Thursday, 18 January 2018

When you search the pages of Amazon and Google you will read plenty about me, Roy Jenner, but I want to use this time and space to tell you about my books; thirteen of them at time of writing. All have a strong New Zealand connection. Some happen in Auckland, the country’s largest city; others explore the heartland and heritage of our beautiful country. Two novels have Sydney Australia as their background. So where do we start on this inviting journey of crime, murder, subterfuge, kidnap, extortion, industrial espionage? They are the good bits as we move on to love, loyalty, family sagas, heart break, humour and forgiveness. Let us pick the first at random. Enjoy a taste of what is available to you for US$2.99 on Amazon for a short period. Then read the reviews that follow. Wild In His Sorrow. Thriller! Terry Stamp was strong All Black material and tipped to be the one wearing the number 10 jersey the next time the world beaters took the field. Such great potential was instantly defused when his wife Cavanagh was found brutally murdered following an after-match function. Cavanagh’s death changed everything, but worse followed when Terry, convicted of her murder was sentenced to life imprisonment. Fourteen years into his sentence his innocence was determined and all his waking hours from then on were committed to the fruitless search of identifying those responsible for her death. It took more death and heartbreak before after too many years Terry got a sniff of the truth and was able to confront the killer and implement his own version of justice. Suspense! On the Lip of a Lion. Thriller! Someone pretending to be Santa Claus demands ten million dollars from New Zealand’s top television personality. ‘Then you can have you daughter back. Alive! Or do you want her a finger at a time?’ Drama and suspense in Auckland as Santa snatches the girl and does a runner forcing Mr TV to come up with the money. Share the action, both sides of the fence, as a well drilled team of highly experienced criminals takes the money and runs. How far do they get? Thrills, spills and white knuckles as a cheeky chappy sails too close to the wind. Someone pretending to be Santa? Come on! Isn’t that what usually happens? Suspense/action. The Shadow of the Black Sheep. Family saga, love and heartache; musical theme. Tear Jerker. Four years in Maidstone prison presented a hard school for Laurie Davidson, a young man who lost most of what he loved when punished for a crime he did not commit. It was then he realised the friends who remained at his side were true friends who loved him in spite of what he did, or didn’t do. Caught in the act in front of an empty safe with a hold-all containing £48,000 at his feet, a security officer unconscious and bleeding in an alleyway; there could be little argument. It’s a fair cop, guv’ner. None the less the presiding justice failed to be impressed by his plea of, ‘Not Guilty, m’lud,’ and was further disturbed by his lack of remorse which inspired him to hand down a sentence of 5 years. When freed from prison Laurie’s new life became fulfilled with love and understanding, but after a traumatic experience he took his guitar and travelled the world, busking and searching for a man he could never forgive. He found many things in New Zealand; one being forgiveness; and so much more. Happiness? $2.99 0n Amazon. Heart wrenching family drama. Off the Wall. Thrills and chills! ‘Eric Dunsheath, vertically challenged, filthy rich and taller sitting than standing is determined to live out his few years remaining in the comfort and security of The Shallows, his reclusive luxury home on the inner harbour. With an IQ of 181 he is awake to most things, but is unaware of the team of executive criminals who plot his downfall. This white collar gang moves with precision as it schemes to steal his identity and his millions. Could it be they have underestimated the guile of Humpty Dumpty, a street wise dwarf who all his life has remained one step ahead of the play? When he eventually has his great fall they might find his wall comes tumbling down around them. Crime/suspense/action. House of Secrets. Thriller! With the death of his mother Andrew Stuart had more reason to hate his father. He broke from school and travelled the world. Twenty years on Andrew returned to New Zealand’s heartland to find death and fear stalked the valley as his family home burned to the ground. The legend was stronger than ever: ‘Drunken husband murders devoted wife in their Otago farmhouse. On release after serving a life sentence Angus Stuart took his own life in the same homestead that had stood empty for 15 years.’ Now Andrew was back despite his father’s searing words that had echoed in his brain for two decades: ‘Get out! Don’t come back ever.’ Back for what? His purpose was to claim his heritage and sell the land with its derelict homestead, but he was puzzled by the fact someone had been tending his mother’s grave since the time she was laid to rest. He was disturbed to learn in his absence the Otago towns had been troubled by the disappearance of children and strangers were met with the same distrust as that extended to locals. The prodigal found himself involved in events when the daughter of a local dignitary vanished from the scene as once again terror struck. The answers to all these problems could have been found in the House of Secrets which now had been destroyed. Meanwhile a killer is still out there. Suspense in New Zealand’s Heartland. The Walnut Tree. Fantasy, adventure, time travel. A boy climbing in an historic walnut tree fell and died. The tree was 250 years old and was seeded in the reign of George 3rd of England. His psychic mother deduces that if the tree hadn’t grown the child would never have climbed to his death and her spiritual advisors grant her the option of aborting the embryo of the beautiful Walnut Tree to enable her to be reunited with her son whose twin brother still lives. This task she delegates to a British air ace who in his Supermarine Spitfire has become lost in time whilst combating the might of Adolph Hitler’s Luftwaffe. At 52,000 feet and dicing always with danger Squadron Leader Bob Gardener is facing the challenge of his lifetime. Ice cold conditions for which his Supermarine Spitfire was never designed eat at his extremities as he puts the nose of his aircraft down and powers at full throttle into a cloud bank that for him holds the secret of the sound barrier. Is he fated to be the first to cross that frontier as the Battle of Britain and World War 2 rage below? Others in his squadron had tried and failed, never to return, but Bob Gardener is on the threshold of a dynamic discovery and has never flinched from a challenge. As an ace Battle of Britain pilot he is prepared for most things, but no one could predict what awaits him when he brings his aircraft to earth in the green paddock of a hop farm sixty years into the future. Huge drama evolves as Bob exists in a time warp and is swept up in a wave of ethereal voyaging that buffets him through centuries to the early 18th century. Continuing to be trapped in time Bob is confronted with the savagery of the Hawkhurst Gang as they claim Kent and Southern England for their own in a land where no judicial system He is then pursued through time by twentieth century wife Andrea Gardener who is determined to bring him home to 1941 and the sanctuary of Trillinghurst Farm. Squire Bob Gardener is now completely lost in time. Does he want to be found? And what of his original mission to abort the lush seed of an historic Walnut Tree to satisfy the maternal cravings of a woman waiting patiently in the twentieth century? Time will tell. A ticket through time to George 3rd’s reign. Dventure/fantasy. Master of the House. Crime thriller. The theatrical world of Downtown Sydney Australia is shocked by the brutal death of one of its leading exponents. The show must go on, but Charlie Lampton in his star role as Thenardier, the grimy innkeeper in Les Miserable, is devastated when his the body of his understudy is mangled in the dead of night on a busy city motorway. Bad luck seemed to stalk Charlie who had in recent times lost his wife to a fellow thespian, the contents of his home to thieves and very nearly his will to live. All is not lost. Charlie’s encounter with a retired police detective, Stephen Haynes, changes his whole life and romance is thrust upon him in the form of an international film actress; the daughter of his dead friend. Mystery and intrigue fill the pages of this story as a deep plot deepens before Steve Haynes systematically unravels the threads of a personal and in places, a light hearted dilemma that challenges Charlie Lampton’s determination to remain Master of the House. Suspense and mystery. Taken By Experts. It was too late for introductions. You don’t shake hands with a dead man; especially one who has had the fingers and thumbs of both hands severed at the first joint. Here was a man who was going nowhere other than the morgue from a place that resembled an abattoir more than a cold store where he was found. This was a gory introduction to a fast paced crime novel that guaranteed Chief Inspector Philip Rudolph of Auckland CIB had the job ahead of him when countering the job description laid down by the main players in this game of life, death and elimination. This is an exciting plot of extortion and corrupt activity; fast moving and seething with interesting characters trying hard to remain alive. All are members of the hardest school of criminals who know better than to turn their backs of those working beside them in their quest to relieve a knight of the realm of his expansive empire. Twists and turns will have you guessing through to the last pages. This is vicious crime at its most ruthless executed by hardened criminals who allow no one to stand in their way. Crime/kidnap/extortion/suspense. Winter’s Song. Historic adventure – love – laughter – romance – tragedy. Ten people of senior years reveal the secrets of their lifetimes. Read what brought them to Winter’s Song, a place for the aged and infirm, as they unlock their minds to reveal their personal stories of struggle and success on their journeys through the sensational 20th century. Personal tragedies and world wars left their marks on their hearts and minds. Life was good when we were young and we were never given reason to think otherwise, nor to consider the remote evolution of man such as late adult hood, retirement and futuristic conditions when the leaves would begin to fall from the tree of life. No way, that would be then and we were now and such things were too far away for the young and vital and not worthy of any thought. Old age was for old people, them not us; but how quickly the pages of the book of life turn before suddenly we find we are easing from the autumn of our lives and conceding to the comforting strains of winter’s song to find ourselves looking down and back. Then we are the ones confronted by the truth and the truth is, it does happen and has happened and is happening to us right now; it was happening to Adam Mulberry. Adam bore the label of old really well and had done so since being admitted to Winter’s Song Retirement Village four years earlier. Each of his aged companions had a story, an anthology of life experiences which piece by piece he had slowly extracted from them as respect and confidence grew. It had been hard at first, but gradually for many of them Adam had compiled a file in his laptop. Each was a walking history book which in some cases went back almost a full century and it excited him to know he had been accepted by them. With their permission he had converted that knowledge and documented in biographical detail, a series of short stories, cameos that depicted the change that had occurred in a dozen lifetimes on the converging trails that led people not known to each other to a common destination; Winter’s Song. These are their stories. Historic family cameos. The Is No Hiding Place. Family saga, love, romance, heart ache, retribution, forgiveness. World War 2, 1940. For 76 consecutive nights Adolph Hitler unleashed the fury of his Luftwaffe on Britain’s largest city in a nonstop hail of bombs that had helpless civilians wilting under their blast. Step Green was three weeks old and his sister Tess two years when the Green family of eleven siblings sought refuge from the bombing and in desperation were evacuated from London’s East End and dispatched to sympathetic countries of the British Empire to evade the Fuehrer’s wrath. 77 child evacuees drowned when a German U-boat sank the ocean liner City of Benares on which they travelled. Having been assessed as being too young to travel, Step and Tess were sent to East Anglia to live with an aunt where they were reasonably safe from the war, but never safe from death which lurked in the hedgerows of Poplar Farm. Tess was brutally killed and at twelve years of age Step’s loyalty and love for his sister committed him to a lifetime of retribution during which he travelled the world to satisfy his childhood vow to avenge her death. The killer was punished by the courts, but ‘never enough’, said Step who pursued that killer, released under a new identity along his trail of freedom to Auckland New Zealand. It was there Step learned to love and to forgive and begin a new life with a brother he thought had perished in a dramatic action on the high seas. With murder and arson in the headlines of Auckland newspapers it was judged Step Green had administered his own version of justice. Throughout the trial he refused to plead his innocence and was committed to Mt Eden Prison for life. Guilty, or not guilty? You be the judge. Crime/justice/injustice/vengeance/forgiveness. Did My Father Play Guitar? White collar crime, adventure and family love. Heartache and double cross in New South Wales Australia. Brad Mason had never known a father’s love. Whenever he raised the question his mother’s answer was always the same. ‘He was a good man.’ Tilly Mason was a hooker on Kings Cross. Brad left Sydney on her death to seek seclusion in the outback. Trees, a paddock, a stream, no electricity and no people! All this enabled him to fulfil his dream; play guitar and paint. His landscapes were good. Lester Arnold, an ex-patriot Nashville musician, recognised the potential of Brad’s paintings and displayed his work in his steak-house on the Princes Highway. Success created new friends for Brad. He was welcomed into a world of country music, romance and intrigue. Laurie Anderson was a Sydney police sergeant on late shift when attracted by smoke billowing from a boarding house on Darlinghurst. He entered the burning building and rescued a young woman, left her on the road and returned to the flames to save her companion. Tilly Mason watched as firemen carried Laurie from the blaze and was by his bed the day the bandages were removed from his sixty five per cent burns. She was not repulsed by the synthetic mask that was now his face. For Laurie the prospect of rehabilitation was long, but Tilly was there and supported him. Tilly continued to work at her profession, but stood by Laurie, and fell in love. When she lay with him she saw only the beauty within, but she would not give up her profession and continued to do what she did best. Laurie grew strong enough to re-enter the work force. His reputation as a police officer bore him in good stead for a position with a security company. His daily routine saw him responsible for the collection of large sums of money. Life continued to be cruel for Laurie, but acceptable until he lost the one thing in the world he cared about. Tilly died and left a legacy that tested his emotions to the full. On her death it was revealed she’d had a son by him many years before; her only child. The boy had no knowledge of his father. His name was Brad, a young man, running from life, grieving over a lost mother and yearning for a father he didn’t have. Laurie Anderson, a ruin of a man, became inspired by the search for his son. They were two torn individuals, each a vital character in a twisting tale of romance and intrigue. Enter Nick Burgess, a Sydney property developer renowned for his orchestrated failure of investment companies. Well engineered legal representation had seen him defy conviction. As a law-enforcer it was Laurie’s personal crusade to bring Burgess down. Laurie set up a meeting and used the developer’s greed to invite Burgess into an elaborate money-making scheme. Laurie convinced the man nothing could go wrong. Something did go wrong. Laurie Anderson, a senior security officer was convicted of theft as a servant. He walked free three years later to find Nick Burgess and his team of thugs waiting for him. There followed a battle of wits as the authorities and Nick Burgess competed for the millions of dollars missing four years before. Brad Mason was coming to terms with life. He no longer felt alone. The time he spent with Lester Arnold and his wife Alice became special. They welcomed him into their circle where the joy of country music opened up a new world to him. Lester explained how music was an hereditary trait. As fate guided father and son nearer to each other Brad was forced to ask of himself a burning question. ‘Did my father play guitar?’ This was an innocent question to which he would be handed the answer, once Laurie Anderson had settled his score with Nick Burgess. The Bringing Down of the Hawk. A gripping family saga involving love, heartache, war, crime and retribution. The share market crash in October 1987 affected the lives of many New Zealanders. None more than that of Ted Starling, a childhood immigrant carried to those shores in 1946 in the wake of World War 2. Ted was ten years old when this story began and his father Staff Sergeant Eddie Starling was engaged with the 18th Battalion of the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force combating the might of Rommel’s armour in North African desert. Eddie had survived the ravages of Dunkirk, but suffered severe injury in the wake of Rommel’s retreat. His shell-shocked body was transported in its amnesic condition to Auckland, New Zealand where a new life with a new identity was established. Sixty years of passion and intrigue, heartbreak and devotion are exposed as a father and a son grow together as New Zealanders to form an inseparable relationship. Their story crosses five continents and five decades to culminate in a powerful, well planned and particularly personal act of retribution. Young Teddy Starling had been distressed by the death of his mother in Flying Bomb attack that destroyed their home in South London, but was compensated when reunited with his father, thought dead in the African desert. Teddy Starling the boy grew to Ted Starling the man and life was good for the Starlings in Auckland. Eddie’s time in uniform in France and the desert is well documented as is Ted’s, as he matured to serve his two years for the queen in her khaki uniform. Exciting things happened in Egypt that re-established old relationships. Out of uniform once more Ted dedicated his life to that of his father and newly found friends in New Zealand. As a successful businessman Ted travelled to Sydney where he was is devastated by the sudden death of his father while away. On his return Ted decided his father, Eddie, had lost his life in suspicious circumstances and Ted’s one reason to live was to expose the one responsible. Ted’s plan is powerful and intrinsic, but became frustrated when he learned he had a terminal heart condition. He was advised his life expectancy was not sufficient to bring his adversary before the courts. His endeavours were further disrupted when the 1987 stock market crash claimed the life of the man he despised. Ted Starling recognised this death as fait accompli and now alone in the world he was satisfied his life after fifty years was at an end. Now the inexplicable happened; Ted fell in love. Dawn Graham, stunninhgly beautiful, ten years Ted’s junior and alarming rich and successful in her own right was smitten by Ted and failed to understand his reasons for rejecting her. Their story is a golden thread running through this family saga which is filled with delightful characters, visits colourful locations in Australia and New Zealand and explores local culture. It describes in detail The Bringing Down of the Hawk, how and why. It is a tale of love and laughter, of dedication and loyalty, pain and passion that reaches from London’s East End through to the wilds of New Zealand’s North Island to domicile in Auckland City. It lingers in the outback of Australia’s Snowy Mountains, the bustle of Paddy’s Markets and the fearful iced terrain of Mount Erebus. A powerful family saga in which life and death fail to discriminate. Action/adventure/drama/loyalty/life and death/romance/retribution/world war 2/much more. In the Shadow of the Hawk. The stirring sequel to The Bringing Down of the Hawk. Read the Bringing Down – then read the Shadow. Thrills-action adventure-drama-loyalty-life-death-romance. Read and enjoy any of these books on Amazon. US$2.99 to US$3.99 Reviews – Reviews :- Malcolm Twigg Aug 29, 2017 Bringing Down of the Hawk - Review Sit back, put your feet up and settle down for one of the best books you will ever have read in a long, long, time. Then reach for the whisky, not only to double the enjoyment but also to toast the artifice of the author. Emotionally charged and beautifully realised, this book transports you from wartime London via the war-torn Middle-East, to Auckland, New Zealand and back again in a cracking and moving tale of the Starling family over two generations. It slips down the gullet like an excellent honeyed single malt. If you have never been to New Zealand, you will feel that you have actually lived there after reading this book, which paints a vivid picture of life, love and intrigue amongst the Kiwis. And does it turn out all right in the end? Read it. You won't be disappointed. This book deserves much more than a digital platform. I would go so far as to say that it actually deserves a pedestal. A thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking book. Joeybrown Sep 30, 2017 Bringing Down the Hawk Amazing, brilliant read, very hard to put it down. Couldn’t wait to carry on reading it. Love to see it made into a TV drama. So cleverly written. So glad I’ve read it. Can’t wait to start another of Roy’s books. Bringing Down of the Hawk. Leslie Jones 10/12/17 This is a 'must' read! Stand by for a brilliant yarn! Most highly recommended! Elle Fran Williams Aug 9, 2017 Bringing down the Hawk I really liked the easy flow of the book, and was not 'discombobulated' by the time or place switches! I was, of course, influenced by my age and location (born in the middle of the 'Blitz' in London!) both of which gave me some kind of subconscious 'nostalgia' kick! The plotting was careful, the writing comfortable. I liked the book and would recommend it and its author. dfttyuuiii Aug 7, 2017 I liked the author's style Cool book. I liked the author's style. I suggest that you check it out. There is magic in these pages. 1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No 0 jjhtrdftr Aug 5, 2017 Excellent style Very well crafted. Excellent style. Cannot recommend it enough. I was hooked to it from start to finish Laraine Smith Aug 1, 2017 Wow! :) I fell in love with the picture you chose the first time I saw it! Keep up the creativity! Reading about what happened to the guy at the start of the story broke my heart! It was not fair! It was exciting to read the other version of the English grammar! I learned about it from watching TV! I especially enjoyed the part about the Neil Diamond impression. Amanda Huddleston Jul 21, 2017 Wow This is one of the best novels I've read on Inkitt. It's brilliantly written, it's deep, thrilling, and full of passion from the author. Wish I could give it more than five stars. Wow, wow, wow. Rowan Gilbert-Walsh Jul 14, 2017 Winter's Song I can honestly say that I loved this, and that I've never read anything quite like it. All of these people's lives were so interesting and detailed. This story makes me want to talk to the seniors in my community and learn their histories. I especially loved the story of the first woman who had to give up her son, and the story of the two sisters, and I love the idea of an old man recording the histories of his friends. I also really appreciate getting a bit of a feel for New Zealand, seeing as I live almost as far away from it as you can get. Overall, it was quite slow moving, especially for a 17 year old who is used to reading fast paced, indulgent YA novels, and there were times where I felt slightly bored. But even then, I felt attatched to these people's lives. I think readers tend to be more impatient now and modern books are usually a bit more fast paced, but that doesn't really say anything about the quality of this story. Just so you know, I noticed just a couple grammar mistakes that were very minor. I think more typos than actual serious mistakes, like very occasionally the first letter in a sentence wasn't capitalized. Also, I think this must have been an issue that occured when you uploaded your story, but quite often a paragraph splits right in the middle of a sentence. Since these aren't real grammar issues but more typos and I think some kind of computer error, I'm still giving you five stars. Amazing job! Winter's Song Reviewed by AryaTara Overall Rating Plot Writing Style Grammar & Punctuation I enjoyed reading the lives of various individuals living in New Zealand. Their youth, family, struggles and old age have been brilliantly portrayed. The details of the characters' lives and their stories have been recorded meticulously. The Winter's Song sounds like the perfect place to be in our twilight years. Beautiful piece of work. Intricate and fascinating Reviewed by Alex Rushmer Overall Rating Plot Writing Style Grammar & Punctuation I don't think that I am exactly the intended audience for this story, but I really like it. The story itself is intriguing with good twists and mysteries. I love the way that you build the characters throughout the story; they felt very real to me. Your writing style is very detailed and gives the reader a strong sense of time and place. The pace was a little slower than I would usually like, but I think that mostly goes back to the fact that this is probably written for an audience above my age. All in all, a great work! I would definitely recommend this story! An entertaining crime thriller with some humour that twists and turns to the end. This descriptive and well-written book has characters you will love and hate as the plot progresses. The story flows nicely as you would expect from this seasoned New Zealand author, (who must have been a cockney in his previous life) making you want to read more to find out what happens next. A good read for anyone who enjoys an engaging, enjoyable, and thought provoking written who-done-it. https://www.amazon.com/Roy-Jenner/e/B001K8BKBO dfttyuuiii Aug 7, 2017 I liked the author's style Cool book. I liked the author's style. I suggest that you check it out. There is magic in these pages. Aug 5, 2017 Excellent style Very well crafted. Excellent style. Cannot recommend it enough. I was hooked to it from start to finish Aug 1, 2017 Wow! :) I fell in love with the picture you chose the first time I saw it! Keep up the creativity! Reading about what happened to the guy at the start of the story broke my heart! It was not fair! It was exciting to read the other version of the English grammar! I learned about it from watching TV! I especially enjoyed the part about the Neil Diamond impression. Amanda Huddleston Jul 21, 2017 Wow This is one of the best novels I've read on Inkitt. It's brilliantly written, it's deep, thrilling, and full of passion from the author. Wish I could give it more than five stars. Wow, wow, wow. I love the idea of an old man recording the histories of his friends. I also really appreciate getting a bit of a feel for New Zealand, seeing as I live almost as far away from it as you can get. Overall, it was quite slow moving, especially for a 17 year old who is used to reading fast paced, indulgent YA novels, and there were times where I felt slightly bored. But even then, I felt attatched to these people's lives. I think readers tend to be more impatient now and modern books are usually a bit more fast paced, but that doesn't really say anything about the quality of this story. Just so you know, I noticed just a couple grammar mistakes that were very minor. I think more typos than actual serious mistakes, like very occasionally the first letter in a sentence wasn't capitalized. Also, I think this must have been an issue that occured when you uploaded your story, but quite often a paragraph splits right in the middle of a sentence. Since these aren't real grammar issues but more typos and I think some kind of computer error, I'm still giving you five stars. Amazing job! I don't think that I am exactly the intended audience for this story, but I really like it. The story itself is intriguing with good twists and mysteries. I love the way that you build the characters throughout the story; they felt very real to me. Your writing style is very detailed and gives the reader a strong sense of time and place. The pace was a little slower than I would usually like, but I think that mostly goes back to the fact that this is probably written for an audience above my age. All in all, a great work! I would definitely recommend this story! An entertaining crime thriller with some humour that twists and turns to the end. This descriptive and well-written book has characters you will love and hate as the plot progresses. The story flows nicely as you would expect from this seasoned New Zealand author, (who must have been a cockney in his previous life) making you want to read more to find out what happens next. A good read for anyone who enjoys an engaging, enjoyable, and thought provoking written who-done-it. https://www.amazon.com/Roy-Jenner/e/B001K8BKBO Amazon.com Review "The writer has good story telling skills and I actually did not skip the car sections. Pace is easy, important backfill information is in the correct place, not crammed into the first page. Hospital information is minimized.( Americans would have beat that section to death with details)" –Vine Reviewer "Going from the pitch and the overall broad strokes offered by the excerpt, this is certainly an original idea and there's some imaginative approaches going on for sure. It's an intriguing opening scene, and it does a good job of introducing the characters - I'm not certain who the 'main' character is; the pitch is focusing on Robert, while the intro focuses on Philip. That's fine anyway - I don't need to know the "primary" character, and it's good to keep the reader guessing on what the ultimate direction will be. The dynamic between the two of them works well, and you do effectively generate some suspense with the 'deja vu' references." –Vine Reviewer John Cardwell Kent UK January 25 2017 Roy - I'm struggling for words to describe my impression of the book. Dark and dangerous as it was, I'm missing it already. Bless you Sir Roy. That must surely represent years of work, research and organizing. Built from blocks along different timelines which fitted seamlessly together. A bloody mosaic of a novel. You mentioned a long while back how Trevor was obsessive with his playing, four hours sitar practice a day ,perhaps I can see where he got that trait. I will be trawling the net for hard copies of all your books. The last few chapters I was almost panting the pace was such. It is an incredible piece of work.

Sunday, 21 May 2017


Biography

The guts of a good story comes from experience and that is something I have. Let's begin with a half lifetime spent embroiled in every facet of the meat trade, from London's East End and the fabulous Smithfield Meat Market to the Antipodean fleshpots of New Zealand's meat industry. Hands-on experience from the insignificant bacon slicer and display cases of the country's finest supermarkets to the gut rooms and boning tables of Auckland's now nonexistent freezing works and killing floors provides flavour for the themes of my stories. It doesn't stop there. Now consider a further twenty five years involved with New Zealand's top real estate company and the blow-counter blow of the marketing of residential homes and you will be offered an understanding of the source of the ingredients of my novels. I was born in London's East End, dockland, in 1934 and moved to New Zealand with my wife Mary in 1963. We have lived in Auckland since that time. We have four sons, eight grandsons and three granddaughters and now one great grandson and two great grand daughters; where does it end?. I have travelled the world to its four corners and love to include that experience in what I write especially; the three years served in the British armed forces with the Colours. Two of these years involved active service in the Suez Canal Zone of Egypt. My last venture outside New Zealand's shores was to Memphis and Nashville which fulfilled a lifetime's ambition. My love of music and lyric has always influenced my direction with a strong lean towards the works of William Blake, Hank Williams and Kris Kristofferson. In 1983 a challenging career change involved me in the real estate industry. The lack of enthusiasm on the part of publishing companies has never deterred my desire to write. I love to write and now, in a potentially retired situation, the words and stories pour from me to take the form of family sagas and crime novels set in venues worldwide. My work has been well received by my peers and I have responded well to their constructive criticism which has led to a better product. I have recently completed my 13th novel, (The Shadow of the Black Sheep), built around crime and deception on the streets of Auckland. There is never a shortage of those things in New Zealand. This novel and all others are available now for purchase as a Kindle book Amazon. I have produced one published paperback novel - 'On The Lip Of A Lion' which was well received by readers and media and a hard back published in London - 'Lost In Time' - a futuristic while historic mind bender. I'm older now and even more enthusiastic and continue to write for adult audiences with great emphasis on the hearts and minds of my characters. It often happens when I turn the last page in a novel I have remained hungry wanting more - and I use that for a template for my books. I want you to look on me as a purveyor of the written word, a dramatic chef and here on this site I present a smorgasbord of verbal delights penned to satisfy your appetite for good tales with tasty story lines flavoured with the everyday ingredients of life that regularly have us crying in our beer, laughing, wanting, loving. Each one of the 13 novels offered to you here is a ‘chef’s special’ built on my lifetime experiences which stretch from the Blitzkrieg of London when the next bomb to fall in 1940 could well have been the last I would know of - to the bountiful shores of the Land of the Long White Cloud in 2017. I enjoy writing and fill my pages with twists and turns aimed to keep the reader involved and not wanting to put the book down. It is working well up to now. 13 novels that cover the world - places I have been and know about from the sands of the North African desert and the Egyptian Canal Zone - the magic of Memphis and Nashville - the outback of Australia and the whirlwind of its cities - L A and Mexico - the streets of London where I was born and of course the wonder and splendour of New Zealand. Love, murder, laughter, crime, revenge, passion, you name it - it’s all there to be savoured in my pages. Now I invite you to try something different and I welcome you aboard my travel train - a click of the mouse clips your ticket and you are on your way. My stories reflect real-life situations, page-turners filled with people and events that are credible and recognisable in everyday life. If you enjoy devious mind bending crime stories, look no further. It is my aim to leave you satisfied, but wanting more. I’ve not yet heard of anyone who didn’t empty his plate when sampling my cuisine. Thank you. I’m Roy Jenner.