The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home

I like reading an exciting murder mystery and would like to download and read The Sea detective, a fast-paced gripping murder mystery novel by Mark Douglas-Home. It features Edinburgh-based oceanographer, environmentalist and one-of-a-kind investigator Cal McGill. McGill has a unique skill in studying oceanography and also has a family history that is shrouded in secrecy, consequently he is also on the radar of the local police after a slight misdemeanour.

Using his knowledge of the waves – ocean currents, prevailing winds, shipping records – McGill can track where objects have come from, or where they’ve gone. It’s a unique skill that can help solve all sorts of mysteries. He is approached by the Police to help them investigate after two feet wash up on the shore miles apart. Elsewhere two Indian girls sold into sex slavery and McGill finds himself drawn into a murky underworld of illicit and criminal activities as he assists the police with their ongoing investigations.

Post by Sean Black

I would like to read Post, The latest Exciting Award-nominated science fiction thriller in Sean Black’s bestselling eight novel Ryan Lock series. It sounds a bit like Univeral Soldier. It features a new US Government  programme which involves inserting implants into their best soldiers head, fingers and giving them skeletal armour. These make them able to see how people react (fear, anger etc), and give them faster and sharper reflexes to give them the edge in order to create ‘guilt free and enhanced’ super soldiers.

One such person is Byron Tibor, a seasoned specialist who goes into hostile areas to complete missions, however, after an event during a mission In the blood-soaked mountains of the Hindu Kush he begins to lose control and suffers from post traumatic stress and starts seeing things that are not there. Exhausted by a decade of combat, and haunted by the ghosts of his past, Byron Tibor decides to return home to the woman he loves and goes on the run. From there it is a cat and mouse between Byron and the American government who chase him from the dark underbelly of the Las Vegas Strip to glittering lights of Manhattan, determined to stop him, in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Post has been Nominated for the prestigious International Thriller Writers Award. Whose Previous winners include Jeffery Deaver, Lisa Gardner and Stephen King.

 

 

 

Provenance by Ann Leckie/ Wizard’s Forge by A.M.Justice

I would also like to read Provenance by Ann Leckie. This Exciting science-fiction novel is the follow-up to Ann Leckie’s debut, Ancillary Justice, which is the only book to ever win all three of science fiction’s biggest awards (the Hugo, the Nebula and the Arthur C. Clarke). Provenance features a power-driven young woman who has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artefacts prized by her people. She must free a thief named Ingray from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge discover that their home planet is in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray’s future, her family, and her world, before it’s too late.


Wizard’s Forge by A.M.Justice

would also like to read Wizard’s Forge by A.M. Justice. This is the first book in The Woern Saga, a compelling Science-fiction fantasy thriller featuring war, kidnapping, revenge and redemption. It is set Three thousand years ago and begins after a crew of mineral miners set out on a mission from Earth to the planet of Gomorrah but do not make it to their destination. So Captain Wong of the shuttle Elesendar makes an emergency stop in the orbit of a planet referred to “Knownearth.” The search the planet for iron, copper and other ores so that they might be able to repair the Elesendar’s failed drives. However they were unable to make the needed repairs and settled on the planet. Now descendants of marooned space travelers are fighting a war against a cruel tyrant.

Meanwhile Shy scholar Victoria Vic,” intends to become a Logkeeper. Logkeepers are in charge of preserving every record their predecessors had from space logs, to information about their space travels and home planet. The hope with this memorization and recitation is to keep all people aware of the history and remembering equations for the precise targeting of a wormhole in case they might be able to someday use it

However Victoria’s dreams are shattered when she finds herself drawn into the conflict when pirates kidnap and sell her as a slave to the sadistic tyrant behind it. He holds her prisoner in a tower, subjecting her to months of psychological torture. Her experience of slavery completely transforms her and she develops a powerful zeal for revenge. so After seizing an opportunity to escape, Vic joins the fight against her former captor and begins walking a bloody path toward revenge.

As the Blade, Vic gains glory raiding her enemy’s forces, but the ordeal in his tower haunts her and she loses the courage to love because she is continually haunted by the gruesome experience and these Bitter memories keep her from returning the love of the kindhearted Prince Ashel, whose family has fended off the tyrant’s invading army for a generation. When enemy soldiers capture Ashel, Vic embarks on a quest to rescue him and, on the journey, discovers a source of spectacular power. With wizardry, Vic can rescue the prince, end the war, and wreak the vengeance she craves, but she might also destroy her only chance for peace.

Enslaved by D.Robert Pease

I would also like to read Enslaved by D.Robert Pease. Enslaved is the first book in the imaginative, action-packeD Exodus Chronicles, by D.Robert Pease Which is an imaginative interstellar homage to the Book of Exodus. Scout is the prequel story which starts 150 years before the events that happened in Enslaved and explains what happened up to this point. It features A woman named Cosette Sinclair, who is pregnant with an illegal second child, but makes a discovery that will change the course of humanity. While on assignment to find a habitable planet for mankind’s first colony, she witnesses a tear in space—a gateway for a devastating alien invasion. Now she’s faced with the heart-wrenching choice between saving her unborn child and saving the world.

Moshie meanwhile, lives in a culture where competition is prized above all else. His mother raises him to dominate every creature he encounters. As Moshie trains for the day when he will rule an ancient alien civilization, a whisper in the young man’s mind calls him to something greater. Can he put aside a lifetime of striving for power, and heed the cry to save the most undeserving? Cosette Sinclair has one chance to save the human race. Moshie has one chance to save himself and Both learn that trusting their long-hated enemies might be their only chance of survival.

The Core by Peter V.Brett

I would like to read The Core By Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett. It is described as an epic imaginative fantasy saga and is book five in the Demon cycle. it features bloodthirsty demons who stalk the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants. the humans meanwhile only have half-forgotten magics to protect them. Then Two heroes arise―men as close as brothers, yet divided by bitter betrayal. Arlen Bales becomes known as the Painted Man, tattooed head-to-toe with powerful magic symbols that enable him to fight demons in hand-to-hand combat―and emerge victorious and Ahmann Jardir, who is armed with magically warded weapons, calls himself the Deliverer, and id prophesied to unite humanity and lead them to triumph in Sharak Ka―the final war against demonkind.

However in their efforts to bring the war to the demons, Arlen and Jardir inadvertantly start something that may prove the end of everything they hold dear―a Swarm. Now the war is at hand, and humanity cannot hope to win it unless Arlen and Jardir, with the help of Arlen’s wife, Renna, can bend a captured demon prince to their will and force the devious creature to lead them to the Core, where the Mother of Demons breeds an inexhaustible army. Now Leesha, Inevera, Ragen, and Elissa, must rally the fractious people of the Free Cities and lead them against the Swarm, meanwhile Arlen, Renna, and Jardir set out on a desperate quest into the darkest depths of evil to defeat the Mother of Demons…

Fast Eddie Clarke (Motörhead)

Fastway and Motörhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke, was born 5 October 1950. Clarke began playing guitar and by the time he was aged fifteen had been through many local bands, one of which was called The Bitter End. He continued playing local gigs until 1973, when he turned professional by joining Curtis Knight’s blues prog rock band, Zeus, as lead guitarist. In 1974, the band recorded an album called The Second Coming at Olympic Studios. Clarke wrote the music to Knight’s lyrics, on a track entitled “The Confession”. Clarke also recorded the album Sea of Time with Zeus. Later with guitarist friend Allan Callan, keyboard player Nicky Hogarth, and drummer Chris Perry, Clarke attended a recorded jam session at Command Studios in Piccadilly. As a result of the tracks from this session, the quartet secured a deal with Anchor Records, and called the band Blue Goose. With a recording contract secured, Clarke, Hogarth and Perry left Zeus to focus on their own project with Callan.

An argument soon erupted between Clarke and Callan, concerning amplifiers.Clarke had allowed him to share his during rehearsals, but Clarke then found he could not hear his solos because Callan was drowning him out. The argument ended with Clarke being sacked. Still short of amps, the band asked him to re-join a few days later. Clarke refused, feeling that they were doing Anchor Records an injustice because they had been paid an advance to record an album, but had done nothing productive towards making it. Blue Goose finally released their eponymous album through Anchor in 1974, crediting an instrumental track, entitled “Over The Top”, to Clarke-Hogarth-Perry. Clarke soon formed another band with Be-Bop Deluxe bassist, Charlie Tumahai, vocalist Ann McCluskie and Jim Thompson on drums. Called Continuous Performance, this line up lasted until early 1975, when their demo tracks failed to secure them a record deal and then band split up. Still out to secure a record deal, Clarke then formed a group with Nicky Hogarth from Blue Goose, bass player Tony Cussons and drummer Terry Slater. Their efforts to get a deal were also unsuccessful, and Clarke temporarily gave up the music industry.

Clarke was working on re-fitting a houseboat, when he met drummer Phil Taylor. Taylor had recently joined Motörhead and introduced Clarke to Lemmy; it was not long before he was playing with them. In the early days Eddie rehearsed with Motörhead at Snobs Rehearsal Studios, part of a converted brewery on the corner of Kings Road and Lots Road, Chelsea, known as the “Furniture Cave” before going on the road. Motörhead became more popular and produced more and more UK chart successes. The threesome (Lemmy, Clarke, Taylor) are considered the classic Motörhead line-up and have the Motörhead, Overkill, Ace of Spades, Bomber, No Sleep ’til Hammersmith and Iron Fist albums plus a string of hit singles to their credit. He performed a lead vocal on five Motörhead songs: “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers” (on which he traded vocals with Lemmy), “I’m Your Witchdoctor” (on which he duets vocals with Lemmy), “Step Down” and an alternative version of “Stone Dead Forever” (which later appeared on the Bomber Deluxe Edition), and “Emergency” one of the B-side tracks on The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre EP, upon which they performed “Please Don’t Touch”, with Girlschool, under the combined band names of HeadGirl.

Clarke left Motörhead in 1982, whilst on tour of the United States. Becoming unhappy at the results of the Iron Fist album, the recording sessions with the Plasmatics were the final straw. For the B-side of the Stand By Your Man EP the bands took turns in covering each other’s songs, Clarke felt that this compromised the band’s principles and resigned, Clarke was replaced by former Thin Lizzy and Wild Horses lead guitarist Brian Robertson after Anvil frontman Steve “Lips” Kudlow turned down the offer to play with Motörhead. Clarke’s last gig with Motörhead took place at the New York Palladium on 14 May 1982. Another cameo from Clarke on a later Motörhead album was on 2000s Live at Brixton Academy, released in 2003, on which the band featured many guest appearances from other guitarists, of which he was one, playing on the songs “No Class”, “The Chase Is Better Than the Catch” and “Overkill”.

Hearing that UFO bassist Pete Way was keen to leave that band, the two met and decided their new band’s name would be an amalgamation of their own two names, resulting in Fastway. They advertised in the music press for a drummer and a vocalist. Meanwhile, a rehearsal was organised for which The Clash drummer, Topper Headon, filled in on drums. Headon was doing this as a favour so that Clarke and Way could rehearse. The ads began showing positive results, cassettes from potential band members arrived; one of these was from a young, Dublin-based singer by the name of Dave King. Clarke was impressed with his voice and financed a trip to London for King and, after an audition together, he became the Fastway vocalist. Ex-Humble Pie member, Jerry Shirley, became the drummer.

The band sent out demo tapes and were approached by CBS Records for a recording deal. However Way departed and Touring proved strenuous for the band so upon returning to Britain, they split. Clarke stayed in London and soon received a call from King about giving Fastway another go. Clarke agreed and moved to Ireland. With another album for CBS in view, they rehearsed with three of King’s friends, guitarist and keyboard player Shane Carroll, drummer Alan Connor and Paul Reid on bass. The record label was happy with the sound and had them record at London’s Abbey Road Studios, releasing Waiting for the Roar in 1986. Clarke toured America with Fastway, supporting AC/DC, followed by a lengthy European tour, which produced 1992’s Say What You Will – Live album. Fastway were also engaged to provide music for the Trick Or Treat film soundtrack, for which they composed the title track and performed “Heft” and “If You Could See” from their albums.

After the band split up again, Clarke moved back to London and met up with Lea Hart, a solo artist in the Far East. Clarke’s record deals had now expired, so the pair took a demo tape to Douglas Smith (Clarke’s former Motörhead manager) at GWR Records, who willingly signed a deal. Still using the name Fastway, they recorded the On Target album. It featured Don Airey and Paul Airey on keyboards, Neil Murray on bass, plus Bram Tchaikovsky of The Motors and Christine Byford as backing vocalists.

Clarke’s group now consisted of Riff Raff on drums, keyboards and bass, plus assorted friends including; Biff Byford and Nigel Glockler of Saxon, Don Airey, and Kim McAuliffe and Cris Bonacci of Girlschool. After two albums, Clarke and Hart split up. Sadly the excesses he had indulged in with Motörhead had taken their toll, and led to Clarke being admitted to hospital, having recovered, Clarke released a solo album, It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over, which blends Motörhead and Fastway styles. Lemmy also helped out on the album by writing and singing the track “Laugh at the Devil”. Clarke released The double CD release, Fast Eddie Clarke Anthology, which featured a collection of Clarke’s music spanning his career before and after Motörhead. It also marked a return to live performances with a re-formed Fastway, including an appearance at the UK’s Download Festival in summer 2007. In 2014, Clark Released a blues album entitled Make My Day – Back To Blues’ which a collaboration between Clarke and the keyboardist from Shakatak, Bill Sharpe Clarke reunited with Lemmy on 6 November 2014 at National Indoor Arena in Birmingham to play Motörhead classic “Ace of Spades”.

Lee Thompson (Madness)

English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and composer Lee Jay Thompson was born 5 October 1957. Thompson came to prominence in the late 1970s as the founder and saxophonist for the English ska band Madness. Prior to forming Madness, Thompson and future Madness keyboardist Mike Barson gained some notoriety as graffiti artists in the mid-1970s. After reading about the emerging New York graffiti scene, they spray-painted their nicknames (“Kix” and “Mr B”) along with two friends’ names “Cat” and “Columbo” around North London. They managed to spray their nicknames on George Melly’s garage door, prompting Melly to write a newspaper article declaring: “If I ever catch that Mr B, Kix and Columbo, I’m going to kick their arses”

Thompson founded Madness with Mike Barson and Chris Foreman in 1976, and wrote the group’s debut single, “The Prince”. Among the other songs, he wrote or co-wrote the singles “Embarrassment”, “House of Fun”, and “Uncle Sam”. His experiences of being a petty criminal and serving time in borstal in his youth inspired his lyrics for “Land of Hope and Glory” and “One’s Second Thoughtlessness”, the latter an unusual diversion into synthpop for the group. Thompson performed lead vocals for both tracks. He also sang the vocals on his own composition, “Razor Blade Alley”, which was a regular inclusion in early Madness shows. Thompson reunited with all seven original Madness members in 1992.

After Madness disbanded in 1986, Thompson formed a new band The Madness with Foreman, Suggs and Chas Smash, but they broke up after releasing one album in 1988. Thompson then joined forces with Foreman, and the pair began to write songs. They soon recorded an album at Liquidator Studios with Thompson on vocals and saxophone and Foreman playing the other instruments. This album included the song “Magic Carpet”, which was co-written with Suggs and originally intended to be included on a Madness album. When it came to promoting their debut album, they found they needed to form a group and also decide on a name. Due to an error at the printers, the band name and album title were accidentally switched, and they started off as The Nutty Boys The album was re-released in 2002, and the mistake was rectified, with the group now known as Crunch!

Thompson founded The Dance Brigade with Keith Finch in 2007, and they were joined by Jennie Matthias of The Belle Stars. The other musicians came from projects that they had all been involved in. He also fronted and played saxophone with a covers band called The Camden Cowboys. Thompson was featured floating while playing a red, white, and blue-colored saxophone in the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2011, Thompson began performing with The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra who released the album The Benevolence of Sister Mary Ignatius in 2013. They released the single “Fu Man Chu” featuring Bitty McLean from this album and, in February 2014, released the follow up single “Bangarang” featuring Dawn Penn and Sharon Shannon