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Cave [Kindle Edition]

Ali Cooper
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Marty is trapped down a cave beneath the Welsh mountains. Will his life begin at forty – or will it end?

Newly single and reunited with old friends from university, Marty finds life is no longer as idyllic as his memories of hot summers, music festivals and recreational drugs. He is persuaded to resume his hobby of caving, and, while twisted relationships play out on the surface, he descends into the strange and beautiful world of caverns and stalactites, where ghosts from the past are waiting to haunt him. But the others have secrets too - and as they are revealed, Marty unknowingly walks into danger.

Cave is a coming of age adventure, spanning twenty years of friendships and relationships. Set in Wales at the turn of the millennium.

108K words.

Also by this author:
The Girl on the Swing
The Cat and the Cathedral
Bloody Scared
Editing a Better Book.

From the Publisher

The second novel by this author, Cave superimposes a tale of complex relationships over one man's struggle to escape from a very real and physical cave. A gripping story and a virtual trip into the underworld.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Standing Stone Press (7 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #266,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I live in rural Devon where I am a singer/songwriter/guitarist and teach guitar, having moved down here for the solar eclipse and stayed. I have a degree in psychology (Sussex) and a masters in archaeology (Nottingham) and these subjects tend to crop up in my writing, whether fiction or non-fiction.

My latest novel, The Cat and the Cathedral (Book 1 of The Green Man Trilogy) is just published. It's a traditional YA mystery/adventure, suitable for age 12 upwards (including adults!). Contemporary, with just a hint of paranormal, it's set in real life locations in Exeter.
The Girl on the Swing is my debut novel. Set in Nottingham and Lyme Regis, it explores themes of past lives and regression, although it is not primarily a book about the paranormal.
My second novel, Cave, features scenes of underground exploration and draws on my own experiences of the sport. It is about friendships and relationships rather than disaster or terror!
Bloody Scared is a shorter book and is a humorous vampire spoof.

Editing a Better Book is my guide to all aspects of self-editing.
Archaeology Walks in the Peak District is published with Sigma (now part of Stobart Davies) is recently being published in a new edition.

For more info or to read the first chapters, visit my website or my publisher site

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cave 24 April 2011
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Martin Wright has split up with his wife, Carole (or, rather, she has split up with him). When he moves out of the house, temporarily he hopes, he feels depressed and confused. The friend he moves in with also finds him annoying company and suggests he gets out and about more, leading Martin to get back in touch with his friends from University days - friends he used to go caving with. He has since given up the hobby, but when he meets up with Rick and Joe in the pub they used to frequent (the others were Fish and Taff), he finds that they are still involved in the hobby and mysteriously tell him that they need his help. The book actually begins with Martin falling, as someone pulls the ladder from his grasp while he is climbing to the entrance of the cave, and the words "Die Happy!" The rest of the book explains how he came to be there, why someone wants to see him dead and how he attempts not to see their wish fulfilled.

The kindle has created a lot of indie authors. As far as I can tell, these authors exist on a kind of spectrum. At one end are the vanity publishers and at the other end are authors who should be published, no matter in what form, because they are good writers, their books are professional, well written and deserve to be read. I would put Ali Cooper very firmly at the top end of this spectrum - this is a great story and, as a reader, that is all that interests me. The book is well edited, without typos and the story is atmospheric, with characters you care about. I have never been caving, but Ali Cooper evokes a real sense of how it would feel, what the dangers are and what Marty is facing far below the ground. Highly recommended and a really enjoyable read. All Martin has to do is survive, but that is easier said that done... I'm glad I gave this book a try and would certainly read future books by this author.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One I recommend 22 April 2011
By Scorpio
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Having really enjoyed A Girl on the Swing I lost no time in downloading the latest from Ali. I was not dissapointed with it and truly enjoyed it as much as G on a S. Try the sample and then buy, it you will be glad you did. I will also buy the next when it comes out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Ali Cooper book 30 April 2011
By TopCat
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Ali Cooper's first novel, The Girl on the Swing, was one of the first books I read on my kindle and it was great. When I heard her second novel was out I downloaded it straight away.

Cave is Marty's story, told in the first person. Marty is stuck in a Welsh cave after someone has tried to kill him. He details his attempts to survive and escape from this potential tomb, and tells the reader the story that has brought him to this point. Marty started caving at uni and was part of a tight group. Meeting Carole and getting married ultimately brought his caving expeditions to an end, but when they undertake a trial separation Marty meets up with the gang again for this first time in ten years. He is re-bitten by the caving bug and drawn back into the group, which includes his first love Beth.

I loved the way the book started with Marty's current predicament and wove together recent events and the group's history to finally reveal at the end how it was all inter-linked. I couldn't imagine any of the characters being the culprit so I was hooked and couldn't wait to see whodunnit. Towards the end of the book there are a lot of revelations that make things clear.

I found it interesting that Marty comes across as pretty likeable, although a bit of a lad. Then late in the book he is subjected to a bit of a character assassination from one of his friends which cast him in a different light. I was still rooting for him though. As it is all told from his viewpoint the other characters are developed to the best extent possible without Marty being omniscient.

I have never been caving, but this book made me want to give it a try and made me realise I probably wouldn't be very good at it - not keen on the idea of tight crawls at all.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars made me late for work! 6 July 2011
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I really enjoyed this book and frankly,apart from a rather hasty ending, I found it hard to fault. Despite my innate pickiness, to give less than five stars would seem churlish. A real page turner, I was late going to work on a few occasions as I like to read with my breakfast and didn't want to put it down! I wasn't keen on the main character at first but I think the way the female author has got into the head of a male person was as well done as anything else I have read for some time. By the end I felt I had come to know him and despite his faults I did care about what happened to him. Its an exciting plot set against a background of caving. I wasn't sure at first, but this is written by someone who has clearly done this herself and was able to use her enthusiasm to bring caving to life for someone who knows (correction..knew!) little about the sport. By the end I was looking at pictures of caves online. If I was braver, younger and fitter I'd be taking up a new hobby; as it is, it was a wonderful vicarious experience. I enjoyed Girl on a Swing but I thought this was better. I'll certainly be looking out for the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from my past 8 Dec 2012
By Phil R
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Absolutely loved this book as it took me back in time to my twenty's (now 43) when I used to go caving in the same area of South Wales as Ali is describing in her book, don't live far from there now.Recognized some of the caves and area she is describing and could also relate to some of the stories the friends in the book got up to in their younger days.
Great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cave book review
I have just enjoyed another book by Ali Cooper.Cave was quite different from 'A girl on the Swing',it certainly brought to life some of the magic of the underground world. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2012 by Tim Devon
5.0 out of 5 stars A real surprise! Great book
I wasn't expecting to like this book because it revolves around caving - I tried caving once and didn't much like it. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2012 by R. Sivier
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but not exciting enough for me
Having read the other reviews, I wonder if I missed something. I have to say I adored "Girl on a Swing" but was somewhat disappointed with "Cave". Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by L. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Cave: The Low Down
Cave is about Marty. Marty is a bit of an idiot. What's more if he isn't careful he's going to be a dead idiot. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2011 by M. T. McGuire
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class Read
Ali Cooper has written an excellent novel. Her style is smooth and easy, her characters are very real and she is utterly comfortable with her subject. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2011 by Mira Kolar-Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Another quality product from Ali Cooper.
Firstly, a disclaimer; I have chatted to Ali Cooper on the forums. That has not affected my opinion of her book in any way but if you feel it invalidates my review, feel free to... Read more
Published on 26 July 2011 by J. A. Clement
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner
This is the first novel I've read on my kindle, and it was a real pleasure. The writing is fluid, well edited and properly formatted. Read more
Published on 17 July 2011 by Ghost
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and unusual
Cave is an unusual novel in many respects. For a start - as the name suggests - it's set in the world of caving. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2011 by Mr. N. Daws
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
The book begins with the narrator Marty trapped down a cave after someone wanting to kill him has removed the escape ladder causing him to fall. Read more
Published on 11 May 2011 by Ann M
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