Ashif Malik, Ash for short, born in Lahore, seventeen, intelligent, good-looking, talented cricket all-rounder and pleasant tenor, is welcomed by the residents of Pepynbridge, a quintessentially English village in Northamptonshire, when in March 2015 he moves to live there with his father, a consultant psychiatrist, his mother and his younger sister, Leela. Ash joins the Abbey choir and, playing for Pepynbridge Firsts, his prowess comes to the attention of Northamptonshire County Cricket Club.
But young Ash is not all he seems, as Leela and the more prescient in the village come to suspect. When he falls in love with Sophie Wicken, rising sixteen and daughter of a local farmer, Ash struggles to preserve his cover and events move quickly to a climax that sends shock waves far beyond Pepynbridge.
When British Sergeant Craig Blackburn unearths two ancient scrolls, buried in the sand inside the mysterious Cave of Ibrahim, in the Iraqi desert he has had no idea of the incredible chain of events that he is setting in motion. He photographs the texts and re-buries the scrolls inside the cave.
Lionel Ross’s amazing mix of characters include members of the British and Israeli security services, an Iraqi Professor, a Southern Baptist Minister, a Jordanian Prince and an Al Qaeda group. They are all involved in a breathless race against time to discover the location of the scrolls and to keep their contents away from the world’s media.
Each, however, has very different reasons for suppressing this news.
All this takes place against the backdrop of the never-ending catalogue of tragedy in today’s Middle East.
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Lionel Ross, in his fourth novel ‘Men of Conviction’ tells the fascinating tale of three desperate and disparate young men, released from prison on the same day. They are Hussein, the Islamist preacher of Jihad, Wayne the burglar and Dovid the religious Jew and ‘one offence fraudster.’ Men of Conviction is their story over the ensuing ten years.
Hussein, predictably, builds a shadowy Jihadist organisation with the intention, through terrorism, of creating the Caliphate of Britannia under Shari’a law.
Wayne is determined to change his life and almost accidently finds himself the owner of a chain of Massage Parlours. By his previous standards, this is the path to wealth and respectability!
Dovid, on the other hand, with the aid of his wealthy grandfather, becomes a successful property developer.
The action takes place in such contrasting locations as 21st century Manchester, Istanbul, Afghanistan, Belfast and a mysterious breakaway Islamic republic. The contemporary background to the plots ensures the airing of such issues as Islamist and Irish terrorism, religious intolerance and drug trading. The main characters are easily recognised as typical members of today’s British multi-cultural society. As the cataclysmic ending approaches, the paths of the three main characters are destined to cross again in an epic and amazing ending.