Category Archives: A Cast of Hawks Posts

Here you will find posts about the characters found in the book to help you get to know them better.

A Big Thank You

Thank you‘ has got to be my most favourite phrase, as it implies that something nice has been done or a service provided. I know that it can also be used in a sarcastic vein, but keeping with the positive, I will keep it at the top of my favourite phrases list.

The reason for my rambling on this subject is my own awareness of the need to  say A BIG THANK YOU to those readers who have taken the trouble to write reviews of my books


A Cast of Hawks CoverBATSU COVER

Having written several reviews of other author’s work, I appreciate the time in consideration and the actual phasing required by the writer. It is, however, a way for the reader to say thank you, and like the tip given to a waiter for good service, is highly appreciated by the receiving author, and this author in particular. It is only by this method that we know that our writings have met the reader’s expectations. If you are puzzled as to where to send them, may I suggest the ‘Good Reads’ or ‘Waterstones’ websites or of course ‘Amazon’. THANK YOU.

News Flash from the States


Reader and Facebook friend of mine sent me this 10 News news flash broadcast on Sunday 21st April 2013.


A TVA spokesperson confirmed that a security officer patrolling TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City was involved in a shootout with a suspect Sunday at about 2:00 a.m.

The security incident happened on the Tennessee River side of the plant property, more than a quarter mile from the plant’s protected area, which houses its reactor and power production facilities.

TVA spokesperson Jim Hopson said the subject traveled up to the plant on a boat and walked onto the property.  When the officer questioned the suspect, the individual fired multiple shots at the officer. The officer shot back, and when he called for backup, the suspect sped away on his boat. 

“We’ve seen instances where everyday events can be used by those who want to do harm, we all need to be on the lookout for unusual events and then respond appropriately when those things happen,” said Hopson.

At least one bullet struck the patrol vehicle, but the officer was not injured in the incident.

TVA officials labeled the incident as an “unusual event,” which is the lowest level of its four emergency classifications.

In a press release, TVA confirmed the area was under a heighten level of security until about 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Plant officials said the incident didn’t threaten the plant’s security.

FBI, TVA and NRC officials are investigating the incident, and authorities have not named a suspect at this time. 

NRC staff from its Atlanta office are monitoring the event, along with its resident inspector who responded to the site.

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Authorities are investigating an incident where gun shots were fired at TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant on Sunday just after 2:00 a.m.

The incident happened on the Tennessee River side of the plant property, but several hundred yards from the site’s protected area that houses its reactor and power production facilities. TVA officials labeled the incident as an “unusual event,” which is the lowest level of its emergency classifications.

In a press release, TVA confirmed the area was under a heighten level of security until about 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Plant officials said no one was injured in the incident and it did not threaten the plant’s security.

Authorities have not named a suspect in the investigation. TVA said it notified the NRC along with other federal agencies.

Stay with 10News and for the latest developments.


Considering the subject matter in ‘A Cast of Hawks’ this is scary stuff!!!

Return to Bosham

20th April 2013 was probably the first Saturday in this year when it was nice enough to be called Spring. Taking the opportunity to enjoy good weather we went to Bosham, the West Sussex village on the shores of Chichester Harbour where the plot for ‘A Cast of Hawks’ actually starts.

Excerpt from Chapter 1

Using the depth sounder to help him, he had located the centre of the channel that wound past Bosham Quay. Looking up he realised that the yacht in front had missed the turn in the channel and was making straight for the spit, which was the old Roman road going west from Bosham, hard fording the creek and forming a solid finger on the other side. Old

The spit at low tide. Note the stumps of timber piles.

The spit at low tide. Note the stumps of timber piles.

timber pile stumps and ribs of wrecks, all of which were covered at high tide, edged the spit.

Umi Sama look out!” he had shouted. “You will run aground there!”

The woman’s head turned in the other boat only to disappear as she and her two companions were hurled headlong by the impact of the boat striking the spit. Ian had worked feverishly for the next ten minutes getting lines rigged across to the stricken yacht 

Excerpt from Chapter 6

 A few draws on the stem and the pipe was glowing well, clouds of aromatic scented smoke billowing up to be lost in the general fug around the bar ceiling light.

“Hey Phil, are you still on about those boats?” The speaker a thickset foreman from the local boatyard was getting more than a little bored by Phil Saints constant questions and conjecture about the loss, three weeks earlier, of two yachts the other side of the Channel.

Another draw on the pipe and slow exhalation, and the penetrating blue eyes gleamed steely across the bar. “Barry my boy, events will prove me right you’ll see.” Then turning, Phil fixed his gaze back onto the punk-style youth across the table to him.

“You said the big Beneteau with the fancy radar gear went aground and the Victoria pulled it

Brian Yoling's favourite pub The Anchor Bleu Bosham

Brian Yoling’s favourite pub The Anchor Bleu Bosham

off,” Phil’s gaze now fixed on the youth’s eyes.

“Yeh that’s right. They towed it off then after a bit of leapin backwards and forwards when they was bof back on the buoy, they’s ups and goes round to the quay; I fort they was gona beach er there.”

The youth sniffed loudly and wiped his nose on his sleeve, returning Phil’s gaze through brown dull eyes.

“What happened then?” Phil asked.

“Dunno, me mate told me to pull the ne….”. His voice embarrassed tailed off. 

(For anyone visiting Bosham The Anchor Bleu is a great pub or if it’s afternoon tea Mariners is excellant. The walks around the harbour offer superb waterside vistas.)

Parson – Tabloid reporter who barged into the West Ashling temporary incident room, looking for a story.

 “Trying to pick up some threads about a racehorse betting scam brought Dave and I down to Goodwood. Well, the area around Goodwood actually. That’s when I spotted a few of the local press boys hurrying towards the door of this village hall. I almost drove on, village fetes are not really national interest, but Dave noticed this police sergeant guarding the hall’s doorway. Much more interesting than a village fete, and to cap that, what should come flying down the road but a couple of patrol cars full up with coppers. Well on went the brakes and Dave and I hightailed back to this hall arriving just in time to join the tail of the group of coppers as they were going in. That’s when it got really interesting, because just as this sergeant was about to advise us to, er, go forth and multiply, whom should I spot but Inspector Jackson, Chief Inspector he is now, of the anti-terrorist branch. Well we had a short, and I remember, unfriendly few words with him that frankly made me bloody annoyed. Anyway, having been ordered out and threatened that there would be trouble if I reported anything Dave and I decided it best to leave.

We were just at the top of the steps into the car park when this very smartly dressed plain-clothes gentleman stops us and very politely invites us through to the interview room at the back of the hall.

Now I’ve been about enough to recognize seniority when I see it, and this man had to be near the top of the ATB. I soon learnt that he was Commander Alec Campbell and he was undoubtedly one of the brightest brains they’ve got, and there are some very clever men working in that section of the police force.

Anyway back to our meeting. Unlike Jackson, the Commander was prepared to tell us the whole story about this Red Brigade leader, Murata, who was up to some serious stuff and apparently was holding a woman and her two daughters hostage. Well given the full details, as we were, I couldn’t expose it for fear of what would happen so I agreed to co-operate. I won’t go into the details but it eventually led to the best scoop of my career when the attack took place.

Since then Alec Campbell has kept in touch, nothing unprofessional you understand, just the odd hint. I hear that he’s getting married again soon, his wife died of cancer. He had a photograph of her in his office, beautiful lady, and such a shame. I understand that this new one is an absolute corker too.

A Cast of Hawks a Synopsis

Terrorists do not care about innocent parties who become embroiled in their fanatical plans. So when Ian Vaughan is forced against his will to sail a yacht in terrible conditions towards an unknown destination, it is only his skill as a yachtsman and his quick thinking that can possibly save him.

 One brave individual is pitted against a terrifying group of fanatical terrorists; fighting for his life and that of his kidnapped family. How can he possibly save his life, theirs, and what he fears may be millions of others, if the very worst happens and the terrorists succeed.