Excerpt from The Ladies’ Game. ‘The men that are left will be calling the shots when it comes to choosing partners. What’s more the small percentage that are still fertile will decide who has children and who doesn’t. It will be an uncontrollable genetic and sexual street market with the price dictated by supply and demand.’ There was a moment’s silence, then Wenna said. ‘I don’t think we can allow that, can we?’ So the story continues, and… Whoever controls these men controls the future of the world. After the virus, men are rare. Fertile males are even rarer. They have to be protected and milked of their semen if humankind is to survive. In this female-dominated world all but a handful of the viable males are in England, kept in a luxurious, heavily-guarded ex-SAS compound, prisoners of their own fecundity. They are serviced by 'milkmaids', whose function is to secure their precious semen, which has become prime international currency. Colloquially known as 'The Milking Shed', the very existence of this facility is a source of festering international envy. With the threat of functional extinction looming, England's possession of these valuable males is increasingly in jeopardy as resentment and the rising level of risk stirs up the rivalry of old enemies America and Russia. They both have the military might to simply take what they want. All that stops them is a nerve-jangling nuclear stand-off. After a winterless European winter, a blistering hot summer is forecast. And, on both sides of the Atlantic, heat fuels the social and political passion for procreation. As England's weak defences start to buckle, society fragments and its leaders begin to lose control. In this dangerously fractured world can Fleur Nichols, thrust into an unwanted leadership role, put aside the agony of her son's abduction and save her country from annexation as the major powers jostle for dominance? Or has everything gone beyond the point of no return? A mother's love is a ferocious weapon but the odds are stacked heavily against her. Buy this exciting techno-thriller to discover what the future may hold for mankind. Perfect for fans of Tom Clancy, Margaret Atwood and Michael Crichton.
Evolution’s Path. The complete series in one omnibus edition. This trilogy takes place in the near future, it isn’t science fiction, it’s ‘faction’, and all the more chilling because you won’t find zombies here, or people suddenly endowed with super powers, just a cast of realistic characters struggling with the challenging events that overtake their lives. Against a background of terrorist plots, political intrigue and espionage, the lives of three powerful women become inextricably entwined.Fleur Nichols, an investigative journalist, Wenna Cavendish, a senior MI5 officer and Simone Gofre, a brilliant virologist, leave their marks on world events and a stunning revelation will change the course of human history forever.Evolution’s Path is a frightening look at the mechanics of an all-too-possible societal collapse and its aftermath. It really could happen and this is how. Excerpts from customer reviews: Killing tomorrow ‘A gripping scenario. Well written and character driven … a credit to a master story teller.’ ‘The multiple themes of this thriller suggest its title: population control, germ warfare, investigative journalism, corporate greed, terrorism. It was a well-paced read with the tension and conspiracy to keep you engaged.’ ‘He very deftly links all aspects and the final chapter is chilling in its possibilities.’ ‘Compulsive reading. I was gripped by this story from the beginning. Hill is a talented writer who has the ability to create a completely believable and terrifying future scenario.’ ‘…this well-written book with its intriguingly woven plot…It seemed impossible that this cast of fascinating characters and their stories would all tie up neatly at the end, but they did, dramatically, and very satisfactorily.’ ‘Author Peter Hill is a visionary storyteller. He does it with razor-sharp prose, and he isn't afraid to tackle ambitious themes here: feminism, globalisation, environmentalism. …a story so chilling in its realism, you won't soon forget it even after turning the last page. It’s a dystopian narrative that sears itself into your mind.’ The Ladies’ Game ‘Epic story telling; intriguing premise drawing the reader in and keeping the pages turning.’ ‘It has plenty of intrigue, fast paced action with the plot closely mirroring many of the contemporary issues being faced around the world today. It draws you further into the world of terror and espionage and the potential for dire consequences.’ ‘Fleur Nichols, the strong-headed journalist, is on the run, pursued by ruthless enemies even as the world around her falls apart in an escalating viral pandemic… Once again, themes of feminism, globalisation, environmentalism take centre stage as Fleur fights not only to survive a tumultuous apocalypse, but to separate lies from truth. At stake is the fate of humanity, and Fleur's unborn child may hold the key.’ Procreation ‘A great conclusion to a fascinating trilogy. Well written, extremely thought provoking, and a thoroughly good read!’ ‘The epic conclusion to blistering trilogy. It's bold. It's scintillating. It's the brilliant culmination of everything that's come before. Now that a viral pandemic has all but decimated the male gender worldwide, it's the women who have ascended to political supremacy. The social order, as we know it, has been upended. But all this just sets the stage for another catastrophic confrontation. This is a techno-thriller completely unlike anything I've ever read. It's controversial. It's provocative. It's uncompromising. If you're a looking for a post-apocalyptic story written with both emotional sensitivity and propulsive excitement, this is it. It's Tom Clancy meets Margaret Atwood Read the whole EVOLUTION'S PATH trilogy. I can't recommend this enough. It really is something else.’
They all want feisty British journalist Fleur Nichols dead. The CIA think she is a Jihadist sympathiser. The Jihadists think she is a CIA informant. She is on the hit list of a renegade assassin. But the biggest threat of all is the deadly virus that has been let loose on the world, leading to the closure of international borders and the imposition of martial law. If that wasn’t enough her partner has been killed by a suicide bomber in Pakistan and the whistleblowing documentary they were working on has been suppressed by the government. Now it seems that Wenna Cavendish, deputy head of MI5 and once her friend has turned against her. As the death toll rises and the killers close in, Fleur discovers she is pregnant. Against seemingly impossible odds can Fleur fight on to protect herself and her unborn child from her adversaries and preserve the kind of democratic society she has always fought for? Get this book to find out who will survive the deadly pandemic. The Ladies’ Game is a gripping, fast moving thriller set in an ominously believable near future. It’s perfect for fans of Tom Clancy, Margaret Atwood and Michael Crichton. SOME PRESS COMMENT ON PETER HILL'S PREVIOUS BOOKS‘This is a taut, handsome job, beautifully written, full of real characters and acute observations.’The New York Times‘Exceptionally well told, with satisfying outcome.’Columbus Sunday Dispatch‘Peter Hill does a fine job with character, plot, atmosphere and suspense.’Publishers Weekly‘… an acute professionalism. What is even better, it has the holding qualities of a rock-loving limpet.’The Bookseller‘A tremendous piece of fast moving fiction. Not one word wasted, the story starts and ends with a bang.’Coventry Evening Telegraph‘Taut, sharp, fast moving.’Manchester Evening News
The Liars (a bizarre Murder Mystery) ‘Lies, gossip, jealousy and a generous serving of bedroom undercover work fail to deter two of Scotland Yard’s finest in this entertaining mystery with an extra twist or two...or three.’ Pittsburgh Press When the battered body of fisherman Denis Kerkin is found hanging by one leg from an ancient stone gibbet, blunt cockney Detective Chief Superintendent Staunton and the talented and amorous Detective Inspector Wyndsor of New Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad are sent to the isolated fishing village of Crukenporth in Cornwall to investigate. Here they encounter Miss Trevose, an autocratic cripple who never leaves the room specially adapted for her requirements. It is a self-constructed cage for this woman who is old, vindictive and dying. Yet her brain is still active, confined in a maimed body as she is confined within the room, and she controls with feudal arrogance the lives of most of the inhabitants of the village. Denied personal involvement she experiences vicariously the emotions of the people she manipulates, nurses her hatreds, and plays her own specialized game with life and death. For her, the investigating officers are just two more pawns to be played as she decides. As the officers delve into the bizarre circumstances of the death and Miss Trevose plots to use the police enquiry to exact personal vengeance, it becomes clear that more than one person had good reason to wish Denis Kerkin dead. It is the 1970s and Bob Staunton and Leo Wyndsor, without the more sophisticated aids to detection available today, and in their own distinctive ways, strive to sort the truth from the lies before the passions, the hatreds and the greed they unearth explode into further violence, in this gripping novel of suspense and intrigue. The Liars is the second in the Staunton and Wyndsor series of classic police procedural murder mysteries set in various locations in Britain. The others are The Hunters, The Enthusiast and The Savages. These books were previously published worldwide, by major publishing houses, in hard and paperback editions and several translations, and are now available as eBooks. Each novel is a stand-alone story, but with the same major protagonists. Peter Hill has had a successful career working extensively in television for renowned British drama series such as ‘Callan’, ‘The Sweeney’, ‘Z Cars’, ‘Public Eye’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Special Branch’, ‘Crown Court’, ‘New Scotland Yard’, and ‘Armchair Theatre’. He has been a writer, script editor and producer both in the UK and New Zealand, where he now lives. Peter has now returned to novel writing but in a different genre, and Killing Tomorrow, the first of a new trilogy of near and far-future novels, ‘Evolution’s Path’, is also available as an eBook. The second, The Ladies’ Game, and the third, Procreation, have recently been published. These three novels are also available as paper backs. Press comment on Peter Hill’s books ‘Exceptionally well told, with satisfying outcome.’ Columbus Sunday Dispatch ‘Peter Hill does a fine job with character, plot, atmosphere and suspense. An engaging, witty and entertaining yarn.’ Publishers Weekly ‘… a pair of attractive investigators—the young and aristocratic Leo Wyndsor and the slow-moving but smart veteran Bob Staunton. The case takes them to Cornwall, where a man has been murdered and hung on an old gibbet ... All this is very agreeable, especially in Mr. Hill’s smooth and often sympathetic telling.’ New York Times ‘I’d like to see Messrs. Staunton and Wyndsor in more books. They’re a lot of fun—and they’re good detectives.’ Daily Press, Newport News, Virginia
The Enthusiast. (A Suspense Thriller) ‘Peter Hill does a fine job with character, plot, atmosphere and suspense.’ Publishers Weekly John Williams thought he was alone on the bleak face of Moel Celyn in Snowdonia, Wales, until the first sighting bullet cracked into the rock close beside him, seconds later he was dead… And the police had scarcely begun their investigation when a second victim falls to a rifle shot as accurate and apparently purposeless as before. Sent from Scotland Yard after the second killing Chief Superintendent Staunton and his younger associate, Detective Inspector Wyndsor, of the Murder Squad begin quickly to organize their search. Meanwhile, without being able to identify him, the reader has the eerie and frightening privilege of watching the gunman, as he prepares for his next kills. It soon becomes apparent that the psychopathic murderer is as enthusiastic and dedicated to his area of expertise as any elite sportsman and that he will kill again and again as he seeks to perfect his skills. With no connection between killer and victims and no obvious motive this case is an investigators worst nightmare. The detectives are getting nowhere until the killer, irritated by their intervention, decides to hunt them down. There is a horrifying climax to events in this new Staunton and Wyndsor novel.
The Washermen. ‘Peter Hill has done it again—a fast moving, action-packed thriller involving the secret service, the police, and underworld criminals.’ Coventry Evening Standard Three ruthless 'Washermen' arrive in England from Hong Kong. Their task is to disrupt the protection rackets operated by the 14K Triad in central London, which they proceed to do with ruthless and ingenious efficiency. Britain has lived with curse of the sinister Chinese Triads for too long and repeated failures by MI5 to penetrate the highly effective Chinese Secret Service have now goaded them into joining with the CIA in a new and extremely questionable undertaking known as Operation Redlight, directed by the unscrupulous Roger Firth. The sudden outbreak of deadly violence brings Redlight into fierce conflict with Scotland Yard's Commander Allan Dice. One of the most trusted officers in the police force, Dice soon finds himself waist-deep in a dangerous, corrupt and vicious world of rivalry, espionage and murder. As the death toll rises, Dice learns his enemies lurk not only in Soho’s narrow streets and London's decaying dockside but also deep within his own sphere of control. In this brilliant story of detective and intelligence officers at loggerheads, Peter Hill has created a dynamic and compassionate thriller, set against the sinister world of London’s Chinatown. And again Allan Dice, whose personality played so dominant a part in The Fanatics, quietly but powerfully asserts his strange integrity. Press comments on The Washermen ‘Zippy, intricate Chinese puzzle laid out with high laconic skill…very strong on sinister rituals, seamy metropolitan locations and gut-churning beastliness.’ ‘Intricate and skilful… Hill is more than a find’ The Sunday Times Peter Hill is an author and playwright who regularly wrote for many top-rated British television series. As a novelist he wrote the highly successful 'Staunton and Wyndsor Series' of police detective novels, The Hunters, TheLiars, The Enthusiast and The Savages. Peter has recently returned to novel writing in a new genre and 'Evolution's Path' is a trilogy of near and far-future novels which depict a disturbing vision of an apocalyptic future.
The Savages (A Murder Thriller) ‘This is a taut, handsome job, beautifully written, full of real characters and acute observations.’ The New York Times When Colonel Bannister-Coates, an experienced Intelligence officer, fails to return to his Oxfordshire village home and his immaculate clothes are discovered dressing a scarecrow in a roadside field, there is a flurry of anxious activity in Whitehall. Detective Superintendent Staunton and his urbane Detective Inspector, Leo Wyndsor, are under pressure to discover if this is defection or assassination, or if there is some other, less obvious, answer. Despite local obstruction and sparse, enigmatic clues, and without the benefit of the more sophisticated aids to detection that are available now, a pattern gradually emerges, leading the detectives to a climax as intriguing and hazardous as any found in the earlier highly praised Staunton and Wyndsor novels. The Savages is the fourth in a series of classic police procedural murder mysteries set in the 1970s. These books were previously published worldwide, by major publishing houses, in hard and paperback editions and are now available as eBooks. The Hunters is the first in The Staunton and Wyndsor Series which introduced the two memorable detectives, followed by The Liars and The Enthusiast. They are set in various locations in Britain. Each novel is a stand-alone story, with the same two detectives as the major protagonists. Press comments on the other Staunton and Wyndsor books ‘Exceptionally well told, with satisfying outcome.’ Columbus Sunday Dispatch ‘Peter Hill does a fine job with character, plot, atmosphere and suspense.’ Publishers Weekly ‘To follow… the brilliantly inspired tracking of Hill’s two detectives is a joy, apart from the brain teasing pleasure of accepting the author’s challenge to identify the murderer.’ London Evening News ‘A tremendous piece of fast-moving fiction. Not one word wasted, the story starts and ends with a bang.’ Coventry Evening Telegraph ‘I’d like to see Messrs. Staunton and Wyndsor in more books. They’re a lot of fun—and they’re good detectives.’ Daily Press, Newport News, Virginia ‘A really good thriller writer.’ The Daily Telegraph ‘Taut, sharp, fast-moving…’ Manchester Evening News ‘A really first-class who-dunnit.’ Essex Chronicle
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