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I like many other authors like to know what people really think of our books, well I certainly do.  Good or bad it does not matter because out of it comes information to help the author to see where – if any – mistakes are being made and allows for any alteration. Always remembering that opinions very much depend on the readers taste and likes. The other thing is style of writing. My style is totally different, but does not detract from the story and I am learning to ‘put more meat on the bones’, remembering that not everyone lived through the times I write about nor remembers London just after the war. So I was getting just a little concerned that no one had written a review after buying the books. Then I read a review by Arther E. West so I sent him a copy of the second book in both the Stanley Saunders and Jason Watson series.

When we were at a fira this weekend we bumped into a friend and to my surprise he had read A Loving Son. I asked what he thought about it and his reply was quite encouraging.  He said that my style of writing is ‘unusual’ that you could have been there, but the story was good and had a fast pace, then very tongue in cheek, asked if I was Stanley? (do I look like an assassin?).  Anyway to my great pleasure today I received this from Arther West:-

“I have reviewed many books in my time but none quite like this. Michael Bosc has his own fresh style of telling a story which makes him stand out. He made me feel as though I was there with the characters as things happened, a sort of voyeur, which made it hard to put the book down.  He has captured the essence of post war London  in depicting the East end as it really was. The gangs, attitudes of the upper classes, and, shall we say, a corrupt police force, bringing to mind Saville row with the expensive jags parked outside…..

So to the story. We find our hero in the army, where he is assigned a female operative and together they are tuned in physical fitness by some very sneaky people. Whilst there Rupert has a job for him which takes him to the cold depths of Canada where he was supposed to ‘accidentally’ die. But he finds out he has been betrayed from a dying man, and makes a promise to him that he will find and destroy the person responsible. Thus begins his trek out of the wilderness.

Back home he recovers, attends his mother’s marriage to Reg and catches up on his business with a surprising outcome. He is then asked to sort a ‘small problem’ for a US Government department’, not once but twice with the last one leaving an unanswered question. As to who tried to have him killed? well you need to read the book…

Once again Michael has given us a fast paced and racy novel. He is a good teller of stories albeit in a slightly differently style. But be warned, once you begin you will be kept wanting more. I await the next book with anticipation.

A.E.West.”

All my books are on Kindle and I am now awaiting his review of A Bengal Poppy.
© Michael Douglas Bosc

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Although I wrote about Stanley, but he was not my inspiration for writing Jason was.

I have always been interested in history especially Naval history, (and once again my sister has come up trumps, christmas pressie of three more naval books)  anything to do with ships and the sea I’m there.

Jason has a huge sexual appetite, but is an adventurer, sound businessman and good Captain.  He lets us into the social acceptances of the late 1700’s in Jamaica, then shows his compassion for the slaves on his plantation.   However, it is when he returns to England that things really hot up.

Sorting out his life, taking a mistress, then setting out on a most dangerous adventure. This he does not mind as he is back on the seas in the world he is most at home in.  He has his sexual adventures which become a little mixed up but he also shows how ruthless he can be when someone he cares for is harmed.

During the writing of this story I have written and re-written things.  Such as the attitudes to the Prince Of Wales and his spending something that was suffered by people too afraid to do anything about it.  There is an insight into the Prime minister’s life and attitude to his borrowing and spending, nothing really changes.  The city as it was then, was a strange creature but just as likely to fold as it is today.  So perhaps we should not be too surprised when things go pear-shaped.

But it is the way merchants got China to let go of their silver that is the main topic. Opium!  China would not trade in silver unless it was for this commodity. They would swap goods for goods but silver only for opium.  So of course, the merchants and governments plotted and schemed to get at it. The East India Company did very well in that department especially with Jason’s help and connections.

But the cost to Jason was a strange one, torture, near death and a princess for a wife. The how and when of this well, read the book and find out oh and look for the little bit of magic…..

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