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Cabal [Kindle Edition]

Phil Cosker
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This is a thriller set in the present day.

Charles II - King of England, Scotland, Ireland and France, Defender of the Faith - had a small committee of members of his Privy Council that was known as the Cabal; some say this was the precursor of modern cabinet government; some say it was the precursor of something more sinister. The word itself comes from the initials of the five members of the Privy Council involved who signed the Treaty of Alliance with France in 1672: Clifford, Arlington, Buckingham, Ashley (Lord Shaftesbury) and Lauderdale i.e. the Cabal. Though officially it came to an end around 1674 some historians argue that it continued in secret with new members replacing the original members as time went by. Yet others argue that the Cabal still exists and that a small and secret group of privileged and highly placed individuals continue to rule the United Kingdom in their own interests.

Sam’s latest adventure is set in the present. After her pyrrhic victory over Manes and ‘The Apostles’ she finds herself embroiled in another battle against enemies who are even more powerful than ‘The Apostles’. Who can she trust when everything is uncertain and death stalks her? New allies are found as she struggles to regain her identity and purpose in life.

Sam discovers that sometimes conspiracy theories are true.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1412 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Laughing Horse Books (14 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HH66LTE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,019,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Phil Cosker (1946) was born in Cardiff, Wales. He's been fascinated by fiction since his father told him a story in bed one Sunday morning when he was a small child. It was called 'The clue of the bloodstained putty knife'. What made it particularly thrilling was that the putty knife existed, as did the shed (it was his Dad's) in which the knife was found covered in blood (in the story). Phil still has the putty knife.

He began writing on his own account when he was thirteen - poems and other imitative stuff. Later he tried to paint like Jackson Pollock and then make photographs like Cartier Bresson whilst doing a degree in Sociology. He went on to be a photographer and award winning documentary film maker whilst earning his living teaching in art school, university, and eventually, for his sins, becoming a senior academic bureaucrat - then he escaped. He's run his own arts and creative industries consultancy and been active in the arts in the UK for many years.

His first short story 'Cruelty to Animals' was published in 1979. He's been writing pretty much full time for the last ten years.
Narrative fiction includes:
'Sedan - an entertainment - the parts one, two & three' (Laughing Horse Books 2004 - 2010) - a satiric comedy set in England in the future after the big war that nobody won. There are no fossil fuels and the only means of transport is the Sedan chair carried by the underclass of Legits. Is there revolution in the air? Damn right there is - the Sedanistas intend to overthrow the government of the monarchic state and its androgynous monarch Ham. Much fun is to be had - but not by one and all.
'The Apostles' (Laughing Horse Books and Kindle e-book 2011) - murder mystery and intrigue - a novel and screenplay
'After Hiroshima' (to be published later in 2011) - magic realism meets the thriller - a novel and screenplay.
'Story' (Laughing Horse Books 2009) - children's book that 'explains' the origins of the Welsh flag.
'Weber, Marya & Din' (To be published later in 2011) - dystopian horror story set in England in the near future.
'Lucasz Klimaszewski meets the Reverend Roland Blite in unexpected circumstances with unexpected consequences' - (to be published later in 2011) comedy set in the present. The recently dead and naked ghost of a young Polish man can only be seen by the Reverend Blite who is not the most politically correct of men, hence the 'unexpected consequences'.
Screenplays include: 'Life Class', 'Clowns', 'Lilly' and 'Plot'.

He is currently writing 'When Lucasz Klimaszewski and the Reverend Roland Blite went to sea in anything but a beautiful pea green boat' and a collection of short stories begun over thirty years ago.

Asked what he feels about his work Phil said, 'It may be an ugly baby but it's my baby' but insists he's not that protective about his own work. 'When a book leaves and sets off into the world one can't help wondering, just like any parent, how it will make it's way and one hopes its journey will be good and that it will make a few good friends.'

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5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of the seat plot! 3 Jan 2014
By Jules
Format:Kindle Edition
Although some of the same characters from 'The Apostles' appear, 'Cabal' stands alone. It's a gripping read - one of those that keep you up much later than you planned as you just have to move on to the next page and the next and...!
Great characters, speedy action and proof that some conspiracy theories could be only too true!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Written 19 Jan 2014
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The opening of Cabal was brilliantly written. I felt the emotions without being told what they were.
He tells an exciting story with surprising plot twists.
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