The Ladies' Game

Evolution's Path

Book 2
Peter Hill via PublishDrive
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They all want feisty British journalist Fleur Nichols dead.

 The CIA think she is a Jihadist sympathiser.

  The Jihadists think she is a CIA informant.

  She is on the hit list of a renegade assassin.

   But the biggest threat of all is the deadly virus that has been let loose on the world, leading to the closure of international borders and the imposition of martial law.

  If that wasn’t enough her partner has been killed by a suicide bomber in Pakistan and the whistleblowing documentary they were working on has been suppressed by the government.

  Now it seems that Wenna Cavendish, deputy head of MI5 and once her friend has turned against her.

 As the death toll rises and the killers close in, Fleur discovers she is pregnant.

 Against seemingly impossible odds can Fleur fight on to protect herself and her unborn child from her adversaries and preserve the kind of democratic society she has always fought for?

   Get this book to find out who will survive the deadly pandemic.

   The Ladies’ Game is a gripping, fast moving thriller set in an ominously believable near future.

   It’s perfect for fans of Tom Clancy, Margaret Atwood and Michael Crichton.

SOME PRESS COMMENT ON PETER HILL'S PREVIOUS BOOKS

‘This is a taut, handsome job, beautifully written, full of real characters and acute observations.’
The New York Times


‘Exceptionally well told, with satisfying outcome.’
Columbus Sunday Dispatch


‘Peter Hill does a fine job with character, plot, atmosphere and suspense.’
Publishers Weekly


‘… an acute professionalism. What is even better, it has the holding qualities of a rock-loving limpet.’
The Bookseller


‘A tremendous piece of fast moving fiction. Not one word wasted, the story starts and ends with a bang.’
Coventry Evening Telegraph


‘Taut, sharp, fast moving.’
Manchester Evening News




 

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Sep 17, 2018
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Excerpt from The Ladies’ Game.

 ‘The men that are left will be calling the shots when it comes to choosing partners. What’s more the small percentage that are still fertile will decide who has children and who doesn’t. It will be an uncontrollable genetic and sexual street market with the price dictated by supply and demand.’

There was a moment’s silence, then Wenna said. ‘I don’t think we can allow that, can we?’

 So the story continues, and…

 

 Whoever controls these men controls the future of the world.

 

 After the virus, men are rare.  

Fertile males are even rarer.

They have to be protected and milked of their semen if humankind is to survive.

 

In this female-dominated world all but a handful of the viable males are in England, kept in a luxurious, heavily-guarded ex-SAS compound, prisoners of their own fecundity. They are serviced by 'milkmaids', whose function is to secure their precious semen, which has become prime international currency.

Colloquially known as 'The Milking Shed', the very existence of this facility is a source of festering international envy.

With the threat of functional extinction looming, England's possession of these valuable males is increasingly in jeopardy as resentment and the rising level of risk stirs up the rivalry of old enemies America and Russia.

They both have the military might to simply take what they want. All that stops them is a nerve-jangling nuclear stand-off.

After a winterless European winter, a blistering hot summer is forecast.  And, on both sides of the Atlantic, heat fuels the social and political passion for procreation. 

As England's weak defences start to buckle, society fragments and its leaders begin to lose control. 

In this dangerously fractured world can Fleur Nichols, thrust into an unwanted leadership role, put aside the agony of her son's abduction and save her country from annexation as the major powers jostle for dominance?

Or has everything gone beyond the point of no return?

A mother's love is a ferocious weapon but the odds are stacked heavily against her.

 

Buy this exciting techno-thriller to discover what the future may hold for mankind.

 

Perfect for fans of Tom Clancy, Margaret Atwood and Michael Crichton.

There is a fine line between genius and insanity.

 

In this dangerously overpopulated world, terrorism and fanaticism reach boiling point.

 

Against a background of terrorist plots, political intrigue and espionage, the lives of three powerful women become inextricably entwined.

 

Fleur Nichols, a beautiful and astute investigative journalist, Wenna Cavendish, an ambitious senior MI5 officer and Simone Gofre, a brilliant lesbian virologist, leave their marks on world events and a stunning revelation will change the course of human history forever.

 

This apocalyptic thriller takes place in the near future, it isn’t science fiction, it’s ‘faction’, and all the more chilling because you won’t find zombies here, or people suddenly endowed with super powers, just a cast of realistic characters struggling with the challenging events that overtake their lives. 

 

Can any of the women survive to fight on and escape the disaster looming over humankind?

 

Killing Tomorrow, the first book in the Evolution’s Path series, is an international terrorist thriller with a fast moving storyline that alternates between Britain, America, Pakistan and New Zealand.

 

Although part of a series, this book is also a satisfactory stand-alone story, and it’s absolutely perfect for fans of Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton or Margaret Atwood.

 

 

Get this book and discover what could really happen. Tomorrow.

 

 

 

SOME PRESS COMMENT ON PETER HILL'S PREVIOUS BOOKS

 

‘This is a taut, handsome job, beautifully written, full of real characters and acute observations.’

The New York Times

 

‘Peter Hill does a fine job with character, plot, atmosphere and suspense.’

Publishers Weekly

 

‘A tremendous piece of fast moving fiction. Not one word wasted, the story starts and ends with a bang.’

Coventry Evening Telegraph

 

‘Taut, sharp, fast moving.’

Manchester Evening News

Excerpt from The Ladies’ Game.

 ‘The men that are left will be calling the shots when it comes to choosing partners. What’s more the small percentage that are still fertile will decide who has children and who doesn’t. It will be an uncontrollable genetic and sexual street market with the price dictated by supply and demand.’

There was a moment’s silence, then Wenna said. ‘I don’t think we can allow that, can we?’

 So the story continues, and…

 

 Whoever controls these men controls the future of the world.

 

 After the virus, men are rare.  

Fertile males are even rarer.

They have to be protected and milked of their semen if humankind is to survive.

 

In this female-dominated world all but a handful of the viable males are in England, kept in a luxurious, heavily-guarded ex-SAS compound, prisoners of their own fecundity. They are serviced by 'milkmaids', whose function is to secure their precious semen, which has become prime international currency.

Colloquially known as 'The Milking Shed', the very existence of this facility is a source of festering international envy.

With the threat of functional extinction looming, England's possession of these valuable males is increasingly in jeopardy as resentment and the rising level of risk stirs up the rivalry of old enemies America and Russia.

They both have the military might to simply take what they want. All that stops them is a nerve-jangling nuclear stand-off.

After a winterless European winter, a blistering hot summer is forecast.  And, on both sides of the Atlantic, heat fuels the social and political passion for procreation. 

As England's weak defences start to buckle, society fragments and its leaders begin to lose control. 

In this dangerously fractured world can Fleur Nichols, thrust into an unwanted leadership role, put aside the agony of her son's abduction and save her country from annexation as the major powers jostle for dominance?

Or has everything gone beyond the point of no return?

A mother's love is a ferocious weapon but the odds are stacked heavily against her.

 

Buy this exciting techno-thriller to discover what the future may hold for mankind.

 

Perfect for fans of Tom Clancy, Margaret Atwood and Michael Crichton.

There is a fine line between genius and insanity.

 

In this dangerously overpopulated world, terrorism and fanaticism reach boiling point.

 

Against a background of terrorist plots, political intrigue and espionage, the lives of three powerful women become inextricably entwined.

 

Fleur Nichols, a beautiful and astute investigative journalist, Wenna Cavendish, an ambitious senior MI5 officer and Simone Gofre, a brilliant lesbian virologist, leave their marks on world events and a stunning revelation will change the course of human history forever.

 

This apocalyptic thriller takes place in the near future, it isn’t science fiction, it’s ‘faction’, and all the more chilling because you won’t find zombies here, or people suddenly endowed with super powers, just a cast of realistic characters struggling with the challenging events that overtake their lives. 

 

Can any of the women survive to fight on and escape the disaster looming over humankind?

 

Killing Tomorrow, the first book in the Evolution’s Path series, is an international terrorist thriller with a fast moving storyline that alternates between Britain, America, Pakistan and New Zealand.

 

Although part of a series, this book is also a satisfactory stand-alone story, and it’s absolutely perfect for fans of Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton or Margaret Atwood.

 

 

Get this book and discover what could really happen. Tomorrow.

 

 

 

SOME PRESS COMMENT ON PETER HILL'S PREVIOUS BOOKS

 

‘This is a taut, handsome job, beautifully written, full of real characters and acute observations.’

The New York Times

 

‘Peter Hill does a fine job with character, plot, atmosphere and suspense.’

Publishers Weekly

 

‘A tremendous piece of fast moving fiction. Not one word wasted, the story starts and ends with a bang.’

Coventry Evening Telegraph

 

‘Taut, sharp, fast moving.’

Manchester Evening News

The Hunters (A Crime Thriller)

 

‘To follow… the brilliantly inspired tracking of Hill’s two detectives is a joy, apart from the brainteasing pleasure of accepting the author’s challenge to identify the murderer.’

London Evening News

 

'Staunton walked out into the field. He stopped about twenty yards in, squatted down on his haunches and stared at the ditch where the girl’s body had been found. Then he was motionless for a while, absorbing the details of the place, picturing it in darkness, the girl, her screams muffled by the murderer’s hand, being dragged along the inside of the hedge, struggling madly in the last moments of her life.

He picked up a clod of dry earth, broke it in his hand and let the soil trickle through his fingers. He spoke out loud, aiming his words at his unknown quarry, ‘I’m going to get you, you bastard,’ he said.'

 

It is 1975 and there are no sophisticated aids to help shrewd and earthy Chief-Superintendent Staunton of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad and his amorous young assistant, Detective Inspector Wyndsor when they arrive in a time-warped East Anglian village in the east of England to investigate the death of a local girl.

 

While most of the villagers are silently doing their best to hinder the enquiry, including the unhelpful local squire and his glamorous but sinister daughter, Wyndsor makes a shocking discovery—a black magic chapel, which has as its altarpiece a huge phallus. 

 

This is a place where old ways still hold sway, where animosities are pursued through the generations and where outsiders are viewed with the utmost suspicion.

 

Here the murderer lives, embedded in this introverted society. On several occasions as the search proceeds the reader is aware that they are looking at the murderer—without the possibility of identification—and it becomes increasingly certain that he will kill again unless Staunton and Wyndsor can hunt him down.

 

The author of this impressive novel has created the vivid realities of life, and death, at Bacton Ford and introduced the reader to two memorable detectives.

 

The Hunters is the first in the Staunton and Wyndsor series of classic police procedural murder mysteries set in various locations in Britain.

The others are The Liars, The Enthusiast and The Savages.

 

These books were previously published worldwide, by major publishing houses, in hard and paperback editions and several translations and are now available as eBooks.

 

Each novel is a stand-alone story, but with the same major protagonists.

 

Peter Hill has also worked extensively in television for renowned British drama series such as 'Callan', 'The Sweeney', 'Z Cars', 'Public Eye', 'The Bill', 'Special Branch', 'Crown Court', 'New Scotland Yard', and 'Armchair Theatre'. He has been a writer, script editor and producer both in the UK and New Zealand, where he now lives.

 

 ‘Brilliantly described police procedure… Unputdownable.’

The Observer

 

‘…an acute professionalism. What is even better, it has the holding qualities of a rock-loving limpet…’

Eric Hiscock in The Bookseller

 

‘…a masterly and entertaining beginning. Not a suspicion of cardboard in the characters, and a story with a hook-hold from which there is no escape. More please of the down-to-earth Chief Superintendent Staunton and the efficient and amorous Detective Inspector Wyndsor.’

Victor Canning

 

‘A really first-class who-dunnit’

Essex Chronicle

 

Also by Peter Hill

 

The Commander Allan Dice books

The Fanatics

The Washermen

 

Peter Hill has recently returned to novel writing, but in a completely different genre, and Killing Tomorrow, the first of a new series of near and far-future novels, Evolution’s Path, is also available as an eBook. The second, The Ladies' Game, and the third, Procreation, have recently been published.

 

The Evolution's Path series

Killing Tomorrow

The Ladies' Game

Procreation

 

The Liars (a bizarre Murder Mystery)

 

‘Lies, gossip, jealousy and a generous serving of bedroom undercover work fail to deter two of Scotland Yard’s finest in this entertaining mystery with an extra twist or two...or three.’

Pittsburgh Press

 

 

When the battered body of fisherman Denis Kerkin is found hanging by one leg from an ancient stone gibbet, blunt cockney Detective Chief Superintendent Staunton and the talented and amorous Detective Inspector Wyndsor of New Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad are sent to the isolated fishing village of Crukenporth in Cornwall to investigate.

 

Here they encounter Miss Trevose, an autocratic cripple who never leaves the room specially adapted for her requirements. It is a self-constructed cage for this woman who is old, vindictive and dying. Yet her brain is still active, confined in a maimed body as she is confined within the room, and she controls with feudal arrogance the lives of most of the inhabitants of the village.

Denied personal involvement she experiences vicariously the emotions of the people she manipulates, nurses her hatreds, and plays her own specialized game with life and death.

 

For her, the investigating officers are just two more pawns to be played as she decides.

 

As the officers delve into the bizarre circumstances of the death and Miss Trevose plots to use the police enquiry to exact personal vengeance, it becomes clear that more than one person had good reason to wish Denis Kerkin dead.

 

 

It is the 1970s and Bob Staunton and Leo Wyndsor, without the more sophisticated aids to detection available today, and in their own distinctive ways, strive to sort the truth from the lies before the passions, the hatreds and the greed they unearth explode into further violence, in this gripping novel of suspense and intrigue.

 

 

The Liars is the second in the Staunton and Wyndsor series of classic police procedural murder mysteries set in various locations in Britain.

The others are The Hunters, The Enthusiast and The Savages.

 

These books were previously published worldwide, by major publishing houses, in hard and paperback editions and several translations, and are now available as eBooks.

 

Each novel is a stand-alone story, but with the same major protagonists.

 

Peter Hill has had a successful career working extensively in television for renowned British drama series such as ‘Callan’, ‘The Sweeney’, ‘Z Cars’, ‘Public Eye’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Special Branch’, ‘Crown Court’, ‘New Scotland Yard’, and ‘Armchair Theatre’. He has been a writer, script editor and producer both in the UK and New Zealand, where he now lives.

 

Peter has now returned to novel writing but in a different genre, and Killing Tomorrow, the first of a new trilogy of near and far-future novels, ‘Evolution’s Path’, is also available as an eBook. The second, The Ladies’ Game, and the third, Procreation, have recently been published. These three novels are also available as paper backs.

 

Press comment on Peter Hill’s books

 

‘Exceptionally well told, with satisfying outcome.’

Columbus Sunday Dispatch

 

‘Peter Hill does a fine job with character, plot, atmosphere and suspense. An engaging, witty and entertaining yarn.’

Publishers Weekly

 

‘… a pair of attractive investigators—the young and aristocratic Leo Wyndsor and the slow-moving but smart veteran Bob Staunton. The case takes them to Cornwall, where a man has been murdered and hung on an old gibbet ... All this is very agreeable, especially in Mr. Hill’s smooth and often sympathetic telling.’

New York Times

 

‘I’d like to see Messrs. Staunton and Wyndsor in more books. They’re a lot of fun—and they’re good detectives.’

Daily Press, Newport News, Virginia

 

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