Cat Flap

      Andrew Osmond / Mystery & Detective
Cat Flap

There is a mystery big cat loose in the Home Counties!Amateur cryptozoologist Art Madison is on the hunt for an alien big cat, dubbed by the press the Cassiobury Cougar.Art tracks his quarry into the woods around his home town and discovers that there are more dangerous adversaries lurking amidst the dark trees and winter landscape than those of a purely feline nature.Mystery Big Cat Loose In The Home Counties!Amateur cryptozoologist Art Madison is on the hunt for an Alien Big Cat. Dubbed by the press the "Cassiobury Cougar", some- thing is terrorising the normally tranquil countryside of the English Home Counties, and Art is determined to be the first to discover the truth.Juggling the demands of being a single parent with a rocky love- life and a 9-5 job which he hates, Art tracks his quarry into the woods around his home town and discovers that there are more dangerous adversaries lurking amidst the dark trees and winter landscape than those of a purely catty nature.An underground entombment; a runaway convict; a trade in smuggled whiskey; and violent murder in a barge community - Art has plenty to contend with before eventually he comes face- to-face with his feline Nemesis.
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    High

      Andrew Osmond / Thrillers & Crime
High

Do you believe in a god? Do you believe in spirituality? Do you believe that when you look up into the sky and see an aircraft flying fast and high that is going to explode in mid-air right before your eyes? If you answered YES to all of the above, then the Church of the Higher We is waiting to recruit you. But no-one said that the path of faith would be an easy one to follow...Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5.5)This is a book about religion, except most people will think that it is not. It is a book about aeroplanes, but, then again, only slightly. It is a book about one old man's dream to build the world's tallest skyscraper. Yes, that is true: at least, as far as the first part of the book is concerned. It's a thriller, although not all of it is particularly thrilling, and a mystery, although some of it is pretty obvious. It's about New York and North Korea and Namibia, and some other places beginning with 'N'. Primarily, it's a book about stuff: the stuff of life; the stuff of death; the stuff of everything in between.
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    Big Fish

      Andrew Osmond / Actions & Adventure
Big Fish

Innocent abroad Stuart Ward becomes a backpacker in peril when he travels to French Polynesia and the island of Bora Bora as the first stop on a Round-the-World itinerary. Arriving hopeful of adventure and romance, instead Stuart is unwittingly drawn into a conspiracy and he quickly discovers that the beautiful paradise islands are no Eden as one by one his fellow travellers begin to disappear...Big Fish fits neatly into the expanding genre of 'backpacker in peril' novels, which perhaps began with Alex Garland's The Beach and which found further commercial success with Emily Barr's Backpack. Stuart Ward - the innocent abroad protagonist of Osmond's novel - is far less cocksure than Garland's traveller, though.On a Gap Year from work, Stuart arrives in French Polynesia as the first stop on a Round-the-World itinerary. Hopeful of adventure and romance, instead he finds himself unwittingly drawn into a conspiracy to cover up a fatal road accident, and he quickly discovers that the beautiful, paradise islands are no Eden. Events take an even more perilous turn for Stuart, when one-by-one his co-conspirators begin to disappear...The descriptions of the Polynesian islands - and later of New Zealand, where the dramatic climax of the story occurs - are particularly evocative, and make the reader want to immediately contact their nearest travel agent to check on the latest flight availability, but the beauty of the surroundings are countered by the ever-present threat of menace which appears to stalk the young backpacker. Parents beware! It is probably best not to know what horrors await your Gap Year travelling offspring!Andrew Osmond proves to have both a light, comic touch in his observations of the discomforts and embarrassments of travel, but also reveals a darker side, reminiscent of some of the writings of J G Ballard, when he explores the isolation associated with travelling alone in a far flung country, many thousands of miles from home.A must for wannabe globe-trotters, armchair travellers and mystery fans, alike.Read it on the beach on your iBook reader.
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