In my latest anthology of short stories, once again I’ve aimed to create a blend of action, intrigue, suspense, and twist in the tale. I feel particularly satisfied with these tales because several of them have been in my files at some level of completion for about five or six years.
I never throw away an idea, and at least three of these stories grew from a single paragraph removed from a previous short story or novel. In their original locations, those paragraphs were excess to requirement, but nurtured, over time they grew to become stories in their own right.
Once again, to offer value to my readers I’ve included bonus stories to support the new line-up. If you decide to try my work, I’d appreciate a review—however short.
My thanks to Robert Lalonde, Penny Luker, Paul A Ruddock (PA Rudders), Sarah Stuart, Ruth Coulson (Rebecca Bryn), Senan Gil Senan, Lucinda E Clarke, Anne Francis Scott, SK Holmesley, and Lesley Hayes. All of these wonderful people are fellow members of the Indie Author Support and Discussion group on Facebook and were my beta readers for this anthology. Every one of the ten beta readers has had an impact on the stories through their valuable suggestions.
1. One Man, Two Missions – a tale of terrorism, and counter-terrorism
2. Hunter – a young gamekeeper is repaid for his devotion
3. A Fair Cop – the law works in mysterious ways
4. Target Practise – assassins should avoid role reversal
5. The Meeting – karma, it just comes around
6. Taken for a Ride – do your homework before kidnapping
7. Dealing with Conflict – a run leads to a run-in
8. Changing Tides – when all around is darkness …
9. The Hostage – impulsive decisions can be fatal
10. Finger of Suspicion – the small things matter
11. The Beginning of the End – how far would you go for science?
12. Escape – you must know when to get out
Bonus stories from other collections:
13. Pawnee Express – youthful exuberance and courage
14. Poisoned Ivy – do unto others … but harder
15. Photographic Memory – communication without barriers