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Behead The Serpent

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Behead The Serpent

Compromising photographs discovered in a vacant office in central London are not immediately connected to a ferocious attack on Davies King. But when the campaign against the chief of detectives and his closest friends turns to blackmail, it becomes personal.

A series of horrendous bomb attacks and brutal shootings convince Davies to discharge himself from hospital and confront the two ‘most wanted’ criminals in the United Kingdom. Disillusioned with a temporary chief constable, and anxious to relieve a stressed out bomb disposal officer, the chess playing detective joins forces with British Intelligence to challenge the megalomaniacs who are holding the nation to ransom.

Her Majesty’s Government announce a Tier One threat level as the lights across the south of England are extinguished and parts of Europe and North America face the reality of the first stages of society’s breakdown – Dystopia.

It’s a simple question for the obstinate detective to answer. Does the country pay the ransom or do the lights go out?

It’s not rocket science, but who makes the decision, and why?

AMAZON REVIEW:  ….. Having been foiled by Davies King in their attempt to secure a computer memory stick holding software worth untold billions, rogue superspy Mansfield de Courtenay Baron — “The Baron” — and former-IRA soldier Conor O’Keefe are on the run as Britain’s most wanted men. The Baron and O’Keefe haven’t gone far from King’s home in the seaside town of Crillsea, however, and they haven’t given up on getting that memory stick or finding some other way to make themselves rich. The message is clear: give up the memory stick or face the consequences, which could be quite dire indeed once the Baron and O’Keefe demonstrate their ability to turn out the lights throughout all of Britain and parts of the continent and North America. Davies King loves a good challenge on the chessboard, but playing against the Baron he seems to always be a step behind, reacting to threats when he would prefer to impose his will against an unseen opponent who has demonstrated a mastery of cyberspace — a location that is emerging as a pitched battlefield for nations fighting against fanatical individuals and groups as well as other nations. Can the brainy Detective Chief Inspector figure out a stratagem mid-game to stop his opponents before catastrophe strikes?

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