Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Writing - Human frailty and stories

Films are one of my hobbies which is a bit of a cop out because all they really are stories on celluloid! I love stories. The basis for stories can literally be anything but quite often they stem from some frailty in a human.

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The Accountant

I have just been to view The Accountant starring Ben Affleck who plays the part of a mathematical savant come hitman/enforcer. It was an interesting mix and though not great, certainly entertaining.

Affleck's character had elements of my Patrick Steele. Steele is a man with compulsions bordering on the obsessive which underpins all of his adventures to a greater or lesser extent. Choosing the human frailty to write a story around isn't new but there are so many to choose from.

How about,
a shoplifting detective?

an asthmatic cat burglar?

a wheelchair bound lawyer!!! (been done)

a private eye with one leg!!! (been done)

in fact there have been many versions but you have to select something with which you have some experience to elicit the best results.

At the current time there is the result of 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