Troubador The Al-Eden Emergency

Released: 28/02/2019

ISBN: 9781789017434

eISBN: 9781789019698

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Al-Eden Emergency


13-year-old Billy is on a school trip, visiting the British Museum, when he slips back in time and joins his grandad for a good old-fashioned dose of derring-do and dastardly deeds. The Al-Eden Emergency features classic aircraft and cars from the mid-20th century as well as some jolly good chaps and a couple of thoroughly bad eggs.

It’s 1966 and Billy’s RAF officer Grandpop is something hush-hush in the Ministry of Defence. All eyes are on the port of Al-Eden, a hothouse of rebel activity. As soon as Billy lands on its barren rocks, he’s thrust into a storm of intrigue. He discovers: a secret terrorist organisation led by the enigmatic “Scorpion”, Al-’Aqrab, a stolen astrolabe linked to a mysterious prophecy, an aircraft carrier sailing on shark-infested waters and a good friend who’s being held against his will – or is he? Meanwhile, an old enemy is closing in. Can Billy crack the puzzle before his cover is blown?

The Al-Eden Emergency is the cracking third instalment in S.P. Moss’s series of retro-style adventures. “Al-Eden” is a fictitious place, but is inspired by Aden, where the author lived as a small child in the 1960s. Fans of the previous books, as well as any 10 - 13 year old who enjoys breathtaking adventure, will be thrilled by this tremendous tale!

Chocks away! The Al-Eden Emergency has taken off, up and away into a gin-clear sky. If you'd like a little preview of what it's all about, zip over to Facebook:

Here I am, babbling on about my book on my first podcast. I have to be honest, though - that's not me on the trumpet.

Ever wondered what a trelf-published author is? Thought not. But you can find out anyway in this guest post on The Independent Publishing Magazine:

15TH MARCH 2019
The gremlins have been given their marching orders, the spanners taken out of the works, all present and correct - the website for The Al-Eden Emergency! Jet off and visit via the link below.

26TH MARCH 2019
Whatever happened to all those ripping yarns? A guest post on Kay Green's blog

I will be at the FAST Museum in Farnborough in the Cody Pavilion on Saturday 27th April signing books. Come along to see some fascinating aviation history and say hello.

3RD May 2019
Guess who's coming to dinner at the Aden Dinner Club? An article about how my earliest memories inspired the story and setting of "The Al-Eden Emergency"

11TH JUNE 2019
Flying High in Farnborough!

I will be at WHSmith in the Princes Mead Centre on Saturday June 22nd from 10am to 4pm, with "The Bother in Burmeon", "Trouble in Teutonia" and "The Al-Eden Emergency".

I'll be tickled pink if you drop by to say hello.

Book Bonanza at Brooklands!

On Sunday, 22nd September, Brooklands Museum will be holding their annual Aviation Day, a "kerosene-fuelled day of aviation antics and activities." One of those activities will be the rip-roaring readings from none other than me aka S.P. Moss. Hope to see you there.

An ace review from The Merry Bookworm.
"Peril-fuelled stories ..." I'll take that!

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Kay Green

The Independent Publishing Magazine

Editor's Review:

S. P. Moss’s books get better and better…

I loved the first two books in this series, but ‘The Al-Eden Emergency’, while featuring many of the same characters, is aimed at a slightly older market and is, I think, even better. It’s perfectly possible, however, to read this book as a stand-alone, or as an introduction to the series. If ‘The Al-Eden Emergency’ is your first, I’m pretty sure you’ll be seeking out the other two when you’re done.

Thrills, spills, amazing planes and ancient mysteries, exciting and exotic locations, two young heroes everyone can identify with – this is an adventure story in the traditional mould, but bang-up-to-date as well. Billy is from the present day, but he ends up back in the summer of 1966, meeting his grandfather as a daring young pilot and getting involved in unmasking some very shady goings-on. There’s fun and humour too, and some brilliant characters – good, bad, and somewhere in between. If you’re an older reader, you may well experience delightful nostalgia as the summer of 1966 and England’s winning the World Cup is revisited… with perhaps just a little rewriting of history.

The book is beautifully written and the story bounds along with never a dull moment, though if you’re so inclined there are some interesting reflections, too. S. P. Moss appears to have achieved the near-impossible, in writing a book that will appear to boys and girls not only in the 10–13 target age-group but right up to… let’s just say those who remember 1966 the first time round. (Not that I would know!)

by Sheila Glasbey

The third book in S.P Moss’s brilliant and thrilling time-travelling adventure series is a humdinger of a story. At its centre is thirteen-year-old Billy and his heroic RAF pilot Grandpop. Also taking centre stage is feisty and courageous Radar, a charismatic character who first appeared in “Bother in Burmeon”.
In the “Al-Eden Emergency” Billy has travelled back to 1966 for a roller coaster of a ride involving sharks, scorpions, kidnappings, a stolen astrolabe, chases through souks, sandstorms, hairy rides in classic planes and a sinister organisation led by the shadowy Al-’Aqrab.
With the reappearance of the villainous Featherstonehaugh from “Bother in Burmeon” and “Trouble in Teutonia”, now minus one arm and an eye after an encounter with a crocodile, we have a ruthless villain out to take revenge on Billy and his beloved Grandpop. There are thrills and chases a-plenty, and events that leave the reader breathlessly wondering how Billy, Radar and Grandpop are going to escape in one piece.
The strands of time travelling involving present, past and future interlinked events and characters are skilfully and sensitively held together by the author. S.P. Moss demonstrates that time doesn’t have to be represented in a linear movement but can be seen as a number of parallel worlds or different pages in a book, which time-traveller Billy is able to move between with growing confidence and bravery.
An action-packed and fun adventure story with a difference that will engage girls and boys alike. A story that also makes the reader stop and think at some of the complexities of the plot as past, present and future events are cleverly woven into the mix. A thrilling read and one that is thoroughly recommended.

by Christine Tennent

A rollicking good yarn of derring-do!
The Al-Eden Emergency is the third in the series, although each can be read as a stand-alone story. Somehow, the author manages to step up the intrigue; the thrills and spills with every new outing, while also maintaining the unique and delicious writing style. I love the way in which SP Moss evokes not only the past, but also the idiomatic speech and actions of her characters. The historical periods in which the books are set are brilliantly brought to life with just the right amount of description to place us in the middle of the action - especially if the older reader was there at the time! Yes, these books may well be primarily aimed at a younger audience, but readers with more Summers at their backs will find much to enjoy and commend within the pages. From Spitfires to the sands of the desert; from the sights and sounds of the Souk; from time-travel to international villainy, SP Moss has her characters run the whole gamut. And what a cast of characters we are gifted, heroes and villains to delight and amaze with their antics - no spoilers from me! In conclusion, if you're looking for a darn-good read, whether it be for a young person of your acquaintance or, indeed, yourself, I can thoroughly recommend the Al-Eden Emergency. Chocks away!

by Steviecat

I came to the Al-Eden Emergency through the real life setting for Al-Eden of Aden, which is a former British colony situated in the present day country of Yemen. I met the author at an Aden event in London. With grown-up children, it was some time since I had read any children's literature, however since I once lived in Aden and retain a keen interest in the place I wanted to read this book for myself.
My initial impression was that the book is well plotted, nicely descriptive, carefully researched and is full of great characters. However, the story comes properly into its own for me once it reaches Al-Eden (Aden) because of my personal association.
The major theme of the book is time travel. The 3 main protagonists - Grandpop, Billy and Radar - find themselves transported from their present day situations back to their respective younger selves in Al-Eden circa 1966. In real life this was the time that Aden colony and its upcountry protectorates of South Yemen were headed towards independence from 128 years of colonial rule (the final withdrawal by the last remaining British forces eventually occurring on 30 November 1967). In real life it was a time of great change and upheaval for everyone in the colony. There were hostilities between local freedom fighters and British forces as well as between differing factions of the local insurgents, who wished to gain power once the colonial overlords were gone, all of which resulted in what became known as The Aden Emergency. The Soviet Union and other Cold War powers stood almost perceptibly in the surrounding shadows, just waiting to step into the breach that would be caused by the departing British.
Aden, always a quirky and interesting geographical location, was at that time a place full on intrigue and adventure, populated by fascinating as well as mysterious personalities. I am impressed by the way the author has been able to harness such facets of real life in Aden in order to create a very authentic story revolving around her imaginary Al-Eden. Fighter pilots, forays into Arabian Nights-style countryside, shark infested waters and an ominous Russian warship that lies in the outer waters of a harbour are just some exciting aspects of The Al-Eden Emergency that ring true in my life.
Much of the dialogue is quite old-fashioned and is in keeping with the time frame of the mid 20th century that the characters come to find themselves in. It is perfectly paced and the style conveys both the sense and the action of the story.
I like the way The Al-Eden Emergency cleverly combines historical fact with thrilling fiction for modern children to enjoy, and I now plan to read the two preceding books (The Bother in Burmeon and Trouble in Teutonia) of this unusual and interesting series for children written by S.P. Moss.

by Helen Balkwill

S. P. Moss

Flying and travel are in Susan Moss's blood as she visited four of the world's continents before starting school. She read avidly and wrote determinedly in between plotting to become a spy and building brother-proof camps.

She studied Psychology at Trinity College, Cambridge, taking part in some interesting experiments in parapsychology as well as playing trumpet in a Big Band.

A chance meeting in an Austrian ski hut resulted in more travel - this time to Germany, where she now lives in a small town outside Frankfurt with her husband and son.

She still makes use of her trumpet-playing, spying and camp-building skills in her busy life as an author, mother and freelance marketing consultant.

The Bother in Burmeon, her first published novel, won the Earlyworks Press international 'Novels for Children or Teens' competition, and the sprequel, Trouble in Teutonia, was short-listed for the International Rubery Award in 2015.

Some have a portrait in the attic. I have a British pub in the cellar.

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