Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Writing - How do you recognise genius

To a degree there is only a rather pessimistic answer to the above question. What I mean by that is quite often true genius isn't recognised until the purveyor of the genius is dead. Well I think we have another genius on this planet and I know that it is a subjective judgement, but I am quite convinced.

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J K Rowling

To some I will be preaching to the converted, to others I'll have lost my mind. If I was making the judgement solely on the Potter books then I would agree but I'm not.

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On one hand you have to accept that the Potter books were a revelation across the planet, on the other there were weaknesses, but that is true for everyone. However, I have also read the Cormoran Strike books by Robert Galbraith (Rowling again) and again they are readable and have a unique central character and kept me entertained. So across two genre J K Rowling has achieved a level of success.

Finally, there is the latest screen play and movie Fantastic Beasts and where to find them. I have just returned from seeing the film and it was excellent. In all honesty I thought the story line may be a little weak but I was wrong - it was good. Obviously, the special effects people deserve great credit but the idea was hers.

I haven't included the other spin offs she has created from the Potter family of stories but that just adds to her CV. This is a lady of real talent and imagination and deserves all the plaudits thrown her way.

My efforts pale into insignificance but I keep trying.

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 amazon.co.uk 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