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Tom Kendall

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Hi. I am a retired Chartered Surveyor. I live in Essex, in the UK, with my wife, and daughter.
I came into writing novels quite late in life. I had always wanted to write but could never think of a decent plot. In 2005 we went for a holiday in Austria. We stayed in a place called Grundlsee. This was the first of three lakes. The next lake, Toplitz, was used by the Germans during the war to test torpedoes, and missiles. As the war came to an end many items were hidden in the lake, including millions of counterfeit pounds, and dollars. There was also jewellery, weapons, and documents. There were rumours that gold bullion was also placed in to the lake. Several searches were made, but no gold was discovered. In my first novel, The Kammersee Affair (available on Amazon), gold is found, only in the third lake, Kammersee.
Since then I have developed a character, Tom Kendall, a private detective. To date there are four books published and available on Amazon. A fourth novel to feature Tom, A Killing In The City is with a publisher and I am waiting to hear. I have made a tentative start on a fifth, but very early days as yet.

favourite books

My list of favorite books would, without doubt include Dickens. Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, just cannot be bettered. I also would include Treasure Island, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
Agatha Christie, the master of crime, would be high on the list. Alistair Mclean, Hammond Innes, and Wilbur Smith would also feature. I was brought up on Enid Blyton - remember The Secret Seven and the Famous Five. Sadly not so fashionable these days, but great fun
I hate modern stories, especially fantasy and horror. I hate un-necessary swearing. I hate books containing messages. I hate psycological thrillers. I also hate anything to do with Satan and the occult.
When it comes to the movies, once again I hate modern movies in general. The greatest films came from the fifties and sixties. Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Cagney, Bette Davies, and later stars like Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas. Not forgetting the great musicals, Singing In The Rain, Oklahoma. west Side Story, Sound of Music.

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my books

The Thackery Journal

John Holt

Very much a work in progress. I have been working on this for at least two years. It is a long way from being complete


On the night of 14 April 1865 President Abraham Lincoln was attending a performance at The Ford Theatre, in Washington. A single shot fired by John Wilkes Booth hit the President in the back of the head. He slumped to the floor, and died a few hours later without recovering consciousness. Was Booth a lone assassin? Or was he part of a wider conspiracy? Let us suppose that Booth had been set up by a group of men, a group of Lincoln’s own Army Generals; Generals who had wanted Ulysees S Grant for their President, and not Lincoln. And let us also suppose that the funding for the assassination had come from gold stolen by the Confederate Army.

 

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Software wrote 44 days ago

Dear John, As a valued supporter of Doghouse Blues, you may be ple....

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Kenneth Edward Lim wrote 280 days ago

John, I'm taking a poll on those who've read "The North Korean." I'v....

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Hi Tom/John I hope you don’t mind a cheeky request, but I was hopi....

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How are you? I wrote a book on something that I went through. I wante....

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I wrote 521 days ago

Well written, and very funny. Characterisation is spot on and I'm sure people will see something of themselves in there somewhere. view book

I wrote 1066 days ago

This is certainly original thinking. It is cleverly done. A good plot. My only downer is I wonder if it will work commercially. I mean how would it be marketed. It's probably way too advanced. One last point. Do you have permission to use all of the media material. view book

I wrote 1135 days ago

Have read Chapter 1 only so far. This is a great read. I just wish it was a proper book. I hate reading from a screen, I do not find it relaxing. This is well written, at a good steady pace, and draws the reader in. Backed and five stars. view book

I wrote 1140 days ago

Have just seen this on Night Reading. This is a good read (understatement). It sets a scene, and a time, so well. I can smell the old musty church. I can feel Tolly sense of mischief as he sits, bored in teh church. then later he realises the situation. view book

I wrote 1142 days ago

Me again. Just one last comment. The book title. Now I have to admit that I have not read the entire book so perhaps I am incorrect. Surely the story occuirs in more than just one night. view book

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