When a meteorite destroyed a house in a sleepy, English village, no one could have predicted the chain of events that would lead Swan Morrison and Helen Hargreaves to romance and would ultimately propel them into an epic battle for the very survival of mankind. How can one adequately describe a novel that is (in alphabetical order): an adventure filled; archaeological; comic; crime featuring; dramatic; erotic; espionage laced; horror tinged; political; religious; romantic; science fiction; supernatural thriller with philosophical, satirical and allegorical undertones? This affectionate tribute to many classic storylines is where the writers of the Archers meet the creators of Indiana Jones meet Dan Brown meet John le Carré meet E. L. James meet Stephen King meet Isaac Asimov meet Barbara Cartland meet Harold Robbins meet Colin Dexter meet Ian Fleming meet Woody Allen meet Douglas Adams – to name just a very few.
This book is the third and final part of the Short Humour trilogy by Swan Morrison. The first book was called A Man of Few Words and that was followed by A Man of a Few More Words. In common with the previous two books, this volume contains one hundred comedy stories, dialogues, poems, letters, spoof news reports, articles and songs with a connecting theme of life in the modern world.
In 2006, Swan Morrison published A Man of Few Words, a collection of one hundred examples of Swan’s Short Humour with a connecting theme of life in the modern world. This book is a second such collection and includes one hundred further comedy stories, dialogues, poems, letters, spoof news reports, articles and songs. Also in 2006, The Short Humour Site was created. This site continues to promote the reading and writing of Short Humour,both in Britain and throughout the world. The Writers’ Showcase on the Site now includes hundreds of pieces by numerous writers.
With today's busy lifestyles there can barely be time to read anything. Fears have been expressed that English literature might become the preserve of a few specialist academics, as texts in cuneiform script and hieroglyphic writing. The answer could be Short Humour, which can be read at any time and almost anywhere. Far Eastern, low cost, pirate versions of The Oxferd Inglish Ducksionery explain Short Humour as 'Non-serious writing that is not too long'. Swan Morrison defined 'not too long' as around 500 words, and stories, poems and the like began to be written that could be read in their entirety in less than ninety seconds. "A Man of Few Words" is a collection of one hundred such examples of SH by Swan Morrison with a connecting theme of life in contemporary Britain.
When retired accountant, detective fiction devotee and lifelong philanderer, Philip Ramsbottom, set up a private investigation agency, he had thought it wise to accept only straightforward tasks – after all, his entire experience of detective work had been gained from reading crime novels. Philip had thus not expected his very first commission to draw him into the murky world of espionage. Elite special agents were required to save the British and NATO nuclear submarine fleets. Such a dangerous assignment, however, would have been more suitably allocated to people with relevant experience – in preference to Philip and his former lover, Rebecca Carter. The quest for the Sirens’ Song Configuration would have been much better pursued by the ultra-secret group of super-spies known as Deep Black. In another affectionate tribute to many classic storylines, Swan Morrison once again incorporates comedy, crime, espionage, romance, the paranormal and more into a complex and action packed adventure thriller.