They broke surface into a dark nightmare world; dense driving rain combined with stinging salt spray driven by a fearsome wind. Niklas once more took a hold on Patrick’s harness and Thomas did likewise at his other side. Even at this close proximity it was nigh on impossible to hear each other’s shouts. The breaking waves looked enormous. Each time they rose up onto a crest they desperately tried to locate the boat.
It was nowhere to be seen.
East Africa, 1981: The British destroyer HMS Preston puts into Mombasa following three months at sea with her company all fired up to explore the local delights. But for Patrick Redman the visit turns sour when a diving expedition goes badly awry with disastrous and far reaching consequences, plunging him into an unfamiliar world where life is cheap and casual violence is commonplace. He quickly discovers his ordered naval life has done nothing to prepare him for the perils he faces.
The Errant Petty Officer is the first book in the Patrick Redman Thriller Series
A naked young man turns up in Haiti, claiming to have set sail from England with his parents… two centuries ago! For psychologist Dani Corby, it’s a straightforward case of Paranoid Disorder. But her professional judgement is challenged when, under hypnosis, his extraordinary tale comes to light; a vivid account of escape from his pirate captors into a terrifying world of myth and magic. The enigma deepens when a strange old woman hounds Dani with dire prophesies about her patient, and when the young man falls to a mysterious illness, she sets out on a dangerous, career-blowing mission to save his life.
I must warn readers that this story will keep you turning pages far into the night, and its paradoxical conclusion will have you thinking long after you’ve closed the book.
Bicentenary, by Mike Rothery, is available now on Amazon, in paperback and Kindle editions. UK readers can buy it at www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0712487QZ at the pre-order price of £2.99 until 16th June, with equivalent deals for overseas customers.
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In July 2015 I went to Greece to move onto my yacht, Island Spirit with the intention of sailing around the world while continuing to write novels. Here you can catch up with the story so far…