Sunday, 3 April 2016

Writing - A Delicate Truth

When I was constructing Patrick A Steele I wanted a hero who would fight evil and injustice but, unlike James Bond, not from a position of privilege or upper class origins, rather an 'ordinary' man who had picked up some diverse and lethal skills in his upbringing. In a sense echoing Edmund Burke's famous quotation about evil succeeding because of the apathy of good people.
John le Carre, aged 84, has produced his latest novel,The Delicate Truth, echoing the examination of the same quotation.

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John Le Carre

For those lamenting the conclusion of BBC One’s The Night Manager, Radio 4 Extra offers a reading of le Carre’s most recent novel A Delicate Truth, the gripping story of a good man who must choose between his conscience and his duty to the Service.

I am not bragging but I had the idea before the great man!!!

It is great that John le Carre is still writing and if Night Manager is anything to go by without any loss of his storytelling powers.

Read on!

December 2015

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.


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