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The year is 2030. The UK has left the EU, and Scotland has left the UK. As the isolated rump of Britain struggles through the deepest economic recession in living memory, an Independent Scotland begins to thrive once more. The English government glares across the border with a jealous eye. For a thousand years it has fought and schemed to get and keep the proud Scottish nation under its thumb. Will it leave her in peace this time? Chance would be a fine thing.
Scottish Finance minister Willie Kemp takes a young English journalist under his wing and persuades her to cooperate on his biography. But events overtake them, and they are soon involved in a murky world of political intrigue, lies and deception - typical Westminster politics exported to Edinburgh.
A biting satire which explores the machinations, stupidity and downright lies that typify the world of politics. That lampoons those ‘great’ men and women who claim to govern us all in the interest of the people. Interests of the people? Little chance o’ that, eh?
A laugh out loud novella from the author of Best Intelligence.
Nalia finds herself trapped in a strange and inescapable lucid dream. Danger looms ahead for her friends. Pressured out of their homes in the Lost Winds, every step threatens them with persecution and death.
Taking a daring route on a treacherous sea, they seek asylum in a new land. Will they make it to their destination? Will Nalia's dream of finding peace in Draviland become the utopia that she desperately desires, or are the dangers of this new land even worse than her home?
Set in a real time, stream-of-consciousness narrative, this story takes you on a sweeping literary journey.
1995 - A burned out American business woman is visiting her friend in rural France when their lives are turned upside down by events that happened in occupied France during 1941.
Something has changed in the endless repeating cycle of life and seasons.
After many years of peaceful visits, living the French dream of fine food, perfect patisserie and wonderful wine, a chill wind is blowing from the East
Can paradise return, or has the past damaged the future beyond repair?
January 1945. Top American physicist Remington Grove (call me Remy), has flown into Paris. She has a job to do: find and interrogate SS scientist Hans Kammler before the Russians or the Gestapo can get to him. Kammler has gone missing and with him the plans for a Nazi super-weapon. Now everyone wants to find him.
In London, linguist and intelligence agent Guy Blackwood has just been dumped from a short relationship. Now he has been seconded to the mission and sent to join Grove; he will be her interpreter and bodyguard. Working together they hunt for Kammler across war torn Europe – but there are problems. Remington Grove is her own woman, single minded and dedicated; she’s not exactly the girl next door.
Emotional sparks begin to fly as Remy is torn between Blackwood and her own objectives. With the temporary rank of major, she is his commanding officer in the field. On duty she is in charge, rigidly sticking to protocol and the task. Off duty, in the bedroom, things are different - and that could prove fatal … Guy Blackwood is in for a bumpy ride.
Languedoc, south-west France
Madeleine Winters must live in her late mother’s old stone house in south-west France for one hear before she can claim her inheritance – and sell it! Reluctantly leaving her life in England, she begins to renovate the house. But she’s not prepared for all the discoveries…
Is it her imagination when she hears a woman’s voice? Or when the ground shakes?
When ancient human bones belonging to a female are found beneath the kitchen floor, the mystery deepens. How did the woman end up buried, without a sarcophagus and all alone, in that particular spot in the Cabardès hills?
And why were her bones broken?
The United States and Bangistan, a former Soviet satellite dictatorship, are edging towards nuclear conflict. At any moment, their war of words, insults and threats may escalate into an exchange of missiles and an apocalypse. In the White House, President Ronald Rump hesitates between negotiating a peace agreement and employing the full might of the American war machine, as the hawks around him advise that, rather than talk, he should wipe Bangistan off the world map. In the Presidential Palace of Petrobangorski, Great Leader Hakim Akim meanwhile ruminates on the advantages he might draw from the conflict.
The world holds its breath as a last-ditch face-to-face meeting between Rump and Akim is finally announced to resolve the crisis. Can the US President clinch the deal, denuke Bangistan, and bring in a new era of peace? Or will Rump, deaf to all advice, abandon the talks in a fit of anger and order the military to raze the Bangistan capital? The hour is grave and the risk perhaps too great to leave to a roll of the dice … A small band of diplomats, politicians and spy agencies from the US and its allied nations, aided by several unwitting French peasants, believes so, and secretly plots to make sure Rump is never put to the test. The Zucchini Conspiracy is born …
Charlie Simpson had it all. A partner who loved him, a best friend for life, and a cushy job in the family run firm in the City of London. When he arrives home to find his partner and best friend have run off to start a new life together, Charlie's world collapses in on itself.
Now he's out to kill them both. So powerful is the murderous energy raging in his soul, it awakens Nye, a twelfth-century Scottish ghost. With Nye standing over him, Charlie embarks on a voyage into homicidal madness from which there may be no escape. Can he really be the stone cold killer he wants to be?
The first summer of Mick Crooke and Samantha Loch's friendship begins on an evening in June 1971, under rather strange circumstances. Trouble seems to follow them as the summer progresses whether they are together or thousands of miles apart.
This is a compilation of the two books "The Summer of '71" and "Runners and Riders"
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