Nothing is Sacrosanct

By David E Balaam

Crime & mystery, Romance | Paperback, eBook


Marcus Hartstein was abused as young boy in Austria by his parents during the Second World War In 1946 he is rescued by a kindly Doctor from the British Sector as suspicion is growing about his mother's death. When his friend and saviour is killed along with his wife, he vows revenge, and to protect his now orphaned step-sister, Barbara. Although he changes his name to Hartmann his act of revenge sees him recruited by the Secret Service, and during one of his covert missions in Armenia, rescues a beautiful young Kurdish woman, Rosa. Marcus, Barbara and Rosa are entwined in a love-affair which nothing can destroy. Marcus is constantly fighting his suppressed memories of his early home life, and his treatment by his parents, and vows revenge on behalf of other young boys who have been harmed, and where their perpetrators have not faced justice. Detective Christine Ling has been following the Rope Killer, as the press call him, for many years, and is on the verge of catching her quarry, and perhaps saving the life of a suspected paedophile, and from the macabre manner in which his victims are left - but can she make the rendezvous in time? On the other-side of Marcus Hartmann is a gentle, generous and loving person, who, along with Barbara and Rosa, help to educate consenting couples in the art of Making Love. Chas and Isobel are the last such couple in 1979 that Marcus tutored, and they become close friends, although very unaware of Marcus's dark side. During the intervening years Marcus searches for answers to his early life, seeking out his brother Marius, who is ten years older, but has not been seen since the end of the War. Life throws many challenges to Marcus Hartmann; physically abused boy, murderer, guardian, lover; but as a survivor for Justice he can only help a pitiful few victims of the abuse he suffered, not knowing to what extent this disease is actually rampant in our society, not just in his time, but in the years to follow . . . in the present. Nothing is Sacrosanct. Anything can be changed. Anyone can be brought to account.


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Marcus Hartstein was abused as young boy in Austria by his parents during the Second World War In 1946 he is rescued by a kindly Doctor from the British Sector as suspicion is growing about his mother's death. When his friend and saviour is killed along with his wife, he vows revenge, and to protect his now orphaned step-sister, Barbara. Although he changes his name to Hartmann his act of revenge sees him recruited by the Secret Service, and during one of his covert missions in Armenia, rescues a beautiful young Kurdish woman, Rosa. Marcus, Barbara and Rosa are entwined in a love-affair which nothing can destroy. Marcus is constantly fighting his suppressed memories of his early home life, and his treatment by his parents, and vows revenge on behalf of other young boys who have been...


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I started writing my first novel, Columbus Day, six years ago, with the insane idea of supplementing my pension. I now know that was a pipe dream, but I have learnt a lot along the way on this rocky road called publishing. I live with my wife Carol, in Surrey, England, and we have two wonderful daughters, Nicole and Lindsay and two gorgeous granddaughters. My interests include, photography, cooking, fishing, travelling and of course world music. Music is a key factor in Columbus Day, and I have tried to put over a point of view that there are many forms of music to enjoy - not just 'mainstream pop' and 'commercially produced' music. I have tried to include as much research as possible, visiting Spain on several occasions, including the WOMAD festival in Caceres, Spain, twice. Check-out my website www.davidbalaam-books.co.uk for all the latest info on by books, and details of my second novel, The Letter, and my third novel, Nothing is Sacrosanct. I have started writing a children’s book and hope to publish a non-fiction work around photography later this year (2106)


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I started writing my first novel, Columbus Day, six years ago, with the insane idea of supplementing my pension. I now know that was a pipe dream, but I have learnt a lot along the way on this rocky road called publishing. I live with my wife Carol, in Surrey, England, and we have two wonderful daughters, Nicole and Lindsay and two gorgeous granddaughters. My interests include, photography, ...


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12 September at 00:27

Aug 19, 2016: Russ Dent added it · review of another edition.
This book was brilliant it had me gripped from the first page to the end.

Marcus is a man with a blurry past and his own demons who try's to do right by others. This book was a great read and well written and when you stop to think about the story and what happens in the world nowadays its very relevant.

I do not want to give away any of the story but Marcus is a man who has a bad start in life but is saved and manages to build a life for himself become successful and helps others, But not all others as he has an agenda against a certain type of person.

Just read it because it's brilliant.

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