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The Malta Enigma [Paperback]

John Phipps
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Book Description

28 Jun 2013
A holiday soon becomes an adventure when George Swift visits the lovely Island of Malta. He meets a beautiful and enigmatic woman who is on a quest to discover her roots and find her Maltese ancestry. Other guests in the Hotel join them in trying to trace an inheritance left by her Maltese family and soon discover that there is much more to Malta than just a friendly, sunny holiday destination. The mystery gradually unravels, sometimes putting them in danger as they uncover crimes and intrigue dating back to the Second World War. The story has pace and detail and love and romance as the group head towards the final outcome.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Bright Pen (28 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755215710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755215713
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 921,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Phipps was born in Greater London and grew up during World War 2.
He experienced all the emotions connected to it. Excitement, sadness, fear and finally relief.
Educated at Greenford County Grammar School, he started work in an accounts office of a major firm in London.
At the age of eighteen, he was conscripted into National Service in the Royal Air Force, serving as an Instrument Mechanic. On release from the RAF he worked as an Aircraft Fitter,then a draughtsman at two Major U.K. Aircraft Companies,and an Automotive Instrument company, whilst studying Engineering in his spare time, to HNC Standard.
He spent most of his working life as a Technical Sales Engineer and Sales Manager for various companies, gaining experience of many industries.
He is now retired,and his other interests are in theatre, Painting, Golf and now writing.
He published his first e-book 'LIVING THROUGH A WAR', on Kindle in 2012, and as a paperback on Amazon. This is a factual account of John's experiences growing up during WW2, and reflects the feelings and events experienced by John and his family. It is a lighter look at WW2 through the eyes of a youngster of seven years old at the outbreak of war. It is a humorous and sometimes Poignant account.

'LIVING THROUGH a WAR' is now available as a Paperback on Amazon Books, published by Create Space and on Amazon/Kindle

'THE MALTA ENIGMA', John's second book, a Novel, Is now published on Amazon/kindle, and is available as a paperback, published by Authors on Line, and available from Amazon bookstore, and all major bookstores, or direct from the publisher. It is an action adventure story with a love interest, set in the beautiful island of MALTA.

'PROTECTING PINS AND PASSWORDS', John's latest book, was published on Kindle in July 2014. This is aimed at internet users who, like the author, are fed up with Passwords being hacked, and having to change them all the time! It is written in plain English and offers a lot of ideas for the average computer user to help protect their security data on line.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read! 23 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the previous book written by John PHIPPS which I enjoyed. I tried this book as it was about Malta and a mystery.Well the characters George and Kate were very believable and I would love to be like them when I get to their age, the book kept me interested all the way through taking twists and turns even though it was a long book, the build up to the end was great and made me want to visit Malta for a holiday. Well done Mr PHIPPS look forward to your next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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John has captured the essence of Malta perfectly whilst taking us through a gentle but exciting adventure with a number of twists. The story is believable although George is a little too good to be true! Recommended for anyone who likes a "Boys Own" type romp and gentle romance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 17 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very exciting book which keeps you wanting to read on. It has a very good storyline which is backed up brilliantly with the use of real places in Malta. I would seriously recommend this book to anyone who wants a book that keeps you guessing at every turn with action and romance all the way. Well done Mr. Phipps!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When a retired aircraft industry engineer , George Swift, goes on a “pot-luck” holiday to Malta with a plane-load of irritatingly-demanding pensioners in 1988, he hopes to explore England’s RAF war role and avoid a boring “package holiday”. He is not disappointed.
Cut to 1943: on a secret lone Messerschmitt 109G mission for Hermann Goering, carrying a secret canister which must be delivered or jettisoned, young Heinrich Huber’s guns mysteriously jam and he is escorted down in Malta by two sporting Spitfires. This incident is the hub on which the plot turns in a historical detective story with surprising twists, which finally tie up with surprising neatness: everyone is connected in some way with this German mission and the plane’s cargo.
Back to George’s holiday hotel, where he is smitten by a woman with classic good looks, elegant walk and slim figure – what else? After warding off “a creep” who turns out to be of central interest to the plot , he finds out about Katharine’s Maltese connection and we are into a neatly interwoven plot with interesting - sometimes stereotyped - characters, in a quest to find out more about Katharine’s Catholic Maltese mother, who died in childbirth, and her relationship with Katharine’s ostracised English RAF father.
The author’s modest, old world style and values are the recognisably 40’s culture of his childhood, with all its polite superficialities, sugar coated speech and manners - an innocence on which the presumptuous Sixties and brash Karaoke entertainment impinge for the worse, though George and Catherine are suitably tolerant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 1 Jan 2014
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Having been to Malta can picture the places that are in the book. It is a good storey with lots of twists and turns in the plot.
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