Synopsis of ‘Who pays the Ferryman?’

In the 1980s two men were arrested in a woodland area close to a sleepy little village in Kent. There was nothing strange in this but the question the author asks is, “Why did it take so many heavily armed Police to carry out the arrest?”

Were the two men involved in some form of terrorist activity? Were they a terrorist ‘sleeping’ cell? Had they committed some heinous crime or some other act of violence?

The story ‘Who pays the Ferryman?’ takes the reader through a labyrinth of questions and answers as they follow the factional account of Richard James – the son of a local fruit farmer – and his lifelong friend Paul Jones.

Both of these men grew up together in the village, went to the local school and eventually joined the army, then, in the late 1960s they came out of the Parachute Regiment – Paul returned to Kent to work for Richard’s father on his fruit farm, whereas Richard felt £46 per week (the then average wage for farm workers) was insufficient and he headed off to join the Angolan Mercenaries. Unfortunately he was not alone in hearing about the mercenaries, and Ted Heath the then Prime Minister closed the operation down, so like Paul Richard went back to Kent to work for his father on the fruit farm.

A short while after returning to Kent, Richard and Paul devised a new technique for grafting fruit trees that had never been used before, and this was extremely successful. Within a matter of months they became the talking point of the local fruit farming fraternity and it was not long before the trade journals heard about their success and featured them in their columns. Their reputation spread and out of the blue Richard received a telephone call from a very wealthy landowner over in the twenty six counties, the Republic of Ireland. On offer was £300.00 per week, all expenses paid and hotel accommodation provided if they would agree to travel to the Republic and do some work for him, some contract work and to train some men. Obviously there was no comparison £300.00 per week or £46.00 per week, so Richard agreed.

Upon arrival, and it is at this point the reader comes into the story, before the two men realise that not only are they working for a very wealthy man – possibly one of the wealthiest in Ireland – but their new employer had a dark side to his personality. He was a top official in the Official IRA! This presents the reader with a paradox. Two ex-Paratroopers, who at one stage were in conflict with the IRA, now find that they are working for the IRA!

During his time in the Republic of Ireland Richard becomes embroiled in two sectarian murders and because of his military background the IRA attempt to headhunt him, so the question is, are they successful and is this the reason why he was arrested? Why was he taken by the Devlin brothers for a night out to an IRA stronghold deep in the woods? Whilst visiting Ulster he is shot at and taken on a nightmare car journey through the narrow twisting country lanes, all for what reason?

The book presents the reader with more questions than answers, leaving them guessing right to the end, taking them into the twilight zone of Military Intelligence, undercover agents, Special Forces and the IRA.

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Synopsis of Operation Orpheus.

Operation Orpheus takes the reader back to that day in the 1980s when a contingency of heavily armed Police descended on a quiet wooded area close to a sleepy little village in Kent and arrested two men – Richard James and his friend Paul Jones and it is in this book that the reader learns the real reason as to why the two friends were arrested. Had they been turned by the IRA? Were they a sleeping cell for some terrorist organisation? Were the working for a foreign power or was it just a big smoke screen put up by the British Government to divert interest from the two men? What was the bigger picture?

In 1970’s and 80’s World Politics took a turn for the worse. In Ireland there had been a proliferation of paramilitary organisations and the ‘Provisional’ wing of the IRA had stepped up its campaign and the ‘Troubles’ escalated. In its efforts to combat these events the British Government recruited numerous Agents, ‘Agent Provocateurs’ and Informers all of whom worked for different handlers and agencies, so it was no wonder that from time to time lines of communication became confused and things went wrong. At home the bigger picture was one of the ‘Cold War’, where relations between the UK and the Soviet block had deteriorated to a point where even the Territorial Army was busy training units in guerrilla warfare in readiness should there be a Russian invasion.

So where does Richard James and his friend Paul Jones fit in with all this? Had they actually been turned? Were they a sleeping terrorist cell? Operation Orpheus is a gripping and powerful story and portrays the truth behind the headlines, offering a real insight into ‘The Troubles’. Set in Ireland the book takes the reader into the dangerous, shady world of gun runners, terrorists and British Intelligence where the IRA is not the only enemy!

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Synopsis of Codename Beggarman

Set toward the end of the 1980s and into the 90s Britain is apparently losing out to the Provisional IRA. There have been various operational failures – some of which have proved catastrophic. The Provisional IRA always seems to be that one jump ahead. Does this mean that the Provisional IRA has better Intelligence than our Security Forces or is there something more sinister going on? There have been whispers of a mole operating deep inside Military Intelligence, but Major O’Rourke’s top operators have constantly failed to find such a person. Military Intelligence is now pointing the finger at the RUC, the Home Office and MI5 as possible sources of security leaks, but MI5 and the Home Office have failed to isolate the mole

The situation is now critical and the Prime Minister’s Office is demanding an urgent resolution to the problem and in light of this Mr Gilpin – the man from the Ministry – enlists the help of Sir James Johnstone, head of the circus, suggesting that he may know someone, either retired from SIS or from Military Intelligence, who could investigate the leaks.

‘Unofficially of course, as the Government could not be seen to be connected with the investigation.’

Sir James agrees to help and tracks down Richard James – the one time ‘top operator’ in the circus. At last the chance to clear his name and to regain control of his life comes much sooner than even Richard had anticipated, and with his good friend Paul Jones he sets about retracing his tracks which leads him back to Ireland and the beautiful Fionnuala who has a confession to make.

Upon his return to Ireland he meets up with Jean O’Donald who has become a close friend since the death of her husband. Sean O’Donald, Jean’s late husband, had been Richard’s friend and handler through the 1970s and 1980s until a car bomb resulted in his untimely death. Whilst in Ireland Richard enlists the help of a number of old friends and acquaintances and with their help he launches the operation codenamed Beggarman, an operation to track down the mole codenamed Thief and prove his innocence. The net is cast far and wide and spreads throughout Ireland and across the Irish Sea to London and the Home Counties. Who is the traitor, who is the mole, who is the Thief!

In this, the final chapter of the Ferryman series, ‘Codename Beggarman’ takes the reader into the secret world of the ‘circus’ where cross and double-cross is all part of life…

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Synopsis of ‘The Waiting Game’

On the 5th November 1991 the body of a British media tycoon was found floating in the Atlantic Ocean off Los Cristianos in the Canaries. The discovery made world news with headlines asking the question ‘Did he fall…Did he jump?’ and started one of the most intriguing conspiracy theories of the 1990s.

The story starts at the exclusive Civil Service club in Knightsbridge London and very quickly draws the reader into a web of deceit, subterfuge and murder.

How is the mysterious death of the media tycoon linked to the Israeli intelligence service and Svetlana Zaslavsky, an attractive young woman, born of Russian Jewish parents?

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Biography – Pat Monteath

PAT MONTEATH was born in Wembley but moved to Yorkshire at the age of 3. His early years were spent in the West of the county where he attended local schools in Bingley, Ilkley then Bradford City High School. Upon leaving school he attended Hull College of Advanced Technology where he studied Electronics. After qualifying he moved back to London - worked for Decca and later joined the Ministry of Defence (MoD).


Photo Shoot for Codename Beggarman

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An anthology of poetry written by our young students and compiled together in this book by their own poetry club ‘The Quill Club’, the ‘Quill Club’ was formed to encourage young talent in reading and writing of poetry. If… is the first compilation book of poetry which it is hoped will be the first of many. It is hoped that you enjoy the words of these young people and the images they portray. Within the pages of this book will be found the poets of tomorrow! Read and enjoy the simple yet complex words of these young poets, and the pictures they portray.

If… An Anthology of Students Poems not only provides the reader with a variety of poetry, which in itself presents different coloured pictures of the mind, it has also been illustrated by students from the same age group. The students chose the poem that they felt conjured up the most evocative picture for them and the best of those submitted were used to illustrate the anthology. There was one exception to this the poem entitled ‘Poverty’, which was illustrated by the artist Ron Dunn, and it was his picture that was used as the basis for the front cover.

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Pat Monteath Interview

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