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Thursday, 4 July 2019

Wenge - Destroy The Old!

May 25. 1966 and Peking University is abuzz.  First year student Yang Fan follows the crowd to see a big-character poster denouncing those not supporting the Cultural Revolution.  Fan, the daughter of a revolutionary hero, gets swept up in Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution as she struggles counterrevolutionaries, targets revisionists in their homes, and attacks Confucianism as the worst of the four olds.  But like all Red Guards, protagonist becomes victim as the tables are turned on Fan; leaving her to ponder what she did and what might have been.

I was totally blown-away by Wenge - Destroy the Old! - Mary Parks, author

Amazing! - Ryan Gray, author

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Yuejin - Aim High!

Life for Chinese farmer Chen Zhu is based around the seasons of planting and harvesting rice.  Then The Great Leap Forward is launched by Chairman Mao.  Their village becomes a commune.  Their children are taken away.  They're forced to farm in ways that are counter-productive.  Zhu is sent to a steelworks in the city while his wife, like many wives, takes on the burden of feeding their nation while everything around them is falling to pieces.

Expatriate Chinese and former spy, Lin Chao, is asked to return to her homeland to investigate a possible large-scale famine.  What Chao sees is so bad she can't bring herself to merely report on what she's observed.  Instead she attempts to slow the pace of The Great Leap Forward.  This brings Chao face to face with the leadership of the People's Republic of China while putting her life in terrible peril.

Yuejin - Aim High! is historical fiction at its best, telling an incredible and tragic story that few have heard about.  Ignorance, incompetence, pride and callousness all play their parts in this heart-breaking tale - Alice Pickard, author

Dramatic and troubling - Lucas Burns, author

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Saturday, 22 September 2018

Ketsumeidan

Japan in the early 1930s is suffering badly from a decade of economic depression.  Young geisha Aiko Orikasa is convinced Japan is moving towards war in Asia, and ultimately a war with America.  Aiko and police inspector Yuudai Sato work against a military determined to take Japan to total war.  But forces are working against them as Japan goes to war in China.  Young Lieutenant Kurisu Sato then becomes part of the espionage maelstrom of occupied Shanghai, as ally becomes foe and foe becomes ally; almost day to day.

This is a fascinating tale about a country which instigated a war it could never win, and was then prepared to fight to the last man and woman to stave off an inevitable defeat.

A remarkable setting, remarkable characters and a remarkable story.  Ketsumeidan will have you furiously turning pages to see what happens next - Alice Pickard, author.

Ketsumeidan shines a new light on a well-known conflict, with a cast of characters and events that will enthrall readers from the first page to the last - Mary Parks, author

I loved it! - Remy Martin, author.

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Saturday, 24 March 2018

Blood Never Sleeps

In the chaos of the Syrian Civil War, three individuals see their lives dramatically changed by the rise of Islamic State. Young Adnan Richie and his wife Ranim have their lives turned to hell when Islamic State wins control of Raqqa. Kurdish schoolgirl Sarya Goran joins the Kurdish Women's Militia; determined to defeat Islamic State before they bring their cruelty to her home province of Rojava.

Blood Never Sleeps is about ordinary people dealing with Islamic State in different ways, to eventually converge on Raqqa for that final, dramatic, confrontation.

Blood Never Sleeps is a remarkable story about contemporary events, where love literally triumphs over hate - Alice Pickard, author

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

In Our Memories



In Our Memories is one family's story of loss, suffering, and eventually justice.

By August 1915, the Armenian residents of the city of Urfa know they have few options.  With little to lose they wage war on the Ottoman Army for two months, despite being outnumbered eight to one.  Defeat is inevitable, after which Anoush Hagopian, one of the survivors of the Women's Brigade, gathers her mother and her children for their deportation to Aleppo.

Swiss doctor Paul Lang stands beneath nine young women crucified, while wondering who could do such a thing.  Unable to gather information about atrocities committed against the Armenian people, he decides on a course of action which will change his life.  In a brothel in a backstreet in Aleppo, he finds sixteen year old Karine Hagopian, who tells her story of courage and tragedy.  Together, Paul and Karine set off to find Karine's mother Anoush, but it's far from certain that Anoush survived the attempted extermination of her people.

The more time Paul spends with Karine, the more he's fascinated by her strength, her suffering and her vulnerability.  Equally fascinating is her heritage, which seems to have changed little over the past millennia.  Infatuated by Karine; Paul will devote his life to the rescue of the survivors of this terrible atrocity.

'Unforgettable story of love, loss and bravery.  Highly recommended' – Mary Parks, author of Secret Star.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

No Darkness


What started as a work posting to Zimbabwe with his African girlfriend, becomes a life and death struggle against the forces of despot Robert Mugabe.  Michael Page had no idea that a simple misunderstanding would have such tragic consequences.

Set in 1999 when Zimbabwe is in a slow and inexorable decline, and the political scene is disturbed by a new opposition party which has a real chance of democratic victory.  Only a tyrant deliberately destroys his own country in order to retain power and control, and Michael and his girlfriend Cathy become embroiled in what is close to a civil war.  Can they make it out alive?  And even if they do, can they survive the psychological torment they have endured?

Well written, fast paced, wonderful characters, and the fascinating setting of a country in decline turned into a police state.  There is much to like in this interesting hybrid of action, thriller and romance. LaWrence - author of Skipping Stones along the Kitchi Sibri

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

The Adulterous Bride



Many noble daughters of Venice are consigned to abbeys for want of a dowry.  In 1426, Filipa Barbagio is sent to San Nicolai di Torcello, where she enjoys the hedonistic lifestyle available to her: dressed in the latest fashions, wearing expensive jewellery, attending masquerade balls, entertaining her family and taking men to be her companions.  And then she falls in love.

Dardi Zorzi loves Clario Duodo, but society expects an arranged marriage with sweet Caterina.  Their marriage is difficult at first but gets better over time, especially after the birth of their daughter Lucia.  Tragically Caterina is murdered and Dardi is the prime suspect.  Filipa comforts and helps her oldest and dearest friend, but then Dardi is accused of the most heinous crime of all.  In the aftermath of this terrible denunciation, Filipa risks losing her newly-found love while Dardi risks losing all.

What an amazing story!  Renaissance Venice told from three different points of view: bright, extroverted Filipa Barbarigo who steals every scene she's in, honest and decent Marin Curri, happily married to the wonderful Blanca, and Dardi Zorzi who has to make the best of an almost untenable situation.  Amazing backdrop, amazing story, amazing characters, and the most masterful ending that I have ever come across.  Congratulations. Sarah Holmes – author of Promise of Canaan

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