Authors Showcase: Grace and Favour by David L. Atkinson
June 12, 2015
The Book: Grace and Favour
The Author: David L. Atkinson
The Story: Patrick Steele has had to accept changes in life style and yet he is required once again to tackle a situation of injustice, but has concerns that he is being commissioned to act by the authorities.
Patrick is working alone trying to recover a youngster kidnapped from parents with a high profile role in the UK establishment. He is without the support of former allies, the Gurentai, and yet feels that the police and National Crime Agency, who have requested his involvement, have another agenda that is not necessarily in the interest of Steele.
The action is shared mostly between the UK and Canada. In the early stages of the case Patrick is chasing kidnappers across the continent of North America when disaster occurs and he is forced to return to the UK.
While in Canmore, Alberta, Steele seeks solace from the apparent loss of his long-time partner and fiancée Naomi Kobayashi, in the arms of a local girl. However, Steele becomes aware that he himself seems to be being kept in the dark regarding the whole truth of the case and returns home.
Eventually Patrick’s home situation is threatened and it becomes necessary for him to take steps to protect himself and his team. All the while Steele has the feeling that he is not under control and in fact is being played like a pawn.
In the end he takes steps to protect his and his team’s safety.
Has Steele bitten off more than he can chew?
Where is his love life going?
Are former allies, the Gurentai, targeting Steele?
Will he recover the kidnapped child or will he fail and become subject of retribution by the authorities?
About David L. Atkinson:
Born in Sunderland many years ago I went to college in Bradford and trained to be a teacher, a profession I followed for 34 years. Then I worked in a bank for 6 years before retiring completely. I remained in Yorkshire and that is where I write. I have always had the ambition to write and eventually began in 2009 and have completed four novels since then and I’m working on the fifth.
The first novel is entitled ‘I Have To Get It Right’ and the second is ‘The 51st State’ and 3rd novel ‘The Biter Bit’ – they are all available in paperback or electronic versions. The fourth, ‘A Changed Reality’ is now available on Kindle also.
Since beginning with novels I have felt the need to have some other outlet and have produced a quantity of poetry in different styles. The first and quite limited collection is published in createspace.com entitled ‘The Musings of a Confused Mind.’
Review by Caleb Pirtle III:
I have traveled with Patrick Steele through a myriad of David L. Atkinson’s novels, and there are some absolutes. He is tough. He is resilient. He does not mind taking an enemy down because, believe me, his villains are the kind that need taken down.
Steele lives by and the gun and by the fist, but, yet, he is always genteel, polite, and the perfect English gentleman. He loves his food. He loves the lady at his side. And deep inside, he is conflicted about love and his fate in life. He’s good at what he does, but there is a hint of guilt after his actions. He is a man who is asked to do what others would never do, and he does it out of loyalty and the knowledge he can do it.
Grace and Favour is a continuation of the exploits of Patrick Steele. He’s British to the core, which is what I like about him, and this time his mission takes him from England to Canada, and he knows something isn’t quite right. An easy wave of paranoia sweeps over him. Back home, disaster strikes, and his judgment is clouded with doubt.
Have friends become the enemy? Can he trust his friends or the girl he loves? Has he become the target? Will this be his last job? Will it end badly? Will it end with Steele lying in a grave somewhere? Who wants him dead and why? And how can he protect himself, track down kidnappers on the loose in two continents, and still find the missing child in time? Failure is not an option. In a David L. Atkinson novel, it never is. Steele is on a wild and breath-taking ride, but no matter how tough and threatening the case may be, I’m betting on him.