THE NOVELS

 

Please find below details of, and purchasing options for, the novels published so far: Cold War on Thin Ice (2021) 1881 (2017) and The Last Elephant Hunter (2016).

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Cold War on Thin Ice

ISBN: 978-1-83945-693-0

It’s 1972, and Alexei Dimichenko is a young, ideological KGB officer with growing doubts about the system he serves.

 

When on a routine surveillance operation in Moscow, he sees his lover meeting with an American spy, leaving Alexei with a dreadful choice to make. He chooses his country, betraying his lover, but this decision accidentally embroils Alexei in the ORCHESTRA plot, a secret bi-lateral plan between hard-liners in the Politburo and the White House who want to bring an end to détente.

As foreigners flood into Moscow for the Canada-Soviet hockey series, Alexei is unsure of who to trust as he embarks on a dangerous voyage of discovery about the system he has served and the people closest to him.

With the final match in the hockey series approaching, Alexei realises that he is the only person who can stop a new freeze in the Cold War.

Cold War on Thin Ice is a gritty tale of secrets and betrayal, both political and personal, with Alexei cast as a reluctant and unlikely hero.

The Last Elephant Hunter

ISBN: 978-1-78697-094-7

Set against a present day backdrop of civil unrest in Africa, The Last Elephant Hunter is a story about two families, one black, one white, whose lives interweave over a period of two years as the disorder worsens.

In unflinching plot-driven prose, the story moves from an attack on Winsbert and Elizabeth Collins' farm by Chakijane and Jacob Gabanya during the early days of simmering tensions, to a period two years later when the country is in a state of complete chaos and fragmentation. The Collins and Gabanya families continue to collide with each-other during this escalation, testing whether compassion can prevail over political ruptures.

Racial division, the ethics of hunting, sexual violence and child soldiers as weapons of war - these relevant, contemporary themes crisscross with a young man's explosive journey into manhood, and a mother's desperate search for her missing son, despite the horrifying consequences of her defiance and bravery.

1881

ISBN - 978-1-78697-768-7 

America, 1881. The north-western frontier, where old sins cast long shadows.

The consequences of Robert Rathbone's vicious betrayal of a fellow soldier fifteen years before resurface, just as he's about to stand for the first election to be held in the new settlement of Buffalo, Wyoming.

Rathbone has spent the years since leaving the Army building a ruthless reputation across the American Northwest. His pursuit of power, wealth, and status are all driven by his desire to acquire the one thing that has eluded him since that earlier time, and the reason for his treachery: the love of Josie 'Sugar' Dunaway.

Shadows from the past track Rathbone to Buffalo, a town where two-fisted men and street-savvy women survive by the strength of their wits, and the speed of their guns.

A Dixie bounty hunter, an English nobleman's son in exile, and a cow-hand with changeable allegiances, complicate each character's pursuit of their own goal.

'1881' demonstrates the enduring power of love, betrayal, and revenge, set against a backdrop of the American frontier, where life is played out in the raw, and where the land and its people were transformed into an enduring country and distinct American character.