The Icelander

By David W Stokes

Action & adventure | Paperback, eBook


A gripping international thriller that is as up to date as tomorrow’s headlines! When on the 2nd of August 2007, two Russian submersibles were sent to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean to plant the national flag on the seabed to reinforce the country’s blanket claim over the oil rich territory, controversy follows swiftly. Four years later, in a seemingly unconnected event, a three-strong hit team led by a man known as The Icelander is by chance intercepted in the heart of the Italian city of Venice. What the authorities don’t know is that they are on the way to carry out the assassination of two Norwegian government aides, who are covertly working in their own self-serving interests to upstage Russia’s plans. The gang ends up trapped in Venice’s Doge Palace, and when it is established that one of the terrorists is former IRA bomb maker Seamus O’Callaghan, Nick Savvas, a retired British Army bomb disposal expert, is called in. But when it all goes wrong, the Icelander takes matters into his own hands and all hell breaks loose. From the snowy wilderness that is the Arctic Circle, and the mean streets of Northern Ireland, to the romantic Italian city of Venice and the sparsely populated islands of the Venetian lagoon, this is a fast-moving story that will grip you to the very last page!


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A gripping international thriller that is as up to date as tomorrow’s headlines! When on the 2nd of August 2007, two Russian submersibles were sent to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean to plant the national flag on the seabed to reinforce the country’s blanket claim over the oil rich territory, controversy follows swiftly. Four years later, in a seemingly unconnected event, a three-strong hit team led by a man known as The Icelander is by chance intercepted in the heart of the Italian city of Venice. What the authorities don’t know is that they are on the way to carry out the assassination of two Norwegian government aides, who are covertly working in their own self-serving interests to upstage Russia’s plans. The gang ends up trapped in Venice’s Doge Palace, and when it is establis...


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Editor, Professional Photographer and Author of International thrillers, David W Stokes has worked as a broadcast journalist for many years, for Independent Radio News in Northern Ireland, covering all of the major ‘Troubles’ stories. He won a Sony Award for his radio coverage of former US President Bill Clinton’s historic visit to the Province. Currently, he is Group Editor at 4SM, a highly respected and long established publishing company based in Hillsborough, County Down, where it produces a series of trade and business-to-business magazines. Along with his wife Jackie, he has travelled abroad extensively and, as you will appreciate if you pick up a copy of THE ICELANDER, which is set in one of his favourite European cities, Venice in Italy. His latest novel is THE HUNT FOR BLACK FRIDAY, again featuring Nick Savvas and Lyndsay Mitchell, first introduced to readers in THE ICELANDER. “I’ve been writing all my life, so it’s second nature – the hard part is constructing a story that is believable, that grips the reader right from the first page, a story that can be sustained to the very last page. It also has to be original and fresh and, yes, sometimes relevant to what is happening around us in the world today – it has to be a lot of things on a lot of levels – that’s the hard part.” Does he have any advice for aspiring authors? “Just the usual, I suppose. Never give up. Don’t take rejection lying down. Some of our best known writers were rejected 20, 30, 40 or more times before they eventually ended up in print. “It takes a lot of perseverance, a lot of belief in yourself . It can be a lonely old life behind a keyboard, but at least you get the opportunity to create your own world, your own characters, even the type of life you might want to live. You are the writer – you can do what you want, when you want and where you want, and with whomever you want – at least on the page if not in reality.”


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Editor, Professional Photographer and Author of International thrillers, David W Stokes has worked as a broadcast journalist for many years, for Independent Radio News in Northern Ireland, covering all of the major ‘Troubles’ stories. He won a Sony Award for his radio coverage of former US President Bill Clinton’s historic visit to the Province. Currently, he is Group Editor at 4SM, a highly ...


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