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The Unicorn Conspiracy [Kindle Edition]

Quentin Cope
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Who is rampaging through East Africa on a murderous hunt for protected wildlife species? Who has organized a well financed abduction in Kenya that will set Maxwell Armstrong off on a mission leaving few survivors? Why are the worlds banking Guru’s all attending a top secret meeting in London with the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service? Perhaps a threat to International financial stability in a world of collapsing political co-operation has something to do with it. Or maybe the rise in world standing of a religious leader in Iraq whose followers increase in number daily as their demands for justice appear to be falling on deaf ears!

In a complex web of plot and counter plot, the Unicorn Conspiracy is born, stemming from one small incident on a windswept mountain top in the Omani interior during 1959. There will be a price to pay for world peace in October 1973, but the Americans do not want to know and have no intention of fighting another war in Europe, leaving Britain and the Europeans looking down the barrel of a deadly combination of Russian military power and Arab financial muscle. Perhaps only one man can stand any chance of calming things down as this fast paced political thriller reaches a fearful climax.

Can the few diplomatically well placed conspirators making up the Unicorn see their devilish plan finally come to fruition, or will the one single person they think they are manipulating to achieve their devilish ends, turn the tables and hunt them down, one by one?

If you like stories with a complex scenario, relating to historical events that actually happened, then this terrifyingly real tale, written by a master of political intrigue and in-depth knowledge of the murky world of Intelligence gathering is the one for you!


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About the Author

Brief Biography: Quentin was born in UK and spent his youth surrounded by the pleasant countryside of Middle England in Oxfordshire. At the age of 15 he went off to join the British Royal Air Force ... and never looked back. These were exciting times to be part of a Hi-Tech military unit with the cold war in full swing and the possibility of a nuclear strike against the west imminent. After leaving the Air Force and with a restless outlook, he took on several jobs that took him travelling across Eastern and Western Europe and then into Africa. Nurturing an unfortunate ability of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Quentin finally found himself caught up in the horrific Biafra conflict in Nigeria and with a certain amount of scarred memory tissue to prove the point, he decided to travel East in search of less wearing adventures. In the early 70's, Quentin headed for Dubai: for the smell of the spice souk, the sail of the Dhow outlined on a distant horizon and the promise of a fortune at the end of a Middle Eastern rainbow. For the next 25 years, he was fortunate enough to witness and become part of the extrodinary growth of a place that literally rose out of a desert wasteland like a golden Pheonix ... accompanied by the continuing horror of yet even more war. After returning to the UK in the late 90's, still restless, Quentin decided to spend some 'writing time' in Spain, a decision that has served him well with the completion and publishing of eleven books to the begginning of 2014 and another full length novel on the drawing board.   Books by Quentin Cope: Fiction: Nostradamus: The Last Christmas The Geneveh Project. The Unicorn Conspiracy. Rosalind. The Ludlum Prediction. Non-Fiction (Reference) A Novel Idea. 501 Writers Useful Phrases. 501 'More' Writers Useful Phrases. 501 Writers One-Liners. 101 Fiction Writing Tips 101 Writers Short Blurb Examples

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1414 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Quentin Cope (30 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GK4YVM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #535,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born - Good.
Education - Bad.
Air Force - Great.
Wandering - Fantastic.
Middle East - OK.
Partners in Business - Not Advised.
Flying Aeroplanes - Elevating.
Real Friendships - Difficult.
Wives - No Comment.
Getting Old - Hate It.
Spain - Like It.
Full Time Author - Satisfying.
Working Hard - You Betcha'

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Unicorn Conspiracy 27 Aug. 2012
By Carol
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Please read my review on my blog: [...]
The book is well worth a read, detailed, intense and realistic. The author has experienced the political and religious fervour and double-dealings for real and conveys the horrors of death and destruction at the point where WW3 could have started and nuclear missiles would have eventually destroyed the planet.
To experience the world we live in must be an utopian dream. Wonderful. To understand and experience evil,danger and to be terrorised through political supremacy and religious fanaticism leading to a total annihilation of human life is not only a violation of human rights it reeks of insanity. Terror. Sheer terror.
Cope sums it up in his intense depiction of Middle East politics and religion in the 70s and how it affected the major powers in the world. In layman's language it is simply "dog eat dog" but with the sophisiticated weaponry such as weapons of mass destruction coupled with human knowledge and expertise then it is murder en masse and you'll find plenty of that to engage your interest with espionage, terrorism and an abduction seasoned with touches of romance and sex. Calling it a political minefield is an understatement.
When the stakes are high in this cold war, governments and secret services around the world would justify murder. The means justifies the end. Ordinary people are pawns and victims. Safer reading about it than experiencing it for real don't you think?
The novel initially focuses on 1959 in Oman where Armstrong, the protagonist, an under-cover agent develops a friendship with the Imam of Awabi, a religious figurehead ousted from his role as a political and religious leader of the Oman Interior with a strong following but considered dangerous and wanted alive or dead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 29 Aug. 2012
By JN
Format:Paperback
I picked up this book at a recent book signing in Spain. Although adventure fiction is not really my cup of tea, I was drawn in to the book by the quite long introduction to the main story. I simply wanted to know what was going to happen next and how all the threads manufactured in the first couple of chapters were going to weave together. I then came across the beautiful Helga and was hooked. I finished it in three sittings and simply liked the way the author had linked and interwoven real historical events to the story. The introduction to the main action starts in the Oman and then moves on to Ukraine, which I found a little confusing at first, but then, a few chapters on, all is made clear and I really couldn't put it down. The author has obviously traveled extensively in these areas as he describes them with authority. The writing was good as far as I was concerned and it turned out to be a very entertaining holiday read. The men in my life are reading it now and we are all looking for Cope's next one.
JN
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 1 July 2013
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Good fast paced thriller good main character hero
Easy to pick up and still hungry at the end for more
Will happily read more from this author
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The Unicorn Conspiracy

Quentin Cope​

Review by Glover Wright

For his new thriller, Quentin Cope has chosen to look back at arguably the most dangerous period in modern history: the events leading up to the invasion of Israel--a nuclear-armed state--at dawn on Saturday October 6th 1973, Yom Kippur the holiest day of Judaism, by a coalition of Arab States led by Syria and Egypt with Soviet Union backing.

Whether the plot is purely his writer's imagination or based on dark facts he may have uncovered, the real frightener is that the conspiracy he has set out so convincingly in his sinister thriller--and what a thriller this is--could so easily be behind the current real-life turmoil in the Middle East where the rise of Islamic Fundamentalism throughout the region under a charismatic leader is Western governments and their hard-pressed Intelligence services greatest fear. Add to this a devious conspiracy to destroy the West through its financial system (and without giving too much away, here lies the hard-beating heart of author Cope's excellent novel) his readers are guaranteed to be watching current events very closely indeed!

Cope's strength is his grasp of the facts within his fiction. He understands and crucially makes the reader understand the complex inner workings of the world of Western high finance with its immense strength to influence world events--but also its fragility under attack. Clearly he knows his chosen locations across the three continents in his novel at first hand, and his handling of his powerful characters shows a deft touch that can only come from actually knowing people at a very high level indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Unicorn Conspiracy by Quentin Cope "A sinister thriller" 19 Aug. 2012
By Glover Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Unicorn Conspiracy

Quentin Cope​

Review by Glover Wright

For his new thriller, Quentin Cope has chosen to look back at arguably the most dangerous period in modern history: the events leading up to the invasion of Israel--a nuclear-armed state--at dawn on Saturday October 6th 1973, Yom Kippur the holiest day of Judaism, by a coalition of Arab States led by Syria and Egypt with Soviet Union backing.

Whether the plot is purely his writer's imagination or based on dark facts he may have uncovered, the real frightener is that the conspiracy he has set out so convincingly in his sinister thriller--and what a thriller this is--could so easily be behind the current real-life turmoil in the Middle East where the rise of Islamic Fundamentalism throughout the region under a charismatic leader is Western governments and their hard-pressed Intelligence services greatest fear. Add to this a devious conspiracy to destroy the West through its financial system (and without giving too much away, here lies the hard-beating heart of author Cope's excellent novel) his readers are guaranteed to be watching current events very closely indeed!

Cope's strength is his grasp of the facts within his fiction. He understands and crucially makes the reader understand the complex inner workings of the world of Western high finance with its immense strength to influence world events--but also its fragility under attack. Clearly he knows his chosen locations across the three continents in his novel at first hand, and his handling of his powerful characters shows a deft touch that can only come from actually knowing people at a very high level indeed. His hero, Maxwell Armstrong, a hard, dangerous, though reluctant secret agent, is convincing throughout and I suspect --allowing for the book's cliffhanger dénouement--he will be found in Quentin Cope's next novel which inevitably must be the follow-up to his fast-paced and intelligent Unicorn Conspiracy. A thoroughly good and thought-provoking read!

Glover Wright
© Jersey 2012
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Really Good Read 29 Aug. 2012
By JN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I picked up this book at a recent book signing in Spain. Although adventure fiction is not really my cup of tea, I was drawn in to the book by the quite long introduction to the main story. I simply wanted to know what was going to happen next and how all the threads manufactured in the first couple of chapters were going to weave together. I then came across the beautiful Helga and was hooked. I finished it in three sittings and simply liked the way the author had linked and interwoven real historical events to the story. The introduction to the main action starts in the Oman and then moves on to Ukraine, which I found a little confusing at first, but then, a few chapters on, all is made clear and I really couldn't put it down. The author has obviously traveled extensively in these areas as he describes them with authority. The writing was good as far as I was concerned and it turned out to be a very entertaining holiday read. The men in my life are reading it now and we are all looking for Cope's next one.
JN
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this book down. 10 May 2013
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The Unicorn Conspiracy was a true thriller with no gaps in the action. This story was woven by a master.
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