The Raffle by Randy Smith

New Los Angeles 2027: While waiting to learn if he has gained entry to the New United States, a man writes a letter to his wife and daughter explaining what happened on July 4, 2016 after a multi-pronged biological, nuclear and electromagnetic pulse attack. Without electricity and under the influence of a virus that heightens racial preferences, Southern California fractures into four distinct ethnic enclaves battling each other until the New United States provides an offer that New Angelinos should not refuse: The Raffle.

Author: Randy Smith

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

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
5 reviews

A Time to Tell Lies by Alan Kennedy

In the morning of Tuesday November 10, 1942, near a small village in SW France, the scheduled pickup for a Special Operations Executive agent goes terribly wrong. Alex and Justine, agents – with a life expectancy measured in weeks – find themselves entangled in a desperate project they never fully understand. They are also lovers. A Time to Tell Lies shifts between a fearful wartime London, nervously awaiting its inevitable invasion, and a fatally compromised France. Uncertain who to trust and trained to lie to their wartime masters and to the enemy, Alex and Justine must contemplate lying to each other. A Time to Tell Lies continues the story begun in Lucy, now reissued in a new edition. Praise for Lucy“A haunting and captivating love story set largely in occupied France in WWII, Lucy has both a deceptively simple narrative style and a skilfully articulated plot which holds the reader from start to finish. At its heart is the exploration of the young artist’s creative imagination as she struggles to come to terms with the banal horrors of war and her own engulfing emotions.”Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director, Courtauld Institute of Art.

Author: Alan Kennedy

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

The Oshadangwa Murders by Damian O’Connor

This is a novel set in 1980 when the South African Defence Forces were engaged in a secret bush war in Angola and Namibia. Joshua Smith, an over-promoted police sergeant with an anti-Apartheid activist for a mother, is sent to investigate the battlefield murder of a wealthy white officer. There are three suspects, all unlikely, no forensic evidence, no witnesses and, as he is fully aware, no rule of law. Sucked into an investigation which has its roots in the politics of Apartheid at a point in time when Nelson Mandela was just emerging from obscurity, Smith is joined by an officer from Military Intelligence, Trudi Mostert. Together they dig into a mystery that goes all the way back to Smith’s childhood in the multi-racial District 6 of Cape Town, the vicious realities of small town apartheid in Krugersburg and Smith’s own complicity in the state of Apartheid.

Author: Damian O’Connor

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

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
5 reviews

Westburn Blues by Jim Ellis

Dante Rinaldi is born to Italian immigrants in the West of Scotland. Stranded by World War Two in Italy during a summer with his grandfather, Dante grows roots in his family’s rural homeland and, as a young adult, identifies with a band of mountain partisans fighting the fascists.Young love delayed and the Rinaldis’ struggles in post-war Scotland carry Dante into the life of Chris McCoull: a neglected adolescent who finds his calling and romance while working for a Greek-owned shipping line.Carefully researched and historically detailed, Westburn Blues is a rendering of the Scottish-Italian experience and filled with a cast of colorful characters… from sympathetic to truly evil.

Author: Jim Ellis

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews