There’s a war being waged between two secret factions. At stake is the heart of democracy itself.
The key to victory is a small, seemingly harmless, piece of computer hardware, which in the wrong hands, could bring about a technological Dark Age. The race is on to find it as a trail of death is left in its path.
John Cranston is a gardener. He’s not really interested in global domination, he’d much rather mow a lawn. He’s the current keeper of that harmless looking thing.
The problem is – he’s the last person to know.
Meanwhile, Detective Inspector Sutherland and his sidekick Sergeant Bludgeon are working on the mystery of the missing accountants, little knowing that this will lead them into something darker and more sinister, as their paths cross and diverge from the gardener on the run.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to write a book that was total escapism, that harked back to the episodic adventures of the Saturday matinee where the end is an unresolved question or cliff hanger at the end of each episode. I also wanted to write something that didn't take itself too seriously throughout, but didn't descend into total farce.
Other inspirations are two of my favourite films, The Thirty Nine Steps and North by Northwest – I like the idea of an innocent being wrapped up in something through no fault of their own, and the adventures that follow.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The main character is a gardener – the furthest I could get from ex-cop/army/commando/private detective etc The other characters are classic adventure/thriller templates – the jaded policeman, the secret agent, the underworld criminals, but with a slight twist.
John slowly lifted himself off his knees, quickly trying to assess the situation. In an ideal world, the innocent make good their escape in a slick manner. In reality, actions in situations such as the one John found himself in defy rational reasoning after the event, driven as they are by a primal fight or flight urge. He couldn’t fight, he was outnumbered. Spending time in hospital, broken, with a sign saying ‘You should have seen the other guy’ wasn’t an option. He was going to run. He knew that, and they knew that. The only advantage he had was that they didn’t know when he would make his move. All he knew was that he would have to do something before they got to the carpark, otherwise it would be too late.
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