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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A Goodreads Review

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

Jersey’s Secret Assassin

April 19, 2013 in Action & Adventure, Books, crime, Espionage, Fiction, Military Fiction

Jersey’s Secret Assassin – an Action, Adventure & Suspense Novel by Eddie Kirkup

A story that starts in Jersey in the Channel Islands and is concluded in Cyprus, another island, but this time in the Mediterranean, a little nearer the maelstrom that is the Middle East. One connection between them is that two brothers each live on one of the islands. The story begins when Richard, living in Jersey, seems to have been the victim of a tragic domestic accident that results in his death. Frank, his brother, knows differently, not only had he been speaking to him shortly before he died but he also knew there was no way his brother would have died under the circumstances described. He may have been two thousand miles away but he knew his brother had been murdered. What he didn’t know: who was the secret assassin that killed him?

Secret Assassin

The Secret AssassinFrank does what only a brother must do, he travels to Jersey to find out for himself the truth of what has happened to his kid brother. One thing for sure is that whoever did this is going to be sorry. Richard may have been a reporter and used to getting his nose where it wasn’t wanted, but Frank was a different character entirely, he had no fear of physical conflict and was very capable of taking care of himself.  Something he was able to demonstrate very soon after his arrival in Jersey; much more effectively than the so called hard-cases of the criminal fraternity expected.

It doesn’t take long for Frank to make a few friends and a lot of enemies. He also realises that there are sinister undertones around his brother’ death and a connection with another, seemingly unrelated, death. He also discovers police corruption at the highest level, criminal activities and a secret plan to disrupt world peace. Problem is, who can he trust, who are the good guys and who are the assassins, criminals and murderers.

The Secret AssassinUnfortunately he finds out who some of the good guys are when they meet their demise trying to help him out. He manages to get out of Jersey before the same can be done to him and takes his story to Interpol. He gets short shrift from the CIA when he offers to help them find the killers. They make it clear that they place him as a rank amateur and advise him in the strongest terms that he should return to Cyprus and keep a low profile, while they and Interpol  deal with what are becoming serious criminal and political threats.

Trouble is Frank doesn’t know the meaning of ‘low profile’, especially when there are still assassins and criminals running around, one of which secretly murdered his brother.

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