Defender by Chris Allen

Defender by Chris Allen

‘Turner got rough, forcing them to respond. He tore at their hair and at their skintight lingerie, clawing at their perfect bodies.’

Well that certainly got your attention!

But there is much, much more to the works of Chris Allen than steamy interludes.

This author, him self has lived a very exciting life. Among other things he was a former paratrooper and served as Security Manager for CARE, the international aid agency in Timor Leste. He was also Head of Security for the Sydney Opera House and as the Sheriff of NSW.

The novels are a fascinating mix of James Bond and Jason Bourne, the gun to rent. Alex Morgan is an agent of Interpol’s Intelligence, Recovery, Protection and Infiltration Division – Intrepid.

The Australian Army Newspaper wrote, “Allen knows his weapons and aircraft particularly well, and his immense attention to detail shows he has obviously walked the streets of the cities where his character’s actions take place.”

In Defender, Morgan is ordered in after an intelligence agent is cruelly murdered with the life of the president of a small African country put at risk. Morgan is in part, soldier, spy and policeman who along with his colleagues puts bad things right.

The country is racing towards civil war and he enlists the help of the beautiful Arena Halls while operating under his cover of evacuating a group of aid workers. A façade to hide his actual mission – a rogue spy.

The action races between Africa and Australia, the home of the author. The finale, a fight to the death which uncovers a truly dark conspiracy.

A great well plotted novel, which is certainly not for storage, from, Chris Allen, a novelist who we will hear much more from in the future.

Self Storage by Gayle Brandeis

Self storage

Self storage

Who could imagine that anyone would write a compelling novel about rental space? Well Self storage by Gayle Brandeis, is just that!

The story is set in the year following the September 11 attacks and tells us of Flan Parker, a successful woman who has built up an unusual business. Flan hunts through the auctions of storage units which have been rented and then resells the contents. It suits her nature which is very inquisitive and she is always fascinated what is hidden in the unused rental units.

Flan lives with her husband and two children in the University rooms working hard to pay the bills while her husband writes his dissertation. Her husband is increasingly working less and less on his dissertation.

Flan has the winning bid on a box which is filled with an address and a note saying ‘Yes’ and nothing else. Flan is enthralled and is desperate to find out the meaning and source of this odd message. She also becomes interested in what the ‘Yes’ is in her own life.

This search inward only strengthens her desire to unearth the hidden stories of those around her–in particular,

Flan’s secretive, burqa-clad neighbour who originated in Afganistan begins to spark her interest. However, Flan and her family must pay a terrible price for this interest.

Self Storage puts forth the fears in a society which had been changed dramatically by 9/11.

Self storage is a thrilling novel by a writer with real class.

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