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Spears of Defiance

(The fourth book in the Alex Swan Mystery series)
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It is November 1979.
Talks at Lancaster House in London, are about to see an end to Unilateral Declaration of Independence and a bitter bush war that has raged for fifteen years in Southern Rhodesia.

In Devon, an open briefcase is found on the seat of a commuter train and sensitive documents have been scattered around the compartment while further back down the line, a body of a man floats face-down in a river.

Ministry of Defence trouble-shooter, Alex Swan and his new associate, Andrew Gable, discover the man was a biochemist working at the highly secret Microbiological Research Establishment at Porton Down. Swan also has to face a fear that due to a government spending review, his Services Investigations Department soon may cease to exist. However, with the sudden knowledge of a major government cover-up codenamed Operation Butterfly, does he now have the upper hand?

When two air to surface missiles are stolen from a weapons store at a South African airbase, Swan and Gable forego political differences to join forces with Peter Cunningham, an agent of the South African security service to track down the mysterious Phillip Munroe, a former member of the Rhodesian Selous Scouts and now a soldier for hire working for shipping magnate, Henry Mallinson who as part of a conspiracy of UDI hardliners, plan to engineer a catastrophic event that will bring irreparable collapse to the reformed Zimbabwe and its newly-elected ZANU PF government with the use of a terrifying weapon.

Written in the tradition of the classic political spy thriller and following in the footsteps of Frederick Forsyth, Craig Thomas and Jack Higgins, Spears of Defiance is an explosive story that will take the readers back to the days of the Cold War, crossing continents and cultures to have them on the edge of their seats right up to its breathless climax between man and machine.

Genre: Thriller

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Paperback Editions

May 2020 : Paperback

Title: Spears of Defiance: An Alex Swan Mystery (Book 4)
Author(s): David Holman
Publisher: Independently published
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Kindle Editions

April 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Spears of Defiance: An Alex Swan Mystery Book 4
Author(s): David Holman
Publisher: Rapier Books
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