octane series, theInventory's final secrets are revealed! Having learned a troubling truth about himself in the Black Zone of the Inventory, Dev is called back into action to defend the world's greatest store of futuristic tech, and he'll need all the help he can get from his friends. Someone has stolen Winter Storm, a swarm of powerful biobots, and is using them to infect and control people! Who can be trusted now? THE INVENTORY SERIES OF BOOKS Iron Fist (book 1) Gravity (book 2) Black Knight (book 3) Winter Storm (book 4)

Black Knight

Black Knight

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Dev and his friends are back with more mind-bending tech in this third instalment of the Inventory series. The World Consortium is recruiting more agents to defend the most advanced technology the world isn't ready for, and it's up to Dev, Lottie and Mase to train them up for action. But will they be ready before Shadow Helix's next strike? And has Dev uncovered all the secrets of his past, or is theremore to know about his special abilities? THE INVENTORY SERIES OF BOOKS Iron Fist (book 1) Gravity (book 2) Black Knight (book 3) Winter Storm (book 4)

Gravity

Gravity

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

The second book in the action-packed Inventory series. Hidden under a small suburban town, the Inventory is a collection of the most incredible technology the world is NOT ready for. In this sequel to Iron Fist, much of the Inventory's technology has fallen into the wrong hands - including Newton's Arrow, a powerful weapon that can manipulate gravity. It's up to Dev and his friends to get it back, and they followthe weapon's trail around the world. Along the way they learn the terrible truth about Newton's Arrow's capabilities ... as well as disturbing details about Dev's origins. THE INVENTORY SERIES OF BOOKS Iron Fist (book 1) Gravity (book 2) Black Knight (book 3) Winter Storm (book 4)

Iron Fist

Iron Fist

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

The first book in the action-packed Inventory series. Hidden under a small suburban town, the Inventory is a collection of the most incredible technology the world has NEVER seen: invisible camouflage, HoverBoots, indestructible metals, and the deadly war robot Iron Fist Dev's uncle, Charlie Parker, is the Inventory's mild-mannered curator, with security provided by Eema, a beyond-state-of-the-art artificial intelligence system. But security is catastrophically breached when Lot and Mason from school turn up unexpectedly and, hot on their heels, a ruthless gang of thieves working for the Collector and the Shadow Helix organisation. If the thieves succeed in their goal to seize the Iron Fist, Dev, his friends, and the world are in a whole heap of trouble. THE INVENTORY SERIES OF BOOKS Iron Fist (book 1) Gravity (book 2) Black Knight (book 3) Winter Storm (book 4)

Project X Alien Adventures: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 16: Reign of the Practari

Project X Alien Adventures: Dark Blue Book Band, Oxford Level 16: Reign of the Practari

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2015

Project X Alien Adventures takes you on an incredible reading journey with this fantastic story featuring the popular Project X characters Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger. Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger arrive in a dimension where human evolution is going backwards! The Practari are flesh-eating, lizards-like creatures that now control everything! When Tiger is captured by the Practari, his friends have to go on a desperate rescue mission. But will they get him back before their time in this dimension is up? Carefully levelled and highly motivating, this book is ideal for independent reading. This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers with advice on supporting older children with their reading, questions for readers, and a follow-up activity.

The Savage Lands

The Savage Lands

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2013

Tarzan: The Savage Lands

Tarzan: The Savage Lands

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2013

A TREACHEROUS LORD Lord Greystoke has arrived at the logger's camp in the Congo, and will stop at nothing to find and eliminate his long-lost cousin, Tarzan. A CRAZED QUEEN Robbie and Jane set out through the jungle to warn Tarzan, and find themselves trapped in the sprawling ancient city of Opar, where the insane Queen La is running an illegal Coltan mine. AN EPIC BATTLE With a volcano threatening to explode, Tarzan, Robbie and Jane must form an unlikely alliance to save themselves. Not everyone will make it out alive . . . .

Tarzan

Tarzan

Author: Andy Briggs Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2012

A Legend RebornRobbie Canler flees to the Congo to escape a dark secret, and finds work with an illegal logging operation. Suddenly, his camp is attacked by a savage force. When Jane Porter, the daughter of the camp's boss, goes missing, the loggers assume bloodthirsty rebel soldiers have kidnapped her. Spurred into action, Robbie sets out alone to find hercompletely unaware that he is being watched. Caught in the midst of the many dangers that lie in the depths of the jungle, Robbie wonders if the rumors of a supernatural white ape are true. And if so, can this mysterious untamed savage be trusted to help, or will it destroy them all?

Tarzan

Tarzan

Author: Andy Briggs Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2012

A Legend RebornThe world's most infamous hunter, Nikolas Rokoff, is sent into the jungle to steal a rare prize from Tarzan's camp. But Tarzan and his friends Jane and Robbie will stop at nothing to track him downcrossing the wild rainforest and hostile African savannah on a daring rescue mission.At the same time, Jane tries to learn more about Tarzan's past, and must decide whether reuniting him with his lost family is the right thing to do. And Robbie is torn by a plan that would keep the secrets of his own past safe, but might get rid of Tarzan for good.Lured to the city, Tarzan is forced to confront his greatest enemy. But time is running outand no one can be trusted.

The Jungle Warrior

The Jungle Warrior

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2012

The Greystoke Legacy

The Greystoke Legacy

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2012

Collision Course

Collision Course

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2010

Jake Hunter is poised on the edge of true villainous greatness. With three of the six Core Power pendants in his possession he is about to unlock a mighty power: gravity control. With this awesome power at his fingertips nobody will be able to stop him from toppling the Foundation and Council of Evil once and for all. Getting the remaining pendants will be tough, two of them are guarded by the leaders of the Hero Foundation and the Council of Evil. Only Leech, a dying hero, knows where the last pendant is and he is not telling unless he gets something in return. But the Dark Hunter is not the only one after Core Powers-a young team from Forge, under the leadership of Pete, has started searching for them as well. To make matters worse, Jake finds himself face-to-face with Lorna, his ex girlfriend [who also happens to be a hero], and tough decisions need to be made. As Jake's ascent to power continues-so do the risks. He accidentally puts the moon on a collision course with the earth. It's a cataclysmic event that will fracture the planet in two. Jake is playing a high-stakes game with the world. How far is he willing to go to complete his plans?

Chaos Effect

Chaos Effect

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2010

Something is not quite right in the Foundation's War Room. The training robots powered by Hero.com are starting to take on a life of their own. A new villain is taking control-NanoMite. This fiendish cyborg is using his nanite swarm to take control of every electric appliance on the planet. Within days he threatens to plunge the entire world back into the Dark Ages. For Toby, things are not looking so good either. Lorna is keeping a low profile after her relationship with the Dark Hunter is revealed, Emily wants to find their traitrous friend Pete-and Toby has a painful crush on Jen. Worse still, Toby's plan to bring down the Council of Evil is thwarted when he is assigned to train up fledgling heroes. To add insult to injury, a pair of new Downloaders are now everybody's favourite heroes. A dangerous game of one-upmanship unfolds between Toby and the horribly likeable twins. But Toby won't let anything distract him from his main focus. He is determined to bring wrongdoers to justice-even at the cost of betraying somebody close to him ...As civilization teeters on the brink of disater-which heroes will save the day?

Crisis Point

Crisis Point

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2009

The Hero Foundation is a shadow of its former self and Lord Eon - the most terrible supervillain ever - is still at large. Worse, he has hatched a plan to tear apart time. Toby and his superhero friends should be able to stop him ...but Pete has woken from his coma a different person and Lorna has disappeared. In the titanic struggle that will follow, friendships will be tested and superhero powers strained to the limit as time runs out for the world ...literally ...

Power Surge

Power Surge

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2009

Schoolboy supervillain, Jake Hunter, has taken his seat on the Council of Evil. Now he will live his dream - exact revenge on the cruel world. But the cruel world has other plans, and they come in the shape of the Hero Foundation. Jake's not scared of the Hero Foundation. He even has a plan to turn it to the dark side. Until it gets a new member - Jake's own sister. Is he really so villainous as try to get her out of the way?

Dark Hunter

Dark Hunter

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2008

Jake Hunter was once an ordinary schoolboy with a computer. Until he discovered Villain.net. Now he is an extraordinary schoolboy with a dark side, a bad attitude and an addiction to the villainous powers he can download from the website. And when Jake Hunter - aka the Hunter - breaks out of prison, he has one thing on his mind: revenge. He is going to get his family back, avenge himself on hero Psych, who has wiped all memory of him from their minds, and then destroy heroes and villains. But both the Hero Foundation and the Council of Evil have other plans for the vilest villain the world has ever seen. Both sides want him. Who will get him?

Virus Attack

Virus Attack

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2008

Archfiends Basilisk and the Worm have dreamt up a plan so cunning it will strike fear into the heart of the bravest superhero. Combining their dastardly skills, they will infect HERO.COM with a virus potent enough to cripple it and ultimately to destroy Hero HQ. Toby, Lorna, Pete and Emily are tasked to stop them. Hard enough at the best of times, but particularly tricky once Hero.com is on the blink and their superhero powers keep fluctuating. And when Pete is kidnapped and cryogenically frozen by the vile villains, things start going from bad to worse ...Another superpowered adventure from a master of pen and plot!

Council of Evil

Council of Evil

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2008

School bully Jake Hunter receives a mysterious email inviting him to join a scheme for world domination. With unlimited power and wealth at his fingertips, how can he resist? But to get it he has to become an arch-criminal, entangled in a plan that threatens the planet. And that could just be a step too far ...'Council of Evil' is the first book in the action packed new anti-series 'VILLAIN.NET' - the perfect antidote to the series 'HERO.COM', also by screenwriter Andy Briggs. Which side are you on?

Rise of the Heroes

Rise of the Heroes

Author: Andy Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2008

Surfing the net during a lightning storm has amazing consequences for a group of teenage friends. Superhero powers are theirs at the click of a mouse! Trouble is, they don't know what the powers will be until they try them out ...But super powers carry super responsibilities. When a weather-altering, world-conquering supervillain kidnaps their mum, they have to decide: save her ...or save the world! 'Rise of the Heroes' is the first book in the brilliant new series 'HERO.COM' - the perfect antidote to the anti-series 'VILLAIN.NET', also by screenwriter Andy Briggs. Which side are you on?

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