This story is about a mystery submarine
operating between Australia and Papua New Guinea. A Royal Australian Air Force
Being P8 aircraft is lost in the Torres Strait and the wreckage is found by a Royal Air Force
P8 aircraft on an exercise with the Australians. It becomes clear that the Australian and UK Governments are keeping secrets from one another and the problem is compounded as the United States is also involved. Peter Talbert, helped by Mary the RAF's aircraft navigator with a special security clearance
tries to sort out what the Australians are not telling the UK. The RAF P8
tests the latest underwater detection equipment and then on the way home the
aircraft is shot down. Mary is one of two survivors rescued by a migrant
boat trying to reach the Australian coast. Peter gradually discovers what is really happening and helps to avert what might have become a global fight
as the mystery submarine approaches the Australian coast.
This is the sixth book in a series
of seven featuring Peter Talbert, insurance investigator. The other titles are
Blind Landing, Dire Straight, The Right Choice, Flight to St Anthony, Dire Strait
Java Waters Run Deep. They will appeal to anyone who likes a mystery story as well as to the aviation enthusiast and followers of Peter Talbert will feel very much at home! People who have read one book have great difficulty not going on to read the rest.
The book proves to be
incredibly accurate in forecast actual events.
Recent Press Release:-
Dire Strait: Ex-Test Pilot Rips
Latest Aviation Mystery Novel Right From Today’s Fraught Geopolitical
Blackman’s ‘Dire Strait’ is now part of a critically-acclaimed six-book
series featuring insurance investigator Peter Talbert, as his work takes
him around the world, into the dark corridors of global Governments and
deep into the secrets they fear ever being taken public. But ‘Dire
Strait’ is far from thoroughbred fiction – perfectly mirroring today’s
turbulent political climate and the RAF’s P8 procurement programme. One
recently wrote, “Nice bit of political nudging and an undercurrent of
disbelief at UK Government policy to not buy a replacement for Nimrod.
It does beggar belief at times.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
United Kingdom –
Having served as a test pilot, avionics specialist and as a Board Member
for the UK Civil Aviation Authority, Tony Blackman has spent much of his
life keeping secrets. Now retired and working full-time as an author,
this unique skillset has transposed into a globally-renowned series of
aviation-themed mystery-thriller novels.
The protagonist is Peter Talbert, a
resourceful and tenacious insurance investigator who goes far beyond the
call of duty to uncover secrets that could literally change the world.
Titles in the series include ‘Blind Landing’, ‘The Final Flight’, ‘The
Right Choice’, ‘Flight to St Anthony’ and ‘Dire Strait’.
But ‘Dire Strait’ is perhaps the
most topical volume, with a narrative that is incredibility relevant to
the current worldwide political climate, as well as the activities of
the UK Armed Forces.
Dire Strait is a mystery thriller
about a maritime search aircraft that crashes in the Torres Strait in
mysterious circumstances. This is the sixth book featuring Peter Talbert
insurance investigator, and he finds that the Australian, United Kingdom
and United States Governments are all keeping secrets from one another.
The search for the truth is accompanied by visits to the Ministers
concerned in each Country as the action develops. Talbert is helped in
his search by Mary, the radar operator of the Royal Air Force that
discovered the crashed aircraft, who Peter discovers has a very high
security clearance. More lives are lost and there is a real threat of
global conflict which Talbert helps to avert. A must read for anybody
who likes a fast moving story.
“The RAF’s P8 procurement program,
and the retirement of the Nimrod fleet, has been quite a sore subject
for many years,” explains Blackman. “The storyline in this novel
directly ties in. Other current issues, such as the theft of underwater
drones by nations, also makes its way into the book. In all, those who
keep up with geopolitical and military news will see many similarities
between fact and fiction.”
Continuing, "Obviously from my years
in the aerospace industry I've tried to make all the books as
technically accurate and realistic as possible. However, I'mnot at all
sure that I would have been as smart as Talbert when it came
to sorting out all the problems he found himself in!^
Readers have praised the novel
overwhelmingly. For example, Dolly comments, “Nice book with a readable
plot, but especially good detailed knowledge of current and project
equipment made it a better read than usual for this genre. Nice bit of
political nudging and an undercurrent of disbelief at UK Government
policy to not buy a replacement for Nimrod. It does beggar belief at
Another reader adds, “Really good,
especially after the recent Malaysian plane went missing. the authors
knowledge of equipment used is outstanding. Would recommend.”
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