Monday, 28 November 2016

Writing - 27 days to go

Three weeks and six days to the visit of the big man. As a primary school teacher there was a sotto voce disagreement between the older children and the young ones about the existence of Santa Claus. When I asked I used to respond with a typical adult response - did you get presents at Christmas? No one took me up on that because even the oldest ones (aged 11) did not want to upset the little ones and hide their own level of belief from classmates.

Its in the bag. He will come on 25th as always but how did we end up with the name?

Santa Claus, the name, was derived from Dutch St Nicholas, or Sinterklass. Early Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam (New York) brought their traditions of St Nicholas. As children from other countries tried to pronounce Sinterklass, this developed into Sinter Klass and finally what we have today. 

The old bishop's cloak, mitre, jewelled gloves and crozier were eventually replaced with his red suit and the mode of dress we see today.

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Books make great presents and below are the full collection created over the last seven years.

At the current time there is the presidential election in the USA and if you consider the electoral system there is undoubted connection back to the events of 9/11. There is the involvement of the security agencies, unexplained and precipitate actions by the US Government and a failure of security agencies to communicate knowledge with each other. Many of the same people are probably still in post 15 years later. So read 7 Hours After and allow your mind to wander freely and decide what is fact and what is fiction.


Patrick Steele is off crusading once again with his sidekick, fiancée Naomi Kobayashi. This time he is risking life and limb by returning to the hostile shores of the USA. He has had brushes with the authorities in that vast country on previous occasions, but now has been stimulated to return because of apparent dodgy dealings over the World Trade Centre disaster of September 11th 2001.
After discovering numerous ‘theories’ concerning 9/11 and who was behind it, Steele identifies possible links between large corporations with financial interests and political parties. In a presidential election year he is concerned that those vying for that prodigious post may have links with the disaster.
Has Steele discovered underhand dealing by the US security services? 
Did one of the major political parties have a hand in the destruction of 9/11?
Will Steele be caught by the CIA or can he escape back to the safety of the UK?

What was Building 7?

Where can the books be bought?

In each case search under David L Atkinson, don't forget the 'L', and search through the available options to see all 11 novels.

Or click on the links below.

The Kindle copy available from will upload to devices supporting the Kindle App as well as Kindle devices so you can get this an all of my books on your smartphone.

God Bless