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THE HOARD [Kindle Edition]

Neil Grimmett
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The Hoard is a thriller set in the secretive, dangerous world of a Royal Ordnance Factory; a vast, surreal place full of some of the most volatile elements on the planet.
Thirty years before the main story, the nitration house at the ROF in Bridgwater exploded in a fireball that could be seen for miles around. The entire crew was killed, and the source of the explosion was never found; authorities claimed that the charge in the nitrator had gone critical and that the chargehand was unable to stop a lethal cook-off. But Gunner Wade, the man the nitration crew sent for help that day knows differently: they were murdered; and he was branded a coward.
Now Byron, the son of one of the victims, enters the sprawling Gormenghast-like compound of the top secret factory to discover the truth about his father's death. But what he finds in the dark heart of this world is a hidden hoard of super-high explosives; illegally produced and drenched in the blood of those killed to conceal its existence. As the threat of discovery mounts, Byron finds himself at the centre of a struggle between good and evil; both to prevent a destructive force from being unleashed again and to bring the sadistic mass murderers who killed his father to justice. He is aided by an unlikely alliance of helpers, including the beautiful widow of a murdered chemist and Gunner Wade. Against them are the original perpetrators and their new legion of evil acolytes.
Inspired by a massive explosion that killed six men at the real-world ROF Bridgwater facility in 1951 - no cause was ever found - The Hoard is a gripping, grim novel that offers a glimpse into a self-contained apocalyptic landscape scarred both by the birthing of the materiel that fuels war, and the hearts of evil men who would do anything for greed.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3262 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Grimpen Publications (5 Aug 2014)
  • 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 (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Neil Grimmett has had over eighty five short stories published. In the UK by among others: London Magazine, Stand, Panurge, Iron, Ambit, Postscripts Magazine, Pretext etc. Australia, Quadrant, South Africa, New Contrast. Plus stories in the leading journals of Singapore, India, France, Canada, and the USA, where he has appeared in Fiction, The Yale Review, DoubleTake, The southern Humanities Review, Green Mountains Review, Descant, The Southern Review, West Branch and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. He has appeared online in Blackbird, Plum Ruby Review, Tatlin's Tower, Web Del Sol, In Posse Review, m.a.g., Word Riot, Blue Moon Review, 3AM, Gangway, Eclectica, The Cortland Review, Segue, The Dublin Quarterly , Ducts, Sugar Mule, Mysterical E, Thuglit and over thirty others. His stories have also appeared in the anthologies: ENGLAND CALLING, BOOK OF VOICES and Italy's ISBN's Top International Stories. He has made the storySouth Million Writers Notable Short Story list for the last three years. In addition, he has won the Write On poetry award, 7 Oppenheim John Downes Awards, 5 major British Arts Council Awards, a Royal Society of Authors award and was just awarded a major grant from the Royal Literary Fund. He has been signed over the last ten years by twelve of the leading literary agents in both the UK and USA. His current agent is Jon Elek at United Agents who is just going out with his 2nd literary thriller, THE HOARD.
His first, THE THRESHING CIRCLE, has just been published on Amazon KDP Select.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling............ 14 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The story starts 30 years ago when the men working on the Nitration plant in the Royal Ordinance Factory, find a hot spot in the nitration tank. The Chargehand immediately phones for the duty Chemist for permission to 'drown' the charge. The permission never came and all the men bar one (Gunner Wade) who had gone for help, were killed.

It is now 30 years on and one of the dead men's son, Byron is determined to find out what went wrong so he applies for a job at the ROF and is accepted.

His suspicions are soon proved right and the story then gains momentum until its chilling climax.

The author is a very astute man, he manages to portray the greed of the men who sabotaged the nitration plant all those years ago and also captures the scenes of violence and torture superbly.
Will Byron be able to stop the same thing happening again or is it already too late?

A well written and chillingly accurate novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hoard 15 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A tragedy at a weapons factory in the 1950’s sent five men to their deaths, and decades later the son of one of those victims returns to infiltrate the factory and investigate what he believes are suspicious circumstances surrounding the events that happened so long ago, longing to know the truth of what happened to his father. Thrilling mystery uncovered by a strange alliance of truth-seekers, all drawn to Byron’s cause, that takes you through both past and present in their search for justice. There is a wonderful paranormal, almost mystical, quality to the work in the weapons factory, especially in the elite nitration department, where Byron’s father worked and the tragedy occurred. Great story with so many vivid characters!

Note: This book was provided to me by the author for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and terrifying 6 Sep 2014
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Having read Neil Grimmett’s amazing ‘The Threshing Circle’ I bought ‘The Hoard’ the day it was published, which gives you an idea of how impressed I was. I expected to enjoy this and I was not disappointed. It is darker than The Threshing Circle but the plot is just as gripping.
I cannot fault this writer. He fulfils all the criteria I most appreciate. His characters are well-drawn and I care about what happens to them. He has a superb grasp of the English language. The narrative flows and the dialogue is believable. His plots are interesting and different, with perfect pacing. And what a joy it is to read such professionally-presented work. Few novels published by the conventional press are so flawless.
May he continue to write such exciting and satisfying novels!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look out! A new Dickens is born. 6 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Back in the 1950s, a few workers in a explosive factory were stealing. They had imagined a cunning way of distracting the attention, but it turned out badly in a huge explosion. Now, thirty years later, the son of one of the men killed in the explosion wants to know what happened. The thieves have risen steadily in the ranks, and they are very afraid and determined to keep their secrets.
The story sounds true because
1) the settings are described in a very realistic way. The author knows what he is talking about. From the falsely idyllic impression of the grounds around the factory (as for nuclear reactors, it is forbidden to build close to a weapons factory) to the dark and lost tunnels and abandoned buildings; I worked in a place like that, it is all true.
2) Grimmett is a keen observer of human nature. He paints people with a brush stroke not unlike Toulouse Lautrec: shyness, vanity, power, ridicule: there are plenty of unforgettable figures, some "bigger than life". These are human characters not just "bad guys" and "good guys".
When the story became dark and tragic, I thought I could hear the sound of Mime the blacksmith in Wagner's Niebelungen.
I was quite taken by the book. This is not just a thriller, it is literature.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Once again Neil Grimmett has captured everything that is needed in a very readable and enthralling thriller. The plot is believable and keeps the reader interested throughout. A cracking yarn to keep the reader interested and wanting to return to get to the end. Recommended.
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