Authors Showcase features the novels of Colin Falconer and David L. Atkinson
May 21, 2013
The Book: Inceptus
The Author: David L. Atkinson
The Story: In this the fifth Steele novel Patrick tackles the person who has been surreptitiously dogging his footsteps over a number of his adventures. This is not without risk and the focus of his love, Naomi Kobayashi, disappears which seriously affects his ability to function as well as he can.
We also find out more about the man himself. The adventure takes him to Eire, France, the USA before he returns to resolve the issue in the UK. Will Patrick finally rid himself of a deadly enemy?
Can our hero rescue his love or is it already too late? Another Patrick Steele adventure filled with tension and action as well as the support provided by the team he has developed over the years.
About the Author: Born in Sunderland many years ago I went to college in Bradford and trained to be a teacher, a profession I followed for 34 years. Then I worked in a bank for six years before retiring completely. I remained in Yorkshire and that is where I write. I have always had the ambition to write and eventually began in 2009 and have completed four novels since then and I’m working on the fifth.
The first novel is entitled I Have To Get It Right and the second is The 51st State and 3rd novel The Biter Bit – they are all available in paperback or electronic versions. The fourth, A Changed Reality is available on Kindle also.
Since beginning with novels I have felt the need to have some other outlet and have produced a quantity of poetry in different styles. The first and quite limited collection is published in createspace.com entitled The Musings of a Confused Mind.
The Book: Anastasia
The Author: Colin Falconer
When Michael Sheridan jumped into the Whangpoa River to save a woman he had met in one of Shanghai’s taxi clubs, his life changed irrevocably. A Russian refugee, Anastasia Romanov bears an uncanny resemblance to the princess of the same name, who was rumoured to have survived the brutal murder of her family at the hands of Bolshevik revolutionaries.
The fate of the last Czar’s youngest daughter has become one of the most talked about mysteries of the time, but Michael’s Anastasia is suffering from traumatic amnesia and remembers nothing of her life before Shanghai. So who is she?
Getting too close to the Romanov secrets may cost Michael his life – and finally unravelling the mystery of Anastasia’s past takes them from the streets of Shanghai to the decadence of pre-war Berlin, behind the grim curtain of Bolshevik Russia and finally to New York just before the Wall Street crash.
Reviews: ‘Falconer’s grasp of period and places is almost flawless … He’s my kind of writer.’ – Peter Corris, The Australian
‘Falconer weaves a pacy story of obsession, love, greed and corruption … Really well done.’ – Sydney Morning Herald
About the Author: “I was 18 years old, I’d just left school and got a job in London, working in an insurance company. I was working inside – in an office! My mother thought that was like being CEO of Shell Oil.
“I was late one morning, I took a short cut through the church yard to the station to catch my train. I’d just finished reading The Sun Also Rises the night before; and here I was looking at all these gravestones, I remember thinking: Gee, we’re not here very long. Better make it count.
“So I went home, told my mother I was quitting my job and going to Morocco. She damned near fainted.”
After travelling through Spain and Africa, Colin hitch-hiked across Europe to Sweden to visit a girlfriend he’d met the year before on a football tour. When he finally got back home, he was still restless. After failing to make the grade as a professional football player, he travelled around Asia; his experiences in Bangkok and India later inspired his thriller VENOM, and his adventures in the jungles of the Golden Triangle of Burma and Laos were also filed away for later, the basis of his OPIUM series about the underworld drug trade.
He travels regularly to research his novels and his quest for authenticity has led him to run with the bulls in Pamplona, pursue tornadoes across Oklahoma and black witches across Mexico, go cage shark diving in South Africa and get tear gassed in a riot in La Paz. (He was actually trying to cycle down the Death Road. In the end he had to abandon the attempt and take the bus down.) He also completed a nine hundred kilometre walk of the camino in Spain.