Troubador Not Single Spies

Released: 28/06/2015

ISBN: 9781784622985

eISBN: 9781784629069

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A world where privacy is a thing of the past... Bryn Williams lives quietly in Ealing, West London, writing popular history articles for magazines. Things have not been going well for him – his computer has been hacked and his bank account emptied. He is increasingly aware that his actions – on the street and online – are being monitored. The woman he loves stops returning his phone calls and emails, and he becomes concerned for her safety. Then on a research trip to an English Civil War battlefield, he stumbles on a dead body in a car and his life changes forever... Bryn finds himself in the middle of a very different conflict. Drawn up on one side are the forces of government and good order. On the other, a network of cyber-hackers committed to halting global warming. Climate change is now at a tipping point – the polar ice caps are melting, fertile land is turning to desert and populations are on the move. By destroying digital systems worldwide, the hackers hope to make all modern means of communication unusable, reverse economic progress, and save what's left of a fragile earth. Not Single Spies is a political thriller which draws on themes of considerable relevance to the 21st century. It is set in a society dominated by the Internet, where communication systems are an open book to government and big business... and the only people for whom that book remains closed are the shadowy figures who pull the strings of power.

Selected Reviews of BEAR IN THE WOODS...

BRILLIANT THRILLER
This is a cleverly crafted thriller which I found difficult to put down. Set mainly in the USA during a presidential election campaign, the writer's knowledge and understanding both of that country's geography and history - particularly of the Civil War battlefields - is impressive and help to keep the reader forever wondering what on earth is coming next. The essence of a good page-turner, which this most certainly is. The writer understands human psychology and the fears and pressures brought on by events seemingly outside one's control. There is an eerie fascination in trying to divine why exactly all this is happening to our hero, which is not resolved until the final pages. A brilliant debut novel.
David Burton Evans

HUGELY ENJOYABLE
Hugely enjoyable, the plot led me a merry dance. Lots to think about in the characters and what they had to say about life. I also learnt a lot about american history in the process of reading the book and decided that I am not going to take any short cuts when driving through the States.
p.s. Are there really recorder groups and, if so, are they really like this?
Clare Sayers

HUGELY IMPRESSED
A new author to salute... A likeable English academic's tale of a lecture visit to Chicago, inexplicably threatened by persons unknown, turning into a frightful nightmare and much derring-do. The theme picks up as religious, sexual, political and personal complexities intrude, all nicely marshalled and neatly resolved. Along the way, enjoy gently sardonic views on the American way of life, and informed writing on food, music and notably the Civil War battlefields. A remarkable debut.
M.T.

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Robin Duval

Robin Duval was born in Liverpool and educated at King Edward's School Birmingham, University College London and the University of Michigan as a Fulbright Scholar. The greater part of his career has been spent in the film and television industry as a writer, producer, executive and regulator. From 1999 to 2004 he was Director of the British Board of Film Classification, for which he received a CBE. He lives and writes in West London.

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