Colin Forbes
Colin Forbes was the main pen name of British novelist Raymond Sawkins (1923-2006), who also used the pen names of Richard Raine, Jay Bernard and Harold English throughout his career. During his career, he wrote thriller novels (largely spy thrillers) and was best known for his Tweed & Co. series. Forbes started out working as a sub-editor for a publishing company before serving with the British Army in North Africa and the Middle East during the Second World War. When he went back to civilian life, he worked for a publishing and print company and eventually transitioned into becoming a novelist on a full-time basis. He died in 2006 of a heart attack.

Colin Forbes made his debut as a published author in 1966 using his real name of Raymond Sawkins for the novel Snow on High Ground. His debut under his preferred pen name (Colin Forbes) came in 1969 with Tramp in Armour. He would later refer to it as his debut novel, distancing himself from his earlier work. Below is a list of Colin Forbes’ books in order of when they were first published:

Publication Order of Snow Books


Snow on High Ground(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Snow in Paradise(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Snow Along the Border(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of David Martini Books


Wreath for America(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Night of the Hawk(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bombshell(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Tweed & Co. Books


Double Jeopardy(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Terminal(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cover Story(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Janus Man(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deadlock(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Greek Key(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shockwave(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Whirlpool(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
By Stealth(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cross of Fire(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Power(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fury(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cauldron(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Precipice(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sisterhood(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
This United State(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sinister Tide(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rhinoceros(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Vorpal Blade(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cell(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No Mercy(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Storm(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Main Chance(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Savage Gorge(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Tramp in Armour(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Burning Fuse(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Heights of Zervos(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Palermo Ambush(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Target 5(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Year of the Golden Ape(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Stone Leopard(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Avalanche Express(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Stockholm Syndicate(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Leader and the Damned(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Snow series was written under his real name of Raymond Sawkins. The David Martini series was written as Richard Raine. The Burning Fuse was written under the pen name of Jay Bernard. A Wreath for America was also published under the title of The Corder Index.

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Colin Forbes Synopsis: Tramp in Armour by Colin Forbes is set during World War II. The German panzers have spread across Northern France and all that stands between the Germans and the coast is the British. Will one British tank from behind enemy lines be able to destroy the entire division of German tanks?

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