Extremely little is known about Ian Kharitonov.

He grew up reading Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, David Morrell, and Daniel Silva.

After turning down a diplomatic career, he began writing fast-paced international thrillers full of action, adventure, espionage, and a dose of Russian history.

His debut novel, The Russian Renaissance, won the Grandmaster Award from the Clive Cussler Society.