Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The opening pages...

Strike! Strike! Strike!
This is an invitation to read the opening pages of #1 bestseller in the amazon kindle store - autobiographies and true crime - law enforcement... Here we go,
Thanks for the memories..., Cumbria Constabulary, The Regional Crime Squad, The Special Branch, The Metropolitan Police Anti-Terrorist Branch, The Royal Ulster Constabulary, The Security Service
 ‘A policeman’s story’
 ‘from tea-maker to spy-catcher’
‘from errand boy to counter-terrorist detective’
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 ‘Strike! Strike! Strike!’, An account of front line policing
by Paul Anthony
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 ‘It’s not what happens to you that defines you as an individual. It’s how you react that defines you …’
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INTRODUCTION
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SPY-CATCHER
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We moved in quickly from every angle imaginable. There were two of them who had arranged to sell secrets to a ‘potential hostile enemy’ and we’d been on them for over 18 months. Eventually we intercepted Soviet spies sent from Moscow to do the deal and replaced them with our own people. The traitors had planned their betrayal carefully and not left anything to chance. They were bright, clever, switched on, and well and truly on their stalks. You could cut the atmosphere with a knife.
Eyeing every possible hiding place our targets gradually neared the rendezvous point. Street by street, yard by yard, they came closer to us as we reeled them in like a fish on a line.
Yet our suspects were suspicious of the bite they were about to take.
Nervous, wary of everyone and everything, the conspirators knew what they were doing and why. It was no game of chance for them but, make no mistake, the dice was loaded in their favour. This was the big one. The one they’d planned for so long.
Eventually, there was a reluctant smile followed by a submissive sparkle from a sceptical eye. Their dream of wealth overwhelmed all other considerations and inspired them onwards.
For the opposition, it would be all over in half an hour and they’d be home free with riches beyond imagination. For us, we were still in the game but it was all to play for.
They parked up, watched and waited with the engine running ready for a getaway if it all went wrong. Then a tall bearded Russian carrying the money arrived and made a signal. Visibly relieved, two turncoats sighed, cut the engine, and got out of their vehicle. It was their move and they were keen to get it all done, too keen perhaps. My heartbeat was ‘critical’, about to overload!
Casually, they opened the van doors to expose secrets from a Trident submarine base in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria. Their objective was a few million pounds in exchange for top secret underwater acoustic equipment developed by British scientists working alongside their American colleagues.
Our money man walked forward to meet them.
Ivan’s pulse was racing, adrenalin pounding, sweat streaming down his neck into the small of his back. Actually, my pal was one cool cucumber who did this kind of thing for a living. He spoke various Russian dialects fluently.
Stepping forward, Ivan acknowledged them in his supposed mother tongue and then, with a smile, gave an agreed code word.
They were apprehensive. So were we. Were our targets armed?
What’s a couple of million quid and a few secrets in the scheme of things?
I’ll tell you.
The balance of power is at risk. Someone is trying to change the global pecking order and either stay ahead of the game, or jump a place or two above their opponents. The trick is to keep everything nicely balanced, define the enemy, and defeat them. That way the status quo is kept and you remain in the global power game. Sometimes you stay way ahead in such a game because you’re showing the rest just what you’re capable of.
A potentially hostile enemy badly wanted a device that prevented everyone from locating our Trident submarines underwater. A cloak of invisibility in a Cold War against the Soviets and it was ours. It was British and on our shift the device was going to stay that way. That’s why no-one knew.
Police officers on the beat didn’t need to know, and neither did motor patrol, traffic, local uniform staff, CID, crime squad, drug squad, task force, or the divisional commander. The chief and deputy chief knew, and that was it. The operation was secret – from start to finish - and why we used a cloak of invisibility to cover our operation to ensure security of our nation’s primary weapon – a cloak of invisibility.
Operation Keyfob was live.
The key was in a lock and the best of the best were turning it.
This was our moment.
It was our time.
Months of painstaking work, of covert enquiry and undercover surveillance. Hours of listening to voices, scrutinising photographs, identifying suspects and ruling them in or ruling them out. Then, getting closer, becoming much more covert and more technical as the last piece of a gigantic jigsaw fell into place.
Thousands of man hours known only to a hand-picked team and now brought to fruition by that same elite unit. They were our elite. We were on the block.
Our money was exposed to view. Their secrets were laid bare.
Ivan stroked his beard. That was the signal!
‘Strike! Strike! Strike!’
A loudspeaker boomed out, ‘We are the police. Stand still. You are surrounded.’
A dumbfounded look, a swing of a head, a drop of a jaw, and eyes cast down. There was a slight shuffle of feet and a failed stumbling attempt to run away when that call was made and the job went down.
Tyres squealed when our cars dominated the ground and we burst out of the vehicles like men and women possessed shouting, dominating, empowered, and unashamed. We took them to the ground. They were nicked, bang to rights with one hand taking our money and the other selling the nation’s secrets.
It was all over.
Was this the opening of another Paul Anthony crime thriller? Or was it another film being made?
It had to be a film.
‘Cos nowt ever ‘appens in Cumbria.’
That’s right, ‘Nowt ever ‘appens in Cumbria’.
Wrong.
Spy-catcher… It’s a story from Cumbia’s front line that I’m going to tell you.
Beware, this is my front line. It’s a front line that only a few ever walk.
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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Strike! Strike! Strike! - an autobiography


An autobiography from Paul Anthony
Published March, 2016

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From tea-maker to spy-catcher,
From errand boy to counter terrorist detective via Cumbria Constabulary, The Regional Crime Squad, The Special Branch, The Anti Terrorist Branch, the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Security Service.... Prepare to laugh, prepare to cry.....

350 pages accounting for 33 years of policing in the United Kingdom. The story....... so far.....

Amazon Verified Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this latest book from a hugely talented author drawing on a vast array 
of experience of dealing with the full spectrum of personal and professional human strengths, 
weaknesses, victories, frustrations, success, disaster and all the emotions involved which
 comprise the sometimes straight forward but often complex life of a Police Officers service
 to the public.In particular I enjoyed the obvious dedication, humour, compassion and above
 all desire to get the job done no matter what the hurdles encountered along the way. 
WARNING make sure you have set enough time aside to read right through this book
 because once you pick it up you will only put it down when you come to the end.
One of those books that seem to stick to your hands because you can't put it down.
 As if you are there at his shoulder. a very varied and worthy career of a front line 
Bobby from boy to manhood.
Excellent book. What a great read. How things have changed.
What a page turner beware once you start reading it is difficult to stop ! 
Well written and researched just what we have come to expect from this talented author


 Great Autobiography 
Paul Anthony (a pen name) has written a remarkable autobiography of his lifetime 
of police activities in England. As he describes it, "A policeman's story, from tea-maker
 to spy catcher, from errand boy to counter-terrorist detective". Paul Anthony has written
 a brilliant, humorous at times, collection of short stories describing his journey up the 
ranks of policing in England. From a Cadet at the age of 16 through Traffic cop, and the
 Criminal Investigation Department, and The Regional Crime Squad, and eventually to
 Head of Special Branch, he describes the life, the camaraderie, the esprit, the pride, 
and the importance of the police to society.
Today some people in America have lost faith in the police. If people in America would
 read Paul Anthony's book, "Strike! Strike! Strike!", I know it would change some minds.
 I strongly recommend this book to all!



From the very start , this book rattles along, taking you on a journey that will keep you hooked 
until the end. Be prepared to go through all your emotions, as you are told of the many
true stories that happened to the author during his service in the Cumbria Police.
 "Now't ever happens in Cumbria?" Oh yes it does. 
From catching burglars, dealing with fatalities to espionage and terrorism, it has it all, 
oh I forgot, being chased by gorillas too. A great read.
and another...... 
Couldn't put it down, memories are made from this read, showed the thin blue line 
at its best from start to finish

Friday, 21 August 2015

Threat Level One



Threat Level One 
Crime Thriller
September, 2015
Published by Paul Anthony Associates

Synopsis
When Master Sergeant Jack Dooley uncovers a startling secret in the desert wastes of Iraq he unwittingly triggers an alarm that resonates throughout the western world. It doesn’t take long before Boyd and his elite Special Crime Unit find themselves handling the investigation. But who is the man from Tikrit the police and intelligence community are desperately searching for? Is he really an Islamic assassin with orders to take out the leaders of the western world? As the Cumbrian counter-terrorist detective chases down the enquiry he enlists the aid of multiple intelligence agencies only to uncover a right wing plot to take over the government. Boyd soon realises that the man from Tikrit is an unknown quantity– and he certainly isn’t the only threat that needs to be thwarted.
A race against time follows with Boyd and his colleagues arguing with the Home Secretary and officialdom when multiple threats from a variety of lethal sources are uncovered. Short of resources, short on patience, and short of time, Boyd casts an eye on the national threat level as it slowly rises from the peace and tranquillity of threat level five. Then, as the nation’s threat level hits ‘critical’, it becomes blatantly obvious that Boyd and his team must do all they can to protect the United Kingdom’s Royal Family. It’s only when Boyd meets aristocracy and enlists the help of a Knight of the Realm that he realises the country really is at Threat Level One and there’s a very highly placed traitor in the midst of it all.
Threat Level One – Based on the true story of the national threat level, the men and women who make it, and those who try to break it.

Reviews: Paul Anthony never lets the reader down. Unmissable and unputdownable, suspense until the very last page, ..... (Independent Review - Pauline Livingstone)

Reviews: Another fascinating read from Paul Anthony - full of intrigue and suspense.... (Meg Johnston)



Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Another excellent read by Paul Anthony. A gripping, multifaceted tale of espionage and covert operations which come together in a fast pace finale. It was good to see how Boyd and his team have developed and good to meet new, strong characters. I literally couldn't put it down!
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really good read,couldn't put it down until finished. Cumbrians will recognise most of the setting

Monday, 17 August 2015

Chiari Warriors for Medical Research


Chiari Warriors
An anthology from Paul Anthony Associates
Published September 2015


This blog is a story in itself - the story of fundraising for medical research into the condition known as 'Chiari Malformation' - a rare condition in the human body that requires neurosurgery - brain and cranial surgery following an MRI scan. This blog is part of a wider information package for fundraisers - as well as book readers and charity supporters - as we do our best to 'conquer chiari.'

Please read on and see how our fundraising is taking shape.


This is an anthology of short stories by 18 authors from across the globe - the UK, the USA, Canada, and Europe - The tales they tell are both non fiction and fiction. Many are based on real life experiences. Others are based on vision and a wondrous source of imagination that these very special authors bring to their readers. Some of the stories they tell will make you cry, others will make you laugh. But some of their writing will actually terrify you when you realise that some of the accounts they recall are actually true stories from real events in their lives. Indeed, there's something for everyone here: tales of love and war, of honour and disobedience, of hate and humour, of desire and desperation. They have produced a roller coaster of emotion on their journey to complete this anthology. It's a book to savour and enjoy, page by page. Above all, this anthology contains the true story of a young boy who suffers from Chiari Malformation - a condition for which there is currently no known cure. The work itemises the condition and the problems associated with this horrible human condition. Written by the self-styled Chiari Warriors, the book seeks to raise funds for health practitioners and research analysts. Accordingly, proceeds from the sale of this work will be donated to the Birmingham Children's Hospital Research Unit (a registered charity in the UK) in order to fund dedicated research into this life-threatening condition. The results of this research are shared across the globe between UK institutions, the Chiari Institute in New York, and elsewhere. If you do nothing else today, download this one to savour whilst doing something worthwhile for the children of the future.



The Clinical Research Unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital
Setting up our fundraising activities with
Mr Stuart Reynolds (CEO. BCH Charity and Mr Guirish Solanki, Neurosurgeon)

Some of our anthology authors from Cumbria presenting a
signed copy of 'Chiari Warriors' to Daniel following his second compression surgery
and long term subsequent recovery. Not a book signing event - a very successful fundraising
event in Carlisle - for Chiari research
One of over 50 prizes auctioned at our 
fundraising charity drive
A Harlequins Rugby Shirt
signed by all the team.

Ryan Dollard of ITV Border News compered
the charity fundraiser = he is running the auction in 
the above photo
At the above event, held at the Auctioneer, Carlisle, 
on 4th September, 2015, we raised the sum of £4,138.62.

Before you download this anthology for our charity drive, come and meet the authors
 You'll find all their books in the carousels to the right of your screen. Just click on a book cover to be taken to the amazon kindle store


Mike McNeff, America
Amy Metz, America
Wayne Zurl, America

C C Champagne
Canada

Carter Novels
America

  
Marion Tervitt, Scotland
Edward Lightfoot
England


Dave Miller
England
Joan Cook
Spain

Jean Reinhardt, Republic of Ireland

Sandy Kilpin Miller
England


Ray Gregory
England
Steve Sharpe ((with Ben)


Roger Price, England


Paul Anthony with Meg Johnston

 Come and meet some of our great supporters
Matt Shields
Harlequins Rugby Team
presenting his Wembley shirt to our Chiari Sufferer


Steve Borthwick - ex England Rugby Captain and now
Forwards Coach for Japan Rugby Team, with his team mates
sending a message from across the Atlantic
'FIGHT CHIARI'

What is Chiari?
Watch this - all you need to know about Chiari

Chiari Awareness Video




Check out the following Facebook group where more fundraising is taking place - JOIN

https://www.facebook.com/groups/chiariwarriorsfundraising/

and the JUST GIVING PAGE
https://www.justgiving.com/Vikki-Gordon2/



Sunday, 1 March 2015

The February Collection

Derwentwater by Gillian Easterbrook
Welcome to the February Collection - a bag full of images from a retired police officers' group who enjoy photography. The February competition was sponsored by Paul Anthony Associates and won by Gillian Easterbook with the above photograph of Derwentwater, near Keswick, Cumbria. But the competition was fierce as you can see from a remarkable collection of snaps below.
Old Packhorse Bridge,Carrbridge near Aviemore by Mike Crozier
The Commando Monument, Spean Bridge by Paul Brown

Lioness - Botswana by Jules McFee
Pillar from Ennerdale by Paul Turner

Full Moon by George Nevins

Carlisle Airport by Adam Clembo Cleminson

Bowness by Steve Sharpe
Sparrowhawk by Jules McFee

On Hadrian's Wall, near Lanercost by Mile Crozier
Honister by Ray Gregory

Cathedral Cave, Little Langdale by Christine Nelson

Ice on the car by Anita Owen

Icicles in the Pond by Anita Owen


The River Leven, Dumbarton

Skiddaw from Braithwaite by Andy Brown

Sparrowhawk by Steve Sharpe

Earnslie Bay, Walney Island by Sue Bowman

Orton Scar by Bob Pallas
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Sunset at Brampton by Paul Crabtree

Don't forget - Have you got these books yet? Coptales and Uncuffed? Proceeds towards our charity. And a new donation - Sunset, a collection of police poetry from the Sixties to the turn of the century.





Thursday, 26 February 2015

Scougal

SCOUGAL
The Votadini Crest of the Family Name

SCOUGAL
Published by Paul Anthony Associates
March, 2015
Genre: Non Fiction: History / Reference / Social History

Quick Links:
In Print: Lulu
In Kindle: Amazon

A Global book for a Global family….
This is a true story which traces the Scougal family of names to the land of their origin. From the beginning of recorded history this book visits ‘Scougal’ in South East Scotland during the Iron Age before identifying the real roots of the family name. Via Mynddog the Wealthy, the Votadini tribe, the Roman occupation, the Anglo Saxon Invasion, the Old North of ‘Hen Ogledd’, Bernica, the Angles, the Norman Conquest, Magna Carta, and the wars of Scottish Independence the work dissects the history of our people. 

SCOUGHALL

Warrior Headgear

To penetrate the Scougal heritage the Battles of Carham, Bannockburn and Flodden are examined. Along the way we examine the oldest Royal Charter in British history to find a Scottish King who ceded the lands of Scougal to our ancestors. Then, gradually, the book traces the migration of the Scougal family of names across the globe as the impact of Scougal in America, Alaska, Mexico, Canada, Australia, America, South Africa, and elsewhere is assessed. Finally, we raise individual Scougals from across the planet and visit timelines produced by the people who carry that name tag. From religious offices to military postings, and from land owners to Royal painters, this novel highlights those who carried the name and made history as well as those who shamed the name and regret it. We even touch upon the horros of ‘Hiroshima’. If you are interested in how the local fits into the global this is a history book for you as well as a book of true genealogy. If you are called ‘Scougal’ – it really is a ’Mustread’.
Brigante King

Edinburgh Castle

Extract:
You will not find the future in this book. You will only find the past. You are the future….
… No one person makes a name, a family, or a family of names. Such an entity is made from a million little pieces that are brought together over time to frame and develop ‘someone’.  We are merely pieces in the jigsaw of life but when we are counted, sorted, itemised and individualised we can – as you have seen - really make a difference to the life and times in which we live. We can contribute, aspire, inspire, and make the world a better place in which to live.
      



The Badlands
South Dakota, USA


Holy Island, Lindisfarne

I know what you're thinking. The Scougals are from Scotland.... Wrong, my friend... But close...
No, our roots lie in another land, and in another place.

'Haec Ornant'