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Mervyn Gamage at Moorland Radio

Mervyn Gamage at Moorland Radio

This morning I enjoyed a special event, that of being interviewed by Moorland Radio’s Mervyn Gamage on the Breakfast Show. To my delight I discovered that Mervyn was a great fan of the Vaughan Thrillers after having read ‘A Cast of Hawks’ during a holiday in Madeira. Hooked, he has followed my books and the Ian Vaughan story from that day to this.

As a regular visitor to Madeira it was fortuitous that his last visit coincided with his reading of ‘Shadows in Sunshine’ that is actually set in Madeira and a scene from which takes place in a similar hotel suite to his. It was in a way nice to learn that the scene was good enough to have him searching on the carpet for blood stains.

It was great being on the show of such a popular local radio station. For readers of this page who live in the Staffordshire area but who have not yet found Moorland Radio, tune in on 103.7 FM to keep in touch with local news and events. The Breakfast Show presented by Tony Mullins and Mervyn Gamage goes out every Saturday between 7am and 10 am. Enjoy, I know I do.

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Shadows in Sunshine out on Kindle

As of the 14th October, Kindle readers will be able to download copies of ‘Shadows in Sunshine’.

This ‘stand alone’ Ian Vaughan thriller has had some great reader reviews so far, so I hope those downloading the Kindle version will find equal enjoyment in reading it.

 

 

 

 

Ian Vaughan. Family man… once. Now recruited to the SIS and fresh out of training, his first field op looks to be almost a breeze. His assignment sounds highly achievable – a mission to befriend a charismatic Tunisian politician, who, in the wake of the failed ‘Arab Spring’ has conceived a unification plan for the North African oil and gas producing nations. Western governments welcome the plan, but other forces are at work…9781843869689
A conference to present the plan is to be held on the beautiful island of Madeira, and Vaughan, using the cover of a maritime author, is dispatched to the island, assisted by the Royal Navy. En route Vaughan rescues a boy adrift on a sailboard and comes in contact with his widowed mother who is host to her Brazilian uncle, unaware that his ambitions could destroy the entire European economy.
Greed and death lay in the shadows, as Vaughan finds himself embroiled in conspiracy and danger, challenging both his judgement and his courage.

NEW RELEASE – SHADOWS IN SUNSHINE

Shadows in Sunshine will be out there on Thursday 22nd January, available from all good bookshops and available in paperback and on kindle from Amazon. For those wanting a signed copy, the book’s launch is to take place at The Bookshop Lee-on-the-Solent on Saturday the 31st January between 11am and 2pm then following that I will be doing a book-signing event at Waterstones Fareham on Saturday the 21st February between 1pm and 2pm. Price £10.99.

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Back Cover Synopsis

Ian Vaughan. Family man… once. Now recruited to the SIS and fresh out of training, his first field op looks to be almost a breeze. His assignment sounds highly achievable – a mission to befriend a charismatic Tunisian politician, who, in the wake of the failed ‘Arab Spring’ has conceived a unification plan for the North African oil and gas producing nations. Western governments welcome the plan, but other forces are at work…

A conference to present the plan is to be held on the beautiful island of Madeira, and Vaughan, using the cover of a maritime author, is dispatched to the island, assisted by the Royal Navy. En route Vaughan rescues a boy adrift on a sailboard and comes in contact with his widowed mother who is host to her Brazilian uncle, unaware that his ambitions could destroy the entire European economy.

Greed and death lay in the shadows, as Vaughan finds himself embroiled in conspiracy and danger, challenging both his judgement and his courage.

 

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Patricia Coughlan who has read a pre-publication copy of the book marked it as the best Ian Vaughan thriller so far, enthusing over the plot and characters portrayed. Such comments, from someone who is an avid reader, makes the two years of work really worthwhile. Hopefully many others will share her opinion.

 

The Assassins Arrival ( Shadows in Sunshine)

Takkal stood looking at the maze of shore lights in front of him. “How you know your way into this harbour?” he asked the younger brother who was helming the boat.

“I look for light,” came the answer.

“Yes, but which light?” asked Takkal, not trusting in the will of Allah for guidance.

The Scene in Daylight

The Scene in Daylight

“You see red flashing light, little bit high over there?”

Takkal looked along the line of the man’s arm. “Ah, yes I see.”

“We keep this side of that until we see low down flashing green light, then we follow that in. If we lose sight of it we go little side to side until we pick it up again.”

The green light he was referring to was set three metres up on the wall of a restaurant in the street leading into the village from the slipways. The street, being narrow, restricted the view of the light from the sea, thus giving sure guidance into the approach channel.

“There, there is the green light you see?”

“Yes I see. Do not lose sight of it,” Takkal replied sternly, inwardly, and for the first time in many years, sending a silent prayer of thanks, as his eyes picked out the ragged rocks either side of the entrance lit by the glow of the village lights.

Further into the harbour entrance the helmsman closed the throttle of the engine and pointed to his brother, then to the dinghy. In two quick moves the little craft was launched over the side as the fishing boat slowed.

“We cannot land you at fish quay, too many people to see you. You go in dinghy over there towards where you see green light. Try to be relaxed, we come soon.”

Takkal shook his head in disgust and reluctantly made his way to the side of the boat.

A typical fishing boat of Madeira.

A typical fishing boat of Madeira.

The brother helped them over the side and lowered their bags to them. Then the fishing boat moved away and in a few yards turned to port and headed for the quay, whilst Takkal took up the oars again and rowed them ashore.

At one o’clock in the morning the slipways were deserted and their arrival passed unnoticed, much to the relief of both men. Though their jackets and trousers were crumpled and stained they did not stand out, in fact they blended in so well with the few working fishermen about in the streets that their hosts had trouble finding them an hour later, only identifying them by their baggage.

 

Decisions, decisions, decisions!!!

 I have recently sent off the manuscript of my latest book, ‘Shadows in Sunshine’, and today idly opened the file and started reading through it again. In the course of writing the book I frequently looked back to a previous section and almost every time thought of changes and perceived improvements to either the text or the plot itself. I am told that this is not a habit exclusive to me, as many authors have said they do exactly the same thing. As I read through four or five chapters this morning I again started to think of further changes and ideas, but later, whilst taking a break for lunch, I saw and read an illuminated text we have framed on the wall of our home.

“The moving finger writes and. having writ, moves on:
nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel
half a line or all thy tears wash out a word of it.”

These timely words of Omar Khayyam’s had me returning immediately to my office to close the file and await the judgement of my publishers, accepting that like most authors I will never be satisfied with my work.

Following this rather negative and dampening morning mood I returned after my meal feeling replete and refreshed to turn on the computer and open up a new file.

They say that as one door closes another opens and, to some extent that has been the case with the writing of the Ian Vaughan thrillers. To be honest, when I wrote ‘A Cast of Hawks’ I viewed it as a one off, and myself as a one-book author. It was as I neared the final chapters that someone asked the question, ‘What happens to this poor guy Vaughan and his family?’ That is a good question I thought, and the more I thought about it the more I needed to know for myself; after all the leader of the terrorist group was still alive and in a UK prison, whilst others of the gang were languishing in a Tokyo jail. In fact, the basis for a story of revenge was there, ready for the telling in ‘Batsu’, alongside the story of a wife’s inability to come to terms with the loss of an unborn child.

Throughout the writing of ‘Batsu’, Europe was suffering a major economic crisis and at the same time North Africa was plunged into political turmoil presenting me with the plot lines for ‘Shadows in Sunshine’ and another step along the life path of Ian Vaughan. The question my blank new file presents me with today is where do I go from here? The reason for my indecision is not the lack of plot lines, but more the fear for my hero’s life. Vaughan has been the main character of three books and now it must be decided whether, like James Bond, his career continues or whether he is retired from active service. I am now beginning to feel that, as with many other heroes in this genre, Vaughan’s fate lays more in the hands of the reader than my own, but will his many followers let me know I wonder?