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“Charles Barker’s latest novel sits comfortably in the Ian Fleming/Frederick Forsyth genre. The absorbing story centres on the opaque secret world of the International Gems trade, greed, corruption, political intrigue and every aspect of criminality and violence at its most ruthless. It unfolds at a good clip building to a spectacular and violent climax during one of England’s more traditional esoteric events of the summer season.

For those who prefer their characters to be easily identifiable between white hats and black,without too many shades of grey in between, this will not disappoint.

A good read and one that, once started, you will be reluctant to put down.“

Richard Garland - Hospitality Industry consultant, based in the UK

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