Published: 28/11/2015
ISBN: 9781784624590
eISBN: 9781785894787
Format: Paperback/eBook

'The title of this book sounds like an episode from Doctor Who, but it's not, it's an up to the minute, tight, taut thriller involving all the elements of the modern world that threaten and frighten us the most. Excellent writing, excellent characters and an excellent plot!'
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My name is James; James Skinner! I was born in Buenos Aires and am of Scottish and Welsh descent. A retired telecoms executive and ex-Honorary British Consul in Spain, am married to a Galician and hav... read more

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The Galician Parallax
by James G. Skinner

The Galician Parallax is a gripping thriller, partly based on fact, which is a heart-stopping story about drug cartels and terrorism, reaching its scintillating climax just before the London bombings of 2005

On the 11th of March, 2004 a bomb attack blowing up 3 separate commuter trains took place during the rush hour in Madrid. Nearly two hundred people were killed and just under two thousand injured. A Madrid jihadist cell had spent 2 years planing the attack.
Al Qaeda’s next stop was the United Kingdom.

A British yachtsman in the city of Vigo commits suicide. Sergio Garcia, a young lieutenant of the Civil Guards pursuing the drug cartel, suspects foul play. As he delves deeper through his own personal investigation, unbeknown to his superiors, he uncovers a link with the terrorist group Al Qaeda. But he cannot prove it; nor can he find evidence within his own channels without involving a British counterpart. So he approaches Stan Bullock, the Honorary British Consul, for help. Stan agrees and begins to use the diplomatic grapevine against all consular and Foreign Office rules. Although the investigation leads to one of the main cocaine cartels in the United Kingdom, it is the terrorists that eventually threaten the Sergio and Stan’s lives...

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4 out of 5 stars

A very intense story of two families living with terrorism as a part of their daily lives. The two main protagonists experience the joy of new romance during this time of stress; it heightens the feeling of frustration at their impotency to change the course of world events.

by Craig David

5 out of 5 stars

What an interesting story.It folows the terrorist attacks from right before the begining of the century to into this century. The story is done in story form and follows any incident that begins or ends in Galician area. It starts with what looks like a suicide in a hotel in Vigo and then goes back before that to see what got this man to that time and place. The story does move around to one area or another to show how they all interact. You must read this to see how the actual events are brought together with fact & fiction. Very well done.

by Nancy Witt

4 out of 5 stars

So thrilling, I couldn't stop reading it!

by Reelika Raimet

Lieutenant Sergio Quiroga of the Civil Guards has smelled something fishy brewing in the northwestern autonomous community of Spain known as Galicia for some time, and it’s not the world-renowned Port of Vigo.

Not directly, anyway. It’s the cartels that are using the port to funnel drugs into Europe via the yachting enterprise, but what’s worse, the cartels have ties to the terrorist faction known as Al-Qaeda. The deeper Sergio delves into the latter organization by way of the former, the more he learns of their shifting plots to attack on European soil. Without the support of his superiors, Sergio must immerse himself in the Galician underworld in order to stay ahead of this thing. He eventually enlists the aid of British consul Stan Bullock to decipher exactly where and when the onslaughts are to take place.

Largely set against the backdrop of northwest Spain following the 9/11 attacks, Skinner capitalizes on factual events to craft his narrative, such as the Madrid train bombings of 2004 and the bombings in London of 2005, to name a couple. And even more often he peppers in smaller-scale acts of aggression dually to punctuate the characterizations of Sergio and Stan and keep the looming threat they both face alive and machinating. To that point, Skinner also fills in the blanks of his international playing field by briefly focusing on the subsidiary parties such as the cartel leaders, Sergio and Stan’s superiors, and even the then President George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden.

The Galician Parallax is certain to make a shrewd birthday gift for your diplomatically savvy uncle who likes to read about the second Bush administration and the concurrent War on Terror as if he were reading a series of dailies. This book is rich (bordering on fat) with factual information. On the other side of the coin, those readers more inclined to pick up a tight-knit character drama with some thrills here and there may be left wanting. Ultimately, Skinner, in his didactic world-building, challenges his readers and forces them to decide if they want to be informed or entertained. On the fiction side of things, Skinner imbues Sergio and Stan with their own personal struggles and desires to keep the reader caring about the story’s primary focal points.

Make no mistake, The Galician Parallax is strong message serving to expose the cartel involvement in well-known terrorist organizations around the world. A timely and informative read by international author, James G. Skinner.

“Something stinks in the Spanish Port of Vigo, and one investigator dives in to uncover the dirty underbelly of the drug cartels and their links to well-known international terrorist cells. The world is in danger and James G. Skinner doesn’t let his readers forget it in his novel, The Galician Parallax.” – Chanticleer Reviews

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