As reported in Publishers Marketplace, Minotaur Books will publish my debut novel RENDER SAFE in 2023 and a follow-up novel in the Alex Martel thriller series in 2024. I’ll announce an exact publication date soon.
To say I’m excited would be a terrible understatement. Minotaur is home to many great authors, and I'm excited and grateful to be welcomed into the family!
Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author
Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of the Charles Jenkins Espionage Series.
“RENDER SAFE is a stunning debut heralding an extraordinary new character and series. Alex Martel is a kick-ass special agent in an action-packed, on-the-edge-of-your-seat espionage thriller with a jaw-dropping finish. Steve Urszenyi writes with an insider’s expertise about things that keep our intelligence services awake at night!”
Simon Gervais, former RCMP counterterrorism officer and bestselling author of The Last Protector
“A tour de force! With RENDER SAFE, Steve Urszenyi pulls no punches. The detail-focused writing and heart-pounding plot line make this masterfully crafted debut a riveting read. Brace yourself for an unforgettable bull ride.”
Peter James, Sunday Times No 1 bestselling author of the Roy Grace series
“A highly accomplished debut — the most gripping opening chapters to a novel I’ve read in a very long time. You have to read on…”
Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of You Will Remember Me
“Packed with relentless action, nail-biting tension, and unforgettable characters, RENDER SAFE delivers on so many levels. Clear your schedule and dig in, because Alex Martel is bound to be one of your new favorite protagonists.”
FBI Special Agent Alexandra (Alex) Martel is on loan to Interpol and based in The Hague.
Alex isn’t your typical investigator—she is a decorated former military and covert operations sniper. Charming and disarming, relentless and lethal, Alex has skills that see her assigned to the highest-profile cases—cases where failure has global consequences.
But success, too, often comes with a price.
Book 1: Render Safe — An Alex Martel Thriller
Alexandra Martel is an FBI special agent seconded to Interpol. She’s a former Army sniper who is unforgiving in her pursuit of justice. Some fear her, some want to recruit her, and some want her dead.
When Alex discovers a plot to disrupt Western alliances that would throw the world into global conflict, she races to uncover the covert players to stop a nuclear attack. From the streets of London and Moscow to the underbelly of Paris, Alex reluctantly joins forces with a man with plans of his own for her, who will stop at nothing to achieve them.
With the clock ticking and the world edging closer to doom, Alex will fall back on her SpecOps skills to stop the unthinkable. And although she thought she had left her life as a sniper behind, with stakes this high, she will use whatever means necessary to render the world safe.
Welcome to Steve Urszenyi’s website, the place to discover Steve and his writing.
Steve served for over thirty years as a paramedic in Toronto and as a tactical medic (TRU/SWAT, CBRNE, HUSAR, and public order unit) with the Ontario Provincial Police. He is an expert in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE/WMD) incident response.
Most recently, Steve was the Ontario Emergency Medical Assistance Team (EMAT) commander, the Province of Ontario’s disaster medical and all-hazards incident management team. Steve has worked alongside various security and intelligence agencies in the United States and Canada.
Steve was awarded the Governor-General of Canada EMS Exemplary Service Medal and Bar, and the Province of Ontario has twice recognized him with awards for outstanding public service achievement.
Since he was young, Steve nurtured a love for writing, but he also felt a need to serve the public as a front-line first responder. Throughout his career, his fondness for storytelling never wavered. He cultivates his decades of experience in emergency response and tactical operations to write authentic and gripping stories to thrill readers.
Steve and his wife Lynne love international travel and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle across North America, especially through the Rocky Mountains and the American Southwest’s always-changing landscapes.
They have two grown children and have had several dogs, including Steve’s former search and rescue dogs, K9 Timber and K9 Radar.
Steve is an avid photographer and outdoorsman who loves hiking, camping, canoeing, and exploring the wilderness when not writing.
(You can see some of his photos here: https://flickr.com/photos/zaniac/)
Steve is represented by John Talbot of the Talbot Fortune Agency (see Contact page).