Martin Smith's 1960s Thriller Pits Young Man Against Avarice, Betrayal
In author Martin Smith's exciting new thriller "Minion or Master" (published by AuthorHouse) protagonist George Howden, an inexperienced young businessman, falls in love and is forced to fight for his life and his reputation - all in the span of two short months.
"Minion or Master" is a fast paced suspense thriller novel set in 1966 that interweaves different story lines with believable, well drawn characters. The story starts in Africa, then moves to Bermuda, New York and the Atlantic Ocean, exploring the characters' relationships against the background of drug dealing, arms smuggling, power politics, murder and sex.
An excerpt from "Minion or Master":
"George spent a sleepless night tossing and turning going over the events of the last few days. He was not prepared for last night's meeting with Adrian. He knows his life is not yet in ruins but he is in trouble. He realises for the first time in his life he is being compelled to look at the real world, a world where not everyone is honest. He has led a sheltered life. He has trusted everyone and been naive. Now he must face facts and act. He must take the first painful steps on his road to maturity. Adrian's message has been the catalyst. For George this is his 'Damascus road.'"
The real strength of "Minion or Master" is Smith's strong characterization. George Howden's experiences, which help change him from a naive, innocent and trusting person to someone who is aware of the weaknesses and evil in others, challenge his sense of self, but Howden manages to retain his own integrity.
About the Author
Martin Smith started writing his first thriller, "Minion or Master," two years ago after attending a creative writing course. He has written poetry as well as walking and travel books. He attends a weekly literary group, and is busy working on "Minion or Master II." He runs a niche professional practice advising companies and individuals working in the media and other professions.
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