Is Prince Charles really a Windsor? Was the Queen Mother an evil manipulator? Find out the conspiracy behind Britain's Royal Family.

Has the monarchy's lust for power gone too far?

The severed finger of a kidnapped man is mailed to newspaper journalist Joanna Doyle, with a note claiming the victim is none other than H.R.H. Prince Charles. As she has just watched an interview with him live on television, Joanna refuses to take the note seriously. Why then the interest of the Secret Service? Why do they demand she relinquish the finger and note to them?  Why, only hours later, is she brutally murdered? And why does the Royal Air Force dispatch a Harrier jet fighter to intercept the trawler in which the kidnap victim is being held captive?

Security expert Simon Dwyer is hired to uncover the truth in this fast-paced thriller full of intrigue and suspense. From the vastness and hostility of the Australian outback, to a medieval castle protected by 1000 feet of sheer rock and the crack troops of the 12th Scottish Regiment, every page brings another twist.


Mike Ponder

Mike Ponder, a NZ author and painter, now living in Queensland Australia, has had a varied career. During his quarter century of professional painting he has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and internationally and produced two books of his works. Forestry, wine and olive oil have also played an important role in Mike's career. He has forestry interests in the Marlborough Sounds and in 1987 Mike and his wife Di purchased some land on the outskirts of Blenheim and planted their first olives and grapes the following year. When Ponder Estate was sold in 2002 they had a national and international reputation for their wines, and were known as pioneers in the development of the olive oil industry in NZ. And now Mike has turned his hand to fiction writing and Random House Australia is proudly publishing his foray into thriller writing.

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