The Reluctant Killer

July 25, 2014 in Action & Adventure, Books, Fiction, Gay Novels, Military Fiction, Suspense Thriller

A reluctant heroes storyReluctant Heroes & HIV Stories

The reluctant killer is a story of survival, of someone battling the worst kind of personal illness and, just when he finally thinks he is getting his life back, is caught up in a horrific event, totally beyond his control. Visiting his favourite city, New York, he finds himself captured by terrorists and part of a hostage situation. Kidnapped and at the mercy of  killers with no regard for human life.

New York is no stranger to terrorism and the events of 9/11 are ingrained into the memory of not just every New Yorker, but also the world’s population who watched in horror as the events unfolded on the TV and the Internet.

Killers are at large on the streets of New York once  more. The counter-terrorism system quickly swings into action and the terrorists are backed into a corner. But they have an ace up their sleeve, hostages and plenty of them. Things may not have gone exactly to plan, but they are determined to have their comrades, held in the Bagram Detention Centre in Afghanistan, set free. No matter what the cost.

Buy The Reluctant KillerThe situation is bad enough for anyone, but for Mark Thorpe, now held against his will and  with no access to his life saving medication, he then finds himself subjected to brutal treatment that leaves him battered and, even worse, bleeding. The hostages with him have no idea that he is HIV positive and try to help him.  He cannot explain why but he has to recoil against their kindness. Even though, in this situation, he understands that the hostages should all be sticking together and helping each other out. Unfortunately not all the hostages take that view, there are those that believe only in the survival of the fittest and are even prepared to sacrifice others to look after themselves. Some of the worst traits of the human race start to emerge and not just from the terrorists.

Mark Thorpe feels a steely resolve come over him, he is not prepared to let these people kill him or any of the other innocent hostages, no matter how badly they behave. He doesn’t know what he going to do, but he knows he is not just going to roll over and let the terrorists end his life. He had battled against HIV and now he was ready to do battle with the terrorists.

He was about to become one of those reluctant heroes with a killer instinct, the sort that do what they have to do and then go back to as normal a life as possible. Unfortunately for Mark, events were going to occur that would prevent him ever doing that.

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The Whistleblower Affair

July 15, 2014 in Books, Fiction, Suspense Thriller

Whistleblower

Corporate Greed in the World of Banking

Once upon a time . . . bankers were respected. Not loved, perhaps, but trusted and consulted when times got rough or money was needed for a special investment.

But as scandal mounted upon scandal in recent years, this respect has evaporated. The reputation of our major banks has sunk to unprecedented lows, and there’s worse to come. Some of the banks are still engaging in disgraceful behaviour and are in denial about past misconduct.

In Jonathan Veale’s latest novel, this fascinating world is scrutinised, and blame laid where it belongs: at boardroom level where decisions are made that determine who does what in their organisations.

Of course mistakes can be made by any institution, and sometimes it is hard to pin down responsibility. But in this case, misconduct has been discovered on such a broad scale that the only conclusion one can come to is that the directors were either asleep on their watch, or complicit in creating and encouraging outrageous practices that plundered their clients’ accounts.

Buy ButtonThe Whistleblower Affair tackles boardroom behaviour head on, and describes the greed and ignorance that has been responsible for bringing many banks to the point of doom. Some would even describe it as corporate crime at the highest level.

Of course, there are some who opposed bad behaviour and as the story develops, their hand is strengthened as, one after the other, those responsible for nodding through poor practice are dealt with.

In this novel there is drama, humour, retribution and facts . . . astounding facts that reveal just how widespread and criminal some of the scandals were. And women play a large part in pointing out to the men that their attitudes and outlook are dated. Times have moved on and finance is too important to be left in the hands of a cosy coterie of clubbable gentlemen who, over cigars and champagne, decide what’s best for the great unwashed. The days of the bank manager and his temple-like branch around every corner are nearly over. The internet and electronic banking are about to transform how we all approach money matters, and dozy bankers unprepared for rapid change are going to find the going ever tougher. Change or die will soon be the clarion call. But will the present directors change their approach in time? It’s by no means clear they will.

A great read, with revelations spiced with the inside view of an out of touch profession.

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Manufacturing Processes – A Miniature Guide to Engineering & Materials

May 19, 2014 in Books, Manufacturing Processes, Non Fiction

Manufacturing Engineering

Ever wondered how things are made?  Those products you see and use every day. This book reveals  how engineers and designers  decide which manufacturing processes to use when they want to create a new product?

Most books covering the topic of manufacturing engineering tend to be encyclopaedic in nature, but if you are looking for a simple overview of the most common manufacturing processes, which materials they are suited to, the cost implications and their pros and cons, then The Miniature Guide to Manufacturing may be just what you need.

Manufacturing Guide

It is a ready reference for anyone interested in finding out how things are made, and will be particularly useful for manufacturing professionals or engineers still studying or recently qualified in an engineering discipline.

So if you are looking for an insight into what manufacturing processes are available this book provides you with the main methods grouped under four general categories :

  • Machining
  • Casting
  • Forming
  • Joining

The most common mechanical manufacturing processes grouped together in one convenient reference book.

It is a valuable guide that will lead engineers to the processes most likely to deliver different products under consideration to a commercially acceptable standard. It is not intended to provide an in-depth dissertation of all aspects of any specific process. 

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Biting the Stick – A Story Of Female Genital Mutilation

March 16, 2014 in Books, Cultural Heritage

Biting the Stick is a story about personal conscience and and an internal struggle over the subject of female genital mutilation of little girls. The big question this book asks is what would you do, speak out or stay silent?

Click here to buy it on Amazon.comA young woman, Tania, working as a student support counselor stumbles upon a ritual genital cutting on her university campus. A little girl is pinned to a bed while her mother looks on as an older woman is cutting the girl’s genitals with a knife. No anesthetic, music playing  to cover the sounds of her screams and more women with their children waiting their turn outside.

It seems incredulous to her that this activity should be taking place at all, never mind that it is happening in the UK, in a public facility.

So what happens next, does she speak out or stay silent? Susannah Carlton, the author of this book, has worked as a counselor and she knows that things are seldom as straight forward as they should be. She goes on to tell the story of Tania, her own personal circumstances, how she came to be where she was to witness the event and what happens after she has.

In typical Susannah style, she pulls no punches, she tells it how it is, the internal struggles with conscience, the politics that enter the arena, the secret agendas of people in authority and the possible justification of a procedure that, outside of the cultures that practice it, would be considered nothing less than barbaric.

So do the cultural differences between the modern western world and the people across Africa or the Middle East explain this practice, justify it even? Can there really be a justification to allow this practice to continue……at any level or for any reason?

Now published as a paperback on Createspace, this is a book that is a must read and it is Susannah’s second novel, so if you enjoy Biting the Stick you can go and get a copy of Lonely Mirrors to get even more of a flavour of Susannah’s writing skills.

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Biting the StickBiting the Stick by Susannah Carlton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Susannah Carltonhas written another cracking novel, once again on a very difficult subject. Female genital mutilation is very much in the news these days, so the timing is good.

Susannah has written this book from the perspective of a support worker and through her eyes demonstrates how hard it is to deal with problems of this nature. Deeply embedded in culture and involving close family and relatives, how can the authorities tackle the issues, never mind the individuals on the ground?

It displays human frailties and faults, how personal, political and selfishness can all play a part in the actions that are taken. Black & white, Susannah shows it is anything but that and leaves you asking the question – Speak out or Stay Silent?

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The Wake Crasher

November 4, 2013 in Books, Fiction, General, Humour, Romantic Novels

The Wake CrasherThe Wake Crasher is a new book and debut novel from new Indie author Robert Durrant.

It is a book that examines moral principals and can divide opinion on whether you think the principle characters are just having some harmless fun or are a little bit sick and misguided. A dark humoured romantic comedy that describes the consequences of being a ‘Wake Crasher’.

The Wake CrasherInitially the perpetrators embark on what they see as a harmless way of getting a few free drinks and a bite to eat at a time when they are struggling to pay the bills in a world that is in financial meltdown.

It is not too long however before they come to realise that there is no such thing as a free ride and that every action they take comes at a price, especially when they dabble in the dark side of life!

New relationships are formed and the principle characters get a little more than they expected from their endeavors. Trouble is the starting point for any new relationship is from a position of deceit and dishonesty and how can that work in a modern world where everyone knows everyone and life is little like living in a goldfish bowl?

A book that will appeal to young adults and teenagers but also for those that like to cringe a little!

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To find out more about the author you can visit his author page via his link here Robert Durrant

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