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James Stejskal

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James Stejskal is a military historian and author of six books, including (thus far) two novels in “The Snake Eater Chronicles” series. A Question of Time, a Cold War spy thriller, was his first novel.

His second is titled Appointment in Tehran. Imagine if you will.. “With fifty Americans held hostage in Tehran, a frustrated American President green lights an audacious rescue plan while the CIA and the KGB try to find a nuclear weapon hidden in Iran. What could go wrong?” 

To get inspiration for his writing, he spent 35 years as a soldier and intelligence officer, often working in far off places with interesting people.

Writers he likes are: Charles McCarry, Alan Furst, Ishmael Beah, V. S. Naipaul, L.Frank Baum, JRR Tolkien, Jaroslav Hašek, Ian Fleming, Joseph Conrad, Ernest Hemingway, Graham Greene, WEB Griffen, Frederick Forsyth, David Cornwell.

Other Awards

His military history, Masters of Mayhem, a study of Lawrence of Arabia and the inception of modern British unconventional warfare, won the 2019 Military History Matters Silver Medal winner

Books by James Stejskal

  • A Question of Time


  • Appointment in Tehran


  • Special Forces Berlin: Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army's Elite, 1956-1990


  • Masters of Mayhem: Lawrence of Arabia and the British Military Mission to the Hejaz


  • No Moon as Witness: Missions of the SOE and OSS in World War II


  • The Horns of the Beast


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