By: Mac Logan
A person, with capability and will, can uncover the badness. For them, there are no sleeping dogs. Death and evil may come a-stalking a person or people who might expose corruption, and the people involved, for what they are.
The trail leads to Europe, and the USA, where Sam and Tonka are joined by a mysterious woman. They search for a missing dossier as BIZZ pulls out all the stops to interdict them. A sprinkling of dark humour keeps the pot boiling.
BIZZ watches, a deadly spider in a self-serving web, ready to obstruct and murder at will. Just what do you have to do overcome a vicious, unprincipled foe? In a wild final confrontation Sam is going to find out ...
Sam Duncan is unaware of a merciless criminal operation gunning for him and closing as fast as the express train taking him to London. When he gets there Eilidh is gone.
Sam digs and probes using detective skills he learned in covert intelligence, and plummets into a malicious criminal web of confusion, betrayal and stunning evil. Danger mounts as Sam grapples with BIZZ, a cabal of slippery foes from British organised crime, banking, government agencies, politics and compromised intelligence services.
Can Sam once more become the lethal warrior from his past? Backed by is special forces minder, Tonka, he's going to find out.
Across the USA, Europe and the UK, Sam Duncan squares up to BIZZ, a murderous alliance of power, greed, corruption and betrayal, to protect those he loves.
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About the Author
Starting on the shop floor in a factory, in Aberdeen, I learned massive respect and love for "ordinary" people. The fun, rawness and honest-to-goodness decency of my co-workers warms me yet. Of course, as I gained promotion and eventually became a senior executive, I learned about the deceitful, dissembling and ugly side of business life.
I founded my own business in 1984 as an Organisational Development and Change Advisor (helper). Why advisor?; you may ask. The presumption of consultants having "right" answers is unhelpful in the human side of work. No two organisations are the same. (The prescriptive, mechanistic approach advocated by modern HR often misses the point as well as the hearts and minds. If you want to know more contact me. There is related writing in the pipeline ...)
My working-life adventures continued when I founded a company to help my brother and another software developer get their technology to market. We grew quickly. As CEO I experienced the cruelty, ineptitude and blunt trauma of dealing with public sector procurement as the leader of a small business. We won major contracts, delivered exceptional quality and value. And ran up against a harsh world, I hadn't expected to find, where high performance wasn't the criteria for success. By 2007 I had burnt out. These experiences led me to write The Angels' Share series. There is more information at (http://www.logan.co.uk).
With over twenty articles published - some even paid for! I'm a charity trustee, a non-executive director in an software company; Organisation Development and Change facilitator (http://www.synthergi.com); volunteer crisis advocate for people with learning difficulties and, of course, a writer.
I love family, cooking, good company, banter, sport, fun, and an occasional drop of 'The Cratur'.
Q&A with Mac
Inspiration is anything from a light coming on to a volcanic eruption. Sometimes a stimulus whispers in my ear and a thought process begins and rumbles on, gathering momentum. At other times the creative urge is like a slap in the face. A recent example is an experience with one of my grandsons … I had to write it.
Some key words for typical inspiration triggers: Authentic experience. Anger. Dislike of bullying. Awesome sights. Love. Humour. Sadness. Fear. Greed. Corruption.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
It’s an always thing. I only remember wanting to write. I’m holding a notebook in my hand which shows entries going back 37 years. I remember writing at school, always enjoying the act of creation and storytelling. Some things never change.
Tell me about your book series Angels’ Share.
During the maturation of Scotch whisky about 2% is lost from the cask through evaporation. The UK Revenue and Customs accept the vanished amount as part of the production process and duty is not claimed. This is known as “The Angels’ Share”. The series takes The Angels’ Share idea and twists it into a dark concept of greed, and the corruption of people who have no intention of sharing, in their vicious, self-serving, greed. Hence the first main title Angels’ Cut.
Imagine that money “evaporates” from government contracts, added to by the trafficking of contraband, including drugs and people. Is a greedy collusion of organized crime, banking, government, business, politicians and corrupted spooks possible? Would such people, making lots of money, be willing to have their activities exposed? Outing them is a dangerous … heaven help people who get in their way … and one day, a gifted investigative journalist steps on their secretive (somewhat smelly) toes. Thus, as an old time tale-teller might have said, the adventure begins.
Think of the Angels’ Share series as a rollercoaster ride into the heart of darkness and danger.
Give us an insight into your main characters. What does he/she do that is so special?
Sam Duncan is a retired soldier, spook and loving family man. In the way of things, he has a tough, almost secret past. Burnout and a loving wife persuade him to leave the “dark-side” after severe, harrowing experiences. In the depths of despair he finds the light of spiritual depth. Pushing fifty, he is now largely recovered, apart from occasional PTSD flashes.
You can take the man out of the violence, but can you take the violence out of the man? Here we have a person able to turn his back on the excitement and challenge of a lethal vocation – good enough to hold the rank of Colonel. As he walks the dog, referees conflicts between his kids and earns the love of his community, he might have lost his edge. Life couldn’t be better until …
Eilidh Duncan, Sam’s sister, is over twenty years younger than Sam – an unplanned happy event. She is gifted, headstrong and working hard to build a career as a journalist. She finds a big story and follows a complex trail leading down the shabby corridors of the British Establishment towards a bubbling trough of greed and fraud. She isn’t safe. Ambition drives her on. She disappears.
For both Eilidh and Sam, the Angels’ Share series is, of course, a rugged adventure with violence, danger and heartache. It explores a developing relationship between an older man and a modern woman, in an association needing their mutual strengths, perspective and good communication to avoid disaster.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Knowing when less is more.
Appreciating the difference between excellence and perfection, and having the courage to leave finished writing alone.
Stopping work to help others when it affects my performance.
Finding time to sit down and write. If you’re writing and 80,000 to 95,000 word book, that single journey doesn’t start with a single step. It starts with a backside firmly on a chair and a resolute commitment to a finish date.
If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?
Exciting project work (which I’m doing right now). Organisation Development (I’ve been involved in a couple of projects recently). Helping people, in trying situations, to stop infighting and destructive conflict (I’ve done my share of healing).
What do you think makes a good story?
A good story ensnares me. It’s a combination of style, content, emotional engagement, and relentless storytelling. By “relentless” I mean the attraction of the story never fades or lets-up. I enjoy adventure, both contemporary, historic and futuristic. Recently I’ve been enjoying humour, literary fiction, non-fiction and Chicklit (just call me Maxine).
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Enjoy it. Getting good prose on the page is an exciting and fulfilling journey.
Embrace criticism, (you don’t have to agree with it). It might hurt a bit, but it helps.
Work on your craft. Practice improves your work. Write regularly.
Understand that nearly every successful author started somewhere, had rejections, criticisms and pain. Somehow, they made it. We all need to find our own “somehow.”
What can we expect from you in the future?
There are more books to come in The Angels’ Share series. The Devils’ Due (third in the series) is in hand.
I am working on Celtic/Roman adventure. This may be serialized.
The start of a series of short management books is underway.
How can my readers get in contact with you or learn more about your work?
My website and blog are a good starting point. My twitter handle is @MacLogan_writes. I’m delighted to hear from readers.