Archive for June, 2020

The First Law of Fate and The World’s a Minefield

Felix M Temple

The Russians, Chinese and Americans are planning to control satellites. The French program secret additional functions to a satellite. The Italians are working for a number of Gulf States to include secret interception facilities.
The Russians know about the French plans, so do the British. Secret files are hacked from some US military systems.
François Duhamel investigates for the DGSE. CIA agent Bruce Waller flies to Paris. Sir Charles Beresford of MI6 has to work out why the President of the US thinks there is a British double agent. The three friends work together for their mutual benefit.
The British think Michael Cocke is responsible. The Turks buy intelligence from him. They believe he has double-crossed them.
The Russians obtain a copy of American agents in Russia, and the British discover a list of Russian agents in the Middle East. The Indians obtain a Chinese document they give to MI6.
As the problems are resolved, Michael Cocke’s life is expendable. The Turks hand him over to the Russians; the Americans and Russians have time to get their officers out; the Chinese agree not to attack the British in exchange for the return of the secret document; the French avoid a collapse of the government.


A new type of autocratic politician dominates the political landscape.
With the deliberate appointment by the Prime Minister of an unsuitable candidate for the top job of C in MI6, trouble begins. The new man sweeps people out. Most of them die by accident or suicide.
Sir Charles, a loyal subject and member of a family that has been part of the ruling elite for generations, knows he will be next. He and his colleagues from Australia, France, and the United States of America have to find out why they are being attacked. They must meet the challenge; failure will mean certain death.
Caught up in the maelstrom facing the security services of the western world, the plans of a crook go drastically awry when one of his political contacts dies in a young man’s bed. The international threads of business intertwine with the greed of politicians as a few loyal officers save the Service. Love blossoms between those caught up in the business, and in a small house outside Marrakesh, Katharine acts to lift the black pain inflicted upon her after the brutal death of her lover in 1973.


Author Interview

What is your favourite thing about writing books?
Trying to write unambiguously and with clarity. Expressing emotions as accurately as possible.

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
I do not have a favourite character, but if you press me, I can say that Elizabeth Bottreaux in The First Law of Fate is some woman. She edged her way into the novel towards the end, in Paris. Where else? She is an intelligent human being with a free spirit. She is her own woman. You do not tell her what to do.

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
Thoughts of a cool Chablis in the summer, or a single highland malt or armagnac when the fire crackles during the winter. Not eating, drinking or listening to music when writing enhances the pleasures when you stop for the day.

Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
Being too serious? Concentrating too much? Thinking about that piece of chocolate with morning coffee? If silence is a bad habit, then so be it, but I can and do write on railway trains, aircraft and in cafés.

How did you research your book?
I collect bits of paper: torn from newspapers, magazines, leaflets; reading around the topic, always reading – then planting the paper on the top of the pile, watching it swell in size, only to exhume the entire heap of titbits when the time comes to work out the plot. Hours are then spent looking through, taking, discarding, making notes. (Do you want to have a photograph of the next pile?) Asking knowledgeable people about technical points.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I have to work out the plot before beginning to write. By having a plot (which can change), the writing comes naturally.

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
It has to be Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Charles Dodgson created the world in all its hypocrisy, but unlike the real world, those that deceive, or claim the right to political leadership, are found out. This does not occur often enough in the real world.

If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
Philip Marlowe from The Long Good-Bye by Raymond Chandler. Mr Marlowe knows how to make long coffee – by using a Cona coffee maker. Of course, Italian espresso is something else, as is Turkish coffee and Yemeni coffee. I’d like to discuss Aram Khachaturian’s Concerto for violin and orchestra with him. He doesn’t think it’s up to much. I’d like to persuade him otherwise.

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: June 2020
Format: Paperback
Genre: Thriller
Age: Adult
Source: N/A
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A Cellist Soldier

Robert J Fanshawe

A British Battalion moves up ready for the World War One 1917 battle of Arras.
A much loved Regimental Sergeant Major is blown up, the man taking his place intensely disliked.
A patrol is sent into No Man’s Land to rescue a casualty crying for help.
One soldier, a cello player, throws his rifle away when the wrong casualty is shot in frustration.
Threatened with Court Martial, he walks alone to find the real one, imagining playing his cello.
He finds him, legs impossibly injured, pulls him from the mud and carries him towards a German medical station.
The casualty, Sergeant John Wall, a real soldier shot for desertion in 1917,
dies and the cello player is taken prisoner. He runs from the medical station wearing a red cross apron.
On returning to his own line he is arrested.
Witness a flawed Court Martial and a bizarre final ‘victory’ which is to have a profound effect
on Ben the cellist’s friend and the fundamental question of justice in war.


Author Interview

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
My favourite character in this book is the cellist – Marcus. I have outlined the reasons above. Of course he is the main protagonist and he is also nothing like me. So writing his character was a challenge and I enjoyed it.

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
My favourite drink while writing is I think red wine.

Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
Bad habits while writing – loads. It takes me ages to started in the day and often I don’t start till late. That could be because I have other things to do. I try to get them done. But in reality I’m not that organised so I end up not doing the things I should have done before writing.

How did you research your book? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
How did I research my book, plotter or pantser. I’m definitely the latter. I research minute by minute when I need some information. The internet helps in that respect as some much detail is at your finger-tips. But a more detailed approach to research is definitely called for on my part.

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
Living in a fictional world; I would probably choose Paris in the 1920s. It is a fictional world now, almost a surreal one. It had a sort of carefree romance though which appeals, though as with everything there was a dark side.

If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
The fictional character I would chose to be would be Jack Reacher of Lee Child’s series. He is the ‘Righteous Avenger’ that most men would somehow like to be in an ideal world where wrongs can be put right. He is also big and always wins fights, though it is not in my nature to get into them. Then of course he usually gets the main female character as well though there is never any commitment which is not in my nature either.

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: June 2020
Format: Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
Age: Adult
Source: N/A
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