Troubador Trashed

Released: 28/11/2018

ISBN: 9781789015096

eISBN: 9781789011807

Format: Paperback/eBook

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You've paid £6000 to get here on a dinghy well past it's sell by date. You've avoided cross channel ferries, coastal patrols. You've seen others shot and bodies ditched overboard - not wanted on voyage. You're herded like cattle into the back of a van and driven in pitch blackness to an unknown destination. What else do you need to do just to stay alive? 

Ex-military man, Paul Stafford finds out when his small recycling company beats the odds to win a contract to run five Hampshire waste tips, he finds himself up against a ruthless criminal gang who have relied on the tips as cover for their frightening catalogue of villainous activity. 

Desperate to keep their multi-million pound enterprise intact, the gang embark on a campaign of violence against Stafford and his employees, proving themselves willing to go to unimaginable lengths to regain control. 

A council executive disappears. Bombs, murder and mayhem are employed against Stafford, his workers and their families. But Stafford is made of stern stuff. Can he and his little company prevail against the lawless might of this international criminal syndicate?

Second book, LETHAL RESPONSE, following on from TRASHED, will be available from 28/04/2021.

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I loved reading this book, I was drawn in by the cover and plot. I couldn’t put it down, great read! Thanks for the advanced copy.

by A D

I would like to thank Troubador Publishing Limited, Matador and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read ‘Trashed’ by Norman Townsend in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Ex-Special Forces Major Paul Stafford runs Andover Recycling which has control of five waste recycling stations. Lithuanian Ayman Runihura who’s involved in a number of illegal activities such as bringing immigrants into the UK and using the women for prostitution, drugs, bombs, weapons and murder, makes his money from the electronic waste and either wants Stafford to join them or wants him dead. Stafford enlists the help of the police to bring down Runihura and his gang and they lend him PC Lee Gibson and acting WPS Nicole Martin.

When I started reading ‘Trashed’ I thought it would be written for the male readers but how wrong I was! I became deeply engrossed in the plot which is well-written and researched making me wonder if Townsend has some prior knowledge of the Special Forces. It’s fast-paced and gripping, sometimes gruesome, but it’s kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I thought it ended a bit abruptly but nevertheless it’s an excellent thriller, exciting and entertaining. I can thoroughly recommend it.

by Joan Clapham

As a reader from the USA I found this book very interesting and it gave me insight into the slang of the UK. I enjoyed the way that the story developed and the way that characters were used to develop that story. I hope that I will see more of this author giving me a view of the language used on the streets of the UK.

by Jonah Windham

Well done, Bruv, I didn't think you'd get it done but glad you did because it's a great read. I don't think I've ever read another book set in the recycling business but it did seem entirely plausible. A real page-turner. Can't wait to see the follow up if there is one ?

by Paul Townsend

This is a cracking first novel by Norman Townsend. Fast-paced and well-plotted, the story never flags with a steady flow of highly original and vivid action sequences leading to an explosive finale. The novel races along with finely drawn heroes and some seriously nasty villains. Norman has shrewdly left a few hooks and loose ends to carry the story forward to a second novel. It would not surprise me if 'Trashed' was to be picked up for a TV series.

by Jeremy Lucas

Norman Townsend

Born and bred in Oxford. Moved to Andover some 35 years ago. Tempted to write memoirs of my days in the waste tips...... Maybe one day.

The only other piece I've had published, an article in YOURS magazine, 2006.
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