Book Description

Coast: An Act Of Burial by Xander Richards

The Indie Book of the Day for 2nd of July, 2013!

Genre: Literary, Thriller

In Paris, France, special ops agent Ian McKinley carries out a most unusual ‘retirement’ operation, aiming to stem the flow of ultra high-tech rifles to terrorist groups. But when he returns to the Covert Operations And Surveillance Team base he learns that a navy supply vessel has foundered in the Persian Gulf with the loss of all hands, and is despatched with his team-mates to secure the thermonuclear warheads that the ship was carrying. At the same time, however, members of his super-secret organization are being murdered by unknown assailants. Are these incidents somehow connected and, as the stakes rise, can McKinley and his colleagues Carter and Brook retrieve the bombs before a city gets vaporized?

As McKinley and his team hunt down clues which will lead them to the hijacked nukes, they travel to the Middle East, Russia, Britain and Canada, desperately trying to outwit a mysterious opponent who always seems to be one step ahead. They uncover intrigue and terrifying dangers as they dash from one explosive situation to another in their hunt for the warheads, leading to a climactic confrontation which could trigger a nuclear conflict.

With the sinister menace of classic spy novels and the riveting action of a modern war story, ‘COAST: An Act Of Burial’ immerses the reader in a thrilling roller-coaster ride of action, danger, intrigue and espionage across the globe as the team race to prevent a crisis of apocalyptic proportions.

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Book Insight

  • File Size: 849 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147528490X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (April 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled

Read Sample

Canadian espionage writer Xander Richards was born during the early sixties in an unremarkable town in western Europe to parents whose stories of their wartime military experience enthralled him and stoked the fires of his imagination. Inspired by Fleming’s James Bond series, Cussler’s Dirk Pitt adventures, Clancy’s techno-thrillers, Alistair MacLean’s novels and many other suspense and espionage books, he started writing at an early age.

During a spell in the military Xander was first published–under a different name–in the late eighties. Around this time the idea for ‘COAST: An Act Of Burial’ was conceived whilst on vacation with friends from the army. It was initially started as a film script but due to the pressures of work and family was never completed in that format. Nonetheless, the story stayed with Richards over the next two decades during which time he authored many factual articles, reviews and instructional pieces which were published both in magazines and online, and relocated to Canada.

In 2008 Xander decided to complete ‘COAST: An Act Of Burial’ as an espionage novel, inspired by J.K. Rowling’s rags-to-riches success story with the Harry Potter series. Compiling an enormous amount of espionage, technical and geographical research, he wrote at every opportunity. A professional screenwriter edited the work leading to a number of beneficial changes which were incorporated into the story. Still driven to aim for excellence, Richards then had the work edited a second time by another skilled editor. Xander looked into options for publication and after a number of approaches to agencies and publishers decided to become a part of the ‘ebook revolution’ and publish through Bookbaby, with the printed version going through CreateSpace. The cover was created by well-known Canadian artist Jonathon Earl Bowser, whose picture ‘The Awakening’ was famously stolen by Saddam Hussein as the cover of his 2000 novel ‘Zabibah and the King’.

Despite sharing a cover artist with one of the most notorious dictators of modern times, Xander Richards describes himself as ‘an ordinary fella with regular interests and pastimes’. These include cars, photography, movies and garage sales. Xander lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with his wife Mindy. They have four adult children and four grandchildren.

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