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A TWIST IN THE TALE is a book containing four different stories - but what each story has in common is that they all have an unusual and unexpected ending. A final unforseen twist - hence the title.

The first - SEA DEEP- tells the story of Pete an advertising man in London who is suddenly made redundant. Finding it difficult to get another job in the world of advertising he embarks on an adventure to fulfill an ambition which subsequently completely changes his life.

The second - ILLUSION - recounts the impact on a small boy during World War Two of seeing captured Italian soldiers behind barbed wire in a prisoner of war camp built on the moors outside Sheffield and the friendship that he establishes with one of them followed by his subsequent attempt after the war to meet the man back in his home village near Milan.

The third - CHOICE - again returns to the Advertising and Marketing world. As the story evolves we see how the central character Dave struggles with his conscience over the affair he is having with a work colleague, and how it affects his relationship with his wife and two children. Eventually he has to make a choice - wife or mistress? But fate has a way of interfering in his decision.

The final story - GONE - deals with the issue of a businessman
happily married for ten years but who one Sunday afternoon simply walks out of their farmhouse and completely disappears. Where has he gone and why? And who is the mysterious Bulgarian woman who appears on the scene and what has she got to do with the missing man? A taut "who-dun-it" which like the other stories at the end has a Twist in the Tale .
A SURROGATE DILEMMA tells the story of Andrew Noble, heir to the Noble Speciality Foods business. After leaving university he spends a year travelling the world then returns to the UK and takes up a position in Marketing in an electronics firm where over the next few years he builds his career eventually becoming Marketing Manager. But after that period of time there he believes that he is now ready to enter his family business in a position of some importance. However his father who heads the family firm disagrees and insists that he runs another business before joining Noble Speciality Foods and to this end arranges for Andrew to go to Africa to run a business there, learning the ins and outs of being head of a company, before allowing him to join the family business with an eventual view to him to succeeding him as Managing Director. Although reluctant but realising he has no option, Andrew agrees and soon discovers the trials and tribulations of being head of a business, especially one located in Zambia. However he quickly settles into the life there becoming a member of golf, tennis and ex-pats clubs and enjoys his rather privileged life, while also discovering that attractive female company is not too difficult to find. Returning to England almost three years later, wiser, more experienced and now ready to enter the family company, he rapidly settles into his destined role in the firm. He also meets and marries Becky and they have a charmed and delightful life together - until they decide to start a family. The book weaves together Andrew’s business activities with the challenging and intimate experience of surrogacy that he and Becky undertake with their friend Linda. However none of the three people involved anticipate the outcome that follows from their fateful decision.
This is a story of one mans ambition. Mark Watson while still a schoolboy sees his fathers business destroyed by the bombastic industrialist Sir Charles Houghton and vows to find a way to avenge his father when he grows up.

The story tells of Marks birth, his early years and his schooling while alongside charting the progression of his fathers business from its humble beginnings then through its growth and expansion phases until as a result of the underhand dealing of Sir Charles it stumbles into serious financial problems. An unsupportive banks refusal to lend more money forces the business to collapse.

The traumatic impact of this event on Mark and his parents is what starts him on his search for revenge.

He enters the world of business and in his single minded and rapid climb through the ranks of industry he discovers a natural skill at developing exciting new products and handling advertising campaigns. His continued climb up the corporate ladder, his ability to take risks, his ruthless approach to managing people and above all his on-going drive to succeed in the vow he made to his father, all serve to fuel and spur him on with his all encompassing ambition.

Romantic interest is woven throughout the story from Marks first fumbling attempts to date girls, his marriage and his many affairs. His need for women and their love flows right through the book as he struggles to understand and balance his passion for love, marriage and illicit affairs mixed with the thrill and excitement of business.

Headhunted to become Chief Executive of a large but moribund multi national corporation, he finally moves into a position of power and authority where he can start to implement his plan for revenge as the action moves smoothly between the UK, USA and Europe. The company is re energised and reorganised. Aggressive business strategies are implemented while he ruthlessly exploits uses or discards people to achieve his own personal and ultimately selfish objectives.

Progressively out thinking and out manoeuvring Sir Charles his obsession to destroy his older rival becomes all consuming.

He establishes a specialised secret commercial intelligence unit to track every aspect of his targets company then uses a wide variety of methods to attack them. His hard-nosed ability to win Board room battles and his increasing skill in manipulating important City Institutions, Bankers and Financiers to support his own ideas, including the removal of his Chairman who he sees as blocking his ambitions, all move him inexorably towards his goal.

As matters unfold towards their dramatic climax he is prepared to do anything to win. Blackmail, industrial espionage and constant pitiless unrelenting pressure on his rival are all tools in Mark Watsons hands as he relentlessly pursues his goal.

The question though is will he succeed and reach his Ambitions End?

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