Monday, 16 December 2013

The Boyd #detective series




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Thank you for visiting my website. There's a link to my book shop to the right of the screen - where you can read reviews and much more - But this page features only the books relative to the character Billy Boyd - a Cumbrian policeman who becomes a senior detective in the anti terrorist branch (Counter Terrorist Command). Indeed, the work features six 'stand-alone' novels featuring Boyd and his team as they pit their wits against the enemy. As in real life, they don't always win. Come and meet Boyd, Anthea, Antonia, and the squad who fight their corner whether it be in Cumbria, New Scotland Yard, or..... Well, take a look for yourselves.... They pop up all over.... Six books, Six synopsis, just for you on this special page....
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Threat Level One
Genre: Thriller / Crime /Action-Adventure / Espionage / Mystery

THIS BOOK IS #5 IN THE BOYD 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the Cumbrian detective, Boyd, and his Special Crime Unit.                                                                                                                                                                                                     When Master Sergeant Jack Dooly uncovers a startling secret in the desert wastes of Iraq he unwittingly triggers an alarm that resonates throughout the western world. It doesn't take long before Boyd and his elite Special Crime Unit find themselves handling the investigation. But who is the man from Tikrit the police and intelligence community are desperately searching for? Is he really an Islamic assassin with orders to take out the leaders of the western world? As the Cumbrian counter-terrorist detective chases down the enquiry he enlists the aid of multiple intelligence agencies only to uncover a right wing plot to take over the government. Boyd soon realises that the man from Tikrit is an unknown quantity - and he certainly isn't the only threat that needs to be thwarted. 


A race against time follows with Boyd and his colleagues arguing with the Home Secretary and officialdom when multiple threats from a variety of lethal sources are uncovered. Short of resources, short on patience, and short of time, Boyd casts an eye on the national threat level as it slowly rises from the peace and tranquillity of threat level five. Then, as the nation’s threat level hits ‘critical’, it becomes blatantly obvious that Boyd and his team must do all they can to protect the United Kingdom’s Royal Family. It’s only when Boyd meets aristocracy and enlists the help of a Knight of the Realm that he realises the country really is at Threat Level One and there’s a very highly placed traitor in the midst of it all. 
Threat Level One – Based on the true story of the national threat level, the men and women who make it, and those who try to break it. 

Bell, Book and Candle



Genre: Thriller / Crime /Action-Adventure / Espionage / Mystery

THIS BOOK IS #4 IN THE BOYD 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the Cumbrian detective, Boyd, and his Special Crime Unit.

From an ancient Silk Road in the Spin Ghar mountain range and the red-bricked chocolate box skyscrapers of one of the oldest civilisations known to mankind, the travellers begin their journey. 
Fourteen hundred years of struggle and anguish arrive in the unspoilt backwaters of Cumbria’s Lakeland Fells and erupt in a bloody, deadly climax.
A simple bell, book and candle adorn the altar of a village church yet the parishioners are unaware of the gathering storm clouds that herald the arrival of the ‘Eternal One.’
Will the Cumbrian detective, Boyd, work out why it has taken since the seventh century for the problem to arrive in his back yard? It’s not until a child is kidnapped that Boyd realises he needs to separate out good from bad; normal from extreme, and the innocence of youth from the guilt of maturity. 
Boyd is fighting the biggest dog in the pack and the Shimmering Dawn is about to unleash its terrifying dogs of war.
Crammed with intrigue and drizzled with Machiavellian conspiracy, the plot dissects the culture and very existence of the Middle East as it gradually and passionately boils over into a turbo charged thriller of acrimonious conflict and religious aura when the history of yesteryear explodes with the reality of today. 


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THE LEGACY OF THE NINTH
Espionage Thriller/Crime/Historic Fiction

THIS BOOK IS #3 IN THE BOYD 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the Cumbrian detective, Boyd, and his Special Crime Unit.

Book description
Packed with action, stacked with intrigue, and sprinkled with ingenious conspiracy, The Legacy of the Ninth is a whirlwind thriller of bitter conflict and religious mystique, echoing through the centuries of time from the desert wastes of the Roman Empire to the luscious green valley of the River Eden and the land of the Lakes.
Behold, the noble Domitian: a valiant Roman Centurion who witnesses an appalling act of mass suicide in the Negev desert, and Hussein who plunders a Jewish artefact from its rightful owner.
Centuries later, Boyd, the detective, tries to find out why events in Masada are now so closely linked with nearby Hadrian's Wall.
Indeed, against all the odds, Boyd realises that the links are so strong that prospects of peace in the Middle East are in danger of collapsing...
Things can't get any worse, can they?


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 BUSHFIRE


BUSHFIRE
Espionage Thriller/Historic Fiction/Terrorism/Crime

THIS BOOK IS #2 IN THE BOYD 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the Cumbrian detective, Boyd, and his Special Crime Unit.

Book Description
A terrifying thriller of greed and deceit.
The action spans the oceans; from Northern Ireland, to Portugal, from Colombia to the British Isles, and is set against the inferno of a raging drugs culture.
Based around the true story of a bushfire in Poprtugal, Cumbrian undercover detective, Boyd, working with two Portuguese investigators, a determined female British Intelligence officer, an American drug-busting legend, and the covert power of the State, battle against globally organised crime syndicates unaware that some amongst them have different plans...
Private and personal revenge...


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Historic Fiction/Thriller /Love Story/Crime/Espionage/Terrorism
Kindle version Published Spring, 2012

THIS BOOK IS #1 IN THE BOYD 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the Cumbrian detective, Boyd, and his Special Crime Unit.

The Fragile Peace reached #1 in its genre in March, 2013, in the Amazon Kindle store.

Book Description:
The Fragile Peace is a thriller of violent prejudices and divided loyalties. This Ulster novel reaches to the very roots of sectarian life and death.
Written by a member of the security forces, it reveals a human landscape that is unknown, yet startingly believable.
It is a world where sworn enemies may exchange confidences over a game of snooker; where a kneecapping operation turns into a deadly vendetta fuelled by sexual jealousy and where the fate of the United Kingdom could rest in the hands of one punch-drunk bruiser with a dangerous addiction.
Everything is here, from the glamour of hi-tech intelligence work to the despairing pub-talk of men locked in the past. Trace the origins of these relentless tit-for-tat killings, often starting in childhood and see how the lives of vastly different people may be mysteriously linked forever against the fatally beautiful backdrop of Northern Ireland.

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Great tales from the Cumbrian author - Paul Anthony...