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The Fallen Boys were at their zenith when Zac’s luck ran out. How does the shock of being dumped from dazzling and conspicuous success into relative obscurity affect his fellow band members Karl, Ritchie and Leon? Accustomed to adulation, wall-to-wall glamour and all the illusions of fame, the Boys find themselves in strange territory. No longer courted, with zero prospect of resurrecting the group, they find themselves facing harsh realities.
Karl is driven to appear on chat shows and accept pantomime roles: all the P.R. exercises he previously spurned. Reluctantly, he participates in a TV reality series soon after he meets Lizzie Keating, daughter of an IRA bomber. As the challenges to their relationship surface: Karl’s father, ex-Army and implacable in his hatred for the Irish; Karl’s wandering eye and Lizzie’s refusal to play second fiddle to anyone, Karl learns what is really valuable.
For a boy to learn of the pleasures and pains of adult life, all it takes is One Hot Summer…
John Burton is seventeen, it’s the long hot British summer of 1976 and his life is about to change, in ways he has carefully planned, and ways he cannot yet know, as he embarks on a roller-coaster journey to maturity by way of music, cars, love, sex, friendship, rivalry, guilt and death. A story of teenage obsession and insecurity; of sensual experience and terminal embarrassment; of learning about life whilst still fighting to understand oneself.
Confused and inept, Stan can remember what happened to him in previous lives, but as far as this life is concerned – nothing. Well, nothing further back than last September when he woke up in the hospital. He has another problem too. Those other personalities, the ones from the past lives, they talk to him, through him, and argue too. It’s quite confusing.
Everyone wants a chunk of old Stan. An anti-terrorism Federal Task Force, a group of conspirators and the local arm of Isis want him dead. And a female assassin is on the hunt for him. Hell, even his shrink tries to turn him in. It’s a free for all search-and-destroy mission with guns blazing, smartass comments flying, and unexpected twists all the way to the gunshot at the end.
The problem with being reborn from the ashes is, you have to die first.
After the loss of his wife and child in a plane crash, former NYC firefighter Sebastian Martin is nearing alcoholic oblivion when his brother offers him a last-chance job opportunity as an insurance fraud investigator. Despite his reservations, he soon discovers he has an instinct for the job.
A move to Dallas, where he learns it’s okay to be alive, proves to be his salvation. Investigating fraudulent claims for a dead child and another for a missing husband, in Honduras, leads him to murders, international car thieves, and torture at the hands of a former KGB agent.
Retired Dallas private investigator Alan Knox dislikes New Orleans so much he won’t even drink Abita, the local beer. It all goes back to the day his knee and his promising pro football career were wrecked in a Superdome game with the Saints. But when his estranged son calls and asks for help finding a missing fianceé, the guilt-ridden Texan heads for the Big Easy where he soon finds himself in trouble up to the tops of his snakeskin boots.
What starts off as a missing person case turns into a hunt for a serial killer who uses exotic poisonous animals to dispatch his victims. Painfully aware he can’t go it alone, Knox joins forces with an over-the-hill journalist and an unfriendly police detective as he navigates the dark streets and seedy bars in search of his prey.
Famed sorceress and military captain, Shirakaya, explores vast regions of an alternate universe. On a particularly hazardous mission, an ancient alien race, exiled eons before, attack her intergalactic spacecraft. The body count rises as Shira struggles to defeat the formidable enemy and to convince the galaxies the malevolent species has returned and their mayhem will engulf the entire Ensar universe. The cosmic leaders, the Ruzurai, meet the crew’s harrowing tales with skepticism and deny the escalating threat.
Shira’s magical powers mysteriously weaken and she must face the terrifying prospect that she cannot protect those she loves ‒ let alone the entire universe. Her skills waning, Shira is forced to decide how far she will go to vanquish this ancient and monstrous race to see peace prevail.
Isabel, Matriarch of the Clan Montenegro-McCann, wants her missing daughter Raine to claim her Vampire heritage. Hharme, Isobel’s finest Defender is dispatched to bring the girl, brought up as human, back to the clan. Cain, son of Adam and brother to Abel, has other plans for the girl: he wants Raine and her special powers for himself.
Despite Hharme’s belligerence toward his task and Raine, he rescues her from the clutches of Salvatore Demarco, Cain’s Chief Solin, bringing the Clans to the brink of paranormal war.
The mutual attraction and energy between Raine and Hharme is electric, undeniable and unstoppable ‒ but can she make the decision to transition, to give up all that she has known? Is the promise of a lifetime of love enough?
Cain is back and he’s made a deal with the devil. They possess a clown, to do their darkest bidding. Their plan to destroy the Montenegro-McCain Clan with a growing army of possessed humans proves successful until a Sorcerer joins the Vampires: Alix Lemire, the last of the Sorcerer race.
Betrayed, the Clan’s Chinmere communication lead, Eve, runs away, setting in motion an ominous omen. Alix uses her powers to track Eve down but they are ambushed and taken to an abandoned insane asylum, where Cain and Hasatan have a small army of possessed men ready to feed off the women and launch Cain’s revenge on the Clan.
Young Navajo women are murdered and butchered in drug-crazed rituals. The evidence points back to ghastly rituals performed by a satanic cult years earlier. The FBI and Navajo Police join forces with a veteran Navajo County investigator to hunt down the deranged killer(s).
Richard Combs weaves this masterful tale of a fiendish serial killer, sexual crimes, demonic cults, masked demons, and Navajo life with a sure hand and many surprises.
A flaming body falls onto a Yavapai County police cruiser. Is it connected to a secret alliance between local bikers and a drug cartel? At an isolated religious colony, life seems good but a rookie officer suspects a lot more goes on behind the razor wire than church socials and Sunday school. An FBI Agent with misgivings interviews the next President of the Navajo Nation about the reservation’s sudden economic boom, connections to the murder and a suspicious trucking outfit.
As the investigation barrels along a twisted trail, all the suspects vie for the top spot on the list, but in the end, the key to the riddle lies in the past with the oldest of motives.
In the second of the Masked Demon series, Richard Combs blazes another deadly path through biker gangs, rape, drug cartels, betrayal and murder.
A grisly assassination, an icy grave, eleven victims in all including a U.S. Senator. A Federal investigation leads nowhere. The grieving and angry friends of one of the victims takes up the trail of mayhem and murder to track possible clues, leading them from Arizona’s White Mountain Apache Reservation to the Mexican border, to the guarded citadels of billionaire kingmakers. No suspect has the means, motive, and opportunity‒ yet eleven dead testify to at least one person having all three.
Biker gangs, white supremacists, a wanted terrorist, even the President of the Navajo Nation, suspects all, as Richard Combs delivers another taut thriller in the third of the Masked Demon series.
A killer with a penchant for inventive and macabre deaths challenges an FBI Agent with an equally unusual imagination and sense of humour.
SA Ellie Conway works serial crime cases. When someone tries to kill her, it becomes obvious it’s linked to her after-hours pursuits in cyberspace. Matters become complicated when her assailant is found dead in the trunk of her car.
Despite a plethora of crime scenes, no evidence can be found to identify a motive or perpetrator. The death toll rises and eventually includes those close to her. A chance remark provides the first real clue to unraveling the killer’s twisted goals.
What is the connection between a series of murders, bourbon, chlorine, gold ribbon, the Pentagon and the Military, Eastern European terrorists and a book of poetry?
Special Agent Ellie Conway is back: wisecracking, kicking ass and using her psycho-prophetic talents. This time to grapple with a murderer with ulterior motives, secreted behind a series of grotesque crimes.
Confronted with outlandish connections and the realization that the issues are global, Conway is forced to seek help from the highest level to close borders, airports, train stations and military bases.
The denouement leaves Ellie facing a shocking truth and a grievous loss.
Hawk is hunting again.
SSA Conway is his nemesis – she wants justice. He has taken too many children, killed too many people. FBI Agent SSA Conway has decided it is time to stop Hawk, not only to prevent the abduction of vulnerable children but to avenge the murder of an FBI agent.
As Conway and Delta A team prepare to pursue Hawk in Russia, he moves to New Zealand to widen his net. A terrible and sinister reality emerges, demanding the might of the Military, CIA, NCIS and the Russian FSB.
Exploiting her remarkable intuition, together with help from unlikely sources, Conway realizes she must heed the augury it is all about the music.
As if a terrifying nightmare wasn’t bad enough, being woken from it with the news that she’d been strangled in a parking lot didn’t make for a great start to the day for FBI Agent Ellie Conway.
Extraordinary and bizarre packages delivered to her home, a sniper aiming for her – twice in one day – and a vehicle that looks like Swiss cheese, tends to make a girl lose her sense of humour.
More mistaken-identity deaths, bank robberies, a hospital murderer, an unexpected cold case, and a rendition to a black site, conspire to demand more than the usual amount of kickass determination required of SSA Conway.
Ghosts from the past, forcing themselves into her present life, with vengeance on their minds, threaten Conway and the lives of others, reminding her of the fragility of memory.
How unlucky can the Bleich family be? Four out of five murdered on the same day … the obvious link being the Heathcote Diamonds, reputed to be cursed.
SSA Conway is not having a great time either: she is shot when all she wanted was a good cup of coffee.
NCIS Director Doyle’s sister is abducted by an international hitman who proves to have intriguing connections. The appearance of Mac’s doppelganger is a profound shock and Mac’s ghost resurrects Elllie’s smothered rage. CIA Agent Jonathan Tierney surfaces too often for peace of mind and then her daughter, Carla, raises the teenage stakes causing Ellie’s psycho-prophetic alarms to go into overdrive.
When FBI Director O’Hare, NCIS Director Doyle and NCIS Agent Noel Gerrard go missing at the same time, Ellie recognizes there are malign and subversive forces behind these ‘random’ events.
When information becomes misinformation, how much of what you see should you believe?
Wanted for a murder she didn’t commit and on the run from the FBI and Metro, Special Agent Ellie Conway has to protect an actor with close ties to Delta A from a serious threat as well as trying to clear her name.
Unwittingly, whilst staying off the grid, Ellie stumbles upon a syndicate which has alarming connections to her daughter’s death – and which abducts her team, with the intent of killing them, and Ellie.
Washington D.C. is burning, blowing up before SSA Ellie Conway’s eyes. More than ever she needs her controversial connections to prevent more terror attacks and horrifying deaths.
Surveillance footage mysteriously wiped away, explosions rocking the city, people blown apart, an insider forging Ellie’s signature to release suspects, and her helicopter taken down, all challenge Delta A to find the link between the terror attacks, international trade in missing girls, coded price lists and a rogue Interpol agent.
Supported by the new man in her life, Ellie puts the pieces of the puzzle in place, striving to defy time limits which will end a girl’s life.
Another day, another death, might not be unusual in FBI Agent Ellie Conway’s world but a baffling series of naked, bloodless, blondes in pristine showers makes her wonder if she is dealing with a genuine vampire.
Investigating the deaths of these women, Ellie is surprised when clairsentience is added to her remarkable armory of psycho-prophetic talents. Secrets emerge as she races to find a killer with a particular and gruesome agenda. Mounting bodies, escalating pressure, a sinister connection between the art world, the Darknet and the FBI, an impending wedding, peculiar liaisons, and a personal shock challenge Ellie and the Delta A team.
Her niece is abducted and her in-laws disappear. Long-deceased agents turn up in garages across the city – dead again. No wonder SSA Ellie Iverson’s internal alert goes off the scale.
Enigmatic clues and codes from a missing colleague and brother-in-law about the seepage of sensitive FBI data, lead to the sudden death of a team member and leave Delta A spinning. Two new agents, with special talents akin to Ellie’s, join the team and ramp her alarm sensors even higher. Her niece’s social media life offers clues to a horrifying network and its activities. Working under a directive from the Director of the FBI and with the Wayward Son Protocol, Ellie and Delta A work to disentangle leads from the darknet, stem the flow of death, and bring her family home.
Killerbyte: A killer with a penchant for inventive and macabre deaths challenges an FBI Agent with an unusual imagination and sense of humour.
Terrorbyte: Special Agent Ellie Conway is back: wisecracking, kicking ass and using her psycho-prophetic talents. This time to grapple with a murderer with ulterior motives, secreted behind a series of grotesque crimes.
Exacerbyte: Hawk is hunting again – SSA Ellie Conway is his nemesis. Hawk has taken too many children, killed too many people. It is time to stop Him, not only to prevent the abduction of vulnerable children but to avenge the murder of an FBI agent.
Flashbyte: As if a terrifying nightmare wasn’t bad enough, being woken from it with the news that she’d been strangled in a parking lot didn’t make for a great start to the day for FBI Agent Ellie Conway.
Soundbyte: How unlucky can the Bleich family be? Four out of five murdered on the same day … the obvious link being the Heathcote Diamonds, reputed to be cursed. SSA Ellie Conway is not having a great time either: she is shot when all she wanted was a good cup of coffee.
Databyte: When information becomes misinformation, how much of what you see should you believe? Wanted for a murder she didn’t commit and on the run from the FBI and Metro, Special Agent Ellie Conway has to protect an actor with close ties to Delta A from a serious threat as well as trying to clear her name.
Strange things are happening in a bohemian section of Richmond, Virginia. The eternal war between good and evil is facing off over the next jump in human evolution, universal bliss, the end of terrorism, road rage, and fighting over the remote control. Welcome to “Perilous” Parkwood Avenue where Angel has a mission to ensure the pieces of the cosmic puzzle come together.
Meet Kali Sen, an exotic dancer and potential savior of humanity; Eve Savage, whose basement laboratory is the source of earth-shaking explosions; Eric and Ted, life-partners whose Christian Adult Book Store – Heavenly Pleasure – sells such items as the OGOD orgasmatron, and John Wye, designated chronicler of the next paradigm of mankind. Heavenly Pleasure, a darkly hilarious novel, takes the reader on a fabulous ride up in Richmond’s Fan District, from Vlad’s Continental Lounge to Hollywood Cemetery and the tomb of Richmond’s most famous Vampire, from the folklore of its past to the metaphysical awakening of its future.
When John Wye receives a cryptic phone call for help from Mike Compari, neither suspects they will encounter bumbling hitmen, a communist-hating old lady who looks like Yoda, or rescue a refugee – and a rare book – from a book burning let alone enlist a group of Civil War reenactors to bring down a cult with nefarious ties to the Federal Government.
The truth about John’s ancestor, a Civil War captain, comes to light along with the lost Confederate gold, a lusty piratess, the invention of margaritas, hush puppies, mud wrestling, a treasure hunt and an amorous dolphin.
The two tales come together in this runaway romp with an eclectic cast of characters and hilarious twists and turns along the way.
What do Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde, John Kennedy Toole, Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe and many others have in common? Their Muse.
Stinky, a defrocked minor god, wordsmith and connoisseur of Brandy Alexanders has helped many to achieve fame. Roland (would-be writer and bar owner), Hussey (trainee vooderine), Dee Dee (sushi chef, Halifax Hottie and Tourette’s tart), Cutter (handsome and a genuine re re), Bella Donna (blind, vengeful and wannabee voodun) and the leaders of the legal, insurance, pharmaceutical and medical professions (aka The Four Horsemen: War, Famine, Pestilence and Death) are about to encounter Stinky.
A greyhound with a multiple personality, an ex-mafia Fugu Lounge barfly, a bull rider who is terrified of clowns and a new remedy for phobias and more are ‘conjured’ in this absorbing, articulate, intelligent, feisty and witty novel.
Angelo Dimitrov is faced with the ultimate decision: to stay on the light side and become an angel as his mother did, or join the army of hell and bring the world to its knees.
At the age of six, Angelo and his two brothers, Leon and Eric, escape the vicious claws of their demonic father. Fleeing town, in search of safety, they start a life in Graven. Angelo knew that his 18th birthday would change his life. All that he’d been preparing for was to come to pass, for he comes from a family of demons, and on that day, he would become one of them.
Angelo’s curiosity leads him to knowledge that puts his family and friends lives in danger. And when mysterious murders begin to occur in Graven, Angelo fears that an old enemy may be back to finish a job.
S. Fox, a recent recruit, finds that his new life in the office block is every bit as dangerous as in his native forest. In a set of letters written to his cousin, Arctic Fox, we follow his trials, as he tries to navigate a way through the forests of bureaucracy. Before his eyes, factions tear the office world apart. S. Fox must keep his head off the paper guillotine, when waves of oppression, revolution and counter-revolution engulf the ministry.
His world is complicated further by messengers from another. The un-dead headless chicken, a transdimensional cat and a phantom Afghan hound, stalk the sleepless fox. All call on him to avenge them, and to grab power for himself.
This satire of everything from political history to corporate management is witty and entertaining, making Letters from the Ministry the Animal Farm for the 21st century.
‘The blood is the life! The blood is the life!’ is all a mysterious bullied teenage dropout, Patient K, will say.
Possessed by Dracula during a hallucinogenic trip, he embarks a quest to find his immortal beloved.
His psychiatrist’s ‘Notes on a Case of Obsessional Neurosis’ piece together the story of K’s life: his gruesome school days at the Holy Bleeding Pelican; his drug-induced visions; his wars with Social Welfare zombies, estate agents, and his office supervisor.
Learn about his romantic misadventures as a dishwasher in Bavaria and how difficult life can be for the would-be vampire in the 21st century, and how dangerous it is for those who try to help them.
Can his psychiatrist save him from his delusions or will the Dublin underworld consume them both?
Scientific testing has determined that thirteen-year-old Ezekiel Emanuel is destined for a long but loveless life. Too bad even the fragrance of a female sends a shock wave straight to his underpants.
In the face of this sexual tsunami, his self-obsessed mother discovers the Zimbalist Holistic Recliner, which gives refuge in an oasis of improved rememories. His distant father and stepmother, a former dominatrix who becomes the target of his awkward affection, add to Ezekiel’s confusion.
Will Ezekiel, obsessed with Charlotte, find the proof that his life will not be empty of affection?
Will dad’s version of The Talk calm Ezekiel’s storm? Probably not, but a midnight rendezvous just might.
Born in Africa, Anglo-Irish by descent, Diana, aged two, travelled from Johannesburg to Ireland, to Annes Grove, a stately Georgian home with world-famous gardens, with talk of horses, rare plants and fishing juxtaposed with tales of banshees, the little people, ráths, the foxy-haired ghost and visits from Elizabeth Bowen, Vita Sackville-West, David Cecil and many others.
Aged 18, Diana returned to Africa, where she doubled for Grace Kelly in ‘Mogambo’, met Raymond Hook, the king of cheetah racing, befriended the legendary Ewart Grogran and unwittingly employed a Mau Mau leader. Ever one to stand up for what is right, she challenged the authorities at the height of apartheid – and won! With humour, eloquence, empathy and candour, Diana shares her return to a place from her childhood, where family truths are learned, along with the realisation that Africa has real magic all of its own.
Elizabeth Gray is found hanging from a tree. Her town is shocked to learn that Elizabeth had no birth certificate, no social security number, no record of education. Her mother, an independently wealthy woman, refuses to cooperate with authorities.
But Elizabeth is not truly gone: she communicates in spirit with her three childhood playmates, driving them to investigate the true circumstances of her death. And in doing so, Mack, Lillian, and Vanessa discover the world of The Brambles; Drugs, a motorcycle gang, a mansion owned by the elderly movie star, Mitch Cooper, John Leary, a defrocked priest and Mitch’s “caretaker” and a corrupt medical doctor nicknamed “Honeybear”. How are all of these things connected, and what is the secret to Elizabeth’s true identity? Only three brave teenagers can find out.
Shy, indecisive Steph Andrian and assertive, handsome Nick Hallis, have been best friends since childhood. Nick taught Steph all the social skills and sports while Steph helped Nick with his schoolwork. They are a team and their lives are full of promise.
After university, Nick marries Olivia, and Steph marries his boss’s daughter, Sabine, both delighted with their good fortune.
A freak accident ravages Steph’s life. Then, in a vividly lucid dream, Steph makes love to Nick’s wife, the goddess-like Olivia. The uncanny outcome devastates Steph and his confusion intensifies with this seeming betrayal of his life-long friend.
Against a backdrop of rapid social and political change, love and loss, Steph reflects on how fate has juggled his life, and how life’s lottery provides a serendipitous opportunity to repay his indebtedness to Nick.
Age of Certainty gives ten authors’ answers to the question, “What if God existed?”
Suppose the theory is true that we’re biologically hardwired to believe in God – Brandon H. Bell wonders if that’s evidence enough that He is objectively real. … Imagine the traditional, Western version of God – now imagine along with Patrick Evans if the God revealed tomorrow has absolutely nothing to do with any of that. … David J. Fielding introduces a character who wouldn’t hesitate to kill God for the evil He has brought to bear, even if the result is just another form of an absence of good. … and Nebula Award laureate James Morrow asks if God would exist in the absence of misleading proof planted by a talking, time-traveling cyborg tortoise who shoots lasers out his eyes.
Featuring: Jennifer Rachel Baumer, Brandon H. Bell, Patrick Evans, David J. Fielding, William Freedman, Ron S. Friedman, James Hartley, Brian K. Lowe, James Morrow, Élena Nazzaro, Ian R. Thorpe, Jeffrey Witthauer.
When two rival presidents in the distant future, foes since their youth, declare a hyper-power war, they set in motion events which transform America’s place in the world … and beyond.
With devilish delight icons, role models and expectations are upended with laugh-out-loud irreverence. Characters defy tradition and stereotyping, revealing the devastating high jinks which – without doubt – exist within the hallowed halls of existing rival countries, let alone imaginary future nations and governments.
Outrageous political prods and withering insight makes Land That I Love a compelling lampoon.
How would a world populated by superheroes differ from our own? Not much.
Instead of fighting evil on a cosmic scale, Orville Ortley, Mucus-Man, whose snot has the explosive power of a howitzer shell, Kevin Kiley, Count Karma, invincible wonder of the ethereal plane who’s utterly useless on earth and Mindy Maguire, Supermodel, upon whom the goddesses bestowed the most unwelcome power a Smith College women’s studies major could imagine guard St. Louis’s Chesterfield Mall. That is, until the day the villains’ lobby, the American Malevolence Institute, sets its sights on this ordinary shopping center. If the Institute should defeat this discount-bin collection of mall cops, it would mean the end of all life on earth.
Who will survive? Who will prevail? Who will prove themselves Mighty?
Abel Loomis is discovered beheaded on his porch chair, his head, pipe still clenched in his teeth, placed between his thighs. His death heralds a train of otherworldly events. Indian mountain, the spiritual home of the mysterious Ontchean tribe of medicine men, has been uninhabited for more than a century.
A sick full moon appears above the mountain, a harbinger of death most horrible. The color of old blood and surrounded by a shroud of boiling purple clouds, a large crow-like bird flies across the face of the moon. Sheriff Andy Taylor and his frightened colleagues must attempt to rescue not only his beloved wife, Susan, from the mountain but also a beautiful headstrong television reporter and her party. To do so, the rescue party must defeat Dark Bird and his army of demonic creations deep in the bowels of Indian Mountain.
The Feeding has begun.
Diagnosed with a mental illness, Liv Theed lives in terror of the creatures she finds in the shadows which forever haunt her days, her nights. The breath of the wicked echoes in her head and the black of heart torment her.
Throughout the journal, Liv writes about the days and the months of her struggle, the therapy and the pills, the treatment that had never really worked, the pain her parents suffer. Then, in the middle of it all, there are the questions. What is real? she writes. Where did they come from? Am I crazy or am I cursed? What is heaven and what is hell?
The journal answers these questions through the eyes of a young girl as she endures then finds deliverance.
Sanctuary is a shack as dark and dingy as The Hunter’s damaged soul. Here his victim’s share their final moments with him before he artfully displays his handiwork to the world on church doors, crosses and public monuments. Caring for no one, The Hunter’s diseased and febrile mind is obsessed with one woman: a detective assigned to the case. He watches her at the scenes of his crimes, his mind already seeking the next perfect victim.
Lieutenant Olivia Hinson has her own demons to overcome as she inches nearer to finding The Hunter. Rendered bereft by grief, Olivia strives to enter the mind of The Hunter to halt the brutal murders.
Who will win this game of hide and seek?
When lives collide, and time runs out, will there be one final chance for redemption?
Damaged by childhood trauma and a series of tragedies and disappointments, Aden Cassalotti finds solace in a crack pipe. The marijuana and magic mushroom operations in his fertile hometown no longer rakes in enough to sustain him. Aden’s neglect and detachment has a profound effect on his lifelong friend and business partner, Noel Schuurman. Noel, a brooding recluse becomes dangerously deluded and volatile. He has killed before and, with escalating pressures, not even his mother and sister are safe on their isolated plot.
Silent Helene Van den Bergh has wandered the city since her release from a psychiatric hospital fifteen years earlier. Horrified when her friend is murdered, she knows the bullet was meant for her ‒ but why?
On Devil’s Peak, on the spring equinox, Helene waits for the gibbous moon to rise, unaware that two killers stalk her. The Dark Man, and Etienne Craig, The Diabolical Creation, a depraved lunatic whose lust for violence has reached its zenith. But something infinitely more evil tracks the hunters on the charred mountainside. Its depravity knows no bounds and its form cannot be predicted. Evil men set on slaughter may themselves become its prey.
Flash Peterson, Honey Esack and Petra Montgomery, the Sisters of Light, unite in a desperate scramble against the clock. Can they conquer the darkness in time to save their friend?
Time is running out for the hunchback enchantress, Siango. The village on the floodplain is in conflict and the failing chief needs her dark craft. The crazed poacher, Ikului, hunts elephants for their wisdom sticks. He offloads his cache in Lusaka where he procures unique ingredients for Siango’s muti. But he has more than ivory to trade. A vicious attack on a game ranger brings life-long friends back to Chistlehurst Manor, the hotbed of secrets and crushing betrayals. Flash Peterson worries about her brother, Derrick. Caught up in a smuggling ring, he crosses southern Africa on a soul-altering journey. Honey Esack, is called upon to use her psychic ability in an attempt to locate him.
From Cape Town, to the Victoria Falls, Lusaka and Western Zambia, disparate characters’ fates are perilously entwined. In a storm, on a bridge spanning the mighty Zambezi, can the Sisters of Light once again conquer darkness? Can forgiveness be won in a pulse-racing faceoff with evil?
Raffy Arends did not expect to find a naked woman’s body when he slipped out to catch a few lobsters to sell. Yolanda Viljoen, proprietor of The Sea Breeze Hotel, has spent two decades looking over her shoulder, waiting for the problem her brother created to manifest. Stealing and smuggling with a rough French sailor is too risky for Fikie Malgas – he doesn’t want to go back to jail. Building tycoon, Clinton Winston needs to get away from The Bay where the death of his wife, the drama from his mistress and brother have plagued him. Flash Peterson, lead singer in the rock band, Biskuit, rides high on their Garden Route Tour with her fellow Sisters of Light in tow. Honey’s second-sight registers evil rolling in with the tides. Will she be able to harness her gift to overcome this malevolence?
Braving fierce winds and wild ocean, the Sisters of Light race to prevent more murders.
Danny Samsel is a Master Thief. He has defeated the finest security systems in the world: Interpol wants him, the FBI wants him, the CIA wants him. After a year languishing on Kefalonia, he has turned his attention to the heist of the century. He has decided to steal the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum and return them to Greece. His motives are not entirely altruistic: estranged from the beautiful Kastania, he wants her back in his life. And, he needs her help to steal the Marbles from the British Museum.
With help from old friends worldwide, plus a few surprising ones, Danny pursues his goal, despite vicious interventions from Interpol and avaricious underworld art collectors. At great cost to him and his accomplices, Danny settles a few scores, outfoxes old foes, and guarantees the future of his chosen career.
Parking meters, the bane of every driver’s existence, could prove fatal for Teller, an award-winning investigative journalist. Returning to his home town after a twenty-year absence, Teller investigates the mysterious appearance of the Meter Mangler, a hooded vandal who is trashing parking meters. The Mangler is fast becoming a local hero to the town, a town being crushed beneath the oppressive thumb of the Department of Parking Enforcement.
With the death of his best friend, Teller turns his attention to the secretive DPE, a government entity which has enacted Draconian measures against anyone unfortunate enough to need a parking space. Teller struggles with the ghosts of his past and his growing attraction to his blue-haired lodger while staying one step ahead of a growing threat to his life.
The Twin Towers are still smoldering when those odd little anthrax letters show up, killing a few people here and there. Some nutcase, everyone thinks, but it’s not – it’s a setup, a precursor to a massive biological attack that leaves the Northeast a quarantined wasteland.
Campus policeman John Rashkil, trapped inside the Zone, chooses to keep doing his job, adding judge and executioner to his resume. He builds a jury-rigged life from what he can salvage and tries to help his teenage son survive this new, Byzantine America.
But a growing sense of futility shatters his confidence, and he is unprepared when a rabble army seeks to break quarantine and pour into the uninfected lands.
Based on an Irish legend of the same name, Partholon is a brutal look at how the just and the civilized respond to anarchy.
Five years after the events of Partholon, a juggernaut Red Army bears down on what’s left of the poorly led, underequipped, and betrayed US 1st Combined Arms Division, nicknamed the Ghosts. Victory is assured; America will fall. But Sergeant Collier Rashkil and his lover, the beautiful and ruthless Major Rosa Arce, are Ghosts. And Ghosts don’t die.
Trapped in the swamplands of south Jersey, the Ghosts maintain a thin line of defense, their survival dependent on the intelligence Rosa and Collier provide. But a reconnaissance mission goes very, very wrong, and Rosa discovers there is a traitor in their midst, one willing to sacrifice all their lives for a flawed Utopian vision.
Based on an Irish legend, Tu’an is a hair-raising story of brutal combat, of betrayal, survival, and a love that no enemy, no war, not even death, can end.
Twenty years after Tu’an, Collier Rashkil runs an intelligence network out of an underground church in the northern Shenandoah Valley. A hundred miles or so south, Henry Price runs a smuggling ring. Neither is aware the other survived the horrific last stand of the Ghosts. Life is hard: Collier is proscribed; Henry is one step ahead of arrest and execution, yet both have a measure of contentment. But then an old enemy confronts Collier as a new enemy attacks Henry, and a war already lost threatens to reignite and finish them, their families, and what’s left of the country.
Children of the Canyon tells the story of David, a boy growing up in LA’s fabled Laurel Canyon neighborhood as the 1960s counterculture is coming to an end.
David’s record producer father works with the reclusive former leader of a surf music band on an album that promises to elevate the legacies of both men to immortal status. His distant, peripatetic mother rides the waves of activism and feminism in and out of David’s life. The elusive Topanga, named for the city’s last remaining Eden, whom David meets on the beach the night of his parents’ separation continues to elude his futile attempts to reconnect with her throughout the decade.
Through David’s eyes, we bear witness to the fallout from the California Dream’s malfunction: the ruined families, failed revolutionaries, curdled musical idealism, and, ultimately, the rise of the conservatism that put the country on its present path.
What if you could peep into an analyst’s exchanges with intriguing people such as Benjamin Franklin, King James, Lilith, Leonardo da Vinci, Brahms, Hemingway, Cleopatra and many others who made great impact on the world? The poet Keats so obviously needed sex therapy and was Napoleon truly a eunuch as Josephine declared?
Bernard Levinson, using modern techniques and great empathy, invites intriguing and memorable individuals to his psychiatric couch to discuss their lives and loves and sexual problems.
Honouring the framework and facts of their lives, Bernard conjures the joy, pain, humour, loneliness and uniqueness of heroes of our culture.
“We spent our childhoods together. He broke my heart when he married another girl, eight years after I took his hand. We never lost our love, but we lost touch. We traveled together, we lived and our souls died together, a thousand times. The fire always burned.”
Elizabeth has loved Danny since she first laid eyes on him. But she has never had the opportunity to truly love him except in stolen, illicit moments, all too few in their separate lives. Now he is old and dying and in a retirement home and hating it.
Elizabeth is going to break him free.
In this passionate story of a lifelong love, adultery and dreams of what should have been, Jacob Lucas Luciano captures emotions that do not fade with age.
Alex is a throwaway teenager in New York, pitfighting for scraps. Ted is a bored suburban high schooler in Illinois making a profit on changing grades and pirating movies.Together they become international mercenaries, battling for their own profit, occasionally stumbling on doing the right thing, and taking sarcastic jabs at each other along the way.
Using their collective talents, they rob a crooked bank president, rescue the kidnapped daughter of an oil tycoon and hunt high value insurgents in Iraq for the bounties on their head. They train government troops in one African country to crush the tribal government of a neighboring country and then train the tribal militia opponents of the adjacent country. In Russia they hunt down a wanted war criminal on the run from the UN, exposing a human trafficking operation. Realizing that they are at their best together, they go into business for themselves, picking the jobs they want, when they want, and reaping all the profits.
Gwen Kane, estranged daughter of a Forbes millionaire and bearer of a horrifying secret is lured into a dangerous international cult. It falls to Alex Kirwan and Ted Reagan to rescue her. What should be easy money for the mercenary team of a freerunning ex-commando and his computer hacking partner proves to be anything but as they find themselves doggedly pursued across Europe, Canada and the United States by highly trained forces with resources vastly disproportionate to the recapture of one missing acolyte.
Can they unravel the mystery of Gwen’s importance in time to survive?
Will Gwen pierce the seemingly impenetrable armor around Alex’s heart?
And, above all, will Alex and Ted get paid?
It’s all-out corporate warfare when two titans of the energy industry square off over newly struck oil in a southern Somalian province. Boardroom battles rage in the west while, on the ground, two massive armies of hired guns fight to a stalemate that could boil over at any moment.
Tech specialist Ted Reagan and his commando-trained partner, Alex, are hired, under the banner of their new company, Reagan Kirwan International, to turn the tables. Their seemingly simple mission takes a deadly and dangerous turn as they learn they are not the only trump cards in the game and they may be on the wrong side.
Facing the most dangerous of adversaries, constant peril, and treacherous corporate politics, they must stand together if they want to survive ‒ and, of course, collect their pay checks. Because war is a two-player co-op and all they have is each other.
Someone wants a war. Someone has taken a match to the criminal underbelly of Newport City and turned its factions against each other. The city’s only hope lies in the hands of an unlikely trio.
Freelance information broker Kevin Wyatt, hired by a major gang leader, takes the case with the help of his ex-enforcer brother Chance McKaegan — fresh out of prison. They are joined by Kaitlynn Lockhart, a journalist with a vendetta, driven by the crossfire murder of her boyfriend. Together, they must scour the city’s darkest corners to expose a conspiracy more sinister than any of them can imagine.
Throughout her life Basha fought to keep alive that small flame which lit her being. Whether in Toender in Denmark, St. Petersburg in Russia, London in England, Durban, Standerton or Johannesburg in South Africa, Basha’s life has been determined by others. Sent as a child by her impoverished parents to a better life with an uncle in Russia, Basha battled to overcome her rage at being separated from her family, and especially her Zayde, her grandfather. Aided by her beloved sister, Eva, and Pavli, Basha employs all her wit, talent, imagination and humour to forge her life.
The shock of an arranged marriage to a weak and selfish man whom she scarcely knows tests her mettle further, as does maintaining his business when he leaves London for Durban. Five years later, Basha sells the business and takes the family to join David, who gives every appearance of having forgotten them. She discovers new joys and different heartaches but her compassion and generosity never desert her in finding gratification and beauty in unexpected ways.
One word, one glance between a long-legged girl and a musician and so begins mankind’s oldest story. But will their new-found ardour survive the darkness that lurks beyond the blinding sunlight of a magical summer? Will they be able to sacrifice promises given and commitments made?
Against a backdrop of Italian cities, Moro peels away in layers the depths of passion, ruthlessness and the urgency of lovers when need and desire overrule everything.
Two Russian SS-X-25 nuclear missiles are missing. Billionaire and political intriguer Hugh X Alcock’s son, Peter, a charter pilot and covert MI6 agent, is missing. MI6, the CIA and Southern African intelligence services believe the missiles to be in Madagascar, positioned by hard-core Soviets bent on creating political mayhem.
Victor Kennedy, ex-soldier skilled in guerrilla warfare, is hired by Alcock to find Peter after his plane disappears on a flight to Mauritius. When Kennedy and a Mozambican colleague find Peter they learn the appalling truth of the missing armaments. They also uncover a CIA dirty tricks campaign which, if successful, will result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of people in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique. An all too possible killing field – for which South Africa will be blamed.
After the 1994 general election which brought democracy to South Africa and swept Nelson Mandela’s ANC into power, South Africans were intoxicated by euphoria. The widely predicted civil war had not happened. The crushing burden of apartheid had gone. Black and white celebrated together.
But the slate of hate had not been wiped clean. Under the sunny surface was a layer of white extremists utterly opposed to blacks in power. They were unseen but everyone suspected they were there: the Third Force, the Hidden Third.
This is a story of what could have happened after the election.
Protégé (Protégée ‒ feminine form) (C19: from French protéger, to PROTECT)
One who is protected or trained or whose career is furthered by a person of experience, prominence, or influence.
(Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Ed.)
Dreams of a career as a classical pianist erode and wither, destroyed through a relationship with the famous and forceful Antonia Brico, renowned pianist and the first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic.
Told almost as a post-modern detective story, through a mosaic of fact and imagination, The Last Protégée reveals the extraordinary power and emotional depth of Dr. Brico’s influence on half a century of Nancy Deed Resler’s life.
Dancing with her friends in the mortal realm, Penni, the fairest Tylwyth Teg, has no idea of what she will unleash by disobeying the law. A mortal attacks the handmaidens and blocks Penni’s return to Annwyn.
Banished for breaking the law, Penni is forced to take refuge with Pelling, a mortal, and his family. Penni and Pelling find love and marry, despite his brother’s hatred of the fairy folk. The couple moves to the capital of fifth century Wales where King Maelgyn rules. Subjected to prejudice and cruelty, they are trapped in the bitter struggle between Christianity and the Old Ways of paganism. Can their love surmount the differences in cultures and religion?
Math, King of Gwynned will die without a maiden’s magic to soothe his battle-injured foot. In a court rife with envy, greed and cunning, Math must choose a successor. His nephew falls in love with the beautiful new Footholder and he and his scheming brother plot to win her and at the same time ruin her – a plan which could mean the king’s death. Will the maiden’s bonding with the king cost her life or can she overcome treachery and save both king and kingdom from being torn apart?
Set in mythical Wales, The Footholder’s Tale, Andrew Richardson’s historical fantasy captures the mystical elements of the times and combines intrigue and classic romance, based on Gaelic legends.
Archaeologist Rachel McKenzie expects an excavation of a World War One bunker to yield routine results – until she uncovers modern artefacts among a handful of skeletons in British uniforms. Rachel has unwittingly stumbled on evidence of a Government scheme to address Britain’s shortage of soldiers in 1918 by abducting 21st century citizens and sending them back in time to fight the Germans. The authorities – of both eras – are desperate to keep ‘Operation Trench’ secret, and ruthlessly stamp down on anyone who might expose them.
Can Rachel expose the operation before her colleagues – or herself – become victims of the very scheme they are trying to stop? Or will those in power succeed in bringing forward the operation’s end and take a brutal revenge against her?
Stella Bellamy is contemporary, middle-aged, chubby, grumpy, and single. But she has learned that when life gives you lemons, forget the lemonade, drink gin and tonic.
Clutching a gin in one hand and an acerbic and hilarious sense of humour in the other, she travels the world and through her own history. Whether in foreign airports or hotels, aeroplanes, tuk-tuks or crumbling taxis, or the comfort of her own home, Stella provides a poignant yet funny view of a diverse and colourful world. Stella revisits her complex emotional past and present, from her teenage relationship with a friend of her father’s, her fear of intimacy, to her relationship with her dying mother from hell.
Stella invites and entices the reader to laugh at this absurd world.
All Johnny Manno wants to do is dance and drive his car. But his son Michael worries because Johnny keeps wrecking the car and those young women he hangs with could be taking advantage of the old man. But getting the keys away from Johnny or telling him who he should hang with is another matter.
But Michael is in the middle of the generation sandwich ‒ worried about his family, his kids and their problems in school, his struggling business, and his dad, who likely will wipe out entire families with his car, if he doesn’t go to jail first from hanging around that Cindi and Maria or burn down his apartment.
Still, Johnny keeps dancing with the ladies, teaching everyone something along the way, even if he is not always in perfect step.
Justin Alexander’s past has caught up with him. When his wife and daughter are seized, he is forced to undertake a mission inspired by fanatics intent on the annihilation of Israel.
With Iran and Israel teetering on the brink of war, Justin is forced to fly to Jerusalem, ignorant of the lethal cargo his plane carries and unaware that Missulta-Mayam, the 2,000 year-old Water Libation Ceremony, is the target.
While battling deadly storms and fanatical killers, Justin must rely on a very dangerous friend to rescue his family.
From the Caribbean Island of Barbados, to Dakar, Senegal, to Israel, Rumours of War is non-stop danger and adventure.
In space, the expansion of the universe exceeds the speed of light. In a jail cell the speed of light slows, time ages and deteriorates slowly to a crawl.
Jack Joseph understands physics. He understands the nature of quarks, leptons, dark matter and the desire to find the God particle. What Jack doesn’t understand is Jack.
He has a Masters degree in particle physics, an ex-wife, a sugar mama, a passion for cooking and chronic dependencies he needs to feed. He cleans pools to maintain this chaotic lifestyle.
Spinning about in a Large Hadron Collider of his own making, the particle known as Jack is about to collide with a particle known as Sarah.
Slamming the door on your boyfriend’s pleas doesn’t mean you don’t expect never to see him again. You expect to love, to fight, to make up, revel in that first, fierce love some more. You’re young and there’s plenty of joy to come.
Bobby Trivette loves starry-eyed DruAnn Finch, boy loses girl, boy dies in a tragic accident in Kentucky’s back hills, but Bobby’s streak through the Finch family is only the beginning. Dru Ann’s future turns to pure free fall. Her grief spiral sets everyone connected to her evaluating the ones they love, their secrets and past ills, and the ways they’ve lived in the small town of Paris, Kentucky, forever in the shadow and the spirit of the Cane Ridge Shrine.
In a rural Ohio uranium processing plant during the optimistic, buttoned-up 1950s, employees pledge to keep their work secret – even from their own families – as Cold War fervor wanes in the face of what they’re doing and at what cost. But these guys are no whistleblowers. Happy being the highest-paid chemical operators in the state, they dream of a better life for their children, along with their friends and co-workers, and proceed with optimism and fear, full of yearning emblematic of families in the 1950s and the rising middle class. These “Cold Warriors” work dependable jobs in the face of atomic risk, emboldened by pride leavened with fear.
This story of family, of expectations and disappointments, pledges and pain, love and dreams and desire, remembers a place, an industry, and most of all an innocent trust in superiors, and in the world, which no longer exists.
What lengths will a man go to save a friend?
Former policeman Danny Roth leads a quiet, if secluded, life. He has a new career, he’s made a few friends and he has his baseball; an obsession he uses to pass for a social life.
When he rescues a teammate from a beating by mob members, he becomes the target of the mob boss. When that friend disappears and Danny is brutally assaulted he must decide if he is willing to cross the line that may lead to violence. As he continues to come under attack, he realizes the only way to survive is to resurrect the person he had sworn never to become again.
Road rage turns fatal when Danny Roth steps in to save his friend Tony from a deadly knife attack. His quick response proves fatal for the assailant, Denver Miller. Absolved of blame by the justice system, Danny is not so lucky with the Miller family who are intent on delivering a more decisive and permanent justice of their own.
As Danny fights off the Miller’s assassination attempts, he discovers the family’s automotive business is a front for illegal activities, including theft and murder. To silence Danny, the Millers resort to kidnapping those who Danny holds dearest – his mother and his best friend Tony.
Realizing the only way to save them is to sacrifice himself, Danny unites with Detective Morrisey and Tony’s ex-special forces friends. In a confrontation that could become a fierce and lethal gunfight, Danny’s only hope is his new team will be in time to save those he loves, even if it may be too late to save him.
When Danny and Tony come to the aid of a beautiful woman, they are surprised to find she is an undercover cop. Danny is more amazed when Tony decides she may be the “one”.
When Marissa fails to show up for their first date Tony is devastated, until he discovers she has been kidnapped by Ruiz, a vicious drug lord moving in on the local drug trade. Danny and Tony must call upon all their resources, putting their lives and the lives of their loved ones in jeopardy, to rescue Marissa, take down Ruiz and intercept a massive incoming drug shipment.
The unwitting decision to take a certain route home, puts ex-cop Danny Roth in a killer’s path.
Whether by fate, or dumb luck, Danny witnesses a cop gunned down on the side of the road. After a fierce gun battle with the shooters, Danny is drawn deeper into an investigation where he stumbles across a human trafficking ring. With no official status, Danny is ordered to stand down. But when the cop’s wife disappears, Danny must decide between being arrested or saving a friend. With time running out for ten abducted women, Danny takes up the hunt once more, but can he find them in time before they are transported from the area, never to be seen again?
Fourth in the Danny Roth series, in Stealing Home, Ray Wenck uncovers one of the greatest challenges to present-day society – human trafficking.
Former Army Ranger, Ricardo, uses his skills to rescue kidnapped and abused children, but when an old flame is brutally assaulted by a gang, he rushes to her aid. His sudden appearance creates turmoil in an already traumatic scenario. Jane refuses to involve the police and Ricardo convinces her to attend a special therapy group. There she meets other victims and bonds with four women. Together they plot to take their revenge on all of their attackers.
Unaware of Jane’s intentions, Ricardo hunts the gang members who assaulted her, doling out his own form of justice to two of them. But when the remaining gang members team up with some enemies from his past, the violence escalates and he calls on friends, Danny and Tony, to help him survive. In the meantime, Jane and her new friends track down their attackers and mete out their own form of group therapy. But when one of the women is abducted by her attacker, Jane is forced to ask Ricardo and his team for assistance to rescue their group member.
What lengths will a man go to to ensure his survival?
A sudden, mysterious disease has swept across the country and the few survivors have turned violent, killing for food and water. Knowing the insanity will soon spread from the city, Mark Warren begins stock piling items of need by raiding his neighbor’s homes. His basement becomes his fortress and he is ready to fight to defend it.
When he discovers the organized horde is killing other survivors, Mark steps in to rescue a woman and her children. His actions make him a target and he becomes hunted. Trapped and outnumbered and the killers closing in, Mark must make a stand and find a way to survive.
Bobby and Becca Warren are enjoying college life when a mysterious disease ravages the country. With chaos ensuing, they head for home to join their family, but when they arrive they discover their home has been burned and find the graves of their mother and youngest brother in the backyard.
With scavengers swarming over the neighborhood, the siblings decide to search for their father using clues he has left for them, but before they can find him they are captured by a local militia. Caught between a psychotic killer and an advancing foreign army with no chance to escape, their only hope rests with their father, who doesn’t even know they are alive.
With the mysterious event that devastated mankind now five months past, and winter fast approaching, Bobby, Becca and Myron hunt for game. Though life is not easy, it has at least settled into what now passes as normal. That is until they discover a band of hunters stalking human prey.
For Mel, Caryn and Tara, the end of the world has been a constant struggle to survive. The new world has become chaotic and dangerous. Those with the power make the rules. Life has little value except in the depths of depravity in the minds of those who own you. Now, pursued by armed men, the three women are forced to flee or be sold into slavery.
Bobby, Becca and Myron rescue the women, but are then hunted themselves. With time running out and the hunters closing in around them, the small band must find a place to make a stand, a place to survive
Five months after the life-changing apocalyptic event, Mark craves normal activites. What could go wrong with a little fishing trip with his children? Running into obstacles and gangs on the way to Lake Erie, they discover the presence of a pirate navy controlling the waters. Fleeing a small armada of speed boats, they hide on shore, but witness the capture of a woman and girl and the brutal treatment of the man defending them. Mark sends Bobby and Becca for back-up, taking the injured man with them.
Alone, Mark rashly attempts to rescue the woman and girl; he frees the girl and gives her into the care of a mysterious local church group. Returning to rescue the woman, he is taken prisoner while boarding the raiders’ floating base. His encounter with the sociopathic captain does not go well. Enlisting the aid of a strange group of locals, Bobby, Becca and Lynn must rescue Mark before he is executed.
The Springdale Warriors are a dysfunctional, winless, high school boys basketball team who spend more time fighting each other than their opponents. Their coach is at a loss to find a way to get them to work together. When a desperate magical spell goes awry, crossing time and worlds, transporting them to the kingdom of Aerthos, where they are asked to save a world, nothing good can happen.
What follows is a humorous journey of growth and bonding as the boys and their coach try to stay alive in a land where the people look to them as saviors. They soon learn that the only way to survive is to trust each other and work together as the team their coach has been trying to get them to be all season.
In the middle part of the Eleventh century, the Byzantine Empire dominated the world. The surviving part of the old Roman Empire, its position as the greatest known civilisation remained undisputed. Within the walls of its great capital city, Constantinople, treachery, debauchery and power politics dominated the lives of the ruling elite, as it had in the glory days of Rome.
Thrust inside this heady mix, the Viking adventurer Harald Hardrada struggles to survive. A new emperor, the deranged Michael V, means danger for him as he becomes a pawn in the jostling for power of the various factions. Can he survive, and in so doing, turn his mind to the regaining what is rightfully his – the throne of Norway?
The mad Emperor Michael V now deposed, blinded and banished, and Zoe restored to Constantinople, Hardrada turns his attentions to his destiny ‒ to Norway and his desire to be its king.
General Maniakes has different ideas. His schemes and plots continue, using Hardrada as an instrument of death and betrayal. But others seek the same end ‒ to rule Byzantium.
Bishops lie, soldiers fight, assassins stalk the streets, and lovers lament … and all lose their lives. Hardrada needs his treasure to win his crown, and the Empress Zoe has it. With time pressing, difficult choices face him, with the threat of death never far away.
Sailing north after escaping the clutches of the Byzantime Empress Zoe, Harold Hardrada intends to claim his inheritance ‒ Norway’s crown. Danger has followed him like a close friend and on the arduous journey home, he reflects on his life of adventure, tragedy and war and joining the elite Varangian Guard. His wits and battle skills have served him well but will they be enough? The soured love of an empress may be his undoing – Zoe wants him dead.
Paul Chaise, ex-SBS, is trying to leave his old life behind but his old ‘employers’ have other ideas. Returning home from Spain, he just wants to find his girlfriend, live a quiet life ‒ and forget. A job selling property in Suffolk seems to offer the perfect escape route until he becomes involved with a client’s problems and everything spirals out of control. Some particularly nasty Eastern European gangsters want to take over the running of the client’s houses and use them as bases for human trafficking.
The client ends up dead and his wife tortured, her mutilated body left in Chaise’s flat as a warning. Chaise goes on a one-man crusade and the body count mounts up. The S.I.S. gets wind of this, decides to rein Chaise in and that’s when things get really nasty.
After an enforced move across country, Steve is suspicious of the elderly neighbour, Knills, singular friendliness and involvement in the move.
The present tangles with the past as secrets are revealed, old and new jealousies surface when Steve’s wife and Knills’ intimidating manservant embark on a torrid affair. But when Knill’s brother and Steve’s mistress are found murdered and more bodies mount up, Steve becomes the prime suspect. Desperate for answers, he forces Knills to confess his part in the frame up – with devastating consequences.
Stuart Yates delivers a thriller filled with menace, sexual heat, intricate connections and a complex denouement.