Who is James Hopwood?

Hopwood BioWho is James Hopwood? I am. Of course, I am David Foster too – most of the time. And I have been Jack Tunney too. But James Hopwood is my pen name.

Why a pen name? I assumed a pen name out of deference to three successful artists, albeit in different disciplines who have published under the name David Foster. Firstly there is an excellent award winning Australian author; then a world champion woodchopper; and finally a successful musician and music producer. Adding another ‘David Foster’ to the marketplace, would not only detract from their achievements – as well as my own – but would also create confusion for the reading public.

So what have I done? You can find my story Cutter’s Law in Action: Pulse Pounding Tales Vol 1. The story appears alongside contributions by established authors such as Stephen Leather, Zoe Sharp, Adrian Magson, Paul D. Brazill, and Hilton himself. There’s also a swag of new talent on display, names that may not be household names, but guys who know how to put down a fast and furious tale of adventure. The second Nathan Cutter story, Get Cutter! (don’t groan) can be found in Action: Pulse Pounding Tales Vol 2.

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Writing as Jack Tunney, I scribed the sixth and thirteenth books in the popular Fight Card series. The first, King of the Outback, two rival tent boxing troupes clash over territory in the Outback town of Birdsville. In the sweltering heat, tensions simmer, tempers flare, and as things reach boiling point, a boxing tent is burned to the ground. Fighting men know only one way to solve their disputes, and that’s in the ring. The solution, a show-down, smack-down, winner take all bout between the two rival outfits. In the blue corner, representing ‘Walter Wheeler’s Boxing Sideshow’ is Tommy King, a young aboriginal boxer with a big heart and iron fists. In the red corner, representing ‘Arnold Sanderson’s Boxing Show’, is ‘Jumpin’ Jack Douglas, a monstrous wrecking machine from the city – a man who’ll do anything to win. The fight – brutal. In the world of Tent Boxing, in the harsh Australian Outback, weight divisions and rules don’t count for much. It’s a fight to decide, who is indeed, King of the Outback!

It’s touching, it’s action packed and it’s hard hitting. By the end you want to jump in the ring and give the guy a hand, except that you’re too busy reading to find out what’s going to happen next. A great read in a really great series.

Mike Faricy

What a great twist on the Fightcard series, taking us to a place that is unique and off the beaten path for boxing fiction. A great story of rival tent fighting teams, it ends with a typically epic battle in the Fightcard tradition. Great stuff!

Eric Beetner

My second Fight Card title was Rumble in the Jungle. The story begins in Hell’s Kitchen, 1953, and boxer Brendan O’Toole is on a downward slide. When his wife dies in a freak car accident, he quits his job and hits the bottle hard. Half tanked in the ring, he allows himself to be knocked out, ending his boxing career. He hits rock bottom. After a night of boozing, he is brutally mugged and left for dead. But O’Toole has friends, even if he can’t see it. One of them is Danny Reilly, a barman with a heart of gold. He arranges for O’Toole to join a construction crew set to work on a hotel being built in the Central African jungle nation of Sezanda. It’s O’Toole’s last shot at redemption.

The story moves to the fictional country of Sezanda, Central Africa, in 1954. As things begin to look up for O’Toole, the Sezandan government is overthrown in a military coup. All foreigners are taken prisoner and locked in concentration camps. O’Toole is sent to the worst, HELL CAMP XXI, under the control of a brutal ex-Nazi, Kommandant Krieger. Krieger has a special way of keeping his prisoners under control. In the camp, he has erected a boxing ring. And anyone who steps out of line is forced to face off against his man-mountain, wrecking machine, Crator – a man whose sole purpose is to inflict pain.

Fate has destined Brendan O’Toole to don the gloves one more time, in a fight not just for his life, but his very soul.

Foster does a fine job with the action as the prisoners try to survive and O’Toole has to step back into the ring several times. The boxing scenes are great and Foster keeps the tension building to a satisfying conclusion.

James Reasoner

If you’re a fan of fight fiction, this one’s for you. If you’re an action junkie who remembers the great two-fisted books and movies of the past, then you do not want to miss this one. Considering how stellar the FIGHT CARD series has been, saying that RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE is one of the best entries is saying plenty.

Andrew Salmon

 

I have also contributed to Fightcard’s Charity Anthologies. Iron Head & Other Stories, features my story Bushwhacked, and coming soon in late August 2014, you’ll find my tale Abbot & Costello Meet the Brown Bomber.

Heart & Soul

As James Hopwood, I contributed to Crime Factory Magazine – Issues 10, 11 and 13. In the articles, I talked about the swinging sixties Spy-Fi Smut of Clyde Allison, Boxing Pulps from the ’40s and ’50s, and interviewed Australian cinema icon, Roger Ward. For Crime Factory’s Pulp anthology, Lee, a collection of fictional stories about superstar actor Lee Marvin, I contributed the short story, 1963: Trust.

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