The Devil You Don't
  
The Devil You Don't
Published:
10/6/2015
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E-Book (available as PDF files) What's This
ISBN:
978-1-46896-547-6
Is Zoe the devil in disguise? John Pennington believes he has found Phillipa to be the woman of his dreams, and prior to the wedding he is taking her to meet his Grandmother, the family matriarch. He has also promised an old school friend, Sebastian, that he would do a favour for him when he visits Rome, testing a new and unique software programme with incredible possibilities. Suddenly the wedding is off, and he is on his own heading to Geneva. After a chance encounter with the mysterious Zoe on the lake steamer 'Savoire' his life takes a sudden turn into uncharted territory in more ways than one. That 'small favor' suddenly becomes a life changing event, and when Zoe, the woman who he knows is too good to be true, reappears, danger and death follows. Shot at, lied to, and seduced, and drawn into a world where nothing is what it seems, John is dragged out of the doldrums and into an adrenaline charged life and death situation, where it may have been wiser to stay with the 'devil you know' rather than opt for the 'devil you don't'. Will he survive, or has he a little of the 'devil' in him too?
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It has been a long road from the first moment I knew I wanted to write a book and finally getting published. I remember quite clearly putting down the first of Alistair Maclean's thrillers and thinking 'I can do that'. That idea remained on hold while I worked for various companies in a number of different capacities, acted as a researcher for the authors of a company biography, a period where I both honed my research and writing skills with two remarkable mentors, and working for myself as an IT instructor, and writer of course material. Over the years ideas came and went, copious notes found their way into bulging notebooks, and life, as it usually does, got in the way of doing what I always wanted to do with my life, write. But, rather than being a deterrent, it gave me a wide and deep understanding of life and the challenges it can throw at us. This was my learning ground, and for any writer an incalculably valuable experience. Then a miracle occurred. The children were gone, and suddenly the house was quiet, except, of course, for Chester the cat who always likes to make his presence felt. In those first months of 'freedom' I discovered a love for cooking, taking over the responsibility for creating dishes selected by my wife Rosemary, ending up in more hits than misses. It also allowed me the opportunity to pursue my desire to write. My first book, "Sunday in New York" started to take shape, and then another. All the ideas, notes, and endless scribbling on sheets of paper, and tiny notebooks came together, culminating in the recent publication on Amazon of my first three novels, "Sunday in New York", a romantic story that I wrote for my wife, who used to be an avid Mills and Boon reader, "Echoes from the Past", a rather dark thriller, and "The Devil You Don't", inspired by a work colleague who floated the idea of 'what if we could be someone else'. Many more are in the pipeline. When I am not writing, we go away for a few days or weeks, usually to escape the cat, and love trying new cuisines and wines. My favorite pastime is enjoying a glass, or two, of beer and reading a good book. I live in a suburb south of Brisbane, in south east Queensland, Australia, with my long suffering, but very understanding wife, Rosemary, and a cantankerous cat called Chester. I am blessed by the fact that my two children and three grandchildren live locally and they are all a source of constant joy and inspiration.
 
 


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