The Devil and Edward Teach
London, 1714, and tragedy has struck for Abigail Rose. With her sister, and the mysterious young adventurer, Cornelius Wilde, she is sent to Nassau by her uncle. En route she is plunged into a dark, terrible adventure, where the price for her heart’s desire may be her soul itself.
Exciting, colourful and full of larger than life characters, The Devil and Edward Teach takes you on a seafaring voyage to the doors of Hell, as the notorious pirate Blackbeard meets his ultimate adversary.
5 Star Review on Amazon
The Devil and Edward Teach is pure escapism, and a great read. Ken Preston has managed to weave the atmosphere and details of the period into an almost tangible reality. From the filth and squalor of early 18th century London, to a vividly described battle at sea, the author captures it in a way that puts the reader in the midst of the action.
Of course, there are fair damsels, a gentleman adventurer, cutthroats, rogues, and the fearsome Blackbeard himself, but Mr Preston has made them more than mere stereotypes, they’re real and you believe in them. His portrayal of Edward Teach, in particular, is impressive and humanises the legend.
At it’s heart, this book is an adventure, a ripping yarn of the old school. It starts with a public hanging, moves on to a raging sea battle, and builds to a climax that the writers of the Pirates of The Caribbean films would do well to take note of.
If you want to escape from the modern world and go on an adventure, buy this book.
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“Were you trying to attract our attention with that lamp in the window?” Clete asked.
“Darn tootin’ I was!” The old man smacked his lips together. “Wanted to get you in good an’ close where I could take a decent shot at you.”
“Why were you trying to kill us?” Dallas said.
“Like I said, young lady, I were under the misapprehension that you was somebody else.” He scratched his bald head and spat into a spittoon. “But I ain’t rightly sure I were tryin’ to kill anyone. After all, you cain’t kill what’s already dead now, can you?”
The man shuffled behind the bar and pulled out three whiskey glasses, and blew the dust off them.
“Get a decent shot in the head though, an’ that seems to stop them.”
Clete Powers and Dallas Hogan are on the run from Dallas’s brutal brother Carl and corrupt sherrif Mitch Tanner. In the middle of a desert storm they find a town, seemingly deserted apart from the old man who runs the saloon.
After telling them his story, the two lovers realise they are in more trouble than they ever thought possible.
Horrifying, violent and gory, Population:DEAD! fuses the Western genre with horror and builds to a gripping climax, and an unforgettable ending.
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Stories of the Night
Okay, first of all I need to admit that I’ve lied to you already.
That title, it’s a complete lie. There are five stories in this kindle book, but only four of them occur at night. One happens in broad daylight. But calling it ‘Four Stories of the Night, and One Story in Broad Daylight’ doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, right?
Besides, all of these stories are works of fiction. In other words, the whole damn thing’s a lie, so I might as well be honest with you from the get go, and tell you a lie in the title.
Here are the stories:
‘Mrs De Runtzen’s Jewels’ is a Victorian ghost story, the kind they used to show on the BBC at Christmas. Only it’s a bit gorier than that, and there isn’t a single mention of Christmas.
‘Little Monsters’ involves an evening of Trick or Treating that goes very wrong, in a nasty, horrible way.
‘Dad’ is the joker in the pack, that one that happens in broad daylight. But it does involve a ghost.
In ‘Drive Fast! She Said,’ four teenagers lives are changed forever when one of them issues a dare to her boyfriend, a dare he cannot refuse, even though it might kill them all.
And finally, in ‘The Nazi Superweapon,’ two American prisoners of war stumble into a deserted town one morning, looking for a safe refuge. But as the sun sets that night they soon find out they are in more danger than they ever imagined possible.
By the way, this ebook was originally published under the title ‘Drive Fast! She Said – The Nazi Superweapon’
Combined total of 16000 words.
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