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CANTABRIAN SUMMER, BALTIC WINTER By MIKE BENT
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Holidaying in Cantabria, Tamara von Rosenberg befriends freelance website creator Martin Haynes. Their time together is cut short when Tamara learns that her widower father is dying following an... More > inexplicable car accident on a remote Polish country lane. While trying to solve the mystery of his death, Tamara perseveres with her late parents' ambition to turn a decaying mansion on the Baltic coast into a nursing home. She finds that some individuals will stop at nothing to wrest the property from her hands. Poland plunges into a bleak, bitter winter of political chaos amid growing opposition to the Government's pro-EU stance. Nationalistic feelings run high. Historic feuds are reawakened. With French, German, Polish and Armenian blood, and a surname betraying her Ostpreußen ancestry, Tamuna discovers that staying alive in remote Rybkowo is a formidable challenge. Especially when those who would see her suffer in order to further their own ends arrange for her house-guest Martin to be 'deported' . . .< Less
CANTABRIAN SUMMER, BALTIC WINTER By MIKE BENT
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Holidaying in Cantabria, Tamara von Rosenberg befriends freelance website creator Martin Haynes. Their time together is cut short when Tamara learns that her widower father is dying following an... More > inexplicable car accident on a remote Polish country lane. While trying to solve the mystery of his death, Tamara perseveres with her late parents' ambition to turn a decaying mansion on the Baltic coast into a nursing home. She finds that some individuals will stop at nothing to wrest the property from her hands. Poland plunges into a bleak, bitter winter of political chaos amid growing opposition to the Government's pro-EU stance. Nationalistic feelings run high. Historic feuds are reawakened. With French, German, Polish and Armenian blood, and a surname betraying her Ostpreußen ancestry, Tamuna discovers that staying alive in remote Rybkowo is a formidable challenge. Especially when those who would see her suffer in order to further their own ends arrange for her house-guest Martin to be 'deported' . . .< Less
THE RAPE OF ARCADIA By MIKE BENT
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Mourning his Italian girlfriend, killed in a train accident caused by vandals, Desmond Whittaker starts life afresh after being sacked by the new American editor of the transport industry magazine... More > for which he worked for years, having written an outspoken and politically incorrect editorial. Taken on by Magda, the enthusiastic editor of a new journal of similar type published in central Europe, he moves from Italy to northern Spain, to establish industry contacts there with potential advertisers. His choice of the Asturian fishing port of Les Arenes reflects the fact that the man whom he once believed to be his father has just donated him an 'inheritance' - a tract of coastal land which is now keenly sought after by local property developers. As is the finca belonging to Des's new neighbour, the elusive violinist and architect Oihana Argüelles. When his half-siblings learn that he is sitting on half a million euros of real estate - and refusing to do anything about it - the fur starts to fly.< Less
A MINE CALLED WAGNER, A MAID CALLED MINERVA By MIKE BENT
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Autumn 1917: the Great War drags on inconclusively, inflation is rampant. Raymond Jessop, manager of the Dyffryn Cellwen steelworks, is seeking business partners with whom he can one day relocate to... More > a country where the costs of raw materials and production are lower: neutral Spain. Specifically the Bierzo, where the Basque economist Julio de Lazúrtegui has devoted decades to fomenting international interest in Coto Wagner, Europe's richest seam of iron ore. Pablo Gutiérrez, second officer of Dyffryn Cellwen's ore carrier 'Afon Dulais', torpedoed off the Gower coast, is Raymond's choice to track down the elusive Lazúrtegui and negotiate business terms. Pablo´s travels enmesh him in the underworld of unscrupulous German and British commercial and political interests, and introduce him to the delectable and mischievous Minerva, an Asturian farmer´s daughter, who helps him to find life and love beyond an arranged marriage which has ended up on the rocks.< Less
THE LONG COAST By MIKE BENT
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A family saga, a shipping company history, and the story of the career of a rather unique Norwegian coastal steamer, rolled into one, provide the background for 'The Long Coast'. The action, focusing... More > on the lives and loves of young Gilbert Hansen and his neighbours Rigmor and Ragnhild Isaachsen, whose parents run shipping agencies in Gijón in northern Spain, takes us from Asturias during the tumultuous years of the Republic and the first fifteen months of the Civil War, via post-Depression England and the Icelandic convoys crossing the submarine-infested North Atlantic, to the occupied Norway of the early 1940s.< Less
THE STATIONMISTRESS By MIKE BENT
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Romance, adventure, travel and skulduggery on the Cantabrican coast in northwest Spain in 1982/3. Railway enthusiasts and lovers of travel by rail will be particularly interested in this slightly... More > eccentric novel - written by a professional railway industry journalist, and historian of Spanish railways and industry. For more details of the storyline, read the back cover text!< Less
THE STATIONMISTRESS (APPENDICES) By MIKE BENT
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The companion volume to my novel 'The Stationmistress', containing FESUO timetables, route diagrams, maps, and other useful bits of information about the company. I was unable to upload it to lulu as... More > a single file together with the main text (no Broadband in this valley and 5.5 MB was too much for the system!), but in the end producing two separate volumes works out better - you can read the story and simultaneously have the maps, route diagrams and suchlike open at the appropriate page(s)!< Less
THE LONG COAST By MIKE BENT
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A family saga, a shipping company history, and the story of the career of a rather unique Norwegian coastal steamer, rolled into one, provide the background for 'The Long Coast'. The action, focusing... More > on the lives and loves of young Gilbert Hansen and his neighbours Rigmor and Ragnhild Isaachsen, whose parents run shipping agencies in Gijón in northern Spain, takes us from Asturias during the tumultuous years of the Republic and the first fifteen months of the Civil War, via post-Depression England and the Icelandic convoys crossing the submarine-infested North Atlantic, to the occupied Norway of the early 1940s.< Less
A MINE CALLED WAGNER, A MAID CALLED MINERVA By MIKE BENT
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Autumn 1917: the Great War drags on inconclusively, inflation is rampant. Raymond Jessop, manager of the Dyffryn Cellwen steelworks, is seeking business partners with whom he can one day relocate to... More > a country where the costs of raw materials and production are lower: neutral Spain. Specifically the Bierzo, where the Basque economist Julio de Lazúrtegui has devoted decades to fomenting international interest in Coto Wagner, Europe's richest seam of iron ore. Pablo Gutiérrez, second officer of Dyffryn Cellwen's ore carrier 'Afon Dulais', torpedoed off the Gower coast, is Raymond's choice to track down the elusive Lazúrtegui and negotiate business terms. Pablo´s travels enmesh him in the underworld of unscrupulous German and British commercial and political interests, and introduce him to the delectable and mischievous Minerva, an Asturian farmer´s daughter, who helps him to find life and love beyond an arranged marriage which has ended up on the rocks.< Less
THE STATIONMISTRESS (APPENDICES) By MIKE BENT
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The companion volume to my novel 'The Stationmistress', containing FESUO timetables, route diagrams, maps, and other useful bits of information about the company. I was unable to upload it to lulu as... More > a single file together with the main text (no Broadband in this valley and 5.5 MB was too much for the system!), but in the end producing two separate volumes works out better - you can read the story and simultaneously have the maps, route diagrams and suchlike open at the appropriate page(s)!< Less