BioBorn at an early age in the city of Bristol, which was then far from the bright lights but is now like a suburb of London, Mike soon tired of the provincial life in the South West of England. After some false starts and getting lost with a bad map, the author arrived in the North West (he could have gone straight up). The city of Manchester is bigger than Bristol (and even has trams), so Mike moved across the river to Salford and stuck his nose in places it shouldn't have gone. He found crime. Now he writes about such stuff in the form of thrillers and crime fiction mysteries, which would actually sit better on library shelves as 'Social Realism', but hey, you only get one go at classification. Mike Scantlebury is now a name you will find in local newspapers and on the local radio, where he used to host a weekly show with his missus for many years. He is also to be found in Folk Clubs, and other seedy settings, where he sings his own songs and plays the guitar, haltingly. Sometimes he walks, sometimes he runs, rides bikes, and even comes out at night. Just one thing - if you ask for an autograph, be prepared for really bad handwriting.
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2017 is a year of anniversaries. It's a hundred years since the Russian Revolution, and fifty years since England won the football World Cup. But 75 years? Yes, well that would be 1942, the year that the USA stepped into the Second World War in Europe and first sent aircraft to Britain to help the war effort. So, why haven't they ever gone home? Strangely, the people who most want to make them leave are the people who brought them. So what do they have to fight about? Mickey can't believe that so many people keep dying. No matter where he goes, they're getting killed. It's no help that the love of his life is missing. Where has she gone? Why isn't she there for him? Maybe she is. Maybe there's just a secret she doesn't want to share, and it could affect their lives together. Forever.
"Not another Election!" The Prime Minister of Britain has called yet another General Election in the middle of 2017, less than two years since the last one. Mickey is summoned into action to defend candidates and preserve democracy, but where is his usual team? Where are his trusted colleagues? Why has Melia disappeared? Caulfield been transferred? Why is Liv been sent to a Mental Hospital? And who is 'Gulf', and why is he plotting against the Corsch Corporation? All that, all of it, can't have anything to do with votes, surely! After all, Mickey's boss, Captain Gibson, doesn't seem to be worried about any of those things. He feels more threatened by the British Army and their plans for a coup to replace the government – without a popular vote!
TRUMPS A MAYOR
Britain has elections too. In the summer of 2017 the people of North West England have the chance to elect a Metro Mayor for the county of Greater Manchester. It's never happened before, and is all part of the British government's plan to give power back to the regions. Manchester is thrilled. But then they're less than delighted to see that one of the candidates looks familiar – almost like the big man with the blonde hair who stood for President of the USA. Who is he? What does he want?
Prince William At Olympics 2012
Prince William of England, second in line to the throne, is asked by his grandmother to represent her at the Olympics events happening in the North of England in 2012. The Prince is pleased at the request, appearing in public as the Queen's representative, but then less than happy when people start shooting at him and threatening his life. Then Melia arrives. Amelia Hartliss, or 'Heartless' as she is known, is a professional, but in the weeks spent in the Prince's company, she finds she is tested to the limit. She is attracted to the young man, and is surprised to find that the feeling may be mutual. As the terrorists close in, the two dissimilar people forge a bond that is more than their duty demands.
A shot at Mayor
Salford is a city in the north of England. Who wants to get elected as Mayor? And who would want to kill to get there? Melia is baffled by her new assignment, but violence erupts at every turn and she is forced to defend friend and foe alike. If only she had boyfriend Mickey to help, but he has problems of his own, like being kidnapped and held hostage by terrorists. Then Melia's cousin reports her lodger is missing, but it's worse than that - the poor girl is dead. Bad news piles on bad news, and Melia feels isolated and alone. She's going to have to use all her resources to save this situation and make things right. Above all, she wants her boyfriend back. Is that too much to ask?