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Prosperity beckons 1954 Britain following WWII but treachery is within and defeat is on the horizon
Prosperity beckons 1954 Britain following WWII but treachery is within and defeat is on the horizon

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For those of you who love mystery and suspense novels and enjoy being taken back to a bygone era, you might like to read Assurance.
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A thrilling picture of post-war Britain is painted where train travel is the norm, even for bigwigs. What do the powerful do when an assurance salesman sitting nearby strikes up an innocent conversation? Some might reveal seemingly irrelevant personal facts and harmless white lies to evade involvement, but become tempted by his sales patter. After the death of a loved one, the assurance company pays a substantial sum each is not really entitled to until inevitably those white lies come home to roost. Could this have happened to many powerful figures and thus helped to transfer control into the hands of big business? Nowadays the undemocratic power of multinationals seems immutable. Yet in the naivety of 1954, Foreign Office number two, Alex Holmes, takes a train journey that leads him to discover a Britain on the verge of domination. He sets out to identify the perpetrators but cannot decide exactly who is behind it all. Even the brilliant Alex fails to discover it is a carefully conceived plot laid by a ghost twelve years earlier to control the world without firing a single shot. Alex is on the verge of piecing together the clues when Sally, his mistress, tears his world apart. Would you, like Alex, have tried to resist and unmask the sinister power or would you have accepted the inevitable? You can visit my website and read the first two chapters of Assurance at: http://www.richvens.co.uk/misdirection--assurance-sitzman-dossiers.html
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'Hook, Line and Sinker'....Gently but determinedly he pulled on the line tied to the stone and the rowing boat glided toward the bank, the shocking pink holdall sitting promisingly on the single seat planking. A long mournful whistle howled from the London direction as he grabbed the bag and pushed himself into the edge of the undergrowth that invaded the towpath. Quickly he had the padlock open and stuffed ten wads of white five-pound notes raincoat’s deep inside.. http://myBook.to/Assurance
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Brief Encounter .... “Play for me,” whispered Carl.
“...I’m sorry?”
“I would like you to play something for me.”
She looked at him with disbelief, “What would you like me to play?”
“The piece they used in the film Brief Encounter, Rachmaninov – you know Trevor Howard and...?”
“Celia Johnson – the Adagio from the second piano concerto?” she said, handing him his coffee. “You’ve seen it then?”
“Seen it? I cried so much the first time I saw it, I had to go back twice more to watch it properly....you can visit my website and read the first two chapters of Assurance. Available to buy on Amazon at: http://myBook.to/Assurance

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Brief Encounter .... “Play for me,” whispered Carl.
“...I’m sorry?”
“I would like you to play something for me.”
She looked at him with disbelief, “What would you like me to play?”
“The piece they used in the film Brief Encounter, Rachmaninov – you know Trevor Howard and...?”
“Celia Johnson – the Adagio from the second piano concerto?” she said, handing him his coffee. “You’ve seen it then?”
“Seen it? I cried so much the first time I saw it, I had to go back twice more to watch it properly....you can visit my website and read the first two chapters of Assurance. Available to buy on Amazon at: http://myBook.to/Assurance

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Carl closed his eyes and counted to himself. The man’s hand was on his shoulder well within the two minutes he had predicted and it began shaking him quite violently. Carl stirred and peered quizzically at the outraged face. “Did you hear me? I said this is a first class compartment!” Carl shrugged, then reached in his jacket pocket for the ever-present notebook and held it up like a crucifix to a vampire.

The man’s anger seemed to drown in a sea of embarrassment as he read the bold but telling word on Carl’s notebook, “I’m sorry, I didn’t realise, please forgive me.”
Carl smiled at the man – not a smile of forgiveness – what was there to forgive? No, this was a smile of deep satisfaction. Should he speak? Was it necessary? No, it wasn’t necessary, but perhaps it was appropriate. “I do apologise for embarrassing you, but I’m afraid I am as deaf as a post – have been since the war, did you want to tell me something?” Carl said with a smile, as he offered the flustered man the notebook and a pencil.
“N...no, it doesn’t matter, I beg your pardon.” 
‘So far so good,’ Carl thought as, with eyebrows raised, he continued to wave the notebook beneath the protesting man’s nose...you can visit my website and read the first two chapters of Assurance. Available to buy on Amazon at: http://myBook.to/Assurance

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Carl closed his eyes and counted to himself. The man’s hand was on his shoulder well within the two minutes he had predicted and it began shaking him quite violently. Carl stirred and peered quizzically at the outraged face. “Did you hear me? I said this is a first class compartment!” Carl shrugged, then reached in his jacket pocket for the ever-present notebook and held it up like a crucifix to a vampire.

The man’s anger seemed to drown in a sea of embarrassment as he read the bold but telling word on Carl’s notebook, “I’m sorry, I didn’t realise, please forgive me.”
Carl smiled at the man – not a smile of forgiveness – what was there to forgive? No, this was a smile of deep satisfaction. Should he speak? Was it necessary? No, it wasn’t necessary, but perhaps it was appropriate. “I do apologise for embarrassing you, but I’m afraid I am as deaf as a post – have been since the war, did you want to tell me something?” Carl said with a smile, as he offered the flustered man the notebook and a pencil.
“N...no, it doesn’t matter, I beg your pardon.” 
‘So far so good,’ Carl thought as, with eyebrows raised, he continued to wave the notebook beneath the protesting man’s nose...you can visit my website and read the first two chapters of Assurance. Available to buy on Amazon at: http://myBook.to/Assurance

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For those of you who love mystery and suspense novels and enjoy being taken back to a bygone era, you might like to read Assurance.
http://myBook.to/Assurance
A thrilling picture of post-war Britain is painted where train travel is the norm, even for bigwigs. What do the powerful do when an assurance salesman sitting nearby strikes up an innocent conversation? Some might reveal seemingly irrelevant personal facts and harmless white lies to evade involvement, but become tempted by his sales patter. After the death of a loved one, the assurance company pays a substantial sum each is not really entitled to until inevitably those white lies come home to roost. Could this have happened to many powerful figures and thus helped to transfer control into the hands of big business? Nowadays the undemocratic power of multinationals seems immutable. Yet in the naivety of 1954, Foreign Office number two, Alex Holmes, takes a train journey that leads him to discover a Britain on the verge of domination. He sets out to identify the perpetrators but cannot decide exactly who is behind it all. Even the brilliant Alex fails to discover it is a carefully conceived plot laid by a ghost twelve years earlier to control the world without firing a single shot. Alex is on the verge of piecing together the clues when Sally, his mistress, tears his world apart. Would you, like Alex, have tried to resist and unmask the sinister power or would you have accepted the inevitable?
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