Troubador The End of the Road

Released: 28/01/2022

ISBN: 9781800465572

Format: Paperback

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The End of the Road


They say life is a journey, but what happens when you get to the end of the road?  

Terminally ill eminent Oxford professor, Des Kelly, develops a new technology for sustainable energy that can address environmental pollution and global warming. His discovery will make the global oil industry obsolete. International vested interests compete to control it and acquire his research through persuasion and harassment, trying to find the lever that will secure his co-operation. But facing his own imminent mortality and unknown to his colleagues, Kelly’s ambition is to control the timing and circumstances of his death by enrolling with a voluntary euthanasia company. As he plans his demise, he is asked to mentor a young Russian scientist who has defected to the West, bringing complementary knowledge that can accelerate the commercial application of his innovation. Work pressures and Kelly’s arrangements for assisted dying on a remote Danish island lead to unexpected results – affecting family, friends, work colleagues and people he hasn’t met in different parts of the world.

The process of preparation forces him to confront some of his innermost beliefs and insecurities but leads him to his most important finding – what happens after death – and answers the conundrum: can a restless spirit ever find contentment?

Fast-paced geo-political thriller.
Author has had personal experiences of some of the locations in the book, lending authenticity to the writing
For some, the primary objective is to stop a conflict, for others, the primary objective is to exercise power, but for most, the primary objective is to make money.
Peace International is a New York based global reconciliation and mediation charity that seeks to prevent wars, regional disputes and rebuild civil societies. When a tip comes in that Iran is building a chemical and biological weapons research and production centre, it soon becomes clear that where they're considering building - close to the border with Azerbaijan - could destabilise the Gulf region and beyond.
Selecting a small team of volunteers, they form a task force to collect evidence, entering through a dangerous semi-lawless area in southern Azerbaijan. What they discover is a far more complicated web of challenges than a weapons facility. For PI Operations Director, Edwin Wilson, the mission is his most perilous yet, threatening the lives of his team and the international reputation of his organisation. But for two Iranian men, Fawaz and Jamshid, the stakes are even higher.
Driven by contrasting personal circumstances and life chances, they face difficult choices as they seek different paths to prosperity in a controlling, repressive society that takes no prisoners...alive.

RELEASE DATE 28 January 2021 £ 8.99 ISBN 9781800461109
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Theme subject category: FHP Political / legal thriller
paperback 216x138 mm 399pp Portrait.

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West Yorkshire-based Martin Venning is a project communications and strategic investment adviser working in the property and construction sector with 20 years' experience engaging with businesses in the UK, continental Europe and Asia.

He trained as a journalist as part of his undergraduate studies and writes for pleasure.

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