Saturday, 19 July 2014

Uncuffed


'UNCUFFED'
'Uncuffed'

UNCUFFED:
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. 

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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.’

Rights to individual works reside with the artists themselves. Each author is attributed to their work and is listed herein. This collection contains work submitted to the publisher by individual authors who confirm that the work is their original creation. All rights are reserved under international copyright conventions.
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Cover Image © Ian McCrone Photography
Edited by Meg Johnston.
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 Published by
Paul Anthony Associates
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This book is available in PRINT at the following link = Uncuffed
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The following is extracted from 'Uncuffed'.

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Foreword
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Having served for 30 years as a police officer, I have the greatest admiration for those men and women who serve to care for their fellow citizens, without fear or favour and, more often than not, without appreciation. My first real contact with the police was when I left the Merchant Navy, having served for 10 years as a navigating officer. I knew as soon as I joined as a probationer constable that it was probably the best day’s work I ever did. The men and women I met and worked with in every department of the service were some of the best people I have ever known, good team members, trustworthy and good to have beside you in a crisis. During my final years in Carlisle, as superintendent, the teams of officers policing the city were superb, dedicated to their public and always positive.
The Police Service has always been a “can do” organisation and this anthology of stories, poems, comments and observations, written by officers, many of whom I have known personally, proves that this philosophy is true. Their talent is obvious and I wish them all well in their writing ambitions.
We were the lucky ones who lived to complete our service and moved, unscathed (more or less), into retirement to enjoy our latter years comfortably with our families and friends. Unfortunately, many who served were not so lucky and suffered death or serious injury serving their communities. The proceeds of this book are in aid of COPS (Care of Police Survivors), a registered charity which provides care and support for the families of police officers who have lost their lives whilst on duty. It was a great privilege to be asked to write this foreword – as it was to serve with many dedicated officers throughout the years. In retirement there is nothing more enjoyable than getting together with ex-colleagues and recounting old times!
I am sure you will enjoy the varied contributions in this book. It is nice to see that cynicism within the service is not dead! That helps to keep some senior feet “on the ground”.
When you have finished it, remember that it was a book written by police officers for police officers, and their families. Just remember the ones, many of whom we have known personally, who cannot be here to enjoy it and salute every one of them.

G.M.McCrone (MBE)
Penrith 1st July 2014

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R E V I E W
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UNCUFFED
An Anthology
From Paul Anthony Associates.

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.’
Roger A Price, Author of ‘By Their Rules’ and ‘A new Menace’.

Review:

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.


Review:
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
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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.


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Pubisher’s Note
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On behalf of the writers of ‘Uncuffed’ we would like to place on record our thanks to the following who have given up their time and expertise in the creation of this anthology by editing, reviewing or consulting with us regarding the work, and providing a cover in order that we might showcase our book. This has been a 'team event'.
With particular thanks to Meg Johnston, Roger Price, Simon Hepworth, George McCrone and Ian McCrone Photography.
Additionally, we offer a special word of thanks to our retired American police colleagues Mike McNeff and Wayne Zurl as well as our ‘special guest author’ Scott Whitmore: A retired US Navy officer. They have all contributed to this work and supported our endeavours without reservation.
This anthology was created, written, edited, published and promoted by a collection of retired police officers working in co-operation with each other across our homeland and across a pond that divides us yet also unites us.
Thank you…

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With thanks to the following writers and authors who have contributed to our anthology.
Thank you... 

Meg Johnston, The Station Sergeant, The Boss’s Snout, 

Ray Gregory, Ian Bruce, Dave Miller, 

Simon Hepworth, Edward Lightfoot, Mike McNeff, 

Wayne Zurl, Scott Whitmore, Roger Price and Paul Anthony


Please note - 
You will find the books of published authors Simon Hepworth, Mike McNeff, Wayne Zurl, Scott Whitmore, Roger Price and Paul Anthony on the crime carousels to the right of your screen.
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