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The Desolate Garden [Kindle Edition]

Danny Kemp
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The Desolate Garden is the story of a secret Royal and Ancient Government Bank, established in the fourteenth century, located in London, England, near what would become Queen Anne's Gate, and a stones throw from a more recent edifice, Buckingham Palace. Since its inauguration, only one family has ruled over the Bank; the Paterson's, Earls of Harrogate, hereditary Lords of the Realm. Down through centuries the Bank's capital has grown in many surreptitious ways, but upon the election of a Socialist Government in 1945 at the end of the Second World War, the Bank's chief executive officer, Lord Maudlin Paterson, sensing the winds of change, offers the bank's services exclusively to the Secret Intelligence Services, a move that ensures the Bank will endure the forces of a Britain fast descending into grasping Socialism.
It is now the year 2003. And, Lord Elliot Paterson takes over the custodianship of the Bank and begins the task of converting the Bank's hand-written ledgers into digital form and discovers in a hidden ledger, dated 1936, a vast quantity of money erased from the accounts. He digs deeper into the mystery, and comes across some initials along with an address in Leningrad, a major port in Stalin's Soviet Union, in the margins of another ledger. Lord Elliot suspects that his grandfather, Lord Maudlin, was funding a Russia spy but stays silent until in 2012. In his waning days, he telephones his eldest son, Harry, to pass on the fears behind his suspicions.
The novel opens with Lord Elliot's murder when Lord Harry Paterson, forty, single, a dandy living on the Harrogate estate, and long recruited into the secret world after his service in the Army, is summoned to London and must ascend into his family's true inheritance.
Lord Harry meets Judith Meadows, an attractive, but otherwise a stick-figure of a woman, in the world-famous Martini bar at Duke's Hotel in London's St James's. Meadows plays him for the rake that he is before destroying his hopes of bliss when she discloses that she works for the Home Office and is the case officer assigned to unravel the mysterious death of Lord Elliot. As the story unfolds, the relationship between the two, both sexually and intellectually, ricochets back and forth like a train driven by a teenager, stuck in first gear. Lord Harry knows more than he is willing to reveal, and Meadows knows more about his family than Lord Harry does.
The Desolate Garden is especially for readers who like a story, largely rendered through dialog because it was the dialog that pulled the work off the page and onto a movie set. This political thriller resonates with charm, deft touches of satire, and romantic entanglement and where the promise of rampant sex is a turn of the page away. At  331 pages, The Desolate Garden makes a "jolly smashing" weekend read.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (13 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BJWJ2Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #339,001 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I came into writing literarily by accident.
I was at work one sunny November day in 2006, minding my own business, stopped at a red traffic light when a van, driven incompetently, smashed into me. I was taken to Hospital and kept in for while, but it was not physical injuries that I suffered from; it was mental.
I had lost all confidence in myself, let alone those around me. The experts said that I had post traumatic stress disorder, which I thought only the military or emergency personnel suffered from.
On good days, I attempted to go to work, sometimes I even made it through Blackwell Tunnel only to hear, or see, something that made me jump out of my skin, and the anxiety attacks would start.
I told my wife that I was okay and going regularly but I wasn't, I could not cope with life and thought about ending it.
Somehow or other with the help from my dear wife, and professionals, I managed to survive and ever so slowly, rebuilt my self-esteem.
It took almost four years to fully recover and become what I now am, somewhere close to what I was before that day, but it was during those dark depressive days that I began to write.
My very first story, Look Both Ways, Then Look Behind, found a literary agent but not a publisher. He told me that I had a talent, raw, but nevertheless it was there. After telling me to write another story, he said that there were two choices open to me: One, wait for a traditional deal. At sixty-two, with no literary profile or experience; little hope. Two, self-publish through New Generation.
This, I'm delighted to say, I did.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Syb 2 May 2012
Format:Paperback
This is a really English thriller full of the dry wit that the English are really good at that will make you take pleasure in the verbal sparing. A crackong story full of espionage and intrigue that will keep you enthralled to the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 24 May 2012
By CB
Format:Paperback
"The Desolate Garden" is a wonderful read. I'm looking forward to more from the author, Daniel Kemp. He takes the reader into his world. I can smell the cigars and whiskey as I read. A book worth reading, more than once.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Desolate Garden 17 Feb 2013
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I purchased this kindle early January and at the same time as I signed up for the Goodreads Challenge. I found The Desolate Garden a good suspence thiller with plenty surprises, twists and turns. Lord Harry Paterson and Judy Meadow and International Investagator are trying to find out who murdered his father. At the beginning It took me a little while to get into the story but once there I couldn't put it down. The contents and characters have been well written. The author has certainly carried out a great deal of research.I believe its to be made into a film at the end of the year. I wish Mr Kemp all the best and hope when they turn the book into a film they retain all the very best bits..

I haven't read many books like this one and to be fair perhaps for me a it was a little heavy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Desolate Garden 1 Feb 2013
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I thouroughly enjoyed reading Danny Kemp's Desolate Garden. It is exciting, intriguing and it keeps us in suspense to the end. On the other hand it is full of that british humour which British writers are forgetting to use. The descriptions are vivid and the characters are remarkably set in the story. What a lovely espionage and thrilling story. Absolutely worth reading! Well done Danny Kemp.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Writing books set in the past is a challenge which Danny Kemp has overcome with flying colours. I followed the plot line through a well described world decades ago. The characters are well drawn and the plot keeps you guessing all the way through. As a mystery it's a great read, as a debut novel, it's a blinding effort and is well worth the five stars which it has received from reviewers
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Desolate Garden 21 Jun 2012
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I enjoyed reading this book very much. The characters were well drawn and believable, the story of intrigue in British Goverment, SIS and other agencies was riveting. As an added bonus the coloured drawings of the beautiful women interspersed through the text were, although a little distracting, delightful. Well done Danny I will look forward to the film and will buy your other books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story full of twists 5 April 2014
By Sue
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I thoroughly enjoyed this, and I can see why it's going to be made into a film. I had to concentrate to follow the twists in the plot - and - to be very honest...the ending still came as a complete surprise!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read! 29 May 2013
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The author certainly knows his stuff re espionage, spies, government chicanery etc. There are several parts to this story, all cleverly woven together and presented in an 'I can't put it down' story which I am sure will outfox you as much as it did me. I thought on three separate occasions I had solved the mystery and knew 'who dunnit', but I was so wrong. If you like this genre then you will certainly like this. Looking forward to more from this talented author. Highly recommended.
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