Taunton Barr

      Brian Cain

Taunton Barr

A champion race horse takes on the British Grand National, not all plain sailing for its owner Winston Blake. As he takes on the establishment, it is his past that would cause harrowing pain from within his own family. Looking for lost daughters can be dangerous, you may find what you seek. The story of a battle to put a petite woman on the back of a champion in the British Grand National.Winston Blake was once a fearless merchant banker, part of a financial empire built on risk and speculation. He suddenly retired to look for his daughter missing for some years in Australia, he had an idea. He would find a horse that could win the Melbourne Cup, an event he knew his daughter was fond off, he had attended the event with her, he liked it. He wished his efforts would bring her from her hiding place, or at least he felt better trying. Years of gut feeling and indulging in risk beyond reverence he found a foal in Ireland, destined for nothing he observed what he considered to be traits of a champion. Not exemplary bloodline, or majestic majesty, but a sparkling eye, fearless posture, stout indignation and an air of determination. He purchased the foal and put his years of negotiation to work on convincing the right people to become involved. The horse, 'Flaxmead', became the fastest stayer on the planet and brought a nation together as a petite young female teenage jockey eventually took the black beauty to a crushing win in the Melbourne Cup.A key part of Flaxmead's success was his initial trainer, a horse whisperer, Blake's neighbor in the town hamlet of Flax Burton in Somerset England. His name was Roger Palmer, it was some years since 'Flaxmead' had retired. Winston Blake looked no older than he did a decade back. He was somewhat lost and in need of direction, horses were still trained by Blake's organisation now the biggest on the planet, it was a business run by Palmer's daughter Kalika, well that's whom she thought she was. Roger Palmer would again become the catalyst to bring down the establishment, a battle to control something Palmer and Blake detested, the British Grand National. In a heartbeat, the task falls on Blake's shoulders. An epic battle of cat and mouse to put a champion with a petite woman on it's back between the starting markers of the most controversial horse race on the planet, the British Grand National. One would think that murder mystery and mayhem moves among the most maligned members of society, as the cards play out on the table, Blake faces his biggest foe, his past.
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    Checkmate

      Brian Cain

Checkmate

Roselyn Victoria Fleming was born of wealth and influence, an illegitimate child of aristocratic power, she was sure a chance encounter with vigilante John Stanton was not coincidental but the coming of destiny. The insatiable flower from the Garden of Eden is cast amongst the noxious weeds of dominion, industrial, and political power, not as a puppet, but as peerage.Roselyn Victoria Fleming was born of wealth and influence, an illegitimate child of aristocratic power, she was sure a chance encounter with vigilante John Stanton was not coincidental but the coming of destiny. The insatiable flower from the Garden of Eden is cast amongst the noxious weeds of dominion, industrial, and political power, not as a puppet, but as peerage.Time was of the essence, aristocracy rely on heirs and allies; Stanton drew upon this Roman characteristic fostered by peers of the realm. In the game of chess there is no solace for the humble pawn, but when one makes it to enemy lines they become a sleeping giant. Upon the horses back, the white knight backs the pawn. Checkmate.
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    The Sword And The Dagger

      Brian Cain

The Sword And The Dagger

The Sword And The Dagger is written between the lines of historical fact following the torrid life of Irish pirate Fial McMurrin begging in the year 1796. An Irish lad armed with the love of a woman and his country learns the ways of the Royal Navy and their battle tactics. When the time is right he turns on tyranny. A chance meeting with British Politician William Wilberforce changes his life.In the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century the British with an array of coalitions fought the Napoleonic wars, directly after the French revolutionary wars, when Napoleon Bonaparte seized power in France. Napoleon Bonaparte attempted to annex Europe, England and Russia with French sovereignty. This was a time of incredible history. In 1803 England became the United Kingdom with the amalgamation of Ireland after years of bitter bloodshed. The Spanish Inquisition was under democratic scrutiny and eventually abolished. By 1815 the United Kingdom defeated the French in the war of the seventh coalition with allies Russia, Prussia, Sweden, Austria and the Netherlands defining the borders that are now modern Europe. A major factor in this defeat of the French was the superior strength and experience of the Royal Navy. With huge forests of oak, seasoned ship builders and brilliant seaman Britannia ruled the waves.In 1807 British Member of Parliament William Wilberforce was successful in introducing a bill The Slave Trade Act outlawing the carrying of slaves on British ships. It would take until 1833 to have The Slavery Abolition Act passed in the House of Lords which abolished slavery in most of the British Empire just prior to the death of Wilberforce. This period in history also saw the formation of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the start of the industrial revolution. The Irish had struggled through years of war with England and those opposed to British rule as part of the United Kingdom formed the Society of United Irishmen collaborating with the French to bring down the British and regain Irish independence. This story begins in Bantry Bay Ireland in 1796 with the disastrous expedition d'Irelande by the French in an attempt to land French troops on Irish soil. A young farmer's son Fial McMurrin twelve years old witnesses the mayhem with much of the French fleet destroyed by savage storms in Bantry Bay and along the adjacent coastline of Ireland. His parents are killed by the British but Fial McMurrin survives hidden by his parents and found by friends, he is taken to Cork. He is a natural seaman and learns the ways of the Royal Navy. He becomes a notorious pirate when the time is right exploiting weakness he found in ships of the line and their battle tactics. A chance meeting with William Wilberforce changes his life.
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    Return of the Wizard

      Brian Cain

Return of the Wizard

Larco and Poo Poo organise a meeting of Snubs, and arrange a move from the jungle to the great city of Snub Nubbin, deserted for millions of palliums. The Snubs welcome the return of the Wizard, his wisdom, and his knowledge.Larco and Poo Poo have called a meeting of Snub Nubbins, and some attend. They soon realise there is a Wizard in their midst, the Wizard has great knowledge, and speaks of teaching and schools. Larco becomes a member of the new grand council. In the great move from the jungle back to the city of Snub Nubbin, Larco discovers an emotion, and he's confused, but he likes it.
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    Vigilante

      Brian Cain

Vigilante

Vigilante is the first novel in a series of works featuring the character John Stanton and his family. A retired MI6 operative now a consulting security advisor settles in Australia chasing his wife and family he loves so dearly, lost to the fear of harms way. His wife, a media journalist, falls foul of people in Australian power. Stanton steps in and things are not as they seem.Vigilante what can we expect of one, A vigilante is someone who illegally punishes someone for actual or perceived offenses, or participates in a group which metes out extralegal punishment to such a person. Often the victims are criminals in the legal sense; however a vigilante may follow a different definition of criminal than the local law especially if he is of a certain creed.The novel Vigilante introduces John Stanton an extreme character born in London in 1950 to a grass roots military family. A product of British Military Intelligence, at the age of sixty he had done nothing else all his life and lived through much accumulating masses of information whilst working for or with western governments. The experience turns him into a ruthless vigilante amongst military and government bodies. Those in power never expected him to live past thirty but he survived. It also introduces his sidekick Cadiche a part aboriginal civil police officer part of the stolen generation who assists in the public domain. Retiring to the east coast of Australia chasing his family lost through fear and loneliness his separated wife is a political newspaper journalist and uses her maiden name. Optimising her vivacious beauty to gain top secret information gets her into trouble and Stanton receives a sanction on his own wife from the corridors of power in Canberra. Deeply in love with his wife Jodi, his childhood sweetheart, Stanton pursues the threat with ruthless application protecting his family, but finding a little more than he expected. He uncovers a plot to take control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal for world domination. With unofficial help from Britain's MI6 the American CIA and the French Secret Service he must break the chain of radicals involved in the plot coming at him from all directions and stay one step ahead of the government authorities to have any chance of success. He refuses to be drawn into public affairs and enlists a sidekick Cadiche a part aboriginal police officer found whilst training for the civil police he regards as part of his family.
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    Jodi Ann

      Brian Cain

Jodi Ann

Jodi Ann Simpson, curvaceous, vivacious, intelligent, blonde haired green eyed beauty, in full control of her life she commands attention wherever she goes. She is John Stanton's wife, a journalist, in the world of journalism only love is sacred.Jodi Ann Simpson, curvaceous, vivacious, intelligent, blonde haired green eyed beauty, in full control of her life she commands attention wherever she goes. Born in Westminster England, her name Jodi meaning god is gracious and her second name taken from Queen Ann Boleyn second wife of Henry the 8th and queen of England from 1533 to 1536, hero and martyr of the English reformation. Beneath the plumage a hardened journalist looks for truth and justice, watched over by her powerful husband.Educated from birth by a journalist family she is schooled along side and lives next to the developing ruthless MI6 operative John Stanton, their families are friendly neighbours unaware of the inseparable bond forming between their siblings. On the far side of the Stanton property is a hedge, beyond the hedge in the terrible black mansion lurks Jodi’s archenemy, the fire breathing monster Bella Elizabeth Fonteyn. A black haired blue eyed beauty, with romantic goals similar to Jodi’s, the lifelong love and affection of John Stanton, Jodi fights tooth and nail to win the war.
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    Flaxmead

      Brian Cain

Flaxmead

Another yarn in the John Stanton series of novels. Twelve year old Anna and eight year old Dylan have a dream, to own a horse that wins the Australian Melbourne Cup. Playing with matches can often lead to fire, the equine underworld turns on the newcomers. Journalist Jodi Stanton encourages her husband to intervene.Many thanks to the Racing Information Services Australia handicappers whom always made time to answer questions.For dreams to come true you must first have a dream. The Melbourne Cup, the race that stops the nation, the Australian Holy Grail of thoroughbred horse racing. Flemington racecourse is located in Melbourne, in the southern state of Victoria and is the most well known race track in Australia. Famous for hosting our greatest race the Melbourne Cup, on the first Tuesday in November every year, part of the spring racing carnival. It is one of the richest handicap events in the world. Racing began at Flemington racecourse in 1840 and such is its great history it was given national heritage listing in 2006.Over three captivating days around the campfire a Hunter Valley winemaker and father tells a story to his children. Twelve year old Anna and eight year old Dylan have a dream, to own a horse that wins the Melbourne Cup. Playing with matches can often lead to fire, the equine underworld turn on the newcomers. Journalist Jodi Stanton encourages her husband to intervene. Stories are stories and once told this one was over, or had it just begun?
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    In The Name Of The Mother

      Brian Cain

In The Name Of The Mother

At the height of a brilliant career with MI6, his wife and family fled to a foreign country leaving him shattered. But what was the burning issue that made John Stanton a vigilante.At the height of a brilliant career with MI6 John Stanton's wife Jodi and family flee from all present danger to the solace of the anonymous. A marriage of deep love this leaves Stanton shattered and broken, he immerses himself in work to allay the black dog bitting at his mind. British government powered by the psyche of an iron lady places the lives of female soldiers in harms way. John Stanton has a brilliant female operative Bella Elizabeth Fonteyn placed in his care to train in counter espionage during the later part of the cold war, the association holds a skeleton in the closet. Stanton the most effectual and disciplined operative the organisation has ever seen begins to question the merits of this social tactic, the first time he has uttered a word against authoritarianism. Sent on a suicide mission behind the eastern block kept secret from Stanton, Bella Elizabeth Fonteyn comes home alive. What happens next will change the security of the planet.
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    Greywolf

      Brian Cain

Greywolf

'Greywolf', volume eleven in the Stanton Chronicles series of novels.The Millennium war games amid 'Circles of Fear', the government and media covered up the fact blues guitar player Jason Brinkly fought the battle of Armageddon at the turn of the second millennium, but with the hand of whom on his shoulder? The awesome weapon Adam resurfaces in the hands of Greywolf, but had it ever slept?'Greywolf', volume eleven in the Stanton Chronicles series of novels.The Millennium war games amid 'Circles of Fear', the government and media covered up the fact blues guitar player Jason Brinkly fought the battle of Armageddon, but with the hand of whom on his shoulder? Governments and commercial entities withdraw to their own circles driven by fear as the awesome weapon ADAM resurfaces in the hands of Greywolf, but had it ever slept. They regrouped ready to strike, they waited a long time for the ageing vigilante to wane, they would soon beg for his return. The stock market crashed, as the rich ran for cover they left the poor to put the bill, the rich for no other reasons than wealth rather than purpose, were hunted down. Greywolf unlike Stanton was not confined by matters of state, but by matters of servitude. He lived by the gun, the gun of his father; he served the righteous, in the name of his mother. Greywolf began to stalk the corridors of power. Educated by the sword of the cross, armed with the power of technology, authoritative information far beyond the gun, loyal to none but servant to all, even Stanton struggled to understand his creation. His mother 'Bella Elizabeth', a ruthless assassin was horrified. Grey by the wisdom of his father's hair, wolf by the virtue of his mother, 'Greywolf' became the law.
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    The Hunt For Rose

      Brian Cain

The Hunt For Rose

The hunt is on for Rose Blake. Bella Elizabeth is set loose to extract information. The thundering champion 'Flaxmead' heads overseas and in an attempt to bring Rose Blake out of the woodwork turning the equine establishment upside down. Jodi Stanton suffers a late life crisis raising a few eyebrows and John Stanton call's on yet another women in his pursuit for information.The thundering equine 'Flaxmead' heads overseas and in an attempt to bring long lost daughter of Flaxmead's creator, Rose Blake, out of the woodwork. John Stanton wonders why the hunt for Rose is taking so long and unleashes the talent of Bella Elizabeth Fonteyn to speed things up eager to encourage Stanton's attention she responds. Jodi Stanton has a late life crisis unsure of whom she is ruffling a few feathers. Roses father Winston Blake snatches his only child from absolute power in a foreign land. Someone has crossed the line and another woman from Stanton's past enters the fray.
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    Larco and the Quog

      Brian Cain

Larco and the Quog

Snub Nubbins live way across the Cosmos on a planet like earth. Larco was born of beautiful flower on a tree. He was descendent of the nut tree family, and was little eccentric as you would expect of a nut. The grand council of Snubs made him a scientist, and gave him a name, the only one on the planet Snub, they thought he was nuts. But Larco just had a thirst for knowledge, for his huge brain.The Snub Nubbins are a bit different, we can expect that, after all they do come from a planet so far away, an area in space called the Cosmos. Just like humans they have a planet to live on that is no different to our own earth.They found something called Quog, it was magical stuff, they didn't know what it was, but used it for many things. Quog could keep them warm, keep them cool, make things go along and even make Bok Bok's disappear but they didn't know where too. Quog could make Snub Nubbins very sick, if one was not very careful with it.Snub Nubbins knew a lot about their Universe because they had a special hole, they could look into the bright coloured lights, sparkling and popping inside the hole, and if they closed their eyes and concentrated with their head in the hole, they could see the universe and far beyond.Larco the scientist had studied the hole for Palliums, bit like earth years. One Peck, like an earth day, he saw a planet just like his own, he called it Plop Plop. It was blue, and had lots of water, it was round, and looked exciting, just like home. There were living things on the planet, similar to Snub Nubbins, but they were very ugly. Larco could understand their language, and listened to them with great interest. He wrote a report to the Grand Snub Nubbin and was invited to talk to the Grand council of Snubs. There was great concern, and great anticipation, and the race was on to find out more about the planet Plop Plop.
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    The Dark Hole Of Rainbows

      Brian Cain

The Dark Hole Of Rainbows

After billions of dull years, the Snub Nubbins have a new Wizard, Larco the scientist continues his quest. Being a scientist is about discovery, and Larco is keen to explore the dark hole of rainbows, to expand his wisdom and wizardry.The Snub Nubbins are a bit different, we can expect that, after all they do come from a planet so far away, an area in space called the Cosmos. Just like humans they have a planet to live on that is no different to our own earth, or so they thought.Billions of years beyond human's existence on earth evolve the Snub Nubbins, Larco the Wizard discovers the far away planet Plop Plop is in fact Snub Nubbin from ancient times when it was called Earth. Larco travels back in time down the dark hole of rainbows to expand his knowledge and continue his quest of discovery.
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    Larco The Wizard

      Brian Cain

Larco The Wizard

Episode six of the Snub Nubbins. Larco is studying in the cave on knowledge, and after many palliums work draws near to reading the books within the wizard's cabin. Wizard must decide if he is to endorse Larco as a wizard.The story describes the problems a young foundling has to face and the trials and undeserved punishments she suffers before she gains acceptance by her family and comrades.
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    The Cave of Knowledge

      Brian Cain

The Cave of Knowledge

Episode 4. The city of Snub Nubbin begins to function and Larco returns to scientific research. The Wizard makes a decision to educate Larco before he enters the unknown.The city of Snub Nubbin begins to function and Larco returns to scientific research. The Wizard makes a decision to educate Larco before he enters the unknown.
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    Larco Builds a Bok Bok

      Brian Cain

Larco Builds a Bok Bok

Larco, a scientist on the planet Snub, continues his quest for knowledge and is determined to visit the planet Plop Plop.Larco, a scientist on the planet Snub, continues his quest for knowledge and is determined to visit the planet Plop Plop. The Snub grand council has gone, and Snub Nubbins turn to Larco for guidance. From the darkest depths of the dark side, comes a Wobbly, Larco is shocked. The Wobbly had been watching through the wall of light for thousands of palliums. Larco has problems believing his stories, but he likes them. The Wobbly is a Wizard, and Larco builds his first Bok Bok under the watchful eyes of experience.
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