Saturday, 27 January 2018
Twenty Five Million Ghosts
It tells the story of Steve. Steve is a troubled man. He is troubled by an army of persistent, organised ants. But that's only the beginning.
After a varied range of careers, insurance followed by a stint in the army and some rather dubious but officially sanctioned joint services intelligence gathering, the police and, finally, education, Steve has retired to a secluded and somewhat tumbledown cottage in woodlands not far from Brighton.
His wife works away from home during the week, his daughter lives in university accommodation for most of the time and he is generally happy with his lot.
His mother has not long to live and he finds that, apart from his constant battle with the warrior ants in his garden and house, he is beginning to acknowledge his need or rather his desire for not only personal security and an understanding of what is happening in the world.
In his quests he is assisted by a somewhat unconventional Roan Catholic priest as he explores the war-torn past of his own family and the new world that he now occupies.
He finds himself exploriung his own past, the past of his family, the adventures that he found himself involved in, to examine the world, to break the law and to find peace, through reading journals of the wartime activities of his forebears.
This book, although a work of fiction, is clearly based on real life events that happened to members of the author's family or people that he knew.
The book is published by Matador at £9.99 and can be bought here https://goo.gl/wdCFDG.