Target: Prendergast Uncovered

Target: Prendergast Uncovered

by Ian Welch

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ISBN-13: 9781496059208
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/19/2014
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ian Welch has probably always had a desire to write, he was just too embroiled in his business commitments. Suddenly finding for the first time ever he had free time he has ignited his secret passion to write. Previous writing experiences were limited to a few articles in local publications. His debut novel 'Vendetta' was released prior to Christmas 2013. He has been working on and off on 'Target' for twelve months constantly refining and reworking. At the same time, he has been working on two other novels. 'Broken Wings' is a family saga spread over two generations and is about half completed. 'Conspiracy' is a return to an earlier effort. It traces the lead character's life in free fall after he returns from a business trip to find an empty house, his wife of seven years has left him.
Writing now consumes most of Ian's spare time. It has transformed from a hobby into an obsession. It is a complete departure from his earlier life of constant business pressures. It is not a chore that must be done, it is like sitting down and being immersed in a good book only, this time, he is the one shaping the plot and crafting the characters. it is creative, totally consuming and exciting to finally see the finished product.

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Target Prendergast Uncovered 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
gail-miller More than 1 year ago
A vengeful Real IRA operative recently released after 20 years in the pen, intent on settling Ireland’s score with Britain through whatever means possible, including mass murder—starting with the assassination of a senior police inspector with the tip of an umbrella bearing a poisonous liquid. British Intelligence and the CIA working together to uncover and thwart the villain’s diabolical plan to murder thousands of Brits by means of VX, a lethal nerve gas variant of the liquid, so as to win Ireland back for the Irish. A strapping young man hired to befriend the culprit’s daughter and follow her wherever she goes in a bid to stop her father from carrying out his homicidal conspiracy. Hero and perpetrator’s daughter… genuinely fall for each other—not part of the plan? Sounds like the synopsis of the next James Bond flick, doesn’t it? Only it’s not. At the center of this adventure is Brad Prendergast, a beach bum living and surfing in Malibu, California, who is happy as long as he has enough cash to pursue his three main interests of … surfing, partying and girls, with surfing possibly edging out the other two on the priority list. In order to pick up that needed cash, Brad picks up some odd jobs. But one of them, gardener at an exclusive mansion, leads him down a path most of us might want to flee from, after he heroically foils an attempted break-in, mightily impressing his grateful employer. His mission (if he chooses to accept it, and he does—for the cash and an all-expenses paid trip to surf paradise Hawaii) is to liaison with and win over the lovely Cara, the daughter of the villainous Carrick Fitzgerald, the man on a mission to take out thousands of Brits right in the heart of London in the name of justice and freedom for Ireland. Life is far too short to get involved with life-threatening espionage and crazed homicidal terrorists … or so one would assume a fun-loving Malibu dude like Brad Prendergast would feel. Added to that is the malicious hatred of Cara’s jilted and rejected would-be suitor, Liam. But as it turns out, Brad actually comes to enjoy the excitement and exhilaration that facing danger brings—something like battling that mammoth wave? When life throws us a curveball, we grab it or let it hit us. This spy thriller offers up a much less polished but more approachable hero than James Bond in Brad Prendergast. A bit of a loser (having recently been fired from his teaching position due to misconduct with female students), Brad is someone most readers will be able to identify with. So if you enjoy reading novels that mix up suspense, intrigue, globe-trotting with murder, mayhem, romance, you will enjoy Target.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Target: Prendergast Uncovered by Ian Welch starts off as a fast paced story filled with intrigue in Ireland where a target is injected with a rapidly lethal toxic liquid. This liquid, designed to be used on hundreds of thousands of people to create mass murder, is part of a plan for the new IRA to get the Brits out of Ireland and reclaim their land. The mastermind evil villain of the story, Carrick Fitzgerald, wants nothing to do with a recent peace accord and is planning on taking “his Ireland” back from England. The story then jumps to a surfer in Malibu, Brad Pendergast, who’s running out of money and gets hired by a super rich family to be their gardener. While undergoing the security check it comes to light his past employment involved sexual relations with his students and a consequential firing. It gives us depth and understanding to this character, who is about to encounter a life altering experience. A break in occurs at the beach mansion where Brad is working and when he comes to the rescue and subdues the two robbers the woman who hired him is impressed. The story progresses and Brad meets the wife’s husband, who’s connected with the CIA. Along with them is another man, a British agent. The meeting results in a plan to have Brad go undercover for the CIA and connect with Carricks’s daughter Carra who will be vacationing in Hawaii. Surfing is his cover story. The plan takes root when Brad is wildly attracted the gorgeous Carra. Their falling in love complicates the plan as one of Carrick’s men has feelings for her and goes out of his way to make life miserable for Brad. The storyline continues and moves from Hawaii to Las Vegas where more characters enter into the scene and the plot takes twists and unexpected turns. Without telling the rest of the story, suffice it to say I had trouble putting the book down and was drawn in by the intrigue. Well worth the purchase and read.
sea-salt More than 1 year ago
A touch of humour, a great plot, well developed characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story may be good, but there are so many run-on sentences that it is irritating to read. Also, British slang coming from a California surfer dude just doesn't sit right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting, humerous, a believable plot , a very easy read. Full of tension and action plus an underlying romantic theme. Perhaps not a classic thriller or romance novel but never the less very entertaining. Brad is a quirky character, a lovable rogue. Countering him is Carrick, a determined terrorist who is focused on his cause. Throw in daughter Cara for a romantic twist and you have the ingrediants for a gripping tale. If you like a strong plot that picks you up and captures your interest to the final page I would recommend you read this one. Plus it is free.