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The Response Files

The Ransom Drop - Award Winning Debut Novel by Rob Phayre

Available in Hardback, Paperback, Ebook and Audiobook

The Response Files, written by Rob Phayre is an award winning series of military action thrillers set in the rich context of Africa. A team of international security experts solve complex problems on behalf of governments, corporations, and those in dire need. Each riveting, fictional plot is rooted on real events. 

Discover how to negotiate with Somali pirates and deliver ransoms in one of the most hostile places on earth in ‘The Ransom Drop.’

Find out how robbers use cutting edge swarm drone tech to steal from a vast, remote gold mine in Ghana in ‘Jungle Heist.’

See the brutal impact of an insurgent force in Madagascar when it attacks a multi-billion dollar oil refinery during its opening ceremony in ‘The Insurgency.’

Rob Phayre spent his first career in the British military as a helicopter pilot and commander. He spent time in most of the usual places and some unusual ones. After his military career, and nearly twenty years ago now, Rob moved to Africa, where he followed his feet into a career in security and crisis management. In 2021 he discovered his passion for writing. His debut novel, The Ransom Drop, won the ‘Reviewers Choice’ award, and Best Debut Author 2021. His follow up, Jungle Heist, won a Best Military Thriller award and was runner up for best International Thriller. Rob’s current work, Reepaman, is a series of standalone free to read fictional short stories. The chilling tales show some of the dangers of drone tech and how they can be abused.

In Africa, Rob Phayre led a number of organisations, helping others in the event of a crisis. Without doubt his most interesting work centred around the response to Somali Piracy and hostage taking in East Africa. Rob delivered his first ransom to Somali pirates about twelve years ago. Since then he has helped resolve nearly 40 hostage incidents both on and offshore across Africa. Two of those ransoms have held the Guinness world records for the largest ransoms ever paid for the release of hostages at sea.


Over his career, Rob has led projects all around the world. From the ice and snow above the arctic circle to the deserts of the Sahara. From the jungles in Africa to the rippling waves of the Indian Ocean.

It’s no secret that some of the projects that Rob has been involved with, have been the inspiration for his fictional writing career and especially ‘The Response File’ series.

Rob Phayre still lives in Africa and is lucky to do so with his wife and daughters.

Reepaman - A brand new, free to read, series of standalone short stories.

The Rock Concert was epic. Eighty-five thousand young and beautiful people were crammed into the stadium. They danced and sang with a voice so loud that Reepaman felt the vibrations jangling in his very core. He and his team were setting up two hundred meters away in the carpark outside. The flashes from the multi-coloured stage lights as they leapt over the rim of the stadium lit yup their work. The yellows, greens and blues reflected off the low cloud base, whilst the red laser show tried in vain to slice its way through to the hidden stars above.

Reepaman’s team, all dressed in black, were busy powering up the drones… 

To read the story, for free please go to the Reepaman short story website, or read it on your favourite blog medium through the link below.

The Ransom Drop

By Rob Phayre

Winner of the ‘Reviewers Choice’ award.

‘Best New Author 2021’ – ABR

Celebrating 10,000 copies sold – Get the e-book for free by signing up for Robs Newsletter.

When an oil tanker is hijacked by a novice band of Somali pirates, It’s a near impossible problem to solve in one of the most remote and dangerous places on earth.
A team of experts are called in with one job to do, save the lives of the crew. Can this ‘A-team’ do so? Can they prevent a massive environmental disaster, rescue the ship and its hundred million dollar cargo? There are reputations to be made, or lost…

  • Recipient of a Publishers Weekly ‘Starred’ review.

  • Indies Today 5 star recommended!

  • Multiple professional 5 star reviews from Readers Favourite, Prairies Book Review and BookView.

The Ransom Drop, a true to real life, military suspense thriller, that reveals the secrets behind the resolution of Somali piracy. It’s factually correct, fictionally fantastic, and written by the guy who delivered some of the largest ransoms ever paid at sea.

The Ransom Drop is available as an e-book globally and a paperback in the UK and USA through Amazon. The Audiobook is available on iTunes and Audible.

Jungle Heist

By Rob Phayre

Best Military Thriller 2022 – ABR Award 

International Runner Up – Best Thriller 2021 – IndiesToday

“Jungle Heist. An action-packed thriller that keeps you hooked from start to finish.” – 5 Stars! – Readers Favourite

Deep in the jungles of Ghana lies one of the largest gold mines in the world. It’s well protected, but perhaps not well enough. Drone technology, so out of place it’s almost alien, crushes the hardened defences. What follows is a game of cat and mouse between old adversaries, through the depths of the jungle.

The countries President, unable to trust his closest advisors, turns to Max and his team to help him solve the problem.
But how can Max’s team succeed when corruption and greed will stop at nothing? Who else wants to seize the gold with the wealth and power it can bring?

Jungle Heist – 5 Star Reviews

“Anyone into reading character-driven action that doesn’t let up, high crimes that drop your jaw, and drama that grabs your breath will love the visceral high stakes of Jungle Heist”

“Vividly described… nail-biting moments.”

“This book with suspense, action, gore, and power-play is ready for the big screen.”

“Jungle Heist is the exciting and impressive follow-up to Ransom Drop.”

“The award-winning Phayre is an exceptional talent.”

Rob Phayre – Best New Author – 2021 –

Jungle Heist. A gipping tale of gold, guns and gallantry set in the deepest jungles of Africa. It’s an explosive story showing how criminals really could use current technology to pull off the greatest physical robbery of all time. Jungle Heist is written by the guy who has spent his working life defending against them.

The Jungle Heist, is Book 2 of The Response files, available on Amazon in e-book, paperback and hardback formats. It is available on Audible as an audiobook.

The Insurgency

by Rob Phayre

Released 31st March 2023

One of the world’s largest oil refinery’s is opening in the middle of a remote paradise in Madagascar. It’s an area plagued by corruption and a growing insurgency and the tinderbox of religious fundamentalist fervour is being fuelled by The Associate. He’s sent Abdi, his Somali henchman with nine lives, to wreak havoc, to attack, to destroy, to kidnap and kill.

Mike and Raj are there for the opening ceremony looking after their client, a rich heiress of the family that owns the refinery. They find themselves under the ultimate test. When the storm comes, do they run? Do they hide? Or do they fight!

The last time they crossed paths with Abdi, Mike and Raj were the hunters. But now, in an extraordinary quirk of fate, the hunters have become the hunted.

What the reviewers say about The Response Files by Rob Phayre:

“The award-winning Phayre is an exceptional talent.” – 5 Stars – Readers Favourite
“Vividly described… nail-biting moments.” – 5 Stars – Prairies Book Review
“A tight, heart pounding, page turner.” – 5 Stars! – Jennifer Jackson, Indies Today.
Rob Phayre – Winner – Best New Author – 2021 –

The Insurgency is the third book in The Response Files series and was released in March 2023. It is available to order hereThe Audiobook will be available on iTunes and Audible in the summer 2023. 

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