Rod is the author of the Simon Ellice Series, a gripping collection of literary adventure thrillers starring new British anti-hero Si Ellice – an ex-soldier and trouble-finder as charismatic as he is objectionable.
So who is Simon Ellice? Rod explains, "In Si, we have a character who is, in many ways, completely objectionable – and he simply doesn’t care. He’s unapologetically male, self-assured, utterly capable and unencumbered by morality. He’s not ‘the good guy’. He doesn’t have a selfless inner drive to do the right thing. And he’s not some damaged underdog (flawed certainly, but damaged, no). He’s unpredictable, restless, and driven almost entirely by his appetites and aversions. I hope readers can enjoy the books as a guilty pleasure."
Where did the inspiration for Simon Ellice come from? Rod says, "I find a lot of books these days to be fairly self-conscious ... you know, one eye in the mirror. I wanted to write stories which offer pure escapism, not just in terms of travelling the globe, encountering dark situations and characters, but escapism from the confines of modern life. In a world slowly capitulating to groupthink, Si offers wilful, cheerful abandonment of conformity."
And what makes the Simon Ellice books different? "I write the kind of books I’d like to read," Rod explains, "In many ways, it’s as simple as that. So many adventure thrillers these days feel templated and formulaic; the same story, over and over again, practically spoon-fed to the reader. I always assume my readers are intelligent - I’ll never patronise them. I’d like to think my books are pacy thrillers but with some literary heft behind them."
The fourth book in the Simon Ellice Series, Getaway, is out on 17th June.
Rod is the winner of the N. N. Light Best Fiction Award 2016. He lives in Bath and when he isn’t writing, can be found walking his two enormous dogs in the countryside, or overseeing good cheer at The Raven pub, which he co-owns.
OUT JUNE 17
"First you save my life, then you bring me here..."
Suzana Chesterfield, recently rescued from a gang of slave-traders by Simon Ellice, has come sailing with him to try to work out what t...
Book three in the Simon Ellice Series is a fast-paced, suspenseful and evocative thriller, which bounces between the lush tranquillity of rural Hampshire and the atmospheric darkness of hedonistic London Town.
After what feels like a lif...
Book two in the Simon Ellice Series, and the air is thick with glamour, seduction and menace.
A close encounter with opportunistic, machete-wielding thieves kickstarts Si’s evening in shimmering Port Antonio, Jamaica. Si is ‘rescued’ by ...
Book one in the Simon Ellice Series of literary adventure thrillers is packed with danger, violence and wry humour.
Utterly capable, appetite-driven and unencumbered by morality, in Simon Ellice we have a new British a...
A prequel to the Simon Ellice Series, this novella is an immersive snapshot of Si’s time as a soldier in Afghanistan.
In the mountains and passes of Nuristan, Lieutenant Si Ellice is grief-stricken and consumed with ra...
on 16 December 2020 by Rat's Tales
Christmas is about giving, and Rod Humphris has done just that with this brand-new Simon Ellice Christmas story! Si and Sam are in Paris at Christmas but of course it's action, not romance, that's on the cards...
“Perdu?” he said, raising his chin and looking at me as if at an insect.
“Le patron,” I said, and looked at the door behind him.