Stanley’s Last Trip
And Other Stories
“Stanley’s Last Trip and Other Stories” is volume 1 of the Urban Tales short story series: eight yarns exploring strange and quirky situations, set mostly in present-day and sometimes dystopian worlds of Berlin, New York, London, Lisbon and Dublin, with an illustration for each story.
Stanley’s Last Trip.
Stanley Braun is trapped on an S-Bahn train in Berlin, but he can’t remember how he got there.
Noise and Death.
After a noisy start to his trip to Lisbon, Charlie’s upstairs neighbour, Marie, uses her charms to entice him to cover up a murder.
Louis plans revenge after Annalise’s death at her apartment block in London.
A research project in Berlin uncovers a group of people with ancient genes.
Survival of the Species
In London, the slow realisation that some humans have previously unknown brain mutations prompts new discrimination laws.
A new form of super-fast travel in the near future runs into difficulties.
Jack’s brief meeting with an elusive woman at an art exhibition in New York leads to fantasy and obsession.
After the Blackout
Jake is surprised at how fast everything descends into the ‘law of the jungle’ after a blackout in Dublin.
Darkness Before Dawn - Book 3
Truth and lies in Berlin
When the “NeoHacker” group in Berlin discover top-secret information about Anton Ibsen, the virtual agent of the BND (German Intelligence services), the department chief, Moritz, orders them to be hunted down and terminated.
Ethan Harris is back in Berlin investigating Andreas Keller, a former neo-Nazi with a history of violence. Meanwhile, Ethan’s girlfriend, Amy Knight, remains behind in London, in therapy, to help uncover the dark secrets from her past.
Ethan finds links between the NeoHacker killings and the Keller case, and Amy joins him to help progress the investigation. They travel to Prague and Warsaw and back to Berlin following the trail of Keller.
Meanwhile, Anton Ibsen employs all the technology at his disposal to create a political protégé and supports his rise in power by use of social media and UberKon, the population control software.
It’s a hunt for the truth in the sea of lies in Berlin, and Ethan and Amy are pursued by BND agents as they try to uncover the secrets in the dark underbelly of German intelligence. It’s a voyage of discovery which has disastrous consequences for them on a personal basis.
Amazon Reviews for Darkness Before Dawn
The New Frontier - Book 2
Berlin's ultimate control
"It began with a desperate call from Berlin…"
Moments before Axel Mueller was killed in Berlin, he phoned Amy Knight in London. She heard the shouting and the shots before everything went quiet. Desperately, she called Ethan Harris who was already in Berlin on other business.
As she joined him to investigate, they were soon under surveillance by the Berlin police and also in the sights of the German Intelligence Agency (BND), as they uncovered secrets from the Stasi background of BND agents, Huber and Schreiber.
Axel had also been investigating the Intelligence Conferences, a group of European agencies planning the development of "UberKon" a covert super intelligence agency.
As they are pursued by the police and BND, Ethan and Amy race to uncover the information which resulted in Axel's death while trying to avoid being killed themselves. In the process Ethan is shocked as Amy's true nature is revealed.
The House Always Wins - Book 1
Murder and Spying and London and Berlin
“The odds are stacked against Ethan Harris”
Ethan Harris’ life is shattered by a series of apparently unconnected events: a hacking incident at the bank where he works, the theft of his backpack on the underground and the murder of his wife, Rachel.
When DCI Scott investigates the case, he finds that Harris is not as squeaky clean as he initially thought; he has big debts and a gambling habit. When the investigation determines that Rachel was almost certainly killed by a professional hitman, the focus turns to Ethan as the possible procurer of the contract.
Devastated, Ethan searches through Rachel’s belongings for some clues, bringing him into the underworld of GCHQ, MI6 and the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) in a chase across London and Berlin to uncover the truth.
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