Saturday, 17 December 2011

The Paul Anthony Book Shop

The Thrillers
The Anthologies
Welcome to my book shop.
I am a retired detective from Cumbria in the U.K. I'm an independent publisher who has written both television and film scripts either on my own, or with the award winning screenwriter Nick Gordon whose full length feature film 'Hunted' hits the screens in 2016/2017. Paul Anthony is my pseudonym. Born in Southport, Lancashire, I'm the son of a soldier whose family settled in Carlisle before I joined Cumbria police at the age of 19. As a detective, I served in Cumbria CID, the Regional Crime Squad in Manchester, the Special Branch, (Counter Terrorist Command) and other national agencies in the UK and elsewhere. I have an Honours Degree in Economics and Social Sciences, a Diploma in Management and a Diploma in Office Management. I'm a former winner of the Independent Authors Network Featured Author Contest and was a Featured  Author at the 'Books without Borders' Event in Yonkers, New York, 2012. In earlier years I was a Featured Author at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany.

Thank you for visiting my book shop which is divided into areas containing two series, an anthology area, non-fiction, and a selection of reviews. I hope you enjoy your visit and would like to thank you for supporting the works of Paul Anthony and his friends. .... Paul Anthony

Just click on one of the carousels or click on your preferred link below.
My Autobiography - Strike! Strike! Strike!
33 years of policing
from tea-maker to spy-catcher,
from errand boy to counter terrorist detective.
(Publishing Date 23rd March, 2016)


#5 in the Boyd crime thriller series.... A series of books / stories which has proved really popular over the years..... and featuring the Cumbrian detective William Miller Boyd (the character is taken from my Uncle - Billy Miller - and what a character he was) So here we go with number 5 (number 6 is in my head)

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.

Bell, Book and Candle
Genre: Thriller / Crime /Action-Adventure / Espionage / Mystery

THIS BOOK IS #4 IN THE BOYD 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the Cumbrian detective, Boyd, and his Special Crime Unit.
From an ancient Silk Road in the Spin Ghar mountain range and the red-bricked chocolate box skyscrapers of one of the oldest civilisations known to mankind, the travellers begin their journey. Fourteen hundred years of struggle and anguish arrive in the unspoilt backwaters of Cumbria’s Lakeland Fells and erupt in a bloody, deadly climax.
A simple bell, book and candle adorn the altar of a village church yet the parishioners are unaware of the gathering storm clouds that herald the arrival of the ‘Eternal One.’
Will the Cumbrian detective, Boyd, work out why it has taken since the seventh century for the problem to arrive in his back yard? It’s not until a child is kidnapped that Boyd realises he needs to separate out good from bad; normal from extreme, and the innocence of youth from the guilt of maturity. Boyd is fighting the biggest dog in the pack and the Shimmering Dawn is about to unleash its terrifying dogs of war.
Crammed with intrigue and drizzled with Machiavellian conspiracy, the plot dissects the culture and very existence of the Middle East as it gradually and passionately boils over into a turbo charged thriller of acrimonious conflict and religious aura when the history of yesteryear explodes with the reality of today. 


Espionage Thriller/Crime/Historic Fiction

THIS BOOK IS #3 IN THE BOYD 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the Cumbrian detective, Boyd, and his Special Crime Unit.
Book description
Packed with action, stacked with intrigue, and sprinkled with ingenious conspiracy, The Legacy of the Ninth is a whirlwind thriller of bitter conflict and religious mystique, echoing through the centuries of time from the desert wastes of the Roman Empire to the luscious green valley of the River Eden and the land of the Lakes. Behold, the noble Domitian: a valiant Roman Centurion who witnesses an appalling act of mass suicide in the Negev desert, and Hussein who plunders a Jewish artefact from its rightful owner. Centuries later, Boyd, the detective, tries to find out why events in Masada are now so closely linked with nearby Hadrian's Wall. Indeed, against all the odds, Boyd realises that the links are so strong that prospects of peace in the Middle East are in danger of collapsing...Things can't get any worse, can they?



Espionage Thriller/Historic Fiction/Terrorism/Crime

THIS BOOK IS #2 IN THE BOYD 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the Cumbrian detective, Boyd, and his Special Crime Unit.
Book Description
A terrifying thriller of greed and deceit.
The action spans the oceans; from Northern Ireland, to Portugal, from Colombia to the British Isles, and is set against the inferno of a raging drugs culture. Cumbrian undercover detective, Boyd, working with two Portuguese investigators, a determined female British Intelligence officer, an American drug-busting legend, and the covert power of the State, battle against globally organised crime syndicates unaware that some amongst them have different plans...
Private and personal revenge...


Historic Fiction/Thriller /Love Story/Crime/Espionage/Terrorism
Kindle version Published Spring, 2012

THIS BOOK IS #1 IN THE BOYD 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the Cumbrian detective, Boyd, and his Special Crime Unit.
The Fragile Peace reached #1 in its genre in March, 2013, in the Amazon Kindle store.
Book Description:
The Fragile Peace is a thriller of violent prejudices and divided loyalties. This Ulster novel reaches to the very roots of sectarian life and death. Written by a member of the security forces, it reveals a human landscape that is unknown, yet startingly believable. It is a world where sworn enemies may exchange confidences over a game of snooker; where a kneecapping operation turns into a deadly vendetta fuelled by sexual jealousy and where the fate of the United Kingdom could rest in the hands of one punch-drunk bruiser with a dangerous addiction. Everything is here, from the glamour of hi-tech intelligence work to the despairing pub-talk of men locked in the past. Trace the origins of these relentless tit-for-tat killings, often starting in childhood and see how the lives of vastly different people may be mysteriously linked forever against the fatally beautiful backdrop of Northern Ireland.


Crime Thriller with a twist of history.
Published by Paul Anthony Associates, November, 2014

This novel is #4 in the Davies King stand-alone detective series where all four books can be read individually as opposed to in series format.

When an unexpected earthquake in the English Channel unwittingly presents the secrets of the past, a trail of bribery, corruption, kidnap and murder entangle the south coast detective, Davies King. As the mystery deepens, Davies investigates the connection between the escape of a handful of petty criminals from a prison van; a vicious murder, the unidentified treasures of a sunken ship in the English Channel, a corrupt American politician, and ‘organised crime’.
Will Britain’s most annoying petty criminals outwit the stressed-out detective? Faced with overwhelming odds, the exhausted Davies King must come to terms with failure and re-ignite ‘loyalty’. On the doorstep of failure, the detective enlists the help of 'Special Forces' when he recognises an emerging catastrophe which is likely to destroy the foundations of an Anglo-American agreement, The so-called special relationship is in danger of collapsing. But loyalty is the last stand and it’s beyond his control.

Review: Another epic page turner from the pen of Paul Anthony. He grabs you on page one and won't let you go until the end. Great plot..... Pauline Livingstone, Editor and Book Critic
Review: An absolutely brilliant read by a great author, keeps you on the edge of your seat, thoroughly enjoyable... B Smith (Reader) amazon review.

THIS BOOK IS #3 IN THE DAVIES KING 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the detective, KING, his detectives, and British Intelligence.

Genre: Fiction / Thriller / Espionage / Murder /Mystery / Tension  / Suspense
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?


Crime / Espionage / International Chase Thriller

THIS BOOK IS #2 IN THE DAVIES KING 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the detective, KING, his detectives, and British Intelligence.
Book Description.
When Conor is betrayed, he spends the night hidden in the bracken surrounded by security forces. As moonlight shadows flicker, he realises who is responsible. With his unit destroyed, Conor sets out for revenge. 
But dark unspoken forces are at work and the track goes cold.
A decade later, a displaced British Intelligence Agent produces a mysterious piece of software and demands reinstatement. The enigmatic software, threatens to destabilise the world’s economy should it fall into the wrong hands. Pegasus returns only to be plunged into a breathtaking international chase involving terrorists, spies and criminals. 
Greed, corruption, dishonesty and mistrust are uncovered in the most powerful of places as the need to secure an enigmatic memory stick dominates proceedings. Only Davies King, a chess playing, hardnosed detective, and his team, seem capable of bringing sanity to a cyberspace driven society. Is there a traitor? A traitor of the worst kind! And there’s only one... Isn’t there?


Murder Mystery/Crime/Detective

THIS BOOK IS #1 IN THE DAVIES KING 'stand alone' series, where each book has a separate stand alone tale involving the detective, KING, his detectives, and British Intelligence.

Book Description
Two beautiful and mysterious women are murdered in the same week. The local police chief believes both killings are the work of one man and instructs his officers to bring about a swift conclusion to the  investigation. Davies King, the hardnosed, chess playing detective, reckons the game is much more complex and refuses to accept an apparent checkmate. With the odds stacking up against him, Davies tries to shuffle all the pieces and capture the guilty party before an innocent man is wrongly arrested. But the clock is counting down, there’s a bomb explosion imminent, and he's running out of time.... With enigmatic characters that are credible and authentic it doesn’t take long to become engrossed in a well crafted and gripping plot. Paul Anthony's mesmerizing conspiracy carries the reader all the way and skilfully builds to an exhilarating and explosive finale.


Chiari Warriors
A Book to raise funds for Chiari Research
Published September, 2015 by Paul Anthony Associates

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.

Published November, 2014 by Paul Anthony Associates

This anthology is brought to you at Christmas time by a collection of police writers from the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and their guests. Their work includes stories for children, poetry, ghost stories, paranormal, fantasy and crime fiction. And you'll find that it's not just Christmas that they write about. There are a lot of surprises too. 
All proceeds from the anthology are donated to UK Cops - a police charity dedicated to looking after survivors.
This is the second 'police anthology' and it follows on from 'Uncuffed' which was published earlier in the year.
There's something for everyone here.
Turn the pages and join the adventure
REVIEW: A lovely, heart-warming, thought provoking, entertaining and enjoyable read for all the family. Meg Johnston, Author and Editor

From Paul Anthony Associates
Publishing Date: July, 2014

This is an anthology of work written, edited, published and promoted exclusively by police writers from the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Some of the writers are published authors in their own right and others have never been published before. 
Proceeds from the sale of this work will be donated to COPS: A charity registered in England and Wales (1101478) and in Scotland (SCO038541) which is ‘Dedicated to the Care of Police Survivors.’

This book is available in PRINT at the following link = Uncuffed                                  

and from the amazon kindle stores by following this link = Uncuffed


Book description
Sunset is a collection of poetry tracing the life of a relaxed carefree teenager in the Sixties to a man at the dawn of the Twenty First Century.
The journey captures an age of experiences; peaceful and pleasant, violent and murderous. The voyage from one century to another smoothly results in a unique portrayal of the era in which we live. From love and romance, war and peace, sorrow and surrender, to private fears and unknown tears, Paul Anthony delivers a roller-coaster of poetic emotion in his third book, Sunset.

Published Spring 2012
Short Stories
Welcome to Scribbles with Chocolate. A collection of short stories, poems and extracts to be read at leisure time and especially designed for use during a break, or when travelling from a to b. Lots of poems and short stories - From murder to mayhem from ghosts to romance and back again.



Published January 2013 

In March, 2013, this book reached #5 in its genre in the Amazon Kindle store.
Written with Meg Johnston, this is a quite wonderful collection of short stories for children aged between 4 and 11. The stories are written by a couple of grandparents who have recounted these tales to their children and their children's children. And oh what fun we had writing them. So if you have girls who like fairies, boys who like football, and a granddad who talks to a garden gnome..... This is for you....


Genre: History / Social History / Reference /Genealogy
Published March, 2015 = This book made #21 in the amazon kindle store i n the above 'paid' genre category.
The Book Cover is the Iron Age Crest of the Scougal tribe.
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. 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 horrors 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’. 

Authorship Demystified
Genre: Non Fiction, Self Help, Creativity, 

Very shortly, in 2014, I will be celebrating 20 years as a semi professional writer. During that time I have written across across multiple media outlets. I decided to share that wonderful journey with you, my friends, my fellow authors and aspiring writers.
Authorship Demystified raises the following for examination:-
The history of reading, writing and publishing from the days of yore to the QWERTY keyboard and beyond – The Sumerian Questions - Methods of publication and how to get published – Pseudonyms – Biography - Contracts - Literary agents – Royalties – ISBN and DRM - to Free or not to Free – Copyright - Public domain – The Writing process - Creating and sustaining an Authorship - Developing Social Media effectively - Brand Marketing - Formatting eBooks and printed books – Genres - Preparing a manuscript for submission - Establishing a Readership - eReading devices - Retail sites - Market Share - Beta readers - Editorial services – Reviews - Authors groups – Networks – Bloggers - Screenplays – A look into the Future - and a stack of other things from the Net Book Agreement as it was in 1994 to the electronic age of 2014 via the arrival of the eReader device.

Essentially, there is a discussion on the subtle evolution of self-publishing authors to that of independent publishers.

You can connect with Paul Anthony on Facebook HERE where he regularly promotes the work of fellow authors and posts publishing news from around the world.
Twitter: @paulanthonyspen

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R E V I E W S      R E V I E W S      R E V I E W S
 Paul Anthony
'One of the best thriller and mystery writers in the United Kingdom today'.
Caleb Pirtle 111, International Best Selling Author of over 60 novels, journalist, travel writer, screenplay writer, and Founder and Editorial Director at Venture Galleries.

Paul Anthony is one of the best Thriller Mystery Writers of our times!
Dennis Sheehan, International Best Selling Author of 'Purchased Power', former United Sates Marine Corps.

This guy not only walks the talk, he writes it as well. Thrillers don't get any better than this..... Paul Tobin, Author.

An absolutely brilliant read by a great author, keeps you on the edge of your seat thoroughly enjoyable.... B Smith, Reader, amazon reviews

An Anthology

Paul Anthony is an established writer of crime thrillers who draws from his many years of policing experience to add colour and flavour to his work.
However, in this Anthology he has pulled together written works from a number of ex and serving police officers from the UK and US whose collective experiences are almost too many to count.
This has resulted in an eclectic mixture of short stories, poems, rhyming narrative and other short works which stretch from fantasy and young adult, to romantic through to satire and gritty crime thrillers. There is something for everyone.
From literary prose to contemporary procedurals, there is a wonderful depth and array of reading pleasures here waiting to be consumed. Showcasing writers from both sides of the Atlantic – some already published, and some soon to be so – this only whets my appetite of what is still to come.
With proceeds going to a fine charity – as in COPS – which tirelessly help survivors of officers who have lost their lives protecting us all; the purchase of this Anthology is the least we can all do. It serves as a reminder of the daily dangers facing our boys and girls in blue – some of which are touched on in these stories.
This is a well-crafted mixture of written works, none of which take more than ten minutes to read, so it is a joy to pick up and put down as busy schedules allow; an ideal companion on the commute to work or at the end of the day.
Not only will you come away from this Anthology sated with your every emotion involved, you will feel informed on many levels.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Anthology and congratulate everyone who contributed to the various different pieces.
Excellent, informative, emotional and just fun to read.

‘An eclectic mix of great stories to please everyone.’

Doing something good while being entertained — it’s a tried and true formula as any fundraising organizer will tell you. Readers will certainly check both boxes with Uncuffed, a new anthology featuring established and new police writers from the United States and United Kingdom. The thirty-four entries include essays, poems, short stories, and book excerpts covering an eclectic variety of subjects. This review is based on a copy of the anthology provided to me for that purpose.
As for the “doing good” part of the equation: proceeds from Uncuffed will be donated to Care of Police Survivors (COPS), a charity dedicated to supporting the families of UK police officers killed in the line of duty. A truly worthy cause.
I was familiar with a few of writers featured in Uncuffed — Paul Anthony is a personal favorite, and I was pleased to see an excerpt from The Fragile Peace (my review) included — but discovering new voices is one of the best parts of reading an anthology, isn’t it? I found the short stories “Dying for a Chat” by Dave Miller, “Risk—90s Style” by Ray Gregory and “Paper Trail” by Wayne Zurl to be particular enjoyable.
My laughter was somewhat bittersweet reading the essay “Writing the Wrongs” by The Station Sergeant. I can’t say what exactly, but something happened to the world as a whole in the 1990s as The Sergeant’s description of changes to the police services in the UK mirrored my perception of how the U.S. Navy I enlisted into in the early 1980s began to morph at that time into the one I retired from in 2003.
Full disclosure, I was asked to contribute to this anthology and within readers will indeed find a couple chapters from my first novel, Carpathia. Honored to be asked, my bonafides for inclusion are certainly the weakest of the lot: after 9/11, I served for six months in the newly created position of Force Protection Officer for the naval station where I was assigned.
Be entertained and do some good. Pick up Uncuffed.
Scott Whitmore, Journalist, writer, retired US Naval officer, and author of Carpathia.

A Golden Nugget

This anthology opens with a scene-setting poem by Meg Johnston who sprinkles the work with her fabulous tales of fantasy for all ages. Previously unpublished writers are well represented by Dave Miller’s thought-provoking emotive rollercoaster and Ray Gregory’s wonderfully historic tales of policing in years gone by. For me, Ian Bruce dominates this anthology with a debut piece of literary fiction that is truly stunning. Yes, Ian’s descriptive ‘Collection of Flowers’ may be a tad slow in the telling but you can sense how every word is especially chosen for inclusion. With an increased tempo and the honing of skills one has to look forward to a full blown debut novel from this author. Indeed, this book takes you on a journey through time and Edward Lightfoot brings a touch of high speed class from the cockpit of a Tornado in his Mach 2 thrill of a lifetime that will have you hanging on to your ejector seat at every twist and turn. These new British writers do themselves proud without pretension and are supported by some real favourites of mine from America: The brilliance of thriller writer Mike McNeff is complimented by the quick draw style of Wayne Zurl when the characters Robin Marlette and Sam Jenkins grace the pages. Scott Whitmore takes us on a sensational ‘Carpathian’ adventure whilst two of Britain’s best put the icing on the cake. Lancashire based Roger Price and Yorkshire based Simon Hepworth are two fantastic authors to watch in the years to come. Already published they are well and truly on my reading lists for the future but I’m not going to spoil the adventure that awaits you. There’s a multitude of genres to pick through and a cheeky mystery to solve as you turn the pages of this anthology. Who is The Station Sergeant? This nationally known character invades the work with a piece of satire that will delight many in the police family. And it explains why The Boss’s Snout pleads for information to bring down this writer of wit and wrongs. The foreword is written by George McCrone, a former senior police officer who is obviously held in high esteem by his colleagues. George captures the nature of policing and the writers whilst reminding everyone of the charity COPS for whom proceeds of this book are to be donated. The entire book is written, edited, published and promoted by a bunch of retired policemen. Even the eye-catching book cover is showcased from police photographer, Ian McCrone. ‘Uncuffed’ – worth every penny. Not just a charity chase but an outstanding piece of team work form American and British police writers who between them have also served in the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. An unrepentant highly biased well deserved ‘Five Stars’ all the way.      
Tony Scougal, Retired...

4.0 out of 5 stars Police Writings for a Police Charity 19 Aug 2014
By Amazon Customer
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A great read for a great charity. I must say that The Station Sergeant really made me smile. As a police officer of approaching 30 years service I ‘got’ where he was coming from. Well done to all of you and I look forward with anticipation to your next compilation.

Authorship Demystified
Genre: Non Fiction, Self Help, Creativity,
REVIEW: (Amazon verified purchase)
Paul's book is a great resource for looking into what is indeed a mysterious world for me. The two main things that hit me,was firstly on the initial read through, I realised there is a minefield to overcome in writing and publishing,but that enjoying the journey is important. Secondly, if I am able to write a book for publication,I can use this one as a great step by step reference along the way. the way the book is written,seems to let a person be immersed in his world for a while and be made welcome into the bargain.
Stewart Rawes, Reader/Writer.

Bell, Book and Candle
Thriller / Crime / Action-Adventure / Espionage / Mystery 
5 stars Authentic cop drama 
By SimonH
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
You can't beat a crime story written by a detective. Paul Anthony (a pseudonym, by necessity) was a top detective fighting the threat of terrorism, so is ideally placed to come up with a story about Islamist terrorism. A fast-moving tale is told in great detail, without losing the plot. It's full of facts and explanations about the rationale and reasons behind a temporary threat to our security.
Best of all, it's written in the language we all, understand, rather than that of bigwigs in the higher echelons of the police service or government.

It's a story that will also educate you.

Fanatics want to model the world in their own image, don’t they?
This enthralling novel explores such an intriguing concept through the genius and intuition of Detective Chief Inspector William Miller Boyd, his team of crack detectives, and their colleagues in MI5. From the mountainous regions of central Asia and the Middle East to the Cumbrian Fells, terrorists are determined to bring their beliefs and values to the rest of humanity, or die trying. Boyd and his team battle prejudice, bureaucracy, and betrayal, to prevent disaster. But will their unique brand of policing be enough when the odds are stacked against them?
Another masterpiece from Paul Anthony’s pen….
Meg Johnston, author…

Paul Anthony does it again. His knowledge of the subject is profound but his understanding is also commendable. The plot is so realistic that this could actually happen. Another Billy Boyd 'seat of the pants' read leading to a nail biting conclusion.
Pauline Livingstone, Editor, reviewer and book critic.

Another gripping Inspector Billy Boyd novel from Paul Anthony. Action from the first page, the tension doesn't let up until the last, giving you a book that you just can't put down.
Anthony's attention to detail makes you appreciate what the police force face every day in the course of their duty. Glimpses into the personal lives of the characters shows you that they are just normal people dedicated to their vocations but frequently go above and beyond the call of duty to serve and protect the people of the nation.
Boyd works with his usual team of skilled professionals in the Special Crime Unit and friends in other organizations to detect and proactively squash an active and threatening terrorist cell in the United Kingdom using their exceptional abilities in surveillance and interpretation of several source of intelligence. The action and story line made me feel like I was in the middle of an episode of the BBC television series `Spooks'.
Anthony's engaging style of writing, his development of characters and accuracy in description make this a gripping read and a real treat for the readers. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thank you... Elizabeth Marshall, Best Selling Author of 'Rising' and the Highland Secret Series...

Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars Another thriller from an author who knows what he's talking about, June 12, 2014 By MikeM  Verified Purchase
This review is from: Bell, Book and Candle (Kindle Edition)
Bell, Book and Candle is a story about terrorism, those who fight it and those who don't want to believe that there are those out in the world who truly want to do harm to innocent people. In the center of all this is Detective Chief Inspector Billy Boyd and his Special Crime Unit. While the team starts working on a bank robbery by armed men, they come across suspicious circumstances that indicate a terrorist training camp in rural England. Upon this discovery, the story starts moving at break neck speed as the tough Chief Inspector and his team of professionals sort out criminals, a catastrophic terrorist plot and a traitor in their midst. If you like fast action and high intrigue buckle up, this book is for you.

Threat Level One
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

Behead The Serpent
Could a cyberspace war really happen? Read this fascinating novel and you realise, yes it could! Detective Chief Inspector Davies King flies by the seat of his pants taking everyone along with him as he tackles the problem threatening society... ‘Another cracking unputdownable’ read from Paul Anthony.’
Pauline Livingstone, Editor...

Another fast-paced, action-packed thriller from Paul Anthony. Davies King, the hard-nosed chess master detective, needs all his cunning, skill, and nerve to play a megalomaniac and a terrorist at their own game. When the very fabric of not only his personal life, but that of society as we know it, is threatened, Davies has to be at his masterly best. The consequence of failure is disaster on an international scale.....   
 A real page-turner from start to finish
Meg Johnston, author.

REVIEW: This tale is so up to date it is unbelievable. Part mystery, part spy adventure, always a thriller, and at a  time when the world's hackers have carried out the biggest ever DDOS (Distributed denial of service) on the world wide web, Paul Anthony's typical multi genre work pre-empts reality with a fascinating story that penetrates the very essence of life in the world of Intelligence. A brilliant piece of fiction aided and abetted by some classic characters.
Dan, Reader... Grange Over Sands...

Review: Five stars awarded - A well written, bang up to date or even ahead of its time plot, written by an obviously knowledgeable, well informed author....
Peter Baxter, Reader

Review: Five stars awarded (amazon) - "Behead The Serpent" by the talented author Paul Anthony is a must read. An intriguing cyberspace chess game is being played, where Davies King's mental sharpness, keen intelligence, and physical ability are tested and questioned as he tries to discover in time, who is behind a devious plot threatening his friends, himself, and the world.
Highly recommend by CC Champagne, author of 'That Moment'

The latest crime thriller featuring chess-playing Detective Chief Inspector Davies King, Behead the Serpent by Paul Anthony (@PaulAnthonysPen) is subtly different from previous entries in the series, but no less fun. Although Serpent can be enjoyed all by itself, the plot does complete an overarching storyline begun in the previous book, Moonlight Shadows. 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. In short order these two criminals mastermind a series of attacks that spiral upwards from ransacking Davies King’s car and apartment to bombing the Crillsea harbor. 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? Although the vast majority of this novel is set in and around Crillsea, there are elements of an international thriller in Behead the Serpent, which includes the return of all my favorite series characters, including head of the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad “Big Al” Jessop, Detective Inspector Annie Rock, Archie and the rest of the regulars at the Anchor pub, and Claudia, Davies King’s right-hand at the Crillsea “nick.” As I mentioned, this entry in the series seemed a bit different to me. The overwhelming emphasis is on the major plot of taking down the Baron and O’Keefe, with less attention paid to a few small side issues that crop up; although mostly set in Crillsea time spent in the Anchor pub with its denizens is limited, and overall there is more of what I’ve called, for lack of a better term, a James Bond-ish feel. Not that it doesn’t make for a good story, it does — I suppose I personally revel in the smaller details surrounding the Crillsea police.
Mr. Anthony has said next Davies King book is due out after the New Year and personally I can’t wait. For more information on Paul Anthony and his books.
Scott Whitmore, Journalist, author, book critic, retired US Navy.

Moonlight Shadows
Crime / Espionage / International Chase Thriller
Paul Anthony builds tension into every page. His characters are so real you will feel as if you know them, and believe me, some you will never want to know... A cracking read... 
Pauline Livingstone, Editor and Book Critic.
A Review from Scott Whitmore, former US Naval officer, sports journalist, freelance writer, and author
  A bit of a genre-mix, part international espionage thriller and part crime mystery, Moonlight Shadows features interesting and well-drawn characters, exciting bursts of action, multiple storylines, and more than a few well-placed plot twists.
I enjoyed it immensely.
The reader is swept up into a world of international intrigue in Japan and Amsterdam as well as common-sense policing in London and the English seaside town of Crillsea. The plots come together soon enough, and along the way the reader gets to spend plenty of time with Detective Chief Inspector Davies King, newly promoted but saddled with a green and ambitious “political” type. Joining the chess-playing Davies are most of the wonderful cast of characters introduced in The Conchenta Conundrum including the proper and ultra-efficient office manager Claudia, who is — as everyone who works there knows —  the glue that keeps the Crillsea “nick” running, as well as Archie, a Crillsea fixture not afraid to add a pint or two to the tab of DCI King. Other returning notables include larger-than-life Detective Chief Superintendent “Big Al” Jessop, Detective Sergeant Ted “Barney” Barnes — whose days in the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) prove very useful — and Detective Inspector Annie Rock, who I hope Mr. Anthony finds a larger role for in the future as her confidence and competence made her a favourite of mine. The new faces to the mix include a stone-cold Irish killer and plenty of shadowy intelligence types more accustomed to lying than telling the truth.
Those familiar with Mr. Anthony’s biography, which includes stints as a detective in local, regional and national police agencies in the United Kingdom, including the Special Branch (now known as Counter Terrorism Command, will take special interest in the “behind the scenes” aspect of this story. There is a sense of utter authenticity to the proceedings; no extra drama needed.
Finally, as I’ve noted before I’m an Anglophile so the settings and dialogue were just the icing on a very tasty and satisfying treat of a story.

Review by C C Champagne
Moonlight Shadows is a gripping cat & mouse thriller where the enemy sometimes is closer than you think and maybe even someone you trust. Revenge always takes it toll in the end. Davies King puts everything on the line including his career to safeguard a virtual time bomb of international cyber secrets sleeping soundly in a memory stick. Moonlight Shadows is another intriguing, nail biting thriller! Well done Paul Anthony!

Review by Mr B Smith (verified purchase)
Brilliant book, Brilliant author - ready for the next one please...

Murder Mystery/Crime/Detective
‘My favourite detective novel so far from a most remarkable novelist, gripping to the last...’... Nick Gordon, International award winning screenwriter

One of the best books I have ever read. The story is well written and holds you from start to finish. I really like the character Davies king and would love to read more books with this character in it.
Susan Murray, Reader

If you're a fan of the PBS series "Mystery" then "The Conchenta Conundrum" by Paul Anthony is a must-read. Even if you're not, buy this book: I enjoyed it immensely. I'm partial to the TV show "Foyle's War" myself, and this book has many of the same elements I love in that show. Several parallel stories involving murder, larceny, politics, organized crime and high finance that intersect in surprising and delightful ways. A thoughtful, engaging protagonist in Inspector Davies King who is dedicated to solving crimes by using his intelligence, wits and experience -- but who is also not afraid to throw a punch or come up with a shortcut to the truth. A great "supporting cast" of unique and well-drawn characters on both sides of the law. And the language! I admit to being a bit of an Anglophile, so reading about having matters "sorted" among other English terms made the story that much more enjoyable to me. Mr. Anthony’s other titles have moved directly to my list of future reads, and I highly recommend "The Conchenta Conundrum" to anyone looking for a an intelligent, well-written and fun-to-read mystery.
Scott Whitmore, Freelance writer and author of ‘Carpathia’

 I thoroughly enjoyed reading `Bushfire', another of Paul Anthony's books, so my expectations of `Conchenta Conundrum' were extremely high. I was not disappointed. 'Conchenta Conundrum' held me from the very first page, keeping me engaged to the last. The pace of this exciting book is fast and gives the reader a real appreciation of what the police force do behind the scenes during an investigation. The story centres around several cases on which the principal character, Davies King, and his team are working that include two murders and a series of robberies at jewellers in their jurisdiction. Apart from the criminal cases, there are other plots running through the story concerning the careers of Davies, his friends and his colleagues. I really related to and empathised with the characters as they are involved in the politics and the management mind games in the organisation. Inevitably the reader supports Davies in his efforts to protect his team by manipulating events and people to his team's advantage. The `Conchenta Conundrum' gave me an insight into the working life of a policeman. Additionally, I learnt that, like all careers, there are those in the police force that work with, and for the team, and those that concentrate on developing their own careers and advancement at the expense of others. I rate this book very highly and recommend it to all.
Elizabeth Marshall, Best Selling author of 'When Fate Dictates' and the Highland Secret Series

This is what murder mysteries are supposed to be.... Dennis Sheehan, author of 'Purchased Power'
The Conchenta Conundrum sets the standard for murder mysteries. You can get the sense that the author is a real life detective, civilians wouldn't have the insight nor the technical know how to write like this. Once you start reading you won;t be able to put it down. I highly recommend this book..
 Review by C C Champagne

The Conchenta Conundrum, a deadly game like chess moves with a timer ticking. This book has Davies King racing against the clock to flush out an elusive killer of women before time runs out for the innocent. You can't put this thrilling mystery down. Another GREAT book by Author Paul Anthony,

Espionage / Historic /Thriller /Contemporary 
‘Full of intrigue, espionage and cold-blooded murder; the action is on-going, the descriptions vivid....’ 
The Keswick Reminder

‘A thriller mixing fact and fiction, stacked with intrigue.’...
 The Cumberland News

The Legacy of the Ninth takes the reader on a breathtaking journey, following the traces of a certain ancient artefact all the way from the desolate deserts of the devastated by Romans Judea to the modern day Britain and the Middle East.
Victorious Roman legions, fierce ancient Scots, British and Israeli Intelligence, terrorists camps in Lebanon, undercover police officers, drug dealers, fishermen - you get to meet them all, while the action never slacks, never let you relax and pause for breath. You finish this story breathless, unable to let the book go before you know how it ends. This novel is very well written and deeply satisfying. It analyses all aspects of human nature, never turning to the easy solution of the good and the bad. The multiple points of view are astounding. Every angle of the unfolding story fascinates you with its different points of view, which exploring the inner worlds of various people of various cultures. The depth of the historical research is amazing and reminds us that life was brutal and cheap through all times, the modern days included. 
A very rewarding, enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone.
Zoe Saadia, Eminent Respected Author of  The Cahokian.

I began reading The Legacy of the Ninth thinking that it was a story of the Roman Empire, but was not disappointed when it morphed into present day England where an artifact carried there from the Middle East by the Ninth Legion is uncovered. Its discovery becomes the catalyst for a new battle in the continuing conflict between Arabs and Jews.  Paul Anthony populated this story with a host of three-dimensional characters engaged in the conflict from different venues, England, Istanbul, Lebanon, and Israel. One in particular, a British policeman reassigned from undercover work in London to leading Bobbies in Cumbria, faces the daunting task of reigniting pride in a group that has been allowed to languish in mediocrity. This challenge alone would be sufficient foundation for a good story. In The Legacy of the Ninth, it is but one facet of a complex tale with plots within plots. Lastly, I was pleased with the author's style. Thank God, I read it on Kindle and had a copy of the Oxford Dictionary built in to help me with the language (I am American and don't speak English). That aside, Paul Anthony varies  his pace, lingering on details to establish the milieu, and racing ahead with action to make it exciting. Yes, I can recommend this one without reservation. 
Jack Durish, Vietnam War Veteran, business consultant, and Venture Galleries Author

Review = An intelligent exposition of historic fiction at its very best. A quite brilliant and well crafted multi genre tale that takes the reader on an incredible journey from the Ist century to the 20th century. Set in Masada, in the Middle East, the author tackles issues of religious conflict from the days of King Herod to the present day problem of Islamic extremism, and carefully weaves the work into the 20th century before leaving the reader breathless: This is a slow burner that gradually explodes - page by page - A master craftsman at work.... Five stars....
Dan, Amazon Reader

Espionage Thriller/Historic Fiction/Terrorism/Crime

‘A gripping story.... Take a bow...’ The Cumberland News

‘A fast paced, expertly written, brilliant tale of crime and suspense. The plot is clever, multi layers, detailed and precise. The writing has great  depth which makes the reader feel as though they are right there, in the middle of this dangerous world of crime. This book is captivating and filled with adventure, excitement and drama. In a nutshell, this story has all the hallmarks of a Martina Cole book, but the big difference between the two is that what Paul Anthony has created in ‘Bushfire’ feels real, raw and grown-up.
It opened my eyes to the world of organised crime and those who bravely fight it. It tackles deep social issues and forces your mind beyond the normal bounds of society into the terrifying underworld of drugs and terrorism.
I found myself connecting with the main crime fighting characters, routing for them, supporting them and wishing I could get into the book and warn them of dangers only the reader could see.
The criminals terrified me as I glimpsed the inner workings of a world I didn’t know existed. The very darkest side of human nature – greed, illicit drug trafficking, organised crime and terrorism. It is a story of a world only few can really understand.
This is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last.  I have only ever read one crime thriller which felt absolutely real – ‘Bushfire’ by Paul Anthony
Elizabeth Marshall, Book Reviewer, Travel Critic and International Author of ‘When Fate Dictates’...

“Bushfire” by Paul Anthony is about the illegal drug industry in 1990’s spanning Ireland, Portugal, and across the ocean to South American connections. This complex, well-written crime story follows layers of characters, from the criminals, the law enforcement, and the go-betweens as they make plans and interact with each other, making a non-stop story that is almost impossible to put down. I highly recommend this novel to readers that enjoy being pulled into the dangerous, intense world of international crime fighting. Five stars!
C.C. Cole, Award Winning Author of the ‘Gastar’ Dark Fantasy series.

I could not put the book down. It was fast and moving. Even in the midst of the mayhem that this story produced, Paul Anthony managed to use pleasing language to describe the surroundings. It seemed that when he described a beautiful spot, it got marred by the incidents surrounding it. I found that appealing in that it gave me a contrast between "normal" life and the lives of criminals and the havoc they reek on society.
Sonia Rumzi, International Best Selling Author of ‘Simple Conversation’, ‘Caring for Eleanor’ and many others works of ‘Woman’s literature’.

What an excellent book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This story has held me more and interested me more than the last two Clive Cussler books I have read and that is saying something as Clive Cussler is one of my favourite authors. I do believe I have found a new favourite author. The plot is brilliantly gripping and the characters are vividly real. It has an excellent pace and is crammed full of adventure, suspense and twists.
Andrew Brown, Book Critic and Reader.

Paul Anthony has written a winner with Bushfire. He takes the reader into the dark and dangerous world of narcotics trafficking and terrorism. The realism is in every page because the author moved in this world as a British detective investigating these crimes. The story centres on a group of British detectives attending a Europol conference in Portugal. They are led by Detective Inspector William Boyd, a dedicated and seasoned police officer. During the conference, Boyd goes for a run and spots a terrorist. This leads to a joint investigation with the British detectives, Portugal authorities and DEA... ... Bushfire is action filled and gripping. A must read if you like action/adventure novels.
MikeMcNeff, Arizona Highway Patrol Academy; the DEA Narcotics Commanders’ School, the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy, the Chandler/Gilbert Law Enforcement Academy, former Deputy County Attorney and Prosecuting Attorney...... and successful author of the GOTU series.

I found this an amazingly well written book. The author really did his research on the drug organization and the Justice system. Mr Anthony is a brilliant writer. The book just flowed when reading it.Bushfire is a fast paced, on the edge of your set book. I had a hard time putting it down. Need to know what was going to happen next. I feel in love with the main character of the book. The characters seemed so real that you felt you where there with them. You wanted to try and help at times. I'm hoping to see more of the main character in books to come. Just could not help liking him. I love thriller books and this was sure one thriller with a lot of twists and turns. I would recommend this book. Need to keep an eye on this author. He is going to go places with his writing.
Georgia Girl, Amazon Reader

I won this book on Goodreads and enjoyed it very much. The International locations and characters kept me on my toes and I thank Paul Anthony for a very good read. Here's to you Paul, looking forward to your next book. Peggy Simms., Goodreads

First book I've read by Paul and completely enjoyed it. Jack French, Goodreads

5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read for lovers of thrillers, 12 July 2014
By Amazon Customer
Verified Purchase
This review is from: Bushfire (Kindle Edition)
Make no doubt about this author's credentials; he is clearly writing from experience and crafts well defined characters and spins them into a fast moving contemporary plot. I am an author myself, but far from let that dissuade you as to my independence, please be encouraged by it. One of the hardest jobs as a writer is to relax and enjoy a good yarn without over-reading something. Mr Anthony manged this for me as I was dragged effortlessly through this book. Good job well done.


Historic Fiction/Thriller /Love Story/Crime/Espionage/Terrorism
Kindle version Published Spring, 2012

The Fragile Peace reached #1 in its genre in March, 2013, in the Amazon Kindle store.

‘A powerful novel... A hard hitting tale of intrigue and suspicion, treachery and tension...’
 The Keswick Reminder

A remarkably balanced piece of fiction... Gripping...’  
The News and Star

‘Selected in 2011 as the first audio book in the Dyslexia Foundation UK audio Library...’
Steve O'Brien, The Dyslexia Foundation UK

          'A book that has accompanied me around the world. A great read, time and time again...'
Eddie Lightfoot, Book Critic and Reader

Review: January, 2015 - Five star amazon review from 'Rob' - Five stars, bought after meeting the author at a Christmas lunch. Looking forward to reading more of his novels. 

This gripping thriller puts a human face on Irish "Troubles". "The Fragile Peace" by Paul Anthony is an excellent read, and one I highly recommend. Don't worry if you don't know the background going in: "The Fragile Peace" isn't a history lesson or alphabet soup of group names. There is a very human face put on the "Troubles" in the form of Liam Connelly, a Provo soldier, and Detective Inspector Billy Boyd, two men who find themselves on opposite ends of the battle but connected by their love of someone else. Beginning in 1970, the early parts of the book, probably to the halfway point, set the stage for the exciting conclusion in 1995 after a tenuous ceasefire -- a temporary halt to the violence that factions on both sides distrust -- was put in place. I won't spoil the finale with too many details, but it is gripping and I stayed up into the early hours this very morning to finish it.Early glimpses of the development of Liam and Billy are seen in vignette, at critical crossroads on their way to finally meeting. Some may find this jumping around in time a bit confusing, but for me it felt just right; the key players are introduced and the missing pieces of information are provided in a very natural way. The motivations of players on both sides of the conflict are muddied; while the "soldiers" of Active Service Units believe they are serving a great cause many Provo leaders earn big money running drug and protection rackets. In a similar way, some RUC and British police fight based on strongly held beliefs of right and wrong while others let ambition and ego colour their actions. The authenticity and sure-handedness of the tale are no surprise given Paul Anthony's resume: "Working as a detective, he served in the CID, the Regional Crime Squad in Manchester, the Special Branch, and other national agencies in the UK."
Scott Whitmore, former US Navy officer, freelance writer, copy editor, sports journalist and  successful author of 'Carpathia.'

The Inside Story of "The Troubles", The Fragile Peace is an important book if you have any interest at all in the war between the Catholics, Protestants and the British Government in Northern Ireland. The setting of the story is from 1969 to 1995. As the reader, you not given a tutorial of the war, you are dragged into the middle of it. You are the IRA man, the RUC patrol, the informer, the British intelligence agent, the anti-terrorist detective and the victim. It is quite evident that the author, Paul Anthony, lived this story in his former life as a member of a Scotland Yard anti-terrorist team. It is a work of fiction, but the book is so vivid and realistic there can be no other explanation. The way the book written makes the reader feel like a part of the story. I highly recommend the book. I read the original edition and I understand it has been rewritten because Paul Anthony has learned much about writing since he first wrote The Fragile Peace. As a writer, I did see some technical flaws in the first edition, but the story is so powerful, it is easy to overlook those flaws.
Read it. You will not be disappointed.
Mike McNeff, Arizona Highway Patrol, Attorney, Law Enforcement Officer, and acclaimed author of the ‘GOTU…’ series.

5.0 out of 5 stars Storytelling at its Best 21 Feb 2013
By Dan - Published on
"The Fragile Peace" is an excellent read. I remember the times recalled by the author very well and anyone reading the book will come to realise the traumas borne in the "troubles" which are still in living memory and therefore, not all that long ago. The characters are believable and are brought to life by some very descriptive writing. An excellent novel with a thrilling climax. Storytelling at its best.

If a good suspense/thriller is the type of read you like then you can’t go wrong with Paul Anthony’s “The Fragile Peace”.  As I am Irish it was one of his many books that caught my eye. I like a gripping plot, large as life characters and a fast paced read. I got all of this with “The Fragile Peace.”
Jean Reinhardt, author of Finding Kaden (The Finding Trilogy)

Good solid thriller - Insightful and balanced viewpoints, telling both sides of the story without prejudice to either party. The plot line was gripping and followed a game of cat and mouse, blackmailing and double crossing. The tension built up, keeping a fast pace as the book reached its climax and the stakes were of epic proportions. It was interesting to see how both sides thought and worked. References to real life events kept the feel of the story very realistic, the prior experiences of the author and his knowledge clearly apparent throughout.
Sue Fortin, author of United State of Love.



‘From boy to man in seventy seven poems...’ 
The Cumberland News

        'A very touching and wonderful collection of poetry from an author who has experience and has worked with teenagers and adults alike.  Paul Anthony does a wonderful job of portraying the era in which we live with its known and unknown fears. The author uses his expertise as a crime-fighter to depict the diversity of emotions both good and bad that we all share in common with one another. I encourage all to read it when you get a chance...
Jeannie Walker, author of the True Crime Story 'Fighting the Devil', 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards (True Crime Finalist) and 2010 winner of the Silver Medal for Book of the Year True Crime Awards.

                      'This was a wonderful read. I really enjoyed it.'
                        Arlena Dean, Reader...

Scribbles with Chocolate
Published Spring 2012
Short Stories
Welcome to Scribbles with Chocolate. A collection of short stories, poems and extracts to be read at leisure time and especially designed for use during a break, or when travelling from a to b. Lots of poems and short stories - From murder to mayhem from ghosts to romance and back again.


This is for you....