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The Cyber Ambiguity is a spy novel set in Canberra in the Covid era.

Available NOW in soft cover paperback. Should be published in most eBook formats in August.

The Cyber Ambiguity takes you into a world you probably didn’t even know existed!!

We are all comfortable in our world of connected phones and internet access. We take it for granted. But the public online access that we all use is but a tiny fraction of the internet. There is a whole other world behind the obvious.

When ‘Witness Z’ tries to post protected information online, he genuinely thinks he is advancing a worthy cause to save our wildernesses, slow climate change, and stop the greedy plundering in the name of progress. But this passionate idealist is arrested for his trouble and is forced to make a difficult choice.

Can Emma Jazy of the Dutch International Investigations Bureau convince Witness Z to help the Australian Federal Police track down the perpetrators of a dangerous threat to life as we know it? Together, they enter the dark world of international espionage as they attempt to save the world from ecosystem collapse while tackling a global cyber conspiracy that is trying to reshape the whole world order.

Emma and her IIB colleagues return in this thrilling spy mystery set in Canberra in the Covid era. A slow-burn mystery with plenty of twists and thrills to keep you engrossed, it exposes the dangers of blindly accepting the benefits of technology when we are ignorant of its imperfections.

Libraries – a place of books

All of my novels are available in libraries. In Brisbane, look here. The State Library of Queensland holds all my books. The National Library of Australia also holds all my books, as a matter of record, and for readers to borrow. Check them out because the next book mightn’t be far away

Lisbon legacy

Adjust your eyes. This is the crazy cobble pattern of Rossio Square in Lisbon – a major coffee house meeting place for many decades. It lies near the wide Tagus River at the foot of this leafy avenue – a relic of the centuries-long colonial era, when sailing ships thronged the river estuary bringing wealth from Brazil, Angola, Mozambique and as far as Macau and Timor. Even today, Portuguese is the official language of ten countries, particularly Brazil. An Angolan artist has been commissioned, on a popular vote, to construct a slavery memorial in 2020, alongside a museum addressing the effects of those years – laying out the the truth and helping the healing!IMG_0202IMG_0252

Ghosts of the past

IMG_0246IMG_0241Bangalow, NSW – a name derived from Aboriginal Bundjalung language for a low hill or the palm tree, common in the subtropical forests where Widjabul people lived for thousands of years. Today, the whole community is developing an educational parkland around an old swimming hole on Byron Creek where a concrete pool was built in 1924. It is a peaceful spot, still with tall trees, bubbling creek and memories of countless generations – respect for the ghosts of the past.

Lively Luxembourg

IMG_0873(1)Little Luxembourg – 2nd richest in the world by GDP per capita – cherishes its history. Medieval fortress walls look over its picturesque river, gardens and squares while modern skyscrapers rise in the distance over a modern economic leader –  foundation member of NATO, initiator of a united Europe. US General Patton, who led the repulse of the WW2 Battle of the Bulge, is buried here along with many hundreds of his soldiers. A taste of so much in such a small area that ‘punches well above its weight’.IMG_0793

Whose history?

IMG_1666Today, Strasbourg in France is the seat of the European Parliament. This is the old town – picturesque, quaint – a memory developed over generations for us to reflect upon. What tales could it tell? All history is told in stories – seen through lenses of the tellers; some written, some by word of mouth, some enshrined in tradition by victors, some whispered within communities by the oppressed – but all passed down with an importance to be remembered, understood, valued and preserved. It is about RESPECT and being prepared to listen critically and to ‘walk in the shoes’ of others.

 

Being content with sufficiency

IMG_0235(1)Pristine Lennox Head. No high rise – just seven miles of sandy beach between headlands, pandanus trees, happy surfers, dolphins riding rolling waves, whales playfully breaching, as well as cormorants and gulls dive-bombing shoals of tiny fish behind the breakers. For how long?

Could we all be content with sufficiency and let natural ecosystems function without strain? Read Chapter 20 of ‘The Most Avoided Questions’ on this website – Should the next generation have life better than we have had?

Spies and secrets

thumbnail_IMG_2721Sitting in an idyllic Canberra scene, the writer might find it difficult to accept that people actually operate behind a veil of secrecy to do us harm. ‘The Chess Board’, ‘Prime Minister by Accident’, ‘The Guanaco Affair’ and ‘Catching Legends’ each have shades of the world of spies. Read the sample chapters.

 

Brisbane’s urban lungs

Brisbane. This is one of the many urban ecosystems that help this city breathe and provide its people with the tranquility of nature. But not all cities and countries have that benefit. ‘The Most Avoided Questions’ uses Julius Sumner Miller’s famous line, Why is it so? to address many of the moral questions of current world ‘development’. Read it in eBook.

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