JUNK and other short stories

      Duncan James
JUNK and other short stories

This collection of twelve short stories, with subjects ranging from sci-fi to spy thriller, from humour to history and from family to finance is written by the author of the trilogy of novels 'Cashback', 'Their Own Game' and 'Motorbike Men'. An entertaining anthology of easy reading.This collection of twelve short stories, with subjects ranging from sci-fi to spy thriller, from humour to history and from family to finance is written by the author of the trilogy of novels 'Cashback', 'Their Own Game' and 'Motorbike Men', also published by Smashwords. An entertaining anthology of easy reading, four of this omnibus of stories have already been published separately by Smashwords, and widely read.
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    JUNK and other short stories

      Duncan James
JUNK and other short stories

This collection of twelve short stories, with subjects ranging from sci-fi to spy thriller, from humour to history and from family to finance is written by the author of the trilogy of novels 'Cashback', 'Their Own Game' and 'Motorbike Men'. An entertaining anthology of easy reading.This collection of twelve short stories, with subjects ranging from sci-fi to spy thriller, from humour to history and from family to finance is written by the author of the trilogy of novels 'Cashback', 'Their Own Game' and 'Motorbike Men', also published by Smashwords. An entertaining anthology of easy reading, four of this omnibus of stories have already been published separately by Smashwords, and widely read.
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    Their Own Game

      Duncan James
Their Own Game

A top secret plan shifts the war on terrorism from the Middle East to Northern Ireland. Major Bill Clayton and his attractive sergeant Catherine Wilson hunt the killer of Clayton’s uncle who was involved with Libyan terrorist weapons suppliers. Prime suspect is the Head of Security at the Bank of England but they must first deal with terrorist Godfathers, stockpiled arms, double agents and murder.With active US and UK Government support, a top secret plan, devised by Major Bill Clayton, shifts the war on terrorism from the Middle East to Northern Ireland. As it swings into operation, Clayton suspects a traitor among the select few people involved. He and his attractive sergeant Catherine Wilson start an illicit affair while hunting the killers of Clayton’s uncle, involved with Libyan terrorist weapons suppliers. Prime suspect, identified by one of Clayton’s top men, is the Head of Security at the Bank of England, who is running the operation to seize terrorist funds, using a computer expert gaoled for fraud while at the Bank. While the terrorist Godfathers are put to flight and stockpiles of arms destroyed, Clayton’s informer is himself mysteriously killed. Now there are two murders and a possible double agent for Clayton to deal with, as anxious Governments prepare to celebrate peace in the Province. Those celebrations, however, do not go according to plan.
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    A Bridge of Letters

      Duncan James
A Bridge of Letters

An estranged father and son, who have kept in touch for years through an exchange of letters, unexpectedly meet in Hong Kong. A near fatal meeting .... but suddenly they are thrown together in a desperate attempt to get back to England. Their background, their reunion and their escape make fascinating reading.An estranged father and son, who have kept in touch for years through an exchange of letters, unexpectedly meet in Hong Kong. It is a near fatal meeting, when his son nearly kills him. Neither knows that they are both in the intelligence business, but suddenly they are thrown together in a desperate attempt to get back to England. Their background, their reunion and their escape make fascinating reading.
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    Happy Landings

      Duncan James
Happy Landings

A humorous tale of assumption, supposition and realisation between a pilot and a young press photographer.In this free Justin Graves short story, meet a couple of likeable accessories to murder, Rottweiler brothers King and Cong, whose master has had enough of his wife’s hateful belittling. He devises what he believes to be the perfect crime based on years of watching television crime shows and noting the mistakes other killers had made that got them busted. Problem is, he doesn’t know about Justin Graves and his uncanny investigative skills.
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    Death By Drowning

      Duncan James
Death By Drowning

There is one day every year when the good people of Insch, keep well away from their Kirk. It is the home of the ensign of HMS Rodney, and strange things happen on the anniversary of the sinking of the Bismark. Tourist Charles Toogood knew nothing of this when he paid a visit to honour the memory of his Grandfather, the ship’s gunnery officer. He ended up paying the ultimate price.There is one day every year when the good people of Insch, near Stranraer, keep well away from their Kirk. It is the home of the ensign of HMS Rodney, and strange things happen on the anniversary of the sinking of the Bismark. Tourist Charles Toogood knew nothing of this when he paid a nostalgic visit to honour the memory of his Grandfather, the ship’s gunnery officer. He ended up paying the ultimate price.
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    Cashback

      Duncan James
Cashback

England's world-famous folk hero lives on in the computer age, as brilliant Oxford mathematician Jonathan Hood, for obvious reasons known as Robin, sets out to prove to the world s banking community that its encryption security systems are vulnerable to attack.An intriguing tale of computer warfare waged against corruption has an unexpected twist in the tail.England's world-famous folk hero lives on in the computer age, as brilliant Oxford mathematician Jonathan Hood, for obvious reasons known as Robin, sets out to prove to the world s banking community that its encryption security systems are vulnerable to attack. He first of all succeeds in beating the chip and PIN system used for the hole-in-the-wall cash dispensers, and then manages to break down the internationally used security system. While he and his team work on developing a more robust system, Robin determines to right a few wrongs round the world before marketing his new computer programme as a replacement. Helpless Governments look on as anxious banks struggle to find out who is behind the massive secret withdrawals from their customers accounts. Using the Swiss banking system, Robin Hood and his band of computer scientists manage to reimburse a team of Russian mathematicians, exploited by an unscrupulous US computer giant, while white farmers evicted by the corrupt regime in Zimbabwe also receive compensation, at the expense of Ministers and other senior officials whose bank accounts are emptied and hoards of diamonds hijacked. An intriguing tale of computer warfare waged against corruption has an unexpected twist in the tail, which leaves the reader to work out his own conclusion.
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    Take Me Home

      Duncan James
Take Me Home

A farmer and his wife, on a shopping visit to their quiet Hampshire village, find a young boy wandering in the High Street. Nobody appears to be looking for the boy, who is obviously a stranger and lost. The couple offer to look after him until he can be traced, but they soon discover that he is stranger than they think.Five Flash Fiction horror pieces, all under 1000 words. Each piece also includes a brief afterword from the author with a bit of background on where he got the idea for the story.A little insight into the life and mind of a horror writer.Approx. 7000 words (roughly 28 pages)Includes:- "The Professional Crier"The tears of high school outcast Penny Circe can bring back the dead. At least temporarily.- "I Spy With My Little Eye"Anthony Monsano has gone through hell to finally find himself in possession of the round box. The question is, what’s inside?- "Run, Rabbit. Run."Pete Cantrell hates jackrabbits. Unfortunately, his home is surrounded by them. And something else as well.- "The Death He Expected"A group of boys on a midnight, full moon trip to an Indian burial site get more than just a practical joke.- "Another Oldie But Goodie"Retirement home resident Margaret Daniels is hearing music that no one else can hear, a song she hasn’t heard in almost 50 years.
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    Spy People

      Duncan James
Spy People

Russian agents are uncovered at the heart of one of the UK’s most secret intelligence agencies, but he spies escape before they can be arrested, and the investigation into how they managed to get away leads inevitably to a hunt for their controller who managed to tip them off.In this Duncan James sequel to ‘Motorbike Men’, Russian agents are uncovered at the heart of one of the UK’s most secret intelligence agencies. The spies escape before they can be arrested, and the investigation into how they managed to get away leads inevitably to a hunt for their controller who managed to tip them off. An action-packed tale, with a surprise ending, moves swiftly between England, Switzerland and the Russian capital itself.
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    The Traveller

      Duncan James
The Traveller

Britain's top spy is sent on a desperate mission to steal top secret nuclear information about North Korea's weapons programme, which is being developed with the help of Chinese experts. The American CIA is not far behind themBritish and American intelligence agencies discover that the Chinese are carrying out secret research with the North Koreans to develop new nuclear weapons. A daring and dangerous operation to capture the details is carefully planned by MI6 and eventually put into action with the help of the SAS when a disillusioned atomic research physicist refuses to defect. But the plans unravel, and a top British agent finds himself on his own in a hostile country, and in a desperate race against time. He eventually manages to secure the information from the North Korean scientist before he dies of cancer and before the American CIA can get their hands on it, only to find that his escape route has totally collapsed. His only option appears to be for him to escape across China, with their nuclear secrets in his back pocket, to find the only possible source of help left to him. He evades detection, capture and attempts on his life before finally reaching home, where tragedy eventually catches up with him in a moving and unexpected twist at the end of an intriguing spy thriller.
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    Motorbike Men

      Duncan James
Motorbike Men

In the first two books of this trilogy (“Cashback” and “Their Own Game”), mysterious and unexplained men on motorbikes appear from time to time. This final book explains their top secret role by following the desperate attempt by their Intelligence agency to prevent the assassination of one of Britain’s leading nuclear physicists.In the first two books of this trilogy (“Cashback” and “Their Own Game”), mysterious and unexplained men on motorbikes appear from time to time. This final book explains their top secret role.***One of Britain’s top particle physicists, Jack Barclay, is on the verge of a major breakthrough in developing the nuclear fusion process into a clean and sustainable alternative to carbon fuels. News of this spreads round the world causing great interest in most nations but grave concern in Russia. When other countries, including America, seek collaboration to help speed his work, Russia determines to put an end to Barclay’s research at the Harwell and Culham laboratories.As a top-secret British intelligence agency is tasked with protecting Barclay, one of Russia’s top KGB agents is sent to arrange his assassination. The twists and turns of the action-packed plot take us, with the intelligence agency’s team, from England’s nuclear research laboratories to a final, bloody, gunfight in the Swiss Alps.
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