Troubador Legacy

Released: 28/03/2021

ISBN: 9781800461970

eISBN: 9781800468979

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The wide-ranging plot straddles four continents as the main characters’ lives intertwine; driven by love, betrayal, ambition and the desire for a Legacy.

Bucephalus is a secret project that will produce the world’s first emissions free car using a special fuel and engine, but there is another hidden agenda. China seizes on the opportunity to use Bucephalus to bring America to its knees, for its own ends.

Gene Finnegan the automotive giant behind the project persuades the US president to lead a humanitarian programme called Feed Africa, using it to hide the environmental testing his vehicles require.

Joseph Montgomery, America’s president is desperate to avert a war, become the hero he images himself to be and finally break free from his domineering mother.

Josie Ryland knows the truth. Bucephalus is destroying the eco system and the people she loves in southern Africa. Can she stop it from being launched? The stage is set for a showdown with unimaginable consequences.

Ebook launched ahead of publication date and 24 hours later I've already sold three!


Does this count as my first review?
Imogen Palmer, Troubador's editor of my book Legacy said, 'It's a great story!'
I'll take that. Thanks.

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The Bookbag reviewed Legacy .
Jill Murphy said ,'I enjoyed this energetic political thriller. It gets into its stride very quickly and is a page - turning read, I managed it in two sittings punctuated only by a meal. There is a large cast of characters, all well- rounded and with disparate but entirely credible motivations....The plot unravels in a very satisfying way and covers important contemporary topics such as climate change, corporate political influence, and the resurgence of China leading to unstable geopolitics. These are things we should all be thinking about and raise Legacy from being a simple goodies versus baddies political thriller into something altogether more thoughtful.
Without spoiling- perish the thought - I liked the denouement: it leaves the door open...
If you enjoy a good thriller that travels the world and discusses the real threats facing humanity Legacy is a book you'd enjoy.'

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Ebook now sold 6! My target a modest 100.

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200 paperback copies of Legacy arrived last week at home. My plan is to send them out to friends etc, encouraging them to recommend it to their friends.
The hall has two large Post Office sacks full ready for posting. However. I will hold on to them for a couple of weeks until my Legacy website and Facebook pages are launched.

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Monday: Sent out my books with 5 postcards and 2 bookmarks. Wait to see the reaction

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Wednesday: Local library still in click and collect mode, but dropped off 4 books gratis to add to the collection. Who knows perhaps they will get so many inter library loan requests they will have to buy some copies!

Also made up half a dozen encapsulated posters for them to put up, once the borrowers return.

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Thursday: Response to the mail out has been phenomenal- everyone really chuffed and eager to help.

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Saturday: checked now sold 10 books - waiting for more reviews to come in.
Website nearly there and very pleased with it. Facebook next task

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March
Monday: Another review has come in. 'Contemporary intrigue. This is a really good read. It is a story of contemporary concern. It has a surprising, tangled, compelling and fast moving plot. Will there be a follow up I wonder.'
I'm pleased with "fast moving plot," that's what I wanted to write, oh and a good complex story.

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Thursday: Still waiting for website and Facebook pages to be up and running, getting to be a tadge annoying now, especially as reviews are starting to come in from friends who have read the book.

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My brother in law sent some kind words: 'I've started reading Legacy and wanted to send you my first response. I'm a slow reader and usually take some time before I settle into the grain of the writing style and begin to enjoy the adventure of a new story. This has been different, it immediately became a 'page turner 'and I cannot wait till after the late evening news when I can get back to my new book. Legacy has already got a 5 star stamp.'

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Friday: 287 books still to sell. It’s hard not to check your sales more than once a day!

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The BOOKBAG Jill Murphy review

Corporate boss Gene Finnegan has a plan to increase his already startling wealth and ensure his legacy: to bring the world's first emission-free car to market and dominate production. The secret development project to enable this, Bucephalus, is already underway and Finnegan bankrolls US president Joseph Montgomery into a second term to help him carry it out. Montgomery is also looking for a legacy and one that does not involve his controlling mother and her foundation, so grabs onto Finnegan's Feed Africa programme with both hands but Feed Africa is not what Montgomery has been led to believe. It is Finnegan's live experiment with his new fuel, which is not as safe as advertised. And it's also a way for the Chinese to infiltrate and expand on their geopolitical ambitions.
Into this mix comes Josie Ryland, an ex employee of Finnegan's. She has witnessed the development of the new fuel and she knows the dangers - from health implications to the murderous ruthlessness of Gene Finnegan. Can Josie expose what's going on? Or is it too late? The ensuing tense thriller follows all the main players across four continents of the globe as they each seek to create the legacies they long for and exposes their corruptions, betrayals and ambitions. It's a wild ride addressing critical global issues.
I enjoyed this energetic political thriller. It gets into its stride very quickly and is a page-turning read - I managed it in two sittings punctuated only by a meal. There is a large cast of characters, all well-rounded and with disparate but entirely credible motivations. I particularly enjoyed Kate, the world weary doctor battling AIDS in her African community and Professor Li, the effete, corruptible but brilliant scientist, for very different reasons. The plot unravels in a very satisfying way and covers important contemporary topics such as climate change, corporate political influence, and the resurgence of China leading to unstable geopolitics. These are things we should all be thinking about and raise Legacy from being a simple goodies versus baddies political thriller into something altogether more thoughtful.
Without spoiling - perish the thought! - I liked the denouement: it leaves the door open for more from Sacha on Bucephalus and the forces driving it. I'd like to read more if my suspicion is correct!
If you enjoy a good thriller that travels the world and discusses the real threats facing humanity, Legacy is a book you'd enjoy.

by Jill Murphy


I have just finished reading Legacy. A truly excellent read and I enjoyed it very much. A clever plot with lots of twists and turn and intrigue. A real page turner. Now passed to Sue and I expect she will be 'gripped' by it too.

by Alan Byrne


'Contemporary intrigue.' This is a really good read. It is a story of contemporary concern - climate change and political intrigue. It has a surprising, tangled and compelling, fast moving plot. Will there be a follow up I wonder?

by Lesley Bernau


CA Sacha

C.A. Sacha has written the same book 3 times. You could call it a labour of love. My husband says, 'it's grounds for a divorce. I've forgotten what you look like.' Seriously! I bet he'll join me on the red carpet when someone turns it into a film. Before you say why write a novel, when all along it was a film script, well it's like this - I thought the novel would be easier to do. ( I refer you to my opening line.)

My character are flawed, but that makes them more human. As I wrestled with them, they seemed to have a life force of their own. We finally came to an agreement. This is the route - it's up to you how you get me there, and they did- gloriously, shockingly and with one character hoping there'd be a sequel.

Born in Joburg, living in England now, I've worked in factories, restaurants, on newspapers and a vet's surgery. I graduated, have been a museum curator, arts officer and front counter staff at a police station; a life rich in stories.

Enjoy my debut novel Legacy


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