Michael Walsh, historian, and journalist, never found enough time to be a novelist until during the 1990s when, down to his last brass cent, he wondered if salvation might come via a novel. The dissident journalist put pen to paper and began work on Retribution which later was re-titled A Leopard in Liverpool. The novel was finally published a year or so ago and was accompanied by a low-key promotion.
The established writer already had a worldwide reputation as a historian-author. He knew the plot had to tick all the boxes and most important the story-line had to be believable. The only way to achieve this was to write a novel that draws on his first-hand experience. In many respects, A Leopard in Liverpool is painfully biographical. The reader will feel the skin prickle as he or she turns the pages.
The novel is based on a mercenary’s planned vacation in his native Liverpool. His break goes downhill when during a chance meeting with a former girlfriend he learns that his adolescent daughter, whom he was unaware of, is ensnared by the maritime city’s lowlife. This was an epic fail on the part of those who abducted the teen.
After being drawn into the 1960s Congo crisis and Simba Rebellion Liverpool seaman, Fraser McLeod morphed into a lethal humanoid. The leopard in the book’s title was the insignia of Commando Kansimba, otherwise known as the Leopard Battalion under the command of the legendary Colonel Jean ‘Black Jack’ Schramme.
Years spent in Rhodesia’s anti-insurgency bush wars served to turn the dog-of-war into a cunning and resourceful predator. Camouflaged by the inner-city nomadic community, his pubescent daughter’s trail has by now gone cold. The action heats up when the merciless Fraser McLeod with hate in his dark heart disappears into the maritime city’s social sewers.
Those, whose trade is debt and death, flesh and illegal substances know how to discourage the inquisitive. Yet, they are no match for a prowling marauder for whom death is no more to be feared than is birth. The soldier-of-fortune turned arms dealer has a single lead and an unquenchable thirst for a vengeful nemesis.
Readers of A Leopard in Liverpool will be much reminded of the Brian Garfield novel, Death Wish. The movie of the same title tells the story of Paul Kersey, a Manhattan architect, who became famous, or infamous for pedestrian vigilantism.
Parallels will also be drawn on the 1978 soldier of fortune Daniel Carney epic, The Wild Geese. When the film was made it became an iconic movie that allows us a peek into the world of the notorious dogs-of-war.
A Leopard in Liverpool makes Death Wish and The Wild Geese into a hot trilogy of drama, suspense, and brutal pedestrian vigilantism. Was Michael the man for the job? You decide but rest assured that much of the book is indeed biographical. A Leopard in Liverpool skilfully combines real life with, well, you decide, is this saga all real life or not.
A LEOPARD IN LIVERPOOL Michael Walsh attracts worldwide rave reviews: An American buyer: ‘Mr Walsh takes the reader on a journey through the seedier side of an English city, along with a nice dose of an African bush war. The story line is very relevant to what is going on in society today. The story is believable and well told.’
Another writes, ‘An excellent thriller written in the tense style of a John Le Carre novel.’ A German reviewer says; ‘Well written story about an ex-mercenary using his skills of investigation and cunning to help a daughter he had not previously known about. Set in the underworld of Liverpool I found it very difficult to stop reading until I had finished the book.’
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MICHAEL WALSH is a journalist, author, and broadcaster. His 64 books include best-selling RHODESIA’S DEATH EUROPE’S FUNERAL, AFRICA’S KILLING FIELDS, THE LAST GLADIATORS, A Leopard in Liverpool, RISE OF THE SUN WEEL, EUROPE ARISE, FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAK, THE ALL LIES INVASION, INSPIRE A NATION Volume I, INSPIRE A NATION Volume II , and many other book titles. These illustrated best-selling books are essential for the libraries of informed readers.
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