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What caused the car crash that put Tom Anthony out of action for four months? Why was he on that road? What is his girlfriend not telling him? Why is his former neighbour so hostile? The whole sequence of events is lost in a blur.
Published under the pen-name Anders Teller, Never Going to Happen is my first published stand-alone thriller, but has many of the hallmarks of my Mike Stanhope series – mystery, tension, drama and romance.
Jobless since his accident, Tom welcomes the task of writing a news article on Britain’s tortured departure from the European Union. Then his research suggests a bizarre link to his car crash. Maybe he’s on to something – but he soon finds there are people intent on preventing him from finding out what it’s all about.
An encounter with an elusive woman seems to offer a further clue, but his interest in her quickly raises a barrier to his quest for the truth. Meanwhile, his old boss doesn’t want to let him go. Where do his loyalties lie?
As the perspective widens, Tom finds himself caught in a world of shadowy people determined to intervene in global events, and ruthless in their resolve to stop anyone from interfering. A series of truly stunning shocks and surprises awaits him as the truth unfolds.
Tom is discharged from hospital into a world still shocked by Brexit and the US presidential election – a world where nonconformity is stifled, and people who disagree with the winning side are treated as pariahs. His struggle to understand the forces ranged against him soon turns into a quest to discover which side he’s offended, and what his instincts are telling him.
Never Going to Happen is a thriller. You don’t need to know anything about politics to enjoy it. It’s packed with mystery, romance, excitement and drama, and it features clandestine groups operating outside the normal structures of the law.
However, it’s unashamedly set against a Brexit background. We see some of the inner workings of an anti-Brexit campaign group, and our hero has to interview leading figures on both sides of the Remain/Leave divide in order to prepare an article for the press. Within the book, there’s no resolution to the Brexit debate, but it touches on various possible outcomes.
Does all this make it “a Brexit book” or not? You’ll have to decide! It takes pains to let both Leave and Remain proponents have their say, and the dramatic climax offers a nice twist on the Remain campaign; but the big surprise at the end has nothing to do with Brexit, although it’s cleverly woven into the plot.
So where does my “alter ego” author Anders Teller stand on Brexit? He tries to be even-handed, but by the end, the you’ll probably find that the arguments for Remain are the ones that resonate.
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