by Robert Parker
Morte Point is a wonderful spot for a holiday. Only that’s not why Ben Bracken is here.
He’s here because in this sleepy part of England, events are now unfolding that could cause death and mayhem, and not just for the unfortunates in the plane that has just crashed into the sea off the North Devon coast.
Sent to locate the source of the problem, ex-soldier and patriot Ben finds himself both hunter and hunted. But who is after him, and why do they want to capture him so desperately?
It’s only when, on the edge of physical and mental exhaustion, he meets a young Kosovan microbiologist, that he begins to understand the scale of the plot he has been drawn into, and the weight of responsibility that the authorities have placed on his shoulders. So it’s probably just as well they don’t know about his slightly shady past.
But then, as Ben is rapidly finding out, those in authority aren’t always what they seem, either.
Morte Point is an original, non-stop action tale with twists and turns that will keep you enthralled from start to finish, and a memorable lead character who is far from the typical action hero.
The Second Ben Bracken Thriller and sequel to ‘A Wanted Man’
Ben Bracken. Some still think he’s in Strangeways, but Bracken is out, off the radar, doing Britain’s dirty work. A former soldier of 10 years, Bracken has all the tools required to take care of himself.
The novel opens in Spain’s Costa Del Crime, where a serial thief taking advantage of the sex trade, gets the Bracken punishment. This demonstrates the ruthless efficiency of our hero who soon gets called back to work in Blighty.
He’s sent to Morte Point by his covert link at the National Crime Agency. Morte Point is a peninsular of rock on the south-west English coastline. Bracken must go there and intercept a unit, but of what?
That piece of cargo is on a plane about to crash-land into the water beneath him and he must get to it before the officials do. It requires a dangerous diving mission and a race against time as the area is about to become big news.
Underwater, a confusing and shocking sight awaits him. Bracken takes an earring from the clasped hand of a headless corpse, unaware of its significance.
The media report a different aircraft crash, presuming engine failure. This suggests that the officials are misleading people for a reason. Meanwhile, the chase is on. Bracken heads for the woods, surviving on his wits, and battling natural predators in addition to human ones. He finds an unlikely aid in the shape of a Kosovan microbiologist who reveals more than he’s expecting.
There’s much at stake as corrupt officials, underworld bosses and international despots want to get their hands on Bracken’s dangerous find. Morte Point is a breathless thriller that could make a great action flick. Bracken is like Jack Reacher via Andy McNab.
About Robert Parker
Robert Parker is a married father of three, who lives in a village near Manchester, UK. The author of the Ben Bracken books A Wanted Man and Morte Point, and the standalone post-Brexit country-noir Crook’s Hollow, he enjoys a rural life on an old pig farm (now minus pigs), writing horrible things between school runs.
He writes full time, as well as organising and attending various author events across the UK - while boxing regularly for charity. Passionate about inspiring a love of the written word in young people, he spends a lot of time in schools across the North West, encouraging literacy, story-telling, creative-writing and how good old fashioned hard work tends to help good things happen.