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a beginner’s guide to the wars of the roses
a kind and gentle man
Conrad Borscz loses his wife, his job and his home in the space of a week. To recuperate, he goes to a guest house on the south coast. What could possibly go wrong? How about arson, attempted murder, heart failure, a face off with an aged Nazi, rampaging criminals, incompetent policemen, illicit drugs, overdoses and falling in love at exactly the wrong time? Oh, and madness. There’s never been a worse time to be
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For the first time, experience the whole Mike Ward trilogy, The High Commissioner’s Wife, The Devil Inside and Catfish, in one exciting book. Follow Ward as he goes from journalist to reluctant spy, from the Indian Ocean to the heat and terror of Tennessee, as he uncovers revolution and betrayal, coups d’etats and the destruction of democracy. All the time he lives in the shadow of the mysterious group known as The Chain, a group of billionaires and revolutionaries out to make the world a capitalist paradise run by a board of self- serving megalomaniacs. A series of hard- edged, traditional thrillers, The Mike Ward Trilogy will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages until the final explosive ending.
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From 1455-1487, the Wars of the Roses tore England apart. Subject to the rule of a weak monarch, Henry VI, son of one of England’s greatest kings, bit by bit, the kingdom overseas disappeared while the discontent within grew into civil war. It took five kings, two usurpations and over 100,000 deaths to bring it to a close. This is not only their story, but the story of England - of us.
The Devil Inside, the hard- hitting sequel to The High Commissioner’s Wife, brings Mike Ward back into the heart of the action in a fast- paced Indian Ocean island thriller.
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Chris Bradbury was born in 1962. He attended schools in Bracknell, Windsor, Mauritius and Bloxham and, despite all these, failed to learn a thing. He spent his formative years in a cocoon and failed to see the time go by. He has been a shop worker, a hospital porter, worked in medical records, in the CSSD department, as an estate agent, as a nurse, as a delivery driver, a bus driver and as a teaching assistant. He lives in Yorkshire. He is married to a lady and has some lady children. He loves them.
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Special introduction Offer Both The High Commissioner’s Wife and The Devil Inside for just £1.50, that’s saving almost a quarter on the Amazon price, simply click on the ‘buy now’ button below. Allow 24 hours for delivery via email. NOTE you don’t need a Paypal account just a credit card!
Earthbound is: German speaking space teddy-bears Rubber-skinned aliens Fallen angels Heaven Hell Broken-down, farting spaceships Allergy-ridden intergalactic police Petty criminals Not-so-petty criminals Demons and devils Saints and plenty of sinners and God
It’s Sci-fi. It’s fantasy. Just not as you know it. Join Charlie Makepiece as he becomes unwillingly enmeshed in not only the escapades of a Led Zep/Deep Purple-driven rogue alien, an angel who has to atone big-time for a lifetime mishap (six of them, actually) and a petty criminal who is forever on the verge of nothing big. Like it or not, in one way or another, they are all lost, all in trouble and all Earthbound.
The Great War should have been the War to End All Wars. The Treaty of Versailles was supposed to end war forever. Instead, all the treaty did was add fuel to the smouldering embers of a war that, in many people’s minds, had yet to end. How did the world manage to snatch war from the jaws of peace? How could an insignificant event in 1889 come to affect the life of a boy 690 miles away and 54 years into the future? Christopher Bradbury looks at the events that led from the end of the Great War and finished with a fight to the death for a collection of strangers on the beaches of Dunkirk and above the fields of England. He asks the reader to open their mind, to look at the Second World War, not just as an explosion in history, but as a story of individuals who were caught up in someone else’s struggle for power.
…a story of individuals who were caught up in someone else’s struggle for power.
‘None of us know what’s going on, Ward. That’s the truth of it, but my gut tells me something’s afoot. What do you say? Fancy a crack at it?’ ‘Do I have a choice?’ asked Ward. ‘None at all,’ said the Chief briskly. A year on from the Catfish affair, Mike Ward is back in journalism. Chasing down a lead from an old friend, he is reluctantly dragged back into MI6 as an apparently run of the mill story explodes into violence and he is thrust into an elaborate world-wide web of intrigue and murder. From the English south coast to the avenues of Paris, from the underworld of Marseilles to the mountains of Cyprus, Ward must fight to follow the trail left for him, twist by twist, betrayal by betrayal, by the most devious, most determined enemy he has ever encountered. In the process, it strikes at the very heart of his existence and, as the world lies on the edge of destruction, it becomes clear that at the centre of it all lies a burning need for revenge driven by a past that Ward has tried to forget.
“Compulsive reading … … bears all the hallmarks of a blockbuster.” “Christopher Bradbury yet again skilfully and enthusiastically embraces the idiom of the action thriller. One of the genre’s finest practitioners.”
This is a collection of Christopher Bradbury’s poems and verse. It covers a multitude of topics from death to flatulence, from the excessive ingestion of wildlife to the loneliness of loss, from freedom of speech to the tragedy of the Woodworm Wars.
It’s not all serious and it’s not all fun, but there is always more than just the words on the page. There is something for everyone, young and old, man, woman and child, for those who prefer wine wars with pigs to the questioning of mortality and for those who prefer a slightly black lining to their silver cloud or a rainbow to rainfall. But, ultimately, it’s about the words, those little seedlings that come to life fed by the water of imagination and nourished by a deep-seated need to express.
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Chris’s Rants  click here for  Short Stories Poetry etc
‘Don’t I want to make love to you? Of course I do! I’m not dead. Not quite. But I can’t sleep with you. Between my need for frequent naps and my lack of energy, I couldn’t even stay awake with you. And I’m married. Above all else, I’m married. Admittedly, my marriage is coughing like a cat choking on its farewell furball, but I can’t just stand there and watch it die. I have to give it some sort of pat on the back.’ And there lies the agony and the ecstasy for university lecturer Raley Street, a man locked in a cold marriage, enslaved by a midlife crisis and tempted by the beautiful student Jenny Summerleas to make it all go away. It's life as viewed by an ordinary man in all its comedic darkness and all its loving light.
“Compulsive reading … … bears all the hallmarks of a blockbuster.” “Christopher Bradbury does it again. Another winner”
‘The Chief would like to see you, Mr Ward.’ ‘Immediately?’ ‘Yes, Mr Ward.’ Ward felt a thrill run through him. There was always the chance that when the Chief wanted him, it was for something big. After Swissair flight SWR245 is blown from the sky in an apparent terrorist attack and the body of a wanted scientist washes up on the shores of Lake Geneva, Mike Ward is sent to find out the sinister connection between the two events.
Semper Occultus reunites Ward with old allies, old loves and old enemies and brings him and the world closer to destruction than they have ever been.
Mike Ward’s fifth, world- shaking adventure brings to a climax the battle between him and the all-powerful Chain...and only one of them can win!
www.christopherbradbury.co.uk
a beginner’s guide to the wars of the roses
a kind and gentle man
Conrad Borscz loses his wife, his job and his home in the space of a week. To recuperate, he goes to a guest house on the south coast. What could possibly go wrong? How about arson, attempted murder, heart failure, a face off with an aged Nazi, rampaging criminals, incompetent policemen, illicit drugs, overdoses and falling in love at exactly the wrong time? Oh, and madness. There’s never been a worse time to be
COPYRIGHT © 2020 CHRISTOPHER BRADBURY
MERCHANDISE
For the first time, experience the whole Mike Ward trilogy, The High Commissioner’s Wife, The Devil Inside and Catfish, in one exciting book. Follow Ward as he goes from journalist to reluctant spy, from the Indian Ocean to the heat and terror of Tennessee, as he uncovers revolution and betrayal, coups d’etats and the destruction of democracy. All the time he lives in the shadow of the mysterious group known as The Chain, a group of billionaires and revolutionaries out to make the world a capitalist paradise run by a board of self-serving megalomaniacs. A series of hard-edged, traditional thrillers, The Mike Ward Trilogy will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages until the final explosive ending.
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From 1455-1487, the Wars of the Roses tore England apart. Subject to the rule of a weak monarch, Henry VI, son of one of England’s greatest kings, bit by bit, the kingdom overseas disappeared while the discontent within grew into civil war. It took five kings, two usurpations and over 100,000 deaths to bring it to a close. This is not only their story, but the story of England - of us.
poetry
anthology/collection
other
kids
allbooks
LINKS
Chris Bradbury was born in 1962. He attended schools in Bracknell, Windsor, Mauritius and Bloxham and, despite all these, failed to learn a thing. He spent his formative years in a cocoon and failed to see the time go by. He has been a shop worker, a hospital porter, worked in medical records, in the CSSD department, as an estate agent, as a nurse, as a delivery driver, a bus driver and as a teaching assistant. He lives in Yorkshire. He is married to a lady and has some lady children. He loves them.
BEST SELLERS
NEWSLETTER
Special introduction Offer Both The High Commissioner’s Wife and The Devil Inside for just £1.50, that’s saving almost a quarter on the Amazon price, simply click on the ‘buy now’ button below. Allow 24 hours for delivery via email. NOTE you don’t need a Paypal account just a credit card!
Earthbound is: German speaking space teddy-bears Rubber-skinned aliens Fallen angels Heaven Hell Broken-down, farting spaceships Allergy-ridden intergalactic police Petty criminals Not-so-petty criminals Demons and devils Saints and plenty of sinners and God
It’s Sci-fi. It’s fantasy. Just not as you know it. Join Charlie Makepiece as he becomes unwillingly enmeshed in not only the escapades of a Led Zep/Deep Purple-driven rogue alien, an angel who has to atone big-time for a lifetime mishap (six of them, actually) and a petty criminal who is forever on the verge of nothing big. Like it or not, in one way or another, they are all lost, all in trouble and all Earthbound.
…a story of individuals who were caught up in someone else’s struggle for power.
The Great War should have been the War to End All Wars. The Treaty of Versailles was supposed to end war forever. Instead, all the treaty did was add fuel to the smouldering embers of a war that, in many people’s minds, had yet to end. How did the world manage to snatch war from the jaws of peace? How could an insignificant event in 1889 come to affect the life of a boy 690 miles away and 54 years into the future? Christopher Bradbury looks at the events that led from the end of the Great War and finished with a fight to the death for a collection of strangers on the beaches of Dunkirk and above the fields of England. He asks the reader to open their mind, to look at the Second World War, not just as an explosion in history, but as a story of individuals who were caught up in someone else’s struggle for power.
‘None of us know what’s going on, Ward. That’s the truth of it, but my gut tells me something’s afoot. What do you say? Fancy a crack at it?’ ‘Do I have a choice?’ asked Ward. ‘None at all,’ said the Chief briskly. A year on from the Catfish affair, Mike Ward is back in journalism. Chasing down a lead from an old friend, he is reluctantly dragged back into MI6 as an apparently run of the mill story explodes into violence and he is thrust into an elaborate world-wide web of intrigue and murder. From the English south coast to the avenues of Paris, from the underworld of Marseilles to the mountains of Cyprus, Ward must fight to follow the trail left for him, twist by twist, betrayal by betrayal, by the most devious, most determined enemy he has ever encountered. In the process, it strikes at the very heart of his existence and, as the world lies on the edge of destruction, it becomes clear that at the centre of it all lies a burning need for revenge driven by a past that Ward has tried to forget.
“Compulsive reading … … bears all the hallmarks of a blockbuster.”
SPECIAL OFFER
This is a collection of Christopher Bradbury’s poems and verse. It covers a multitude of topics from death to flatulence, from the excessive ingestion of wildlife to the loneliness of loss, from freedom of speech to the tragedy of the Woodworm Wars.
It’s not all serious and it’s not all fun, but there is always more than just the words on the page. There is something for everyone, young and old, man, woman and child, for those who prefer wine wars with pigs to the questioning of mortality and for those who prefer a slightly black lining to their silver cloud or a rainbow to rainfall. But, ultimately, it’s about the words, those little seedlings that come to life fed by the water of imagination and nourished by a deep-seated need to express.
Chris’s Rants  click here for  Short Stories Poetry etc
‘Don’t I want to make love to you? Of course I do! I’m not dead. Not quite. But I can’t sleep with you. Between my need for frequent naps and my lack of energy, I couldn’t even stay awake with you. And I’m married. Above all else, I’m married. Admittedly, my marriage is coughing like a cat choking on its farewell furball, but I can’t just stand there and watch it die. I have to give it some sort of pat on the back.’ And there lies the agony and the ecstasy for university lecturer Raley Street, a man locked in a cold marriage, enslaved by a midlife crisis and tempted by the beautiful student Jenny Summerleas to make it all go away. It's life as viewed by an ordinary man in all its comedic darkness and all its loving light.
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Mike Ward’s fifth, world- shaking adventure brings to a climax the battle between him and the all-powerful Chain...and only one of them can win!
Semper Occultus reunites Ward with old allies, old loves and old enemies and brings him and the world closer to destruction than they have ever been.