Dare Call It Treason

Jonas Forbes Saga

Book 2
Cuthan Books
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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.

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About the author

Bob Hyslop is a retired teacher living near Chichester, Sussex, England. He’s always been fascinated by History and so makes every effort to get the details right in these thrillers set fifty years ago. Apart from writing he is interested in Family History and plays the guitar.

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Oct 25, 2010
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the 15th outing for jonas forbes as an ‘enquiry agent ’finds him a married man After 14 years sorting out problems, chasing villains and upsetting certain members of the ‘good and the great’, he’s still not got rid of that restless streak. So vanessa, long his girl friday and now his wife, watches helplessly as he jumps at the chance of helping reverend obasi whose son has gone missing.  unfortunately, emmanuel obasi, a newly-qualified brain surgeon in london, has run off to nigeria, then racked by a civil war with the secession of biafra in 1967. emmanuel’s lover had gone off to use her nursing skills her help her igbo people  suffering from the effects of the war and emmanuel followed her. then he suddenly disappeared.

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.


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“Caleb Carr’s rich period thriller takes us back to the moment in history when the modern idea of the serial killer became available to us.”—The Detroit News

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The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler—a psychologist, or “alienist”—to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology: creating a psychological profile of the perpetrator based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over.

Fast-paced and riveting, infused with historical detail, The Alienist conjures up Gilded Age New York, with its tenements and mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. It is an age in which questioning society’s belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and fatal consequences.

Praise for The Alienist

“[A] delicious premise . . . Its settings and characterizations are much more sophisticated than the run-of-the-mill thrillers that line the shelves in bookstores.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Mesmerizing.”—Detroit Free Press

“The method of the hunt and the disparate team of hunters lift the tale beyond the level of a good thriller—way beyond. . . . A remarkable combination of historical novel and psychological thriller.”—The Buffalo News


“A ripsnorter of a plot . . . a fine dark ride.”—The Arizona Daily Star

“Remarkable . . . The reader is taken on a whirlwind tour of the Gilded Age metropolis, climbing up tenement stairs, scrambling across rooftops, and witnessing midnight autopsies. . . . A breathtaking, finely crafted mystery.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch 

“Gripping, atmospheric . . . intelligent and entertaining.”—USA Today

“A high-spirited, charged-up and unfailingly smart thriller.”—Los Angeles Times

“Keeps readers turning pages well past their bedtime.”—San Francisco Chronicle 

“Harrowing, fascinating . . . will please fans of Ragtime and The Silence of the Lambs.”—The Flint Journal
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