Bear Grylls is channeling his extensive experience in the survival genre for a new "extreme adventure" series of novels. The 39-year-old television star has signed a reported seven-figure deal with Orion publishing for stories about Dan Ranger; described as an "ex-SAS, ecologist and adventurer extraordinaire."
Grylls will write the series in partnership with Damien Lewis, a former war reporter and journalist who has found success as a best-selling non-fiction military books, memoirs and fiction thrillers. Their first book "Ghost Flight" is expected to be released next May.
"This series of novels will combine the best of Bond, Bourne, & Indiana Jones in one gripping series of books," Grylls said in a release. "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!"
According to Orion, each book in the Dan Ranger series will find the hero plotting an expedition from his "corporate and charitable headquarters aboard the MV Global Challenger" and leading a team "on the journey of a lifetime, to investigate a compelling mystery anchored in the past."
The stories will also feature ecological themes, something the publisher added Grylls' feels passionate about.
"I grew up with the Clive Cussler and Robert Ludlum books - Raise the Titanic was probably the first adult novel I ever read!," said Jon Wood, Deputy Group Publisher. "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."
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