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Shadow House

Moral Imperative – Moral Dilemma

Events from my life inspired, shaped and coloured the first two novels in this series. Encounters with dolphins at sea, and Ric O’Barry’s moving documentary ‘The Cove’, drove me to write the third.

In Shadow House, I sought to examine how people – most of us in fact – change and deform under the pressure of life. We wear a façade, to impress or deceive, or simply to survive in a hostile environment. Sometimes that change last for brief moments, and other times for the greater part of our lives. When released from that pressure, we are sometimes free to revert to our natural self. The real person within.

From the age of fifteen when drugs began to dominate her life, Heather wore the armour of cold indifference to isolate her from the world of vice she inhabited.

Loretto Reed, also at age fifteen discovered that a straight razor could change him from a spineless wimp, into somebody that others feared. Behind that straight-edged smokescreen, he was still a chicken.

(due for release July, 2014)


Set in Colombia, Moral Imperative – Moral Dilemma looks at those times were one must act or live in the regret of inaction, and the dilemma of having to choose between heart and conscience.

Sam Autenburg is caught in a situation from which there is no soft exit. He must either stand by and watch the assassination of three children, or intervene and risk almost certain death.

His decision leads himself, the children and their parents face to face with moral dilemma.

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Author: A.J.

I have written as far back as I can recall. Until 2011, that writing was just for me, or as rambling letters to friends and travelogues to the family. I never thought about why, or if others did similarly, and the thought of publishing never entered my head. Since I left England in 1979, I have been collecting experiences, people, and places. From the blood-soaked streets of Kampala, the polluted dust bowls of the Sahara, or the pristine ice floes of the Antarctic, I have gathered and filed them away. Some have recently squeezed through the bars of insecurity and are now at large in the pages of my first three novels. Others await their future fates.

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