Ryan Stark was educated at Eton and spent twenty years in the armed forces in various peacekeeping roles around the globe. Latterly, he joined the Security Services to become a field controller operating throughout the Balkan States on behalf of MI6. Following an heroic mission in Albania, in which he was instrumental in the rescue of fifty-eight children and five nuns from the hands of freedom fighters, Ryan was invalided out of the Service on a robust pension.
He lives alone in a converted windmill on the island of Kos, having never found the time to marry and is, of course, completely fictional.
Ryan Stark is the infinitely more interesting alter-ego of Austen Gower