Monday, 2 March 2015

Murderers walk free from court, juries are nobbled, spooks leak secrets, police fix investigations, prisoners escape, and the media stays silent. Zero One is dominant. One man controls it.


A lingering love affair, Harry Fingle’s discovery of the name of Zero One’s chief, and the breakout from jail of Harry’s nemesis–the feared Russian assassin Grigoriy Nabutov–make for a tense and emotional conclusion to the trilogy, The Harry Fingle Collection.

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Just take a break

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Have you ever had that feeling when you just feel overwhelmed and want to rush off and hide from everybody and everything? I come up against it often, particularly when I’m in the middle of writing a book. Most of the time, I just charge on with what I’m doing and it goes away, and when I'm writing, I keep writing. But on this occasion–a significant point in the book I’m working on–I’ve decided to take a short break. 

Tomorrow I’m going to Amsterdam for a few days. No blogs, no writing, just thoughts. 
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Harry Fingle stories
Playing Harry.
The first story.
Giant international corporations hire hitmen. The CIA and MI6 sanction immoral and illegal skulduggery. People die. Harry Fingle–an investigative journalist, searching for his brother’s killer–is appalled, and tries to publish his findings. He’s gagged, an assassin is briefed, and his ex-lover is stabbed.
Harry’s a pawn in a real-life game of chess played out by the security services.
~~~
Assassination Continuum.
The second story.
The wrong man is murdered in a café in Istanbul. A feared Russian assassin is mortified and vows to right his mistake. Harry Fingle’s lover becomes over-inquisitive, and his spy-friend tells him to watch out. 
Tension mounts. The Russians hire a Serbian hitman as a back-up executioner and Harry begins to question his trusted spy-friend’s loyalties.
~~~
Zero One
The final story
Murderers walk free from court, juries are nobbled, spooks leak secrets, police fix investigations, prisoners escape, and the media stay silent. Zero One is dominant. One man controls it.
A lingering love affair, Harry Fingle’s discovery of the name of Zero One’s chief, and the breakout from jail of Harry’s nemesis–the feared Russian assassin Grigoriy Nabutov–make for a tense and emotional conclusion to the trilogy.
~~~
Harry Fingle box set
Playing Harry, Assasination Continuum, Zero One in one three-book box set.
~~~
Night Running
Work in progress, and will be published later this year
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Wattpad. Read for free:
Selected chapters from the three books in The Harry Fingle Collection–Playing Harry, Assassination Continuum, and Zero One–plus the The Harry Fingle Collection-trailer in full.

Plus three complete books in the Originals series.





Saturday, 21 February 2015

A glass half-full or half-empty?

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It’s tough being an optimist these days. Good news is scarce. War, poverty, malnutrition, and disease affect many. Seven hundred and eighty-three million of the world’s population has no clean water, and almost two and a half billion live without adequate sanitation. Six to eight million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases.
Racists still exist. Bankers remain corrupt. Man continues to destroy the planet. Numerous species of wild animals have become extinct or nearly extinct because of man’s selfish actions. Fanatical terrorists murder and maim in the name of their twisted, medieval ideology.
There’s not much to smile about there, and that’s just the stuff in the news.
But there’s hope.  For each of these and other depressing state-of-affairs, people try. They try to halt wars, they try to cure disease, stop racism, provide fresh water and sanitation to those without it. They even try to stop corruption.
They succeed sometimes, and improvements come about.  Maybe not fast enough, but it’s progress. Man tries, and will continue to try. That’s worth being optimistic about.
  • Sixteen years ago twenty-five percent of the world’s population were without clean water, now it’s ten percent–still too high, but a change for the better.
  • In 1900 malaria was prevalent in every country in the world. Now it’s been eliminated in one hundred and eleven countries. Thirty-four countries are well on the way to eliminating it, and in the remaining sixty-four countries affected by the disease, successful eradication programmes are in place.
  • Pressure groups like Green Peace, Amnesty International, and Change.org do achieve results. Russia released Green Peace’s Arctic 30 after the organisation’s successful protest and lobbying campaign, the inhuman flogging of Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger, was halted due to pressure from Amnesty International and others, and change.org achieve victories every month from their online petitions.
  • Medicins sans Frontieres|Doctors without Borders, a voluntary aid organisation who provide medical aid where it is needed most, have been at the forefront of the fight against Ebola, amongst many other humanitarian crises.

The horrors of the world may fill our TV screens and other media, but behind the headlines will be people trying to bring about a solution and help to those who suffer.
So, I see hope–and look at a glass as being half-full.    

~~~
Harry Fingle stories
Playing Harry.
The first story.
Giant international corporations hire hitmen. The CIA and MI6 sanction immoral and illegal skulduggery. People die. Harry Fingle–an investigative journalist, searching for his brother’s killer–is appalled, and tries to publish his findings. He’s gagged, an assassin is briefed, and his ex-lover is stabbed.
Harry’s a pawn in a real-life game of chess played out by the security services.
~~~
Assassination Continuum.
The second story.
The wrong man is murdered in a café in Istanbul. A feared Russian assassin is mortified and vows to right his mistake. Harry Fingle’s lover becomes over-inquisitive, and his spy-friend tells him to watch out. 
Tension mounts. The Russians hire a Serbian hitman as a back-up executioner and Harry begins to question his trusted spy-friend’s loyalties.
~~~
Zero One
The final story
Murderers walk free from court, juries are nobbled, spooks leak secrets, police fix investigations, prisoners escape, and the media stay silent. Zero One is dominant. One man controls it.
A lingering love affair, Harry Fingle’s discovery of the name of Zero One’s chief, and the breakout from jail of Harry’s nemesis–the feared Russian assassin Grigoriy Nabutov–make for a tense and emotional conclusion to the trilogy.
~~~
Harry Fingle box set
Playing Harry, Assasination Continuum, Zero One in one three-book box set.
~~~
Night Running
Work in progress, and will be published later this year
~~~
Wattpad. Read for free:
Selected chapters from the three books in The Harry Fingle Collection–Playing Harry, Assassination Continuum, and Zero One–plus the The Harry Fingle Collection-trailer in full.

Plus three complete books in the Originals series.