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Mark Stratton, boxer, rugby player and Olympic pentathlete, has been working in Intelligence at the Air Ministry for three months when a man is incinerated in a car outside his office.

The dead man, it turns out, was a scientist working on materials for high speed aircraft - and he had just discovered an astonishing, groundbreaking, new formula.

A formula that many people would kill to get their hands on. Perhaps that is why he died?

Mark Stratton is given the job of finding out. When his friend and colleague Don Brown is also killed in curious circumstances, Stratton's desire to bring the perpetrators to justice is strengthened.

Meanwhile, a sinister group known as the Hellions is meeting to discuss its business interests. Are the Hellions involved in these killings? And if so, how and why?

Stratton investigates, working alongside the highly-esteemed, but strangely twitchy, 'Major' Eddie Kyle, and the pair are soon drawn into a sometimes glamorous but always sinister underworld. When Stratton's girlfriend, Jacinth, suddenly goes missing, the need to solve this particular case becomes even more acute.

The action shifts to the town of Veletro, Italy, where a mineral mine holds the Hellions' attention. As the Hellions sun themselves and party aboard a luxury yacht, Stratton and Kyle begin to piece together the Hellions' interests, their possible motives for murder and likely intentions.

They also find out where the Hellions are holding Jacinth.

As Stratton and Kyle bid to save Jacinth and stop the Hellions, they meet thugs and violence at every turn. In this murky world of double-cross and self-interest, whom can they trust? The plot races on, until it culminates in gunfire and flames ...

And at that point, Mark realises exactly how badly he has been betrayed.

The Hellions is a fast-paced, gripping tale with a shocking twist, that will appeal to fans of action and crime-based fiction.

Richard Townshend Bickers is the author of many successful flying novels of the Second World War. Born in India and educated at St Paul's he volunteered for the RAF on the outbreak of war and served as a regular officer until 1957. He has lived in many countries, travelled all over the world, and speaks and writes nine European and four oriental languages. He has written several radio plays and features as well as articles and short stories, and values bravery, kindness, humour, good food and good wine.


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September 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Hellions
Author(s): Richard Townshend Bickers
Publisher: Endeavour Media
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