Eight handpicked people, chosen for their individual skills and beliefs are snatched from their everyday lives and blackmailed into serving their country. The team is trained to be the finest fighters on land, sea and in the air just as the Government intended, but then the unexpected occurs. With sheer daring and determination, they steal a highly advanced super ship belonging to the Royal Navy and rename it the Intruder. With the British Government denying all knowledge of their very existence the group transform themselves into Public Enemy Number 1, the invincible, enigmatic, Eight of Spades. But when the team undertakes the challenge of clearing the Icelandic waters of the fearful gunboats that harass British trawlers during the 1976 Cod War, they find themselves nose-to-nose with the Navy they just humiliated. The Navy wants their ship back preferably in one piece but if all else fails, a million pieces will suffice. No one knows who they are, where they come from or where they disappear to. About the Author: Benjamin J. West is a lifelong resident of Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire. He currently works in food wholesale, but hopes to soon retire and write full time. His inspiration comes from the sheer power of the pen when put to paper and from all of the interesting characters we find in our everyday lives. A sequel to The Eight of Spades is currently in production.
I was born in Hull on the 25th November 1948, the same year that the NHS was formed.
I have spent all my life here in the East Riding of Yorkshire, working primarily in the print trade.
I have always had a keen interest in writing but regettably I have only managed to live the dream in my later years, but since then there has been no holding me back.
My ultimate goal is to write fulltime but unfortunately bills have to be paid and unless you are famous there is not a lot of money in it, we must do it for the love of it.
I would never have been able to do this without the continued support of my dear wife Constance.
I have two beautiful daughters who both live in Hull.
My eldest, Paula, runs her own restaurant, 'Stanley's' Paragon Street, Hull with her partner James.
Sally, the youngest, works in a sports shop in Hull, her partner Paul who too works for the same company but in a different shop in Hull. They have a baby boy, Elliott, who has just had his first birthday.
My wife has three children from a previous marriage, Melanie, Clare and Matthew.
There are two rugby league teams in Hull and I am an avid follower of Hull Kingston Rovers.