Good to see you are still enjoying the many wonders of your national (except South Australia) tour.
Finished Silent Predator quite some time ago and noticed a striking similarity between your heroes and James Bond:
They all get sex twice an adventure.
Traditionally in each film, Commander Bond will (become intimate with) one young minx who is usually very pushy and up for it, by about the 30 - 40 minute mark. They will most often be rather nameless hot bodies who ultimately either wind up dead or are revealed to be evil.
In your novels, the first round is usually just as casual, suggested by some random chick who's pushy and up for it (cue the milf on an overlander, the backpacker in the men’s room, a white afrikaaner lush in a fancy hotel room) and also occurs a bit before the half way mark (30-40 minute mark if your book was a film). Yours don’t get dead, but they do disappear rapidly from the rest of the tale.
The sex also seems to occur just after he has met the heroine he will eventually end up bedding by the book’s end.
And like the Bond films, I believe you’ve placed the casual (moments of intimacy) at that exact moment to meet the following needs of your target audiences:
1) Women - By this stage in the book/movie, women want your character (or Bond) to prove he is worth lusting after and demonstrate he is as good in bed as they want him to be – all the while still believing he can be sensitive and conflicted as he spends the rest of the book pining/working for the strong unattainable female co-star/heroine. (Who usually only gives it up before the final shootout, or in bond’s case, straight after.)
2) Men - Men however, reach the 30-40 min window or near-mid point of the book and want to be reassured that their hero’s not going to spend the whole book/film (ummm painfully pursuing?) the lead female. As such, by this point in the story, the male reader demands to see their hero (become intimate with) some no-name saucepot to prove he’s not a monk.
In most cases, post-(intimate) activity is then followed by a scene with the woman he truly wants to (be intimate with), (so the women can say “it should be her”, so the men can say “you’re next”), followed by an explosive gun battle.
Twice a movie, twice a book.
The name’s Bond, eh bru?
On a side note, thought Silent Predator was very good and really liked the work in England. Also, here’s to the return of another Far Horizon hero. The Parki-verse is growing ever larger.
Still believe Shane Castle deserves a return.
Well done son. Very well done indeed.
All the best to Mrs Park.