Friday, 17 March 2017

The #crime #thriller section

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 I've enjoyed writing every one of these. Whilst you can browse the works of scores of other authors on this site, I've dedicated this page to my crime thrillers. There are two crime series - Boyd (the Cumbrian detective) and Davies King (the south coast detective). There's also the first of a 'suspense' series (Nebulous) with more in the pipeline. Thanks for dropping in. Here's the books, a tiny selection of reviews, and their best rating in the UK amazon kindle store. I'll start with my real biography before featuring the rest. 

Strike! Strike! Strike!

An autobiography from the front line of policing in the United Kingdom.... The true story of a sixteen years old boy from a city in the north who joined his local police force... From tea-maker to spy catcher, from errand boy to counter terrorist detective. Witness his journey via Cumbria Constabulary, the Regional Crime Squad, the Special Branch, the Anti Terrorist Branch of the Metropolitan Police, the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Security Service.. 
Prepare to laugh.... Prepare to cry....
(Publishing Date 23rd March, 2016)


#1 Bestseller
4 weeks at #1 and 13 months in the TOP 100
Publishing House Bestseller
#9 in kindle store - April, 2017
#74 in USA kindle store - April, 2017

Amazon Review: 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 officer's 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.


Publication  Date -  
18th March, 2017


#13,318 Paid in Kindle Store 
(within 24 sensational hours)
#21 in kindle store - April, 2017

#6 in the Boyd series

This is #6 in the Boyd ‘standalone’ detective series. A Cumbrian detective working with the Special Crime Unit and various elements of British Intelligence.  
SYNOPSIS –  When a desperate young man is forced out of his home in the mountains, he claims ‘Qisas’ and sets out on a bitter journey of revenge. As he terrorizes a continent with his wicked plan, the evil megalomaniac becomes an iconic figure synonymous with fear and dread. In a fast-moving, white knuckle ride, the unknown assassin leaves police and intelligence services reeling from the sheer pressure of relentless attacks.
What is White Eagle? Is it the name of a bird of prey? Or is it a mysterious individual who has no name? There are those who think White Eagle is a newly formed terrorist group working for the highest bidder. Whichever, it’s a mystery no-one can solve.
Mouretti, the man from NATO, takes up the case and is determined to claim all the glory.
The plot explodes when Boyd and his team from the Special Crime Unit become involved. All hell breaks out as three single-minded individuals, each propelled and fuelled by revenge, fight for victory.
Who will win and who is doomed to failure? In the chaos that surrounds the investigation, does anyone walk away unscathed?

Amazon Review: Once again this is another brilliant story about William Boyd and 
his colleagues, the author  has really put together another great story and taken us
 to a different part of the world to get the excitement going in the book - 
it was really good to read - got for my  holidays but could not wait to start 
reading it so  looking forward to the next one keep it coming Paul,,once again 
a fantastic book .

Amazon Review: Another great read from Mr Anthony. Written with a great knowledge 
of the subject, this is well-paced, engaging and difficult to put down. The characters 
are well thought out and believable and the story weaves effortlessly between
 locations. Great stuff.
Pre-publication Review: Boyd continues his unique career in this story of love, hate, loss, devastation, betrayal, trust, and loyalty. Paul Anthony’s latest novel takes his reader from the dizzy heights of a mountain range to the quiet backwaters of rural England as he portrays one man’s journey from birth to adulthood. This is yet another First-Class novel from Paul Anthony. 

Pre-publication Review: An excellent action-packed thriller from the pen of crime-writer Paul Anthony. This is the kind of book that entertains, informs, thrills, fascinates, and delivers a tremendous read.


TOP 100
(Silver award - Book of the year 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.

Amazon Review:

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!

TOP 250

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. 

Amazon Review:
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.

#1 crime fiction
Publishing House Bestseller


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?

#1 crime fiction
Publishing House Bestseller


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...

Publishing House Bestseller
My bestselling book of all time in 
both print and kindle
(Published 1996)

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.



TOP 500

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.
TOP 400

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?


TOP 200

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?

TOP 750

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.
TOP 1100

Ed Carter, an ageing career astronaut, is put out to pasture and dubbed a failure. Retiring to a quiet pub in rural Cumbria, he spends his time studying the stars in between pulling pints of beer for his thirsty locals. Envious of modern day space exploration, Ed can only watch from afar as his colleagues strive to reach further into the unknown. Then, unexpectedly, everything goes wrong and Earth is plunged into an alarming series of natural, and unnatural, disasters. Only Ed seems to know the answer to the problem the world is facing, but no-one is listening to yesterday’s man. Eventually, Sam, an astrophysicist, teams up with him and, together, they realise why the Earth is in danger. As the two race to save the world, a series of natural disasters shake mankind to its very core. In the final days of the planet, people still fall in and out of love, tears are shed, and hearts are broken. People are rescued to live again whilst others die in a sea of catastrophic despair. Personalities evolve, develop, and meet success and tragedy head on. This is a chilling tale of human misery, heroism, love, hate, jealousy, cowardice, ignorance, disaster and scientific discovery. You see, out there, lurking in Space, is a run-of-the-mill everyday danger threatening human survival. There are those born to lead, and those born to follow. It’s time for someone to step up to the plate as the suspense reaches a climax, but is it too late?

Works in planning - SEPTIMUS.... 
Works in planning - RED ALPHA ONE ....

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