Over the last ten years or so I’ve written three novels, ‘Hearts of Stone’ and its sequel ‘Flight to Australia. My latest book ‘Bangalore’ has just been released as a paperback and it is available from all good bookshops, not just in Australia but around the world. Bangalore is available on ‘print on demand or POD. You order your copy from any bookseller or buy on-line and your copy is printed for you and mailed within a few days. It’s a terrific system because it saves me from the expense of printing and holding stock, or in my case someone purloining my warehousing stock and forgetting to tell me. All three book are available as an eBook from various retailers including my favorite Australian publisher Tablo. The international houses are a fact of life, there is an argument that many authors couldn’t do without them. I remain ambivalent to a degree but I will always favour an Australian alternative if they can offer the same service and Tablo can, try them.

I have copies of ‘Hearts of Stone’ and ‘Flight to Australia’ in stock, for A$15.00 a copy, plus post and pack or both copies for A$40.00 including post and pack. Use the Feedback/Contact page to arrange an order or email roger.rankin.crook@bigpond.com and I will pass on how to get the money to me.

Roger Crook - Hearts of Stone

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Hearts of Stone

Hearts of Stone is a love story that starts before WWII. It is also a story about terrorism and political fanaticism. Not Moslems in the twenty first century but the Christian Irish in the twentieth century. Whether Terrorist or Freedom Fighter, the ‘cause’, is as old as Ireland itself. Brendan McGonigal exiled from Ireland as a student for his political views becomes a wealthy cattle dealer in North Wales and falls in love with Phyllis a medical student and daughter of a Welsh hill farmer. Their love further binds the ancient culture of two great Celtic nations.

Thirty years on David McGonigal, the only son of Phyllis and Brendan serves with the SAS in Northern Ireland and later with the Home Office Counter Terrorism Unit. He leaves the army and tries to forget his former life — then one placid night in Wales, hooligans threaten the landlord of his local pub. David goes to his aid and finds that there is another sinister and dangerous agenda. The pace is frantic to stop the killing, this time in the name of God, from starting all over again. (314pp)

 

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Flight to Australia

In 1969, David McGonigal, the son of an Irish father and a Welsh mother thought the violence of Ireland was behind him when he left the SAS and a covert life in the British Home Office Counter Terrorism Unit. It wasn’t.

David shoots and kills a demented Catholic fanatic as he attempts to assassinate his mother, the famous Dr Phyllis McGonigal, a world leader in birth control and female reproduction. David’s photograph appears in the national press. He is recognised by old enemies in the Republic of Ireland. They try to kill him.

David’s grandmother, a politically powerful Irish woman, brokers a deal with the IRA. David and his new wife Barbara are exiled to Western Australia to live with his Uncle Paul. Forty years previously, this influential woman spirited Paul out of Ireland after he botched an IRA murder mission. The old lady called in old debts and they were paid.

Paul McGonigal is very rich. He owns land and gold mines and mineral assets that nobody knows about – or so he thinks. He leads a quiet life. The mineral boom has started and Paul is in the thick of it.

Flight to Australia tells the story of David and Barbara’s first month in exile. On their first day there is a bomb threat. David fears the IRA have reneged on the deal, but Paul is the target. Paul doesn’t know who they are or why they want him dead – but they keep on trying.

Flight to Australia is a story of love and tragedy and of love found again. From Perth to the Kimberley a breathtaking story of greed, violence and corruption in high places. (438pp)

What the press said about Flight to Australia

“This is an action-packed, detailed, whirlwind of a story – a credit to its author…set primarily in Western Australia involving the IRA and the SAS, political refugees, diamond mines, international scams, murder, tragedy and love! Roger Crook writes masterfully as he fleshes out this fictional story that spans the globe and breaths life into fictional characters.”
Wendy O’Hanlon, APN Newspapers

“Ireland meets Western Australia in this adventure, which covers all negative aspects of the human soul – greed, violence and corruption.”
John Morrow’s Pick of the Week.

Bangalore.

A Fatwa in the outback.

bangalore-coverBangalore is a one million acre sheep station in the Gascoyne region, over one thousand kilometres north of Perth in Western Australia.  Bangalore has been owned and leased from the Crown by the Sinclair family since the 1860s. Lachlan Sinclair and his Indian wife, Indira, the daughter of Indian Royalty, packed up and left the East India Company in India, shortly after the Indian rebellion in the 1850s, and together with several Indian families, camels and horses, and quite a lot of money settled and pioneered Bangalore station.

The current owner and manager of Bangalore is Angus Sinclair, although his father Lachlan, a much decorated bomber pilot from WWII is still alive and fit and living in Perth. Angus manages Bangalore with the help of Alice and her son, Ali. Alice is a direct descendant of one of the original Indian families, now in her seventies she is twenty or so years older than Angus. Still a beautiful and somewhat regal lady and having been Angus’ nanny and governess and now his general factotum she knows Angus as well as he knows himself, maybe better. Ali is the Overseer on Bangalore.

Angus has been divorced from Michelle for over twenty years. Their daughter Rachael is a doctor working in a Sydney hospital. Their son Ewen is an army helicopter pilot serving with Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan. A young women called Patricia turns up at Bangalore and tells Angus that she is an officer in the RAAF, that she and Ewen are engaged, and then as a few tears flow, she tells him that Ewen has been posted as ‘missing in action’ somewhere on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. He was on a mission to ‘snatch’ a leading terrorist when his helicopter was shot down. All his commanders know is that Ewen is injured and on a stretcher and his colleagues are making it on foot to a safe rendezvous to be rescued.

Patricia then tell Angus that there has been a serious breach in the Special Forces security. An Arab paper published Ewen’s identity and then the story went viral on the Internet. Ewen’s security and probably safety is now of great concern to all, because there won’t be a terrorist in the region who doesn’t have a photo of Ewen and be eager to claim a reward for his capture or death.

This crisis in the Sinclair family brings them all to Bangalore to wait, better to be together than spread all over the country is the theory, but old family sores errupt again. Tension brings confessions and then after the press have been repulsed an unmarked helicopter arrives at Bangalore carrying two men, one from ASIO (Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation) and the other an American from the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) and the news they bring is not good.

Phone intercepts over twenty four hours have revealed the a fatwa has been issued by a leading Pakistani cleric on not only Ewen, but on all of his family. Phone intercepts in Australia have revealed a plan to eliminate the Sinclair family and that somewhere in Australia the would-be assassins are already on the move but where? The security forces want to catch the terrorists and to do that, the Sinclair family is the bait…