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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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?

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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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The Carcassonne Affair – Expat Living In France With a Few Complications

July 24, 2012 in Action & Adventure, Books, Fiction

Expat LivingWriters tend to live in cocooned worlds, often distanced from the life they write about. Mark Brayfeld was no exception. And when he took the decision to leave London and move to a tranquil rural retreat in South West France it didn’t occur to him that bestselling authors are often dogged by their success in unusual ways.

Expat Living FranceWhat Mark hadn’t realised as he upped sticks, ended a relationship, and moved to warmer climes, was that his about to be published next novel was worrying the life out of an amoral London financier. Mark’s previous book had thrown light on unsavoury goings-on in the horse racing world, and Stuart Maleric realised that if Mark’s sequel spilled any more beans his reputation could be sunk in short order. Maleric vowed to do whatever was necessary to put a stop to that happening.

Expat life in France beckoned, but neither Mark or the new friends he soon made had any idea of the ruthless people who were about to land in their midst.

This is a book that gently rocks you out of slumber and bit by bit slips in the vicissitudes of life that can change your life for ever. A humdinger of a novel.

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A Woman Scorned

“I was still surprised at how little this mattered to me; how unmoved, how indifferent I felt. And it wasn’t a question of being wound up, or stressed, or being in a blind fury. I just didn’t care, and could see with the utmost clarity that a change in my life was taking place as she ranted on. When I left the house that very night I would have no intention of returning for anything. Absolutely anything. I wanted out, fast . . . permanently, and she had been the one who’d prompted it. These had been her words, her ideas, but they suited my wishes to the letter.”

Murder Mysteries

“Grievance, lawyers, battles – what on earth was going on, Miriam wondered. Mark’s last book may not have sold well, but she couldn’t believe it contained ammunition for people to rail against, and certainly not for lawyers to get bothered about and pop wigs on their heads. A novel about the racing world and the folk who dreamed of beating the bookies was not material for the Old Bailey.”

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“Kev left La Grenade as he’d entered it – through the window at the rear. He’d re-bolted the front doors. The more time he gave himself to clear the area the better, and open doors would only invite curiosity, he believed.
An hour later Kev abandoned O’Dowd’s car in a tree-lined street in Castelnaudary close to the railway station, a barren part of town with little to commend it, bought a ticket for the next train to Toulouse, and crossed to the solitary cafe across the road. For the first time that day he felt able to relax a little, but there were loose ends to tie up. Mobile phone in hand, he made the first call as a waiter arrived to take his order.”

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Mad Bad Spinning Top – Spy & Espionage Novels

March 21, 2012 in Action & Adventure, Best Spy Novels, Books, Espionage, Fiction

Action Thriller and Espionage BookIn this remarkable debut comic thriller, Richard Cheesmar introduces a scenario of rampant terrorism, spy-masters out of control and a plot that takes you right into the world of terrorism, espionage, computer hacking and nefarious dealings. From London to Istanbul, Ankara, the Black Sea and a surprising final destination, it’s a classic page turner.

Espionage ThrillerEver felt like life just isn’t playing ball? Ever been in a situation where things go from bad to worse overnight? Well you’re in good company with Chez, the star of this classic fictional comedy adventure, who finds himself embroiled in a quagmire of dire circumstances. Fanatical Turkish ultra-nationalists claiming to be the remaining descendants of the Amazon Women Warriors, corrupt Russian scientists, Turkish Military Intelligence, the beautiful daughter of a Turkish General, and a crazy gung-ho CIA agent, set the scene that pulls Chez deep into a chain of events resembling one of his fictional hero’s (Danny Rome) mad-cap adventures. As Chez has the Turks all in a spin, the Turks are about to send Europe a message. It’s one big crazy ride on the Mad Bad Spinning Top.

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The Bones of Odin – A Matt Drake Action Adventure

March 3, 2012 in Action & Adventure, Books, Fiction

The Bones of Odin by David LeadbeaterThis book asks the question, ‘Did ancient Gods like Odin, Zeus and Thor once really exist?’

The time has come for a grand adventure filled with high excitement and explosive action. Matt Drake, a retired SAS officer, must unravel a mystery older than time itself in his search for the Nine Pieces of Odin. Scattered aeons ago, it is believed that once the Pieces are reunited they will show the way to the Tomb of the Gods – the greatest archaeological find of all time.

Bones of OdinFrom a rocket attack on the Louvre to a battle in a Swedish cavern;  from a daring helicopter raid on New York’s National History Museum to an assault on a gangsters mansion in Hawaii, Matt Drake must find the world’s oldest treasure in one of the wildest places on earth, searching for the very bones of the Gods with the spoils of victory being the entire world.

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“I bought this book blindly, and ended up hardly able to put it down! It’s fast-paced with a good story and decent characters. Highly recommended if you’re after an exciting, enjoyable read. If you like Andy Mcdermott or Matthew Reilly, get this book.”  Written by Toyah on Amazon

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