Johnny Vergette is repairing an old bike in the garage when his mother calls him into the house.
Grist Vergette, his grandfather, passed away a few weeks before, and Johnny’s inheritance has just arrived. It’s a key. The key to Grist’s old garden shed down on the allotments.
Johnny goes outside where he meets Seri, the German neighbour’s daughter, and the two of them set off in the sunshine for the allotments.
They discover the shed is not like other sheds. It’s bigger and better built and immaculately maintained. Inside, they discover a myriad of interesting artefacts dating back to World War II.
Medals, plans, model ships, Morse code equipment, photographs, dusty TOP SECRET plans and files, convoy plotters, old money, vintage engineering magazines, wristwatches, and an old travelling clock that does not work.
Johnny tosses it disdainfully to one side and continues rooting through his newly acquired treasures. Clearly, the main purpose of this shed is not gardening, but what is it?
The alarm on the old clock goes off. Seri jumps. It folds back in on itself and closes with a slick click. It begins to pulse, louder and louder: VUM! VUM! VUM!
Something very strange is happening. The great adventure is about to begin.
David Carter’s “Grist Vergette’s Curious Clock” is out now in paperback and as an Ebook. 175 pages. A compelling read!
Carter, as in all his work, creates solid three-dimensional believable characters and these protagonists are no exception, as with those less attractive characters they meet during their adventure.
One feels an instant empathy with their youthful curiosity yet Carter generates a fear which cleverly puts the reader one step ahead as this story moves from the seemingly benign merging with a gathering plot gaining rapid nail-biting momentum towards the end.
This work has been accurately researched and presents a well documented view of the period giving substance to an unusual, very interesting perspective and makes for an exciting, entertaining tale which nicely rationalises itself back to reality.
David Carter is a gifted writer who can switch genres with ease.
He has the ability to create context, devise sound characters and clever plots which keep the momentum going.
This story reflects all that is excellent about his work and I can highly recommend it.
Margaret Henderson Smith – Author of “Amber” and “The Turn of the Tide”.
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About the Author
David Carter lives in the south of England and has written more than 10 books including a series of murder/mysteries featuring his black detective Inspector Walter Darriteau based in Chester, Merseyside, Liverpool, and North Wales.
If you’re interested in this genre look out for The Murder Diaries - Seven Times Over, The Sound of Sirens, The Twelfth Apostle and The Legal & the Illicit featuring Walter Darriteau.
David has also written a male equivalent chicklit novel dubbed “manlit” by some. The Life and Loves of Gringo Greene features a character who doesn’t treat women well and it comes back to haunt him.
Margaret Henderson Smith, a seasoned writer in her own right, wrote about Gringo Greene:
In its easy style it simply bounces along, every page sheer entertainment, compulsively turned, but at the same time I found myself grateful for the sheer length of this chunky, fun-filled book because I never wanted to reach the end. I feel sure readers will be hankering after a sequel, or a prequel as Carter puts it and I hope the author will oblige.
From the start the reader readily engages with the characters, the context, the setting, the story. With its low-key running plot gradually stepping up as the story progresses, Carter has the balance just right for he allows no distraction from each of Gringo’s lover’s own tales. This has got to be one of the most fascinating books I've ever read, for Carter has the knack of placing the reader in the thick of it. One is hardly aware one is reading, the experience of interacting with the characters is strangely powerful, and I read this with the ease of watching a film.
I congratulate the author on this work for it takes a very clever author to be able to hold the reader’s fascination continuously in this way. He has created a superb male 'slick-lit’ character in Gringo Greene and the work has much to commend it. Within its genre, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and it goes without saying I highly recommend it.
David’s aim is to release one full-length novel every year, though two would be nice! There’s a much-requested sequel to Gringo Greene in the offing, time permitting. Read more on David’s books and see lots of reviews at: www.davidcarterbooks.co.uk