1966 UK Criminal families hog the headlines. One
gang are double-crossed by their corrupt lawyer. In the resulting violence the
brother-in-law of Jonas Forbes is nearly killed. Jonas strikes back and is then
hunted by both police and gangsters. The contest becomes a matter of family
business. – and survival.
A fast-moving thriller
closely set in its historical background, chiefly in Kent..
Rumour in London says a UK hit-man has
been hired to murder a US Presidential candidate. Jonas Forbes is hired to stop
the threat to Bobby Kennedy and finds it now involves a personal score..
thriller set in both London and San Francisco and focused on the Californian
Primary election to decide the Democrat Presidential candidate.
1956 UK. Stalinists
plot to murder the new Soviet leaders, Bulganin and Khrushchev, visiting
Britain. But their agent a themselves as
much as their enemies.
Jonas Forbes, hired
to protect the visiting leaders, soon finds himself with a personal score to
settle. He is both helped and hindered
by the rival Soviet organisations, the GRU and the KGB, as well as the British police.
lightly-written thriller concentrating on historical accuracy.
1963 UK. The Profumo
-Keeler sex-and-espionage scandal crocks the Establishment. Jonas Forbes is
hired to protect leading figures but
stumbles on to activities which could guarantee future nightmares
involving zombies and sewers.
rich in period detail, which uses evidence from actual legal and police
Following revolution in Iraq a cousin of the deposed king is in danger. Jonas
Forbes has the job of bringing a most uncooperative individual from Rome to
London, under constant threat from the Mafia, the Unione Corse and others
pursuing the contract. Will the 'package' arrive undamaged in London?
A thriller firmly
centred in historical fact which involves European railways, an uncooperative
client and two of the world’s most dangerous criminal organisations
USSR Jonas Forbes is hired to protect a
guitarist in HAVOK, a rock group booked for concerts in Moscow; but Jonas is
also working for MI6. Can he manage both jobs? Can he elude the KGB? As the
group travel by coach across Europe he’s also threatened by the STASI and the
SB. The Rock World, Cold War and murder feature in this fast-paced thriller.
1961 UK. Mao Zedong
orders Chinese Intelligence (CID) to penetrate the British Labour Party and CND
to produce a split between Britain and its NATO allies. In China a Western spy
reveals the plot but then goes on the run. MI5 recruits Jonas Forbes to investigate the threat. Jonas becomes
involved one of beautiful Chinese twins – but is she an enemy agent? Triads and the Soviet Embassy play a part
before the end is reached.
thriller meticulously exploiting its historical context
the tensions following the 1956 Suez crisis Jonas Forbes is sent to Egypt to
get a cypher-code hidden by a Mossad agent in the temple of Karnak. despite
mixed support at home, he succeeds but is hunted by both the Mukhabarat and Mossad.
helped by gypsies he flees into the desert but must overcome treachery and
kidnap before he reaches safety in Sudan. a fast-paced thriller with attention
to historical detail.
London 1959 The Shah of Iran is visiting
Britain but somebody aims to kill him. Jonas Forbes is hired to protect him,
but from whom? Religious extremists or left-wing revolutionaries or an unknown
enemy? His chief Iranian contact is Reza Karimidad: his chief M15 contact is
Jack Sharpe. Who is helping and who is not? How does he distinguish truth from
lies? A thriller firmly set in the period.
of course, the uk foreign office expect jonas to do a ‘little job’ for them as biafra slides to defeat but jonas has other ideas. the high commission in lagos, however, has been warned about him by whitehall critics, and won’t cooperate to the point of hostility. so jonas disappears into the war zone near owerri.
it’s december 1969 and the nigerian federal army, at last on the brink of victory, doesn’t welcome any intrusion which might disturb their strategy; nor do their opponents, fighting with their backs against the wall. civilians are subjected to humiliation and violence from both sides and so obviously have little time for strangers. standing both apart and above the battlefield is the ruthless shaidan, as much a myth as reality, waging his own hate-filled campaign of atrocities against the nigerian government and its supporters. Even so jonas does find some help but he just can’t keep them with him. as the federal net tightens on the last biafran resistance jonas falls into the hands of shaidan. as he faces death it looks as if his mission has failed. at home ds john wyatt, his long-time friend, and vanessa can’t even find out where he is, let alone give him any help. Even so, the story isn’t over yet as other minor characters, such as a deserter from the federal army and a disgraced sergeant out to catch him, have a part to play in the finale.of an adventure which, the reader may recognise, eventually comes to be interpreted as three different scenarios.
this thriller is really dedicated to the little people, the victims of one of the most disastrous conflicts in the 20th century. it contains cruelty and heroism, endurance and deceit. it uses research into a war of such confusion that, even today, participants still argue about their roles and intentions.