Troubador Blood Ties

Released: 28/08/2020

ISBN: 9781838594169

eISBN: 9781838595753

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Ritchie’s life is shadowed by the death of his wife, Cat, in a car accident twenty-two years previously. He was the driver. He loves his children – Nic, who is bi-polar and often impulsive, and Jack. Both are active in the campaign to welcome asylum-seekers and refugees to Britain. His life comes to a crisis as he realises how much his children despise his trade in advertising and how much the loss of Cat still means to them all.  


Ritchie abandons his career but achieves new success in driving Britain’s treatment of refugees up the political agenda. This earns him the respect of his children but brings him to the attention of Makepeace, the populist Home Secretary. Nic, his daughter, strives to show she can overcome her disorder. She infiltrates a people-trafficking gang but is arrested as a criminal. Makepeace uses this to blackmail Ritchie to help him in his political schemes. Ritchie is horrified to discover that his task is to sell the reintroduction of forced labour, modern slavery, to the public. As a result he is once again rejected by his children. 

Ritchie has reached rock bottom. He is desolate but believes he can outsmart Makepeace. Blood Ties shows how he finally resolves the situation, embraces the causes his children hold dear and reunites his family.

NetGalley Five-star Review: "This is a brilliant book. Anyone who has ever felt wronged by big business, has ever dealt with chauvinistic men who think you owe them something because you have breasts and they don't, should read this book. A beacon of hope in a world gone dark, this book is what the world needs right now."
A new review on Amazon: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Thought provoking and an interesting, entertaining read.
By Linda's Book Bag TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 2017
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Ade audits big business accounts, but when she encounters Webster, her life is dramatically changed.

What a thought provoking read Ardent Justice is, especially as, by the end, I'm not convinced justice has really been severed morally. I've been thinking hard about the issues raised and have had to reassess my own views about society as a result. In Ade's place I'm still not sure what I would do and some of my assumptions about what is morally right have been challenged by reading Ardent Justice. One response that reading Ardent Justice raised in me quite acutely was a feeling of ignorance. I wondered just how much of the story could really be happening right under our noses. Truth is, after all, stranger than fiction.

Whist potential readers may feel they will be getting a somewhat dry read in a book described as having a strong social message, they would be wrong. Certainly there are uncomfortable themes of abuse, corruption at all levels and violent behaviour, but these are all presented within dramatic scenes, in a well plotted narrative and offset by friendship and romance so that there is much to enjoy as a very entertaining story too. The sociological aspects are well blended in the narrative so I didn't feel I was being preached to.

I only had one small issue with the characterisation. With Ade's education and position in the city, occasionally I found her grammar incongruous. However, this may well have been deliberate with Ade modulating her language better to fit in with those around her. I found Ade feisty and convincing otherwise.

Peter Taylor-Gooby's style is a pleasure to read. He manages to balance complex compound sentences that build description or Ade's thoughts, for example, with simple phrases that add a drama that almost startles the reader. There's a poetic feel in some of the phrasing too and I really enjoyed this aspect. I thought the appeal to the reader's senses was especially good.

Part thriller, part sociological tract, Ardent Justice is, above all else, a really good story and an entertaining read.

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Peter Taylor-Gooby

I love writing, and I enjoy road-biking, hill-walking, exploring cities on foot and talking to my grand-daughter. I've worked on adventure playgrounds, as a teacher, as an antique dealer and in a Newcastle social security office and now at my computer.

My first novel, The Baby Auction, 2017, is a love story set in a fantasy world where the only law is the law of the market. My second, Ardent Justice, 2018, is a tale of crime among financiers and city fat-cats, where money rules, but greed can trip even the most successful. My third, Blood Ties, 2020, is about the bonds of love in a troubled family, set against the background of people-trafficking and the struggle against it. My fourth, A Kinder City, 2022, is a tale of passion and redemption set against a background of ruthless exploitation of nature in a world a little like ours.


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