Break in Communication
A sleepy Cornish seaside village becomes the most heavily guarded communications centre of WWII. A ruthless Nazi spy is on a mission to destroy it and change the direction of the war. Can Churchill’s special agent uncover the plot and intercept him? Can the Home Guard sergeant living there save the day? Break in Communication is a historical spy thriller, set around Porthcurno Telegraph Station.
It is December 1941. World War II has become a truly global conflict with Japan attacking the American fleet in Pearl Harbour. The Luftwaffe are bombing English cities and the Nazis are about to launch their super battleship Tirpitz.
With the tireless Winston Churchill as his boss, Colonel Julian Bonham-Johns from the Special Operations Executive is under pressure. As a ruthless foreign agent is making his way through the south west of England it becomes clear that a sinister Nazi plot is unfolding. In a bid to stay ahead of the enemy Bonham-Johns must mastermind a plan with the Allies and intercept the agent. It’s a race against time to navigate tensions and egos while feeding lies and misinformation to the enemy. But all is not as it seems.
Home Guard sergeant Bert Chenoweth hoped to live out his days in the beautiful Cornish fishing village of Porthcurno. He never reckoned on having to do battle again, but then he never reckoned on this kind of threat on his doorstep. Will he find it in himself to fight one last time for the things he holds dear?
As the end game approaches, the enemies clash, head-to-head at Porthcurno Telegraph Station in a thrilling, violent and unexpected conclusion.
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Currently writing my second novel (The Forbidden Zone). Another WW2 spy thriller:
In the build up to WW2 diamonds were essential for the precision manufacture of military equipment. Britain, Nazi Germany, Europe, America and Japan were all gearing up for war. But most of the diamond mines in the world had been closed since the Wall Street crash of 1929 and there was a critical shortage. In 1939 the scramble for smuggled and illicitly mined diamonds was unprecedented, particularly from Africa. Britain and the Union of South Africa were at the forefront of protecting the mines and breaking the smuggling rings supplying Nazi Germany. It became violent, bloody and personal. It was a race against time.
Currently researching and writing my third book (Mud, Blood and Bayonet). A WW1 story of my Grandfather's war.
My 18 year old Grandfather Herman Alfred Pike was a soldier in the 6th Dorsetshire Regiment in 1918. This is a story of his exploits based upon his Service Record, Medical Record, Battalion War Diaries and Regimental documents. More recently I have been able to track down the personal war diary of Lieutenant Colonel Shaw who was the Officer Commanding the Regiment. All of the sources, a rich record of some of the bloodiest fighting of the entire war. Between his arrival in Rouen, France on the 8th April 1918 to the last battle in the Mormal Forest on the 4th November 1918, he was involved in may bloody battles; 'Y' Ravine, Thiepval Ridge, Flers, Courcelette, Battle of the Selle and Battle of the Sambre. The book title is very appropriate to what he must have experienced. He was shot in the head on the 4th November, one week before the end of hostilities; but he survived.