I found the story of Jordan Westward, both compelling and heart warming. I admire the courage and tenacity of both Jordan and his wife and look forward to seeing how their inspiring story develops.
A great effort by Mr.Ben C. Lawes. Congratulations!
by Ann S.
Ben's knowledge of football tactics is exceptional and when you read the description of the games, it's like you're actually there.
A really enjoyable read.
by Peter Baker, ex-professional footballer for Sheffield Wednesday and Q.P.R.
BEN WAS BORN and raised in a seaside town in the South of England. His parents divorced when he was young and consequently he says that he missed the stability and guidance of a father figure.
"I was most definitely not the most popular kid at school," he states and he scraped through with a handful of what was, back in the seventies, 'O' levels. After a brief flirt with a financial company (a job that, like Jordan Westward in Three Minutes, Ben barely hung on to because of some poor life choices) he was offered a position in the IT operations division of a major credit card company.
It soon became evident to Ben that despite his natural aptitude for IT, the minor pay increases matched the very limited opportunities to advance his career at this company. Consequently, he discovered that there was much money to be earned in the freelance IT market during what was to be the 'networking' boom of the late eighties along with the advent of personal computers. He formed his own consultancy and very soon found a hungry market for his skills.
Ben gained very lucrative contracts with major banks, oil giants and pharmaceutical companies. "For the best part of fifteen years I built a solid client base up and down the UK. It was awesome! and also, during this time, along with my wife, I came to saving faith in Jesus Christ."
He adds that as with all gravy trains, they don't stay on the tracks for long. "Changes to company laws severely depleted the IT contract industry. It was then that I decided to diversify and put my hand to novel writing amongst other activities."
Three Minutes, the first in a series of four, is his first published novel with Matador.