Call of the Void is a mystery thriller which charts the journey of a young man, Gideon Peters, in search of an answer to one of life’s most intriguing questions: what is the point and purpose of my existence? The story is set in pre-digital age Britain and spans the 22 years of Gideon’s life from 1961 to 1983 as his quest takes him to London. At the request of his father, he enlists in a campaign to expose the political agenda of a secret cult within the capital. Gideon is taken to the limit of his physical endurance and moral courage in a traumatic encounter with its leader: the mysterious Magus; a man who will stop at nothing to protect his technology of hypnotic persuasion and the power it bequeaths to commit the perfect murder. No one is as they appear to be as Gideon is forced to confront his inner demons and his deepest fear: a compelling impulse to self destruction. Call of the Void has a strong philosophical, religious and spiritual theme with an emphasis on hypnosis. It is an exploration of the unconscious powers of the human mind written by a professional hypnotherapist. Through Gideon’s eyes we are invited to challenge conventional ideas on the nature of reality, good versus evil, free will against determinism as he struggles to unravel the enigma of the baffling but commonplace urge to leap from high places: the Call of the Void. Set in an alternate world, great care has been taken to mirror historical accuracy as the story reaches its dramatic conclusion against the backdrop of the General Election in the United Kingdom in June 1983. Gideon is betrayed and thrown to the wolves as he faces a pulverizing street fight against the Magus’s most dangerous henchman: Boris Pasternak. Call of the Void is a mystery thriller inspired by my adolescent love of American DC and Marvel comics combined with a lifelong interest in philosophy and hypnosis. In particular, it draws on the Crisis on Earth Two adventure with the Justice League of America to provide the setting for the alternate world of the central character: Gideon Peters. In order to provide a credible alternative narrative to actual events, careful research has been undertaken in regard to the political history of the United Kingdom between the years 1961 and 1983, particularly in regard to the impact on voting of the Profumo and Thorpe scandals. I am a professional hypnotherapist and have also taken care to ensure that the hypnotic content of the story is accurate, as is the fictional use of an advanced form of the truth drug: Scopolamine. I have endeavored to create an authentic atmosphere by basing the action and dialogue on personal experience, where possible. I have attempted to capture the mood in the United Kingdom in the early 1980’s including the influence of its involvement in the Falklands War. In order to impart a greater sense of urgency and drama to the conclusion of the story, I have made every effort to ensure historical accuracy down to exact day and date and, in some instances, to the hour and minute. I have drawn on my knowledge of the Vedanta tradition of Eastern Philosophy and my involvement with a Buddhist movement in London in my twenties to impart, what I hope, is an unusual and original slant to the narrative. Call of the Void has been a difficult novel to plot but great fun to write. It is the first book of a two part series; I am current working on the sequel: The Reality Shaper.
I am a Technical Author with a degree in Physics and many years experience of working as a contractor throughout the United Kingdom in the following industries: Avionics - Aerospace, Defense and Transport.
I am also a professional Hypnotherapist with my own practice. I am a full member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
I have a long life interest in military history and philosophy and am a student of Advaita Vedanta.
I am married and live in Hampton, Middlesex on the outskirts of London.
Web site: www.cach.co.uk
I have authored the following books, all of which are available on Amazon.
My most recent novel is 'The Beam of Interest'. The plot is as follows:
On Saturday 13th September 2014, the world is shaken to learn of the disastrous loss-with all hands-of the British Astute class nuclear attack submarine: HMS Armageddon off the West Coast of Scotland. With the vote for Scottish independence only days away, the Nationalists insist on the decommissioning of the naval facility at Faslane, thus calling the future of the United Kingdom independent nuclear deterrent into question and intensifying the debate for planetary disarmament.
With so much at stake, the need is seen for fresh insights, for new ways of thinking. To this end, from around the world, a deeply committed group of people gathers for a residential-like no other-at Blenheim House on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest. Funded by a wealthy philanthropist, the property is equipped with specialized technology and staffed with instructors of the highest calibre. The intention is to take candidates to the very limit of their physical, psychological and spiritual endurance and beyond.
Despite his initial misgivings, a senior student-Michael Stapleton-eventually agrees to represent the School of Consciousness Studies in a struggle towards the goal of what appears to be the most arduous of human undertakings-the attainment of enlightenment.
Over a three week period, he comes to understand that the challenges, he must face, are also the key to unravelling the mystery of memory blackouts that threaten his engagement and future happiness. Nevertheless, as the enterprise unfolds, unexplained accidents add to his growing sense of unease as Michael comes to realize that he may well be the next target for those who have no intention of allowing the venture to succeed.
The Beam of Interest is a fact based espionage thriller about the development of human consciousness and the phenomenon of amnesia due to the early onset of Alzheimer's disease.
In Oct 2013 I published Hypnotic Tales 2013 which is an anthology of short stories intended as a travelling companion for the 21st century commuter.
Some of them are light-hearted; others delve into the darker side of human nature. All are written to entertain, inform and provoke thought.
There many varied themes; the difficulties of family relationships are explored, as are the mysteries of paranormal and hypnotic phenomena. And, for those with a liking for Philosophy, there is also a lengthy argument about the nature of consciousness itself ... Is reality quite as it appears?
The collection includes 'Attack of the Apache' which was short-listed and highly commended in the 2013 Yeovil Literary Prize short story category.
The anthology is divided into two sections: The Light and the Dark.
The first story in The Light is "The Last Dive" which introduces Jack Gillespie as he makes the most crucial decision of his life ... whether or not to end it. He undergoes a spiritual epiphany, chooses to live and heads towards the surface. As he does so, it sets in motion a chain of events that result in marriage and his setting up a practice as a Hypnotherapist in the Clifton area of Bristol.
Jack appears in other stories throughout the collection, most especially: "I Never Saw Emma Again", "The Bridge across Time" and "Attack of the Apache". These chronicle some of his most intriguing cases.
The last story in The Dark is "The Simulation Argument" which links back to "The Last Dive" and pulls together the many themes of the anthology. Jack reflects on his spiritual experience underwater as he struggles to save the life of Gerald Finnegan. There is a strong philosophical content to the closing tale as the two men question whether the world of our everyday experience is really as it appears. The story refers to the work of Nick Bostrom, the leading historian of trans-humanism, a term for the convergence between machines and people which goes beyond cyborgs.
In "Freedom of the Famous", self-styled master hypnotist Anthony Enigma attempts to become a celebrity ... with disastrous results. Can he escape imprisonment?
In "Jammy", Pete Sullivan and his wife Anne struggle to keep their financial heads above water in Recession hit Britain.
In "Master Leonard", Detective Inspector John Philips investigates a baffling series of homicides in the Bristol Area. Is there a supernatural explanation?
In "The Priest and the Psychopath", Father Pat McCarthy comes face to face with a dangerous madman; but who is the most at risk?
In "The Fateful Card", Hypnotherapist Tim Trevelyan faces a crisis of conscience; is he prepared to orchestrate a murder in order to win the woman he loves?
In "Sleep not and Keep the Watch", Hypnotherapist Maggie Devereux is requested to perform a past life regression by a female client desperate to overcome insomnia. What will this reveal?
In "Drop a Cog"; Welshman Gwen Jenkins encounters extraordinary happenings in the Biker community in his native county of Pembrokeshire.
The many themes throughout the anthology include: computer simulations, past life regression in hypnosis, demonic possession, insomnia and the illusory nature of reality.
My first novel was Call of the Void. My aim was to write a mystery thriller with as much authenticity, technical and historical accuracy as possible, based - where ever possible - on personal experience. I hoped to give it a unusual slant by including a philosophical and religious theme throughout.
Call of the Void is a mystery thriller inspired by a lifelong interest in philosophy and hypnosis. In order to provide a credible alternative narrative to actual events, careful research has been undertaken in regard to the political history of the United Kingdom between the years 1961 and 1983, particularly in regard to the impact on voting of the Profumo and Thorpe scandals.
I am a professional hypnotherapist and have also taken care to ensure that the hypnotic content of the story is accurate, as is the fictional use of an advanced form of the truth drug: Scopolamine.
I have endeavored to create an authentic atmosphere by basing the action and dialogue on personal experience, where possible.
I have attempted to capture the mood in the United Kingdom in the early 1980's including the influence of its involvement in the Falklands War. In order to impart a greater sense of urgency and drama to the conclusion of the story, I have made every effort to ensure historical accuracy down to exact day and date and, in some instances, to the hour and minute.