Based on true events. Following the Second World War, young Ben uncovers a bizarre tale. In the 1941 Blitz, soldiers died in the same area he now plays in. As the dreadful events of the past slowly unfold, young Ben finds himself embroiled in a bewildering series of strange, inexplicable incidents, as old secrets and long-hidden truths slowly reveal themselves. This is a story of self-discovery and of overcoming fear, for what is buried beneath the ground in the forgotten bomb shelter is truly chilling. Ben is about to discover his family’s secrets, and will have to help put to rest the horror of what happened in Darley Dene.
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Born on the Wirral, I live in Spain for the present, but my dream is to retire (Hah, what is that? Retire???) and live on a narrowboat along one of the many waterways around the Welsh border. That would be exciting I reckon. An outdoor life, quiet, relaxed, with plenty of time to write. I’ve done a lot of things in my life, and now work as a teacher, a profession I’ve been in for almost 25 years, but writing is my first love. In 2009 my first book was published under the pseudonym Glenn Stuart, and I wrote and had published 10 YA novels. I have now moved away from these books and am now re-writing many of them, publishing them under my name Stuart G Yates. I write adult thrillers (some of them might be classed as cross-overs, that means they are also suitable for teenagers), historical and speculative fiction and, most recently Westerns. This will be my main direction now. My historical novels tracing the life of Harald Hardrada, are available here in paperback and for the Kindle. A sweeping story full of treachery and murder, I’m sure you’ll find lots to enjoy in this series. VARANGIAN is the first, ORIGINS the latest, which goes back in time to reveal who Harald was, how he developed into the legendary figure he became in parts 1 and 2. I shall begin work on the 4th volume in early 2017. I also have plans for a Viking book or two based in the Wirral back in the early 9th century. I’ve been doing a lot of research around this, my fascination springing from the numerous Scandinavian sounding names of towns and places in the area where I grew up – Thingwall, Irby, Pensby, all good, Viking names! My most successful series is that of the Western hero Detective Simms, who works for the Pinkerton Agency. A veteran of the Mexican War, Simms is a frontiersman, hard and resourceful. The first in the series (which gives the series its name) is UNFLINCHING and has proved to be my most successful book to date. I have written four in the series so far and the 5th is due out by the end of the year. It is a good series of novels which I think will appeal to anyone, not just lovers of the genre, who enjoys fast-paced mysteries. My goal is to write at least 10 of these books, whilst writing some stand alone Westerns too, with the occasional thriller thrown in. The second Paul Chaise mystery, ‘Whipped Up’ received a wonderful pre-release review of this book, supplied by award-winning author Terry Needham: ‘As I pondered writing a review for the new book, WHIPPED UP, by Stuart G. Yates, my first thought was the title–how well does it describe the story? So, I looked for synonyms for the word “whipped” in my handy Oxford American Thesaurus: stir-up, excite, galvanize, electrify, stimulate, inspire, fire-up, get someone going, inflame, agitate, goad, provoke, flagellate, strap, belt . . . Well, that about covers it, and then some. This story is a sequel to BURNT OFFERINGS by the author [see my review on Amazon] and so it picks up where the other leaves off. Yet, you do not have to read the first story to enjoy WHIPPED UP. But, I do recommend it because it doubles the pleasure and fun of reading and experiencing the harrowing life of Paul Chaise. Yet, an undercurrent flows inside this gut wrenching thriller of a tender and heart-rending love story, or actually two. Yes, the author renders his authentic characters to include a full range of human emotions . . . vengeful killers to vulnerable hearts, seeking love and understanding. For our protagonist is on a quest to find his beloved Linny, who returned to England when she learned his true identity. As he is pursued by a growing array of thugs, gangsters, assassins, and various bloody villains–one of the worst of them actually falls in love and seeks redemption from the least likely source. Yes, there is much more than thrills, chills and shocking twists and turns in this great story . . . there is the one thing that matters most above all else, even survival . . . and that is true love. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Terry Needham.’ I will do my best to complete the 3rd – and probably last – in this series, but so many projects are backing up. I simply haven’t got enough time in the day to complete all the work I need to do! There are the sequels to Don Luis, Sallowed Blood and Tears in the Fabric of Time to complete. Fortunately, I love writing, and virtually every day I get something down on my word processor. I love to create worlds, characters, events. Often I have a plan to follow, and I know the direction, but what happens in-between is sometimes not even up to me. Things simply take over. So, to sum up, there may be a lot to do, but I love it and when you love something, it is never a chore! 2017 is going to be very busy, as I am also due to rewrite many of my old Glenn Stuart books and have them re-published under my name of Stuart G Yates.