Ray Stone is an accomplished author with a variety of published works to his name. Born just outside London in 1946, he grew up in post war Britain during a period of depression and ration books, bombed out housing and BBC radio. At school he won a writing competition at the age of eleven and later in his teens went on to widen his interest in the arts. At the age of eighteen he began writing poetry and lyrics whilst studying at college. Two years later Ray worked in theatre as a technician with many orchestras’ and artists including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Mantovani, The original Doyle Carte Opera Company, Harlequin Ballet, Joan Baez, Jimmy Hendrix, Oscar Peterson and worked on local shows such as My Fair Lady, Camelot and West Side Story. His poetry won him first place in 1998 in an international internet poetry competition with ‘Angry Silence.’ Moving to Colchester in the same year he wrote a full page article about the historical significance of the locale and was published with a by-line in the local press. Whilst writing his first novel Ray returned to writing lyrics and teamed up with a local composer. Together they produced and recorded five blues numbers. A book of poetry and lyrics, Life over a cup of Tea, was published in 2011. Ray’s first novel, ‘THE TROJAN TOWERS,’ was published in 2005. A second political thriller, the first of the Enda Osin Mysteries, ‘ISIA’S SECRET,’ was published in September 2013. The next in the series, ‘TWISTED WIRE,‘ was published in September 2014. In 2015 Ray will publish a follow on to The Trojan Towers, a chase thriller entitled 'CRATE OF LIES.' The last in the Enda Osin series will be published in 2016. All of his works are available in E version, print, and shortly on audio too. Ray’s favourite authors are Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Neville Shute, Alistair Maclean, C.S.Forrester, Len Deighton, Daniel Silva, Ernest Hemingway – and the list goes on. Ray Stone has lived in and around London’s colourful EastEnd and the café sets of Westminster and Kensington. Rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous-and infamous he has acquired a unique insight into the lives of both criminal and upper classes that give his works a believable realism. Ray moved to the USA in 2003 and married. He has since retired from a successful landscape design business and now lives on Cyprus with his wife and fellow author, Mrellan Harahan.
Isia's Secretby Ray Stone
Enda Osin is a sharp cookie when it comes to political intrigue. His daily column in the Herald is controversial and popular. Upsetting the incumbents of the White House and Downing Street over an embarrassing article, his editor has been forced to side-line him. He has been assigned to write a series of articles for the Herald’s Sunday supplement about Paul
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Enda Osin is a sharp cookie when it comes to political intrigue. His daily column in the Herald is controversial and popular. Upsetting the incumbents of the White House and Downing Street over an embarrassing article, his editor has been forced to side-line him. He has been assigned to write a series of articles for the Herald’s Sunday supplement about Paul Hrisacopolis, a shipping billionaire with a thirst for power in the European Union and a believer in Enosis for Cyprus.
To help him is art correspondent, Jessica Du Rosse, a beautiful and sophisticated West Indian half his age and with whom he is soon falling in love.
Hrisacopolis has offered to transport priceless artifacts that the British Museum has agreed to relinquish claim to, from London to Athens on board the flagship of his cruise line. He’s looking forward to partying on the cruise with influential European politicians who can vote him onto a powerful committee chairmanship. That position could be used to influence public opinion against Turkey and cause the return of civil war on Cyprus. With news that Paul’s only grandson, essential key player to take his grandfather’s place as figurehead, has agreed to end a family feud, the old man has everything going his way. A few loose tongues need silencing. Ahmet Zeki, Paul’s murderous Turkish shipping agent is ordered to deal with the situation. Ahmet however, has his own plans. Working for the KKA, a Turkish terrorist group and the Turkish Secret Service, his sole aim as a double agent is to destroy Paul and profit from the chaos by using his son as an imposter to replace the real grandson.
It doesn’t take Enda long to get entangled in the Hrisacopolis family mystery involving Paul’s brother, Ioannis, George his dead son and Isia the young girl George hoped to marry. Dating back to the dark days of the EOKA terrorist campaign from the fifties to the seventies, Enda and Jessica find themselves unearthing Isia’s secret, something that would rock Greek and Turkish societies and bring shame and disgrace to Hrisacopolis if made public. Escaping an attempt on their lives, Enda and Jessica learn of a heart-breaking story involving an illegitimate lovechild and Isia’s desperate bid to find freedom; a freedom that ends in tragedy. Enda is even more determined to seek the truth when he is told the grandson, Baki, is dead by one source and alive by another. Confusion reigns while Enda struggles to control his own personal demons that haunt him; involving a fire from his childhood that killed his parents.
Baki, surviving an explosion, escapes the army and hides his true identity behind the name of ‘Anthony’ He has hatred in his heart for a man who broke a promise to his father and caused his mother to lead a life of poverty until her untimely death. On hearing the news of his grandfather’s philanthropic plan, Baki vows to kill the man in a terrible act of revenge. Hiring the services of a ruthless ex legionnaire, Baki makes meticulous plans to confront and kill his grandfather in a daring assault on the liner.
When Enda and Jessica embark on the cruise they are soon aware they are in deadly danger and must expose an imposter, prevent a murderous conspiracy and foil a political catastrophe.
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`Isia's Secret' is Raymond Stone's second novel. This is an author who is developing his craft with each novel he puts out. In Isia's Secret he takes the reader to a new level of enjoyment. Set with the Mediterranean in the background he took me down dark alleys where I witnessed shady deals. He builds tension, crafts his story line and leaves me wanting to know more as the story unfolds. As some background; Isia has a secret which could bring down a powerful Greek shipping magnate, Paul Hriscopalis. If this secret comes out his ambition to be elected to the EU and influence decisions over Cyprus will be thwarted. It all comes to a head on a cruise from London to Cyprus on the pretext of returning the Elgin Marbles. Enda, banished from writing hard news defies his editor when he begins unravelling the mystery instead of writing the politically neutral story of the return of the Elgin Marbles. The stories behind Isia's death, the inauthentic grandson who stands to inherit Hriscopalis' empire and the haunting story of his own parent's death drive investigative journalist Enda aided by researcher Jessica come together in a massive explosion aboard Hriscopalis' cruise ship. Great story. A lot of fun. Plenty of pace. I look forward to Raymond's next novel. I recommend it. Suraya Dewing,
As a fan of Ray Stone's earlier novel, The Trojan Towers, I couldn't wait to read isia's Secret. I'm so happy that I did - and that Stone didn't disappoint. Isia's Secret is better, bolder, richer and more lively than his first novel. Enda Osin is a London journalist with a few chips on his shoulder and more than a little bit of talent for getting himself into trouble. Most of all he's a good journalist with a story to nose out. Where his natural talent runs out is where it concerns the fairer sex - and Jessica Du Rosse is very fair and very much of the opposite sex. She proves more than a match for Enda in romance game and real help on his quest to ferret out what seems fishy about shipping magnate Paul Hrisacopolis. Can Enda get his story, get his girl and get out with his life intact? It's a great read. Fast, funny and the characters - particularly Enda and Jessica - are engrossing and believable. I understand that there's a sequel in the works and I can't wait to see what happens to Enda next. Take the time to read Isia's Secret. If you like thrillers and espionage, you'll love it. If you like great visualizations and wonderful, human characterizations, you owe it to yourself to read Isia's Secret. And don't forget about The Trojan Towers - it's a great read as well.