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I am very pleased to be on the blog tour for Kisses from Nimbus by P.J. “Red” Riley with a review of the book.


Genre: Non-fiction, memoir, adventure

Stars: 4

Links: Amazon UK, Amazon US, and Barnes & Noble.


Kisses From Nimbus: From SAS to MI6: An Autobiography

Shot at, bombed, imprisoned and arrested for murder. His is the story the establishment doesn’t want you to read.

Captain P. J. “Red” Riley is an ex-SAS soldier who served for eighteen years as an MI6 agent.

Riley escaped internment in Chile during the Falklands war during an audacious top-secret attempt to attack the Argentinian mainland.

He was imprisoned in the darkness of the Sierra Leonean jungle, and withstood heavy fire in war-torn Beirut and Syria.

In 2015, he was arrested for murder but all charges were later dropped.

In this searing memoir, Riley reveals the brutal realities of his service, and the truth behind the newspaper headlines featuring some of the most significant events in recent British history. His account provides startling new evidence on the Iraq war, what Tony Blair really knew about Saddam Hussain’s weapons of mass destruction before the allied invasion, and questions the British government’s alleged involvement in the death of Princess Diana.

Chaotic, darkly humorous and at times heart-wrenchingly sad, Kisses From Nimbus charts the harrowing real-life experiences of a soldier and spy in the name of Queen and country.

PF 3.2

My Review:

With a blurb like that, who wouldn’t be intrigued? I was, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Charting a career that includes the army, the SAS, and Secret Intelligence, with stories of intrigue, horror, and humour, this is a memoir of both life in the service of country, and political and social history through the eyes of those serving.

Pacy, thrilling, fascinating, and sprinkled with the kind of humour and wit one often finds in Brits with their backs against the wall, this is a worthwhile read. It could have done with a stronger edit, but it was a raw and interesting read. Recommended.


*Thank you to the author for the free review copy via Authoright PR.


About the author:

Born in 1946 in Lancashire P.J ‘Red’ Riley joined the British Army at the age of eighteen. After basic training he volunteered for Pilot Training and qualified as an operational helicopter pilot going on to service in Germany, Northern Ireland, Canada, Belize and Cyprus. He was later appointed Flight Commander SAS Flight Hereford. At the age of thirty-six years old he left the Army Air Corps and transferred to the SAS. In 1989, when Riley left the army he was quickly recruited by Mi6 where he served until 2015. Now retired Riley splits his time between the UK and Spain.