The Baghdad Conspiracy (Grey & McLaughlin plc) by Klaus Schirmer

2003. Operation Iraqi Freedom. After 21 days of combat the Ba’athist regime of Saddam Hussein is deposed. No weapons of mass destruction are ever uncovered.Over a decade later, Fly East Airlines, flight XFE233, vanishes over Russia with no wreckage to be found. Michael Grey and his business partner, Billy McLaughlin, suspecting something more sinister at play, are determined to investigate. They have good reason to. Michael Grey’s girlfriend, Kiyomi Kimura, was a passenger aboard the missing flight. Together, Michael and Billy will uncover a plot so audacious it will eclipse even the tragic events of 9/11.

“The Baghdad Conspiracy” deals with the scenario of a fundamentalist terrorist organisation gaining access to chemical weapons. Considered more dangerous than nuclear arms, the chemical agents released by these weapons kill and maim indiscriminately. They are silent, largely airborne and lethal. The geographical area these weapons can affect is larger – by some measure – when compared to the area affected by the explosion of an atomic device.

There may come a time when an attack of the nature depicted in “The Baghdad Conspiracy” occurs – and succeeds. God forbid it ever does.

Author: Klaus Schirmer

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Infixion (Mesmeris Book 2) by K E Coles

‘You miss it, don’t you?’ he said. ‘The excitement – the stuff that gets your blood jumping.’

‘The stuff that gets you dead,’ I said.

Pearl and Spicer have one thing in common. Both have lost loved ones to violent religious sect, Mesmeris. While Pearl moves away to escape her past, Spicer decides to do the opposite. He infiltrates the cult, going deep undercover into their shadowy world of violence, coercion and sacrilegious ceremonies. When the cult relocates to London, Pearl discovers that leaving your past behind is not as easy as she thought.

Author: K E Coles

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Twisted Tales – Short Stories Anthology 1: The Wrong Spirit — The Wormhole and Me — My Giant: A Love Story — My Brother’s Entity — My Time Travelling … Mind (Twisted Tale – Short Story Book by C. A. Hewitson

*Strange Stories Boxed Set 2 also available*The Wrong Spirit It’s a mother’s worst nightmare: from birth, there was no bond with my daughter, Amelia. As soon as she was old enough to speak, I discovered why: she insisted I was not her mother. The doctor said it was classic autism, her disinterest with human connection. But I believed we had a problem far more sinister than that: the only thing Amelia was connected to was an eerie, hand-knitted doll, ‘Mandy,’ that we acquired by mistake after Amelia’s birth. That doll, Amelia’s obsession, was the bane of our lives. But it was also the only clue we had to understanding a mix-up so unreal that no one else would ever believe it. *****Wormhole Ronan is an astronaut through and through: everything else in his life comes second. So when he is offered the first ever solo mission to Mars aboard Varlet 6 – even though his wife Sonia is pregnant with their second child – the choice is a no-brainer. But something happens out there, in the depths of space, and when Ronan returns home after a successful mission, he discovers the mysterious film of light he travelled through in space was in fact a wormhole – seventeen years have passed since his departure from Earth, even though he has only been gone eight months. Can Ronan claw himself back into a family that left him behind seventeen years ago?*****My Giant Giants live among us. But not overtly: they live hidden in the shadows of society. I know, because I’m in love with one. I first heard the gentle voice of Penelope Cotton on the other end of a telemarketing call, and from that day forth, I was smitten. Her reluctance to meet only made me curiouser. But I was not prepared for what I saw in the hay fields of her farm the night we first met, and I’ll admit I was a coward and almost blew my chances. Now don’t get me wrong: Penelope may be a giant, but she is beautiful, inside and out. And I soon discovered love knew no bounds. But could I convince Penny to leave not only her family, but the safety of her secret, cocooned life to be with me? And was the world ready to accept Penny’s gigantism so that we could have our happily-ever-after? *****Two Men and His Hat Mandel and Oscar are brothers, but that’s where the similarity ends. Mandel is recklessly confident, and Oscar’s as shy as a kitten. Even when Mandel dies unexpectedly, Oscar cannot find the courage to stand up and say a few words for his eulogy, even though there was plenty he wanted to say about the big brother he idolised. But that’s when Oscar first hears the voice. ‘Get up there and say something about me!’ Mandel growls in his ear at the funeral. But when Oscar turns his head, Mandel’s nowhere to be seen. He’s dead, Oscar reminds himself. Corpses can’t talk. Or can they? *****Mind Traveller Elle Moss has it all – queen bee at Dulcy High and top of her class – what more to life is there? But soon her double life of studying and partying catches up with her, and the school Chaplain, with a twinkle in his eye, insists she participate in a meditation session after she’s caught falling asleep in History. But during the meditation, Elle mysteriously floats back in time to a flooded farm, and saves a young girl swept under by the current. Now, Elle does not need the Chaplain to enforce the meditation – it’s all she thinks about. Where will she be taken next? *****Please check out my free Strange Story, ‘Out of Body,’ by going to www.CAHewitson.com, and joining my newsletter.*****Cover photo courtesy of Petras Gagilas, entitled ‘Strange Man.’https://www.flickr.com/photos/gagilas/5705170935/in/faves-125476168@N05/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcodeFiltered/edited on www.Canva.com

Author: C. A. Hewitson

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Twisted Tales – Short Stories Anthology 2: My Husband’s Amnesia — My Parallel World — My Daughters, My Clones — The Mermaids Hunger — My Sister’s Spirit (Twisted Tale – Short Story Book 12) by C. A. Hewitson

*Strange Stories Boxed Set 1 also available*Coma Hal is, and always will be, the love of my life, even though he no longer remembers me. We met at University and it was love at first sight – he was studying philosophy and was an exciting world away from the stuffy types I was studying biology with. The life we’ve built together, with our two children Janine and Scott, is worth fighting for. But Doctor Nichols, Hal’s psychiatrist, doesn’t want to get my hopes up. ‘It’s been ten years since he came out of the coma,’ he reminds me. ‘It might be healthy for you to move on.’ But I will never give up on him, even if Hal has moved on. Or moved backwards, more accurately, straight back into the arms of Teneille Van Outen, his high school sweetheart. *****Parallel You For Clara, the grass could be so much greener. Sure, she has Dean, but the love died long ago, along with their sex-life. One night, after a lonely mug of champagne, Clara glimpses another version of herself in the mirror. A better version, from a strikingly similar parallel world, Reath, and she is mesmerised. When her parallel self offers to swap places, Clara readily agrees. A portal materialises in the mirror and Clara is transported into her new, exciting world. *****My twin triplets In the year 2063, the chemical fires that had raged from 2042 to 43 had left the air too polluted to procreate naturally. For Ma, the decision had been an easy one, when the scientists came up with a new way to further the human race: she ordered triplets, each the identical genetic twin of her, grown in an artificial womb. The girls – Mary, Patrice and Beth – are breathtaking at thirteen, just as Ma had been. Then, tragedy strikes and Mary suddenly dies. Mary was Ma’s favourite, and Ma feels hard done-by with her remaining two daughters: Patrice – just as pathetic and timid as Ma had been at that age, and Beth: as cold-hearted as Coal, the man Ma had been forced into marrying by her parents when she was only a teenager. *****The BloopWhen a third swimmer disappears in the early hours from Mullaloon Beach, marine biologist Mel Fink is put on beach watch to find the carnivorous sea creature responsible. Mel becomes obsessed with discovering the perpetrator – even more so when the clues seem to point to sea creatures with human-like qualities. Could they be mermaids? Will Mel discover their identity? And at what cost to his own life? *****Waterfall Secrets of the DeadI was too late to save Lucy from the fire. My twin, my best friend, gone, with the mottled red scar on the side of my face from the fire’s flames to remind me of my failure. Which is why I decided to end my own life, by jumping over the precipice of Grace Falls. Down, down, down I went. And the regret hit me, as soon as I’d jumped. I don’t want to die! But I didn’t: A knobbly protrusion in the cliff broke my fall. It was there I discovered the glowing, moss-covered cave, hidden behind the waterfall. I sensed immediately the place was magical – but I did not expect my sister to condensate from the waterfall mist right before my eyes.*****Please check out my website www.CAHewitson.com , and sign up to my newsletter for the free strange story, ‘Out of Body.’*****Cover photo courtesy of rohit gowaikar, entitled ‘I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod, my shadow does that much better – Plutarch. Place – Fort Chavand, Maharashtra, India. This was Rahul standing at the edge of a water cistern and I could see his shadow on the algae filled water. No special effects. No texture. Just a raw converted to jpeg.’https://www.flickr.com/photos/flickrohit/3106971317/in/faves-125476168@N05/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcodeFiltered/edited on www.Canva.com

Author: C. A. Hewitson

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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My Sister’s Spirit: Florrie discovers a porthole to her dead sister, Lucy, when she attempts suicide and fails. (Twisted Tale – Short Story Book 10) by C. A. Hewitson

**Also available in Strange Stories Boxed Set 2**I was too late to save Lucy from the fire. My twin, my best friend, gone, with the mottled red scar on the side of my face from the fire’s flames to remind me of my failure. When people look at me, they look away. I am a reminder of her. Which is why I decided to end my own life, by jumping over the precipice of Grace Falls. Down, down, down I went. And the regret hit me, as soon as I’d jumped. I don’t want to die! But I didn’t: A knobbly protrusion in the cliff broke my fall (as well as my knee cap, but that was a small price to pay for a second chance at life). It was there I discovered the glowing, moss-covered cave, hidden behind the waterfall. I sensed immediately the place was magical – but I did not expect my sister to condensate from the waterfall mist right before my eyes – but I swear to you, that’s what happened! ‘Florrie. I’m here. Don’t be afraid.’ It was only at the cave I could see her, and though the trek was dangerous, she and it became my salvation. But soon Lucy would not be allowed to come anymore – would I be able to face the world again alone, without her? Cover photo courtesy of Mila Gutorova, entitled ‘my lovely sisters.’https://www.flickr.com/photos/milabombila/6147836658/in/faves-125476168@N05/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcodeFiltered/edited on www.Canva.com

Author: C. A. Hewitson

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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See The City Red: A Dystopian Horror Thriller by Darren Kasenkow

When the Antichrist comes to town, bad things can happen.All Peter Gold wants is a simple life in a world verging on the edge of chaos, but a night of unrelenting terror will hurtle him into a labyrinth of heartbreaking loss and a quest for revenge that will force him to tear open the dark heart of the city. As the blood soaked puzzle pieces begin to come together, it soon becomes clear his destiny lies in a confrontation beyond imagination.Drawn into this simmering labyrinth is Special Agent Anna Sloan, whose role in government sanctioned religion control becomes even more dangerous when it’s announced that the city will be hosting the first born lady of Mars, and it will take all of her training and experience to deal with the streets as they turn red. Even then, it may not be enough…What secrets does the first lady of Mars possess?What lies hidden in her plans for the people of Earth?See The City Red is a dystopian thriller that is as relentless as it is thought provoking. It is the third novel by author Darren Kasenkow.

Author: Darren Kasenkow

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Diabolical: Three Tales of Vengeance and the Sorcerer Jack Thurston by Phil Slattery

Jack Thurston is a retired professor of medieval literature and history. He is also a widower and father and a retired sorcerer who has returned to the black arts to exact revenge for the death of his wife, daughter, and brother. He has an intriguing position in the universe at a focal point of life, the afterlife, logic and reason, anger and hatred, the ancient and the modern worlds, grief and his attempts to escape grief through self-destruction. Though he wants to have the peace he once found with his wife, Agatha, he is pulled in many directions by circumstance and by his powerful negative emotions. Currently, Jack has a Twitter account (@jthurston666), where he has attracted a small following and where it has only recently been revealed that he is fictional. Jack has his own blog at jackthurstonblog.wordpress.com (a work in progress) and his own e-mail at jackthurston666@gmail.com. Information on more social media accounts and other characters (as they are developed) can be found at: philslattery.wordpress.com. Please interact with him at any of his social media accounts as you would with a real person.

Author: Phil Slattery

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Conclusive Evidence: A Novel by Al Macy

Garrett Goodlove used to be an arrogant criminal defense attorney with a drive to win at all costs. But a pair of tragic events threw him into a bottomless depression, and he retreated into the practice of family law. Now, he tries to settle cases in ways that make everyone happy. He’s a nicer person, but has he lost his edge?His kinder, gentler life is disrupted when the police arrest his estranged twin sister, Carly. She’s accused of shoving her husband off a cliff into the storm-tossed Pacific Ocean. Worse, the vicious detective on the case has a grudge against her and has vowed to send her to prison even if he has to cheat to do it.Carly, deaf since birth, refuses to be defended by anyone other than her twin brother. But the intense connection that binds the siblings tells Garrett that she may not be revealing everything she knows. If Garrett can’t keep this new stress from pushing him back into depression, the defense will fail, condemning his sister to an isolated life in prison, cut off from the deaf community she needs.

Author: Al Macy

Rating: Rating: 4.90 / 5
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Remote Access: An International Political Thriller (Marcie Kane Book 3) by Barry Finlay

What Would You Do If A Foreign Country Took Over Your Computer?A quiet Florida day is shattered for Marcie Kane and her fiancé, Nathan Harris, when they are faced with this question. The call came from Annie Logan, a new friend of Marcie’s who happened to be the wife of the chief of staff to the president of the United States. While Annie’s personal problems bring into question her credibility, Nathan, a consultant with the FBI, soon confirms the threat is real and helps Annie convince her skeptical husband in Washington.˃˃˃ The Threat Escalates, And The President’s Life Is At RiskAs the online threats grow, the impulsive president is determined not to listen to anyone, and especially not a hacker. The hacker is equally determined not to fail and risk damaging his reputation. Marcie and Nathan find themselves directly in the middle of a winner-take-all cat and mouse game where the stakes include the life of the president of the United States.˃˃˃ Praise For Barry Finlay”Barry Finlay will keep you turning the pages.” – Rick Mofina, Bestselling author˃˃˃ Remote Access will appeal to anyone who even casually follows today’s news and enjoys page-turning suspense!Scroll Up And Grab Your Copy Today!

Author: Barry Finlay

Rating: Rating: 4.80 / 5
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Otherwise: A Novel by Geoff Camphire

Larkin Mullaney has written plenty of obituaries for the small-town newspaper where he works. But never before has he been assigned an obit like this one — about the beloved local nun who died in a mysterious car wreck earlier this week.There are just a few nagging questions.Was it Larkin who was driving on the same stretch of dark highway when the church van swerved and careened off a precipice? Who were Larkin and his drinking companion David Diaz following on that night anyway? And why does Larkin feel like he’s stumbled onto a secret message, intended for him, hidden in the weirdly unorthodox teachings of the late Sister Helen Kennedy?Larkin needs to figure out exactly what happened before the police do. Maybe he can find some answers in the visitations that he has begun receiving from an otherworldly figure that calls itself The Moon Over Winston, Pennsylvania.From award-winning author Geoff Camphire comes this poignant, thought-provoking tale of fear, guilt, betrayal and forgiveness.

Author: Geoff Camphire

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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