Chris is a local author writing crime/action/thrillers based on his experience of working in criminal justice. Chris’s books are available from all good bookshops and from on line sellers (including e-format) both in UK & abroad.
In the Shadow of the Bayonet, 2014, Pen Press
Three strangers and a chance meeting in a beach bar in Cyprus. By coincidence all have retired from working within the justice system and are looking forward to what the future holds for them on this beautiful island; sun-kissed beaches, lazy days...not quite. When one of them spots a suspicious convoy of minibuses the three men realise that something sinister is afoot. Private Steve Mantel has completed his tour of Afghanistan with his unit of the Parachute Regiment and along with his comrades is looking forward to a little respite on the island, but what he is about to discover is to turn his world upside down..
Out of the Shadow, 2014, Pen Press
Ex soldier Steve Mantel continues to grapple with the consequences of his actions whilst serving with the British Army in Cyprus. Now back in the UK he must face his demons knowing that he leaves devastation and unfinished business behind him. Already used to discipline, order and routine, Steve must keep his head down and get through his sentence in the best way he can if he stands any chance of coming out of the shadow...
Recovery; A Victim's Story, 2015, New Generation Publishing
Imagine leading a law abiding life and suddenly becoming the victim of serious crime. How would you react? How would you cope with the event and its aftermath? These were questions that the Hartwell family had never had to consider until one dark winter's night when four men brutally intruded on their lives and the nightmare began... From the incident, through the police investigation and subsequent court case, pressures on the family and their relationships mount, exposing difficult and painful flaws. As they grapple with their unfolding circumstances their tolerance, love and faith in each other and humanity are tested to breaking point as they attempt to emerge from the dark events, to adjust and to seek recovery...
Green Terror, 2016, New Generation Publishing
This story is centred around a group of bright, idealistic young students at Oxford who find a common interest in environmental issues. This leads them into green politics & activism. As their studies progress and their career paths culminate in positions of power and influence they find that their lofty ideals of loyalty and duty collide.
As the international community attempts to respond to the threats of terrorism, green issues, criminal interests and radical politics entwine to challenge global security. How will the main characters react and will old loyalties nurtured at Oxford be enough?
Identity: A Man's Quest to Discover His True Self, 2017, New Generation Publishing
Rory Scott is a young probation officer working in mid Staffordshire. Working closely with the Police and the Prison Service he is busy unravelling the trail of destruction left by a local celebrity exposed as a child sex offender. His role regularly involves helping people make important steps about understanding their past and in trying to become the kind of person they would like to be. This raises questions for him about himself and his own background.
Rory later discovers an unexpected facet of his own family history which has shocking implications and sets him on a quest to discover the truth about his past and reveal his true identity.
Can he rely on his sister’s trust and support during this time or does he risk being estranged from his family altogether? Time spent with her including travelling along the local canals helps to clarify his thoughts until a tragic discovery leads him to a final unexpected conclusion.