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The Wrecking Storm

(The second book in the Thomas Tallant series)
A novel by

‘A cracking adventure! Treads the turbulent streets of pre-civil war London.’ Mark Turnbull, author of The King’s Spy



The poisonous dispute pushing King Charles and Parliament towards Civil War is reaching the point of no return.

Law and order in the city are collapsing as Puritan radicals demand more concessions from the King. Bishops and lords are attacked in the streets as the Apprentice Boys run amok. Criminal gangs use the disorder to mask their activities while the people of London lock their doors and pray for deliverance.

No one is immune from the contagion. Two Jesuit priests are discovered in hiding and brutally executed - and soon the family of spice merchant Thomas Tallant is drawn into the spiral of violence. Tallant's home is ransacked, his warehouse raided and his sister seized by kidnappers.

Thomas struggles to discover who is responsible, aided by the enigmatic Elizabeth Seymour, a devotee of science, maths and tobacco in equal measure. Together they enter a murky world of court politics, street violence, secret codes and poisoned letters, and confront a vicious gang leader who will stop at nothing to satisfy his greed.

Can Elizabeth use her skills to unpick the mass of contradictory evidence before the Tallants are ruined – both as a business and a family?

And as the fight for London between King and Parliament hurtles to its dramatic conclusion, can the Tallants survive the personal and political maelstrom?

Praise for Michael Ward:
'I loved it; a wickedly dark murder mystery set in Stuart London.' Jemahl Evans, author of The Last Roundhead

'A satisfying, brooding mystery set in Stuart England anticipating the coming Civil War.' Paul Walker, author of State of Treason

‘Tom Tallant is an engaging hero in a dangerous world. Michael Ward creates a convincing atmosphere of London on the eve of the Civil War, from the violent underbelly of the Thameside to the domains of the rich and powerful.’ John Pilkington, author of the Thomas the Falconer mystery series

'A tense and thrilling mystery, weaved through a London on the brink of war. Told with style, class, and a masterful eye for detail.' Steven Veerapen, author of the Simon Danforth Mysteries

Michael Ward is a former journalist and academic. He now runs his own consultancy providing content services and training to a wide range of British companies and public sector organisations.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"A cracking adventure! Treads the turbulent streets of pre-civil war London." - Mark Turnbull

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April 2021 : Paperback

Title: The Wrecking Storm
Author(s): Michael Ward
Publisher: Independently published
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April 2021 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Wrecking Storm (Thomas Tallant Mysteries Book 2)
Author(s): Michael Ward
Publisher: Sharpe Books
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