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Dark Clouds [Kindle Edition]

Phil Rowan
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Book Description

Dark Clouds centres on al-Qaeda terrorists who hope to cause nuclear mayhem in London. The main character, Flynn, enjoys a drink and is empathetic with friendly females ... but is he really up for tackling dangerous Islamic jihadists – people that see Westerners as misguided infidels who need to experience the purifying wrath of Allah?

The bad guys want to irradiate 'decadent' Brits, who are perceived as enemies of Allah. It is scary, but a US/UK Security Service team believe that Rudi Flynn can help them avert disaster. His Muslim American girlfriend, Faria, fell with the North Tower in New York on 9/11 and he is now working as a journalist in London. He is trying to forget what happened in Manhattan on that fateful Tuesday, but he still has some Islamic contacts. One of whom, Rashid, is in the loop with jihadists and wants to cross over.

Flynn is wary about going undercover, but an oil rich Syrian he knows is suspected of funding the bad guys. On the up side, he has just met Ingrid – an artist who invites him to join her on a Greek island where he can write about a fiery Fenian ancestor. This won’t happen, however, unless he delivers for Carla Hirsch: his ice cold and very focused US Homeland Security controller.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 890 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Phil Rowan (30 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • 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: #656,590 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hi ... and welcome! I have worked briefly as a UK tabloid journalist. I have also written four dark humor thrillers where my main character, Rudi Flynn, is a London based US journalist who drinks too much, keeps getting diverted emotionally by attractive women, and reluctantly agrees to become a US/UK secret agent. In UNDER COVER, DARK CLOUDS and HARPS & TEARS, my man Flynn is up against nasty Islamic jihadists who want to nuke London, Paris and New York. While in WEIMAR VIBES his target is the evil Oscar 'Führer' Kerner, who is trying to drag the UK and Europe back into a Hitler horror scenario.

I grew up in Ireland, where the Holy Ghost Fathers were grim, but girls from the Jacobs biscuit factory were great. I wrote short stories at Trinity College Dublin before moving to the Athens Daily Post. Here, in the port of Piraeus, worldly dark-haired women asked if one might like to have a good time, while in Syntagma Square tourists talked admiringly about the Acropolis and the Parthenon.

Back in London on my first booze-fuelled tabloid it was 'deliver, or you're out!' So as an assistant leader-writer I duly attacked the Germans in 60 words while praising the virtues of British farmers in 120. It was much the same on tabloids two and three where I frequently had to invent disgracefully scandalous stories about celebs, politicians and others who just happened to be in the news ... but then I started writing fiction ... and now I'm in heaven!!
My Amazon author page is at and I'm on Facebook at There are blogs and excerpts from my stories on my website at and I'm with Twitter @WriterRowan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Clouds by Phil Rowan 25 Jan. 2012
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Dark Clouds This is probably the best first person POV thriller I've read. I'm also very taken with the way you weave your potentially catastrophic story. One can almost smell the streets and hear the noise of the potentially lethal Afro-Caribbean crowds as they are encouraged to riot and cause mayhem by Islamic nuclear terrorists. The atmosphere everywhere is captured and you propel your reader straight into the action. It's a terrific piece of writing; intriguing, brilliantly told and gripping right from the start. I remember how awful it was in New York on 9/11 - and in Dark Clouds we come close to tens of thousands being irradiated in London.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light rain of humor among dark clouds 23 Dec. 2012
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This is the second I have read in the series with reluctant spy Rudi Flynn at its center.

Like Weimar Blues, Dark Clouds easily stands alone as Flynn is once more conscripted into the secret service of Britain, and, for good measure, the United States, this time round.

This novel has the 30-something Flynn still pursuing his alcohol and drug fueled journalistic career. We discover some of the reasons why he is pretty much washed up professionally by the time of Weimar Blues.

The trademark comedy is still here especially in the amusing thoughts the somewhat aimless Flynn is reluctant to express in words.

At its core, the novel is as dark as the title, cover graphic, and plot suggest. Flynn is enlisted to help his president and her majesty when rumors surface that Islamic terrorists are plotting to explode a nuclear device in Britain. There are some quite harrowing scenes in which Flynn is present but either powerless or unwilling to intervene.

The person-in-the-street commentary throughout the book works well though the anti-multiculturalism rhetoric outweighs more liberal voices. It is obvious the views of send-`em-back to-where-they-belong are not those of the author but included to show a common sentiment in most western countries.

The powerful message I took from this book is that authorities from Islamic and Christian nations do evil things while flawed but good people look on.

If you have an interest in world affairs, a liking for bleak humor, and a reasonably strong stomach for violence, this book is for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC THRILLER 12 May 2014
By Sibyl Mory - Published on
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This fast-moving thriller envisages a situation in England of racial tension, riots and a potential nuclear catastrophe engineered by Islamic terrorists. One man, journalist Rudi Flynn, still grieving over the loss of his Muslim girlfriend, Faria, in New York on 9/11, is pitched into the centre of this nightmare, bemused, beset with personal problems, and the fate of so many in his hands. The author provides us with a racy narrative, and an authentic inter-play of situations, locations and characters. Amongst others, we meet Carla Hirsch, Rudi's US Homeland Security controller, cool, dominating, beautiful, as well as cynical and sadistic at times; Michael Sharif, an oil mogul and acquaintance of Rudi, who may be funding the terrorists, and his sultry sister, Sulima, Faria's friend; and the sexually insatiable Ingrid whom Rudi gets to know rather well. Against the background of rising racial tension, the plot is full of murders, action, surprises, explosions...What more could you ask for than such an exciting, well-controlled story, a diverse array of characters, and an engaging hero, all rising to a rousing finale, and a race against time to prevent catastrophe? Check this one out.
5.0 out of 5 stars A rattling good read. 17 Feb. 2014
By Jean. Shorney - Published on
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Dark Clouds centres on al-Qaeda terrorists planning to cause nuclear mayhem in London. Journalist Rudi Flynn is recruited by a US/UK Security Service team,because Rudi knows Mohammed 'Mike ' Sharif, a Muslim shipping millionaire, who is thought to be funding the bad guys from Geneva. A reluctant secret agent, Rudi is still trying to come to terms with the death of his Muslim/American girlfriend Faria,whom he lost in the North Tower on 9/11.
Thus he agrees to work with Carla Hirsch, a somewhat daunting U.S Homeland Security Controller and her U.K colleagues.
There is a eureka moment when a train passes beneath the Hackney studio of Flynn's Norwegian friend Ingrid. The train carries nuclear waste which the terrorists plan to hijack -and do.
This is a gripping first-rate story with characters I could identify with throughout. I'm pleased to give it five stars.
I would recommend this book to lovers of the political thriller, and Jack Higgins fans.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Ideas Wasted 30 Jan. 2014
By Martin Kaynan - Published on
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Some excellent concepts and clever writing are distracted by puzzling or lack of transitions and single quotes as compared to double quotes.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Self-Absorbed Hero Is Hard To Root For 4 Sept. 2013
By David K. Stone - Published on
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Phil Rowan's protagonist, Rudi Flynn, is an American freelance journalist living in London. He drinks constantly and does not come across as having many endearing qualities. Yet women fall for him on sight. (I suppose most of us men would like to be him.)

Rudi lost a girlfriend in the North Tower on 9/11. Faria was one of his many Muslim friends and acquaintances. So he's seriously conflicted about the ongoing struggle between Islamist activists and the West. When the security services get wind of a possible nuclear terrorist attack on London, Rudi gets conscripted to find out who, where, what and when. Rudi does unravel the plot, but more by accident than cleverness.

Rowan writes almost the whole novel in first person from Rudi's perspective, following the well-trodden path of many humorous first-person detective stories. Unfortunately, he often breaks the fourth wall by giving the reader details that Rudi could not possibly know, such as actions that happened before a scene he is seeing for the first time. Rowan also uses a tremendous amount of imagined dialog, to tell us what Rudi thinks other people are thinking. And the novel's actual dialog is more often a summary of what was said than the dialog itself.

For me the experience of reading Dark Clouds was like watching a moderately well done movie on television. It was engaging enough that I stayed up past my bedtime to see how it ended. But between the character flaws and the commercial breaks I was never totally absorbed nor very satisfied at the conclusion.
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