A chance meeting with the son of a duke of the realm leads to close friendship and a new business partnership. When Tom decides to move his company to London and have his regal new friend run it, the firm thrives. However, not everything is as it seems, and Tom?s business soon conceals dangerous secrets of its own. Years later, when Tom finally decides to return to London, he is a wanted man, one hunted by the intelligence agencies. If he is finally to be reunited with his beloved mother and his best friend, he must fight to put the past behind him. But keeping secrets is never easy.
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My name is Andrew Shaun Blackman; I was born in Brighton on the 17th February 1960, into a working class family. I have one older brother who is four years older than me and one younger sister who is a year younger than me. I went to Whitehawk County Secondary school, and like any estate we all went there so your school friends also lived in the streets around you. The school was tough no doubt about that, it had at one time the reputation of the worst and hardest school in Sussex,
I never outshone in the school class room work only managing to cover the basic’s reading, writing and maths, but one thing I excelled in was sports, I represented the school in every sport. Now I had always been pretty clear what I wanted to do when I left school, I wanted to join the Army, so after the initial assessment I joined at sixteen the Parachute Regiment and my first Army Camp was Browning Barracks, Aldershot. I was like a duck to water in the Army. I joined in 1976 was before any health and safety regulations became part of the Army, it was tough I must admit, from the original number of recruits, not sure how many started but only eight of us were on the passing out parade, afterwards I was posted to the Second Battalion The Parachute Regiment, where I served most of my Army career, I served in Northern Ireland, the Falklands War, Belize, Cyprus, America, Canada and lots of other places some hard to find on a map. During my Army Career I met and married Janet, and we had three lovely daughters, who are my pride and joy, although Janet and I are now divorced and have been for too many years to remember, we still remain friendly and on good terms for the girls. I have always been close to my girls, who although are now all grown up and two of them married, we remain close and we speak, visit and text often and they are by far my greatest critics.
Since I left the Army in 2000, sixteen years ago I have worked in IT; I love my job just for the diversity of it. The other day two youngsters in my office were talking about something they had watched on TV the night before, and I heard the Falklands War mentioned, I was just about to say “I was there”, when one of them said “omg how boring that was well before I was born”, of course I felt really old and did not speak. I now live alone in Bedworth, my hobbies are reading and visiting my daughter time permitting, I have also been blessed with two grandsons from my eldest daughter, and my middle daughter is about to have her first baby. I have always been happy with life, not a lot gets me down, and I always look for new experiences, and I never forget “you are never too old to learn”.