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‘The Last Rights’ latest novel from UK author Geoff Cook is published

Seventy-five years ago, a young girl witnesses the greatest robbery and criminal conspiracy of all time.
Now, she has to be silenced before the truth can be exposed.
April 1945
 – As the war in Europe draws to a chaotic and bloody finale with the days of the Third Reich numbered, a train filled with a cargo of Nazi gold sets off from Berlin, destined for a secret location in Bavaria. On board, a young Polish Jew is about to witness a chain of events leading to the greatest robbery and criminal conspiracy of all time.
October 2018 – After more than eighty years, a Lisbon bank is about to finally shut-down its safe deposit facility. The secrets and treasures locked away for decades will soon be revealed. Influential people in powerful positions have reason to be concerned.
Fusing the two events together are the recollections of a Holocaust survivor, Rita Krakowski, condemned as a Nazi collaborator and fugitive from justice. Memories are branded into her soul like the number on her forearm, revelations with far-reaching international political and financial implications. Powerful forces are mobilised. She must be found and silenced forever.
For private investigators Chas Broadhurst and René Marchal, what appears to be a straightforward assignment rapidly becomes a race against time to find the woman before it is too late and to expose a cover-up seventy years in the making.
 
About the Author:
A bio of the author is available via the link https://www.geoff-cook.com, via the Amazon Author’s page or on BookBub or Goodreads.
Excerpt from the Book:
‘The girl sits upright in a high-backed chair in front of the three men in their black uniforms and polished faces. They are very serious, with the same stern expressions she recalls Rabbi Zanvil adopted when she forgot the words to the fifteen steps of the Passover Seder; only the rabbi was scarier than these men.
This is the first time she has seen Commandant Dressler with his shirt collar done up and the iron cross at his throat. He lounges in a chair behind a table with several sheets of paper spread before him. He looks unconcerned but he is perspiring heavily, and even from where she is sitting she can detect the stench of fear she knows so well. Next to him sits the Helferin, who bows her head to the floor as one of the three men state she is charged with aiding and abetting the commandant, whatever that means. That must be why the woman forced her, arm behind her back, into the cellar last night, threatening another session with the hot iron if she did not cooperate. All the girl has to remember is that she has never seen the bracelet, never spoken of it to anyone nor has any idea what they are talking about. Say anything else and her life will not be worth living.
The man in the centre asks for her KZ number. Another female guard reads it out. The man is speaking again as he twirls the bracelet around between his fingers. Has she ever seen it before? She says she finds things from time to time in the lining of the garments she strips, things people have been hiding and which the reception guards have failed to locate. Can she see it, please, to be sure? She pretends to study it, but she is looking straight past it at the commandant. The sinews in his neck are taut. His shirt is drenched. This is her moment. He is suffering and she longs to let the suffering last forever.’

Changing the Narrative

Author Parker J Cole decides to break new ground, by writing Medieval, Gregorian, and Victorian fiction centralising on black and multi-ethnic characters.

Anti-racism protests across the world have highlighted issues that people from minority backgrounds face. It has had a positive impact in a sense that people from all over the world from various backgrounds have come together to tackle this issue, and are trying to come up with solutions on how to eradicate this from society.

This made Parker J Cole research into black history more, and as she was studying she made extraordinary discoveries that there were black people for example in Victorian, Medieval times in different countries across the world, who were not just enslaved but also held high positions in society.

Take for example composers George Bridgetower and Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, they made a excellent contribution to classical music in medieval Europe, and Anton Wilhelm Amo who was a Philosopher from Ghana and was a professor of Helle and Jena in Germany after studying there, the list goes on and on.

In her newest published work, The Butterscotch Bride, an antebellum sweet romance that takes place in Alabama, Parker uses the element of sweet romance to focus on the love of two enslaved people in a unique way that doesn’t solely focus on the struggle of African Americans in the U.S. but on their strength of character through adverse times.

“Yes there was oppression, but oppression is not the end of the story. In Butterscotch Bride, I wanted to focus more on strength than struggle, hope instead of despair, and forgiveness instead of judgement.

There will be more books like The Butterstoch Bride not just in Medieval Europe or the U.S., but across the world. My agent is currently in talks with a publishing house concerning them.  I aim to change the narrative in a sense showing that we were more than enslaved people, but an empowered people.”

The Butterstoch Bride is now available on major online book stores.

‘Multiverse’ thriller foretells Professor Stephen Hawking’s final paper

– relationships, co-existence and introspection underlie Vitaliev’s latest book –

Out of the Blu by acclaimed author Vitali Vitaliev is out now.

The science-fiction comedy thriller examines the idea of the multiverse via three almost identical couples. Two of the couples have slipped through the cracks from other universes and find themselves trapped in a world, which is almost – but not quite – like their own. Through the concept of the multiverse, the book explores the eternal question of how well do we know the ones we love.

In their ever so slightly alien world, relationships between the characters become strained and new attachments are formed. The many facets of what makes humans exceptional are put under the microscope and Vitali seamlessly weaves serious topics and undertones with comedic episodes throughout the book.

The thriller’s publication is very timely, occurring the day before Hawking’s final research paper relating to the multiverse was published in the Journal of High Energy Physics. The Hartle-Hawking theory examines the existence of multiple universes, proposing that instead of being radically different, they could in fact be quite similar to one another – the exact idea mirrored in Out of the Blu.

“Against the backdrop of the multiverse, Out of the Blu scrutinises what makes us attractive, what makes us disgusting; the beautiful little differences that create our uniqueness,” said Vitali Vitaliev. “I am very proud of the ending, which I obviously won’t reveal… you will have to find out for yourselves whether the characters get back to their respective universes.”

Out of the Blu is available now in paperback and for the Kindle.
Buy Out of the Blu: from Amazon UKfrom Amazon US.

To request a press copy of the book, please contact Francesca De Franco at: francescad@advfn.com

Notes to editors

Kindle Edition:
* Price: £9.99
* Publisher: Thrust Books
* Sold by: Amazon Kindle Store
* Language: English
* ISBN: 978-1-908756-98-5

Paperback Edition:
* Price: £6.99
* Publisher: Thrust Books
* Sold by: Amazon Store
* Language: English
* Pages: 198
* ISBN: 978-1-908756-99-2

Praise for Out of the Blu

“This clever and engaging tale of overlapping quantum worlds explores the strangest ‘multiverse’ of all – the many selves that make up a person”
Piers Bizony (author of Atom), science writer, filmmaker

“In Vitaliev’s expert hands, science fiction is neither science nor exactly fiction – and comedy isn’t always comic. For, using the multi-universe hypothesis borrowed from quantum mechanics as his backdrop, he shows human relationships in their palpable reality moulded out of flesh and blood, and animated by the heart. The reader may sometimes laugh, sometimes cry – while always admiring the work of a true master.
A. Boot, columnist, blogger, author of “How the Future Worked

Author information

Vitali Vitaliev was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He first made a name for himself in the then Soviet Union, writing satirical journalism in Krokodil and other publications, exposing the activities of organised crime and the all-permeating corruption in the collapsing country. His fearless stance ultimately led to his defection in 1990. He has appeared regularly on TV and radio in the UK (Have I Got News For You, Saturday Night Clive, After Dark, Start the Week), was a writer/researcher for QI and has contributed to newspapers and magazines all over the world. He is the author of thirteen books, written in English and translated into a number of foreign languages, including German, Japanese, Russian, Finnish and Italian.

Vitali has recently won the Gold TABBIE Award for the Best Regular Column.

Praise for Vitali Vitaliev:

* Vitali Vitaliev is a star – Time Magazine
* The charm of Michael Palin and the wit of Clive Anderson – Time Out
* Vitaliev has an irrepressible sense of humour – The Guardian
* An ironic and witty commentator on life – The Spectator
* Vitaliev transcends his genre, producing a literary journey with lessons about what really matters – Literary Review
* A genial companion. He relishes his successes without arrogance and suffers disappointment without self-pity – The Independent

About Thrust Books

Thrust Books is an independent publisher specialising in digital books – both ebooks and print-on-demand paperbacks. We sell our titles through online stores (Amazon, Apple and Kobo).

We publish new work and republish classics that have gone out of print. Our goal is to push the envelope with creativity, imagination, quirkiness and excellence.

Our star author is journalist and writer Vitali Vitaliev. Thrust Books has republished many of his titles, including Passport to Enclavia, Borders Up! and Little is the Light.

We also publish Vitali’s fiction: fantasy novel Granny Yaga and science fiction comedy thriller Out of the Blu.

Thrust Books was founded in 2012 as an imprint of ADVFN Books.