The Trainee Undercover is a mystery, action, and thriller novel written by Brenda Shaw.
Paul Collier, a high level executive, in a pharma company gets threatened into silence by an unknown force. In despair, he decides to send his family away to protect them.
Alex, a happy-go-lucky teenager, is all set to enjoy his summer vacation with his friends.
But fate has other plans in store! They get entangled with a murder case.
Alex and his friends are now committed to pursue criminals.
They desperately want to help Paul! But, will they fall prey into the hands of the criminals?
It’s a gripping adventure where they have to race against time and winning is everything!
The teenagers’ amateurish skills will have to compete with professional criminals.
Will they be a victim or victorious? Read the novel to find out...
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About the Author
Brenda Shaw is a author based in UK and writes under a pen name. Since childhood, she has been a very keen and voracious reader of adventure, suspense, mystery, detective, legal and science fiction books. After completing her post-graduation in biological sciences, she worked for the pharmaceutical industry for nearly two decades. She decided to leave her career and pursue her childhood passion of writing fiction books. Brenda Shaw is the author of the suspense action-packed thriller, ‘The Trainee Undercover’. Being a travel lover, she has been travelling to various cities in Europe, America and Asia. She is very keen to explore and understand the varied customs and colorful cultures that exists around the world. Author's Website: http://www.BrendaShaw.co.uk Blog Dedicated For 'The Trainee Undercover' Fans: http://www.TheTrainee.Info
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The Trainee Undercover
By Brenda Shaw
ADE Press Ltd.Copyright © 2016 Brenda Shaw
All rights reserved.
Alex could see the shadow of the man in the black raincoat walking towards him. The man was holding a gun! Alex started sweating. He wondered what he should do. He was hiding behind one of the cupboards, but he could not stay hidden for long. The man was moving determinedly towards his position.
Could he see him? If he moved, he knew the man would shoot him.
Alex had never seen a weapon in his life, except on the net or in movies! His friends were waiting for him in the car.
How on earth did I end up in this situation? he wondered.
He had to think fast. 'Come on Alex! Think! Use your dimwit brain,' he berated in a whispering tone to himself. He thought about running, but that seemed stupid too. He was no Olympic runner. Shouting wasn't an option either. He'd be dead before his voice had even left his lips.
No ... I need to send an alert, he realised. Alex fumbled desperately for his mobile. He couldn't find it. Sweat dripped from his forehead. He wondered why he hadn't asked Harry to cover for him.
Oh God! Don't let me die, please!
Alex watched the man in the raincoat coming closer towards him. Any moment now, he would see him. Alex closed his eyes and braced himself. Time to start praying.
Something touched his chest. A bullet, maybe?
'Get up Alex!'
Alex started screaming. He opened his eyes. His mother looked back at him, concerned. The sun was shining through his bedroom window. He could see his laptop on the study table and all of his books arranged neatly on the shelf. Alex shivered. His dream had felt so real.
'Alex? You are sweating badly.'
'I am okay, Mum. Just a bad dream.' His voice was trembling.
'Have you been watching horror movies again?'
'No Mum!' Alex snapped.
'Okay, you sound normal now,' she said, smiling.
'Sorry Mum!' Alex said sheepishly.
'Okay! Get ready! I heard your mobile ringing. I know it's the holiday period but I would still like you to have your breakfast downstairs before I leave.'
'Yes Mum,' Alex replied lazily.
Alex listened as she left the room. Unlike a typical teenage bedroom, his was neat and tidy. From what he had heard from his mum, if his brother James had still shared this room with him, then it would have been extremely messy. James was away now at a university in Southampton, studying to be a doctor. Alex checked his mobile and saw a missed call from Harry. He checked the time and realised that Harry was trying to make sure that he was not late. He sent a quick reply and jumped out of bed.
Alex rushed to freshen up and finished his breakfast quickly. As he grabbed his coat to rush out, his mum shouted, 'Do not be late for dinner Alex. We can all eat together. I never know when Henry will have to travel next for his project.'
Henry Brian, Alex's dad, was a tall well-built gentleman with a lot of old fashioned values. Henry was very proud of both of his sons, and supported them in every activity. However, he had started to get a little restless about Alex's future plans, and Alex's indecision about what he intended to do after finishing school. With James not at home, Alex was the centre of attention, and Henry was determined to get him to make a decision about his educational plans after school.
'Don't worry Mum. I will be back by then.'
Susan Brian sighed as she thought about her son. She knew she really shouldn't worry too much about him. He had a good group of friends.
Alex rushed out and jumped onto his bike. He came across as a tall lanky teenager with dishevelled hair and a bike that was too small for his height. He never liked to waste any time when travelling to Harry's house. As he cycled, he saw Angela ahead of him on her bike. He pedalled faster, although he knew that he had no hopes of catching her. Angela was a delicate looking gorgeous blonde, with a keen sense of competition. She was an excellent cyclist, and probably could have been a champion if she wanted to. However, Angela was keen to become a lawyer like her dad. She was very strong minded, and rarely showed her emotions. Despite this, Alex and his friends knew that Angela was fiercely loyal, and that she would do anything for them. She was a tomboy, and they treated her as one.
Alex was exhausted by the time he parked up near Harry's garage. He was not surprised to see Angela's bike parked neatly outside. As he went inside the garage room, he saw that Angela and Harry were busy looking at something on a laptop.
Harry looked up at Alex, 'Go grab a drink from the fridge. You look like you need it.'
Harry had the typical looks of a British born Asian Indian, at five feet eight. He wore black spectacles and always had a smile on his face. This reflected in his voice. Even during the tensest moments, while Alex, George and Angela would be nervously twiddling their thumbs, he would be unfazed. Harry was the mediator in their group, and came across as very mature for his age. He was quite ambitious and very clear about his future plans to be a computer engineer, and work in his dad's company.
His name was actually 'Hari' of Asian origin, but over the years someone had called him Harry, and the name stuck.
'So, where is George? Has he got waylaid by some household chore again?' Alex asked sarcastically.
George was known for his unpunctuality. He would often come up with the most unbelievable excuses for being late.
Harry smiled, 'Chill Alex. He will be here in time for our badminton game.'
Angela ignored the conversation. She was busy looking intently at the laptop.
Alex raised his eyebrows at Harry.
'Huh ... Angela is catching up on the Lucas case.'
'The Lucas case?'
Harry explained that Lucas Bryan was the CEO of a global pharmaceutical company, who was accused of murdering a director. His case was being fought by one of the best defence lawyers in the world, Mr. Hammond Hammer. Angela was an ardent fan of Mr. Hammer, and followed up on most of his cases.
'Get a life Angela. How can you find those court cases interesting?' Alex asked.
'Not everybody loves to breathe, eat and live cars Alex,' Angela snapped.
'Madame, before you demean my first and only love, remember that those cars help to take you from point A to point B.'
'Sir, before you get on your high horse, remember that you don't drive them, and nor do you manufacture them. It's a wasteful hobby if you don't intend to do anything with all that knowledge.'
'Oh, and you are going to be the next big lawyer fighting cases with Mr. Hammer are you?'
'Of course, at least I have a goal.'
'Ambitious Angie aiming to conquer the lawyers!' Alex then put a hand on his mouth in an exaggerated manner to say, 'Err, I meant Law.'
Before Angela could retaliate, Harry intervened. 'Both of you that's enough. Let's not spoil today's morning. We only have a couple of days before we start our summer jobs. It's going to be difficult to meet frequently. Keep cool and enjoy the sun while it lasts guys.'
'Hah, this is true for you and me, but not for Mr. Alex the lazy lunatic.'
Angela stuck her tongue out at Alex, before walking out of the garage door towards the badminton court.
Brat,' whispered Alex angrily, but stopped himself when he saw Harry looking at him sternly.
'You can give back when you get the job that you want to do,' smiled Harry.
Alex followed Harry out towards the court.
Harry's parents were quite well off, and lived in a sprawling six bedroom detached house, with an even bigger garden. The house had two double garages, and they had converted one of them for Harry to play in when he was just a child. Over the years, the garage room had been modified a couple of times. Now it was Harry's study room, and their meeting place. It was an ideal place to relax and have fun, since Harry's parents left them alone to their devices.
Angela and Harry were busy preparing the court and the nets. Alex starting checking the shuttlecocks, when he saw George saunter past him. George was a tall American. He looked like a sportsman, with a lazy stride. George however; wasn't much of a sportsman. Food and sleep was his passion. He was very good at retaining information like a sponge, and had a good memory.
Alex heard him apologizing to Harry for the delay.
Angela called out impatiently, 'Let's start the game boys. I am in the mood to thrash someone.' She threw a challenging look to Alex.
Alex didn't back off. 'Come on George. Let's show that lady the meaning of thrash.'
Alex paired with George, and Harry with Angela. They were normally equally matched, but today George was not faring well at all. He seemed distracted and nervous. Harry and Angela won the first two sets easily.
At the end of their game, they were all sweating badly. Alex glared at George, wondering about his strange behaviour. He started to say something, but then Harry's mum called out to them for lunch. Mrs. Kumar was an excellent cook. She had made Indian bread and curries. She started to say 'please enjoy your lunch' but before she had even finished speaking, the boys and Angela were halfway through the meal. She smiled and left them to it.
Finally George groaned, 'Oh I can't eat anymore. I am stuffed!'
Harry laughed, 'I will tell my mum not to feed you all too much.'
'No!' was the unanimous call from everyone.
'Don't you dare deprive us of your mum's food Harry!' Angela joked, 'George stop complaining!'
'Hey, who's complaining?' George groaned.
'Maybe next time I'll bring some packed sandwiches for you George, so that you don't feel stuffed with food,' Alex said in a serious tone.
'I don't want ...' started George angrily, before he saw the teasing faces of Angela and Alex.
George raised his hands as if to say, 'Okay guys. I give up.'
Alex sighed, 'Just when it had started to get interesting.'
Harry said, 'Okay guys, let's clear up. George wants to share something.'
'Curb your curiosity Alex for a few minutes. Let's clean the room first,' Harry said.
There was a small corridor connecting the garage room with the main kitchen area. After clearing up, they quickly took their favourite positions in Harry's room – Alex on the beanbag, Angela on the settee, George lying down on the sofa-cum-bed and Harry on the carpet.
'Tell all George, before I die of suspense,' Alex joked.
George looked at all of them for a moment before he started speaking, 'Have you all heard of Lucas Bryan?'
'Where did I hear of him?' Alex started to say, before Angela interrupted, 'He's the guy accused of killing Simon Hays at Pat Pharma. Mr. Hammond Hammer is fighting his case.'
'Okay! So what's that got to do with you, George?' asked Alex
'Nothing, but Dad has been working for Pat Pharma, and reporting to Mr. Bryan who was the CEO.'
'Has been?' Alex raised his eyebrows.
'Well, he doesn't know if he will still have a job in a month's time. Another board director, Mr. Hugh Radar, has stepped in to hold the fort as the temporary CEO.'
'Can he get another job?' interrupted Alex.
'Shush Alex,' Harry admonished, 'Stop interrupting.'
'Okay guys ... whatever I discuss from now on is highly secretive. You need to promise not to tell anyone, please? My dad could get into trouble if this information leaks out.'
They all said in unison, 'Of course, we promise.'
They had met Mr. Paul Collier more than a few times when they had been to George's house. Mr. Collier was a short bald man with a smiley face. He always had time to say a kind word or two, or to advise them on how to do things right.
'Dad is very worried at the moment. Being a Chief Operating Officer at Pat Pharma, he became a little suspicious about the company finances a couple of months ago. Around five billion pounds have been embezzled from the company accounts. He requested for an audit to be done, but before it could even be confirmed, Mr. Hays was murdered. Dad thinks Mr. Hays might have had some involvement in the fraud, but he doesn't have any evidence.'
Alex couldn't stop himself, 'Has he informed the police?'
'No!' George literally screamed, 'Didn't I tell you before that this is highly confidential information? Dad now has to keep quiet about all this, otherwise it could be seriously dangerous.'
'George, your dad could get into trouble for not revealing the fraud.'
'Alex, this is not one of your dream movies, this is real. You don't seem to understand the situation.'
'Let's hear him out. I don't think George has finished whatever he has to say,' Harry interrupted.
'My dad wanted to go to the police the moment he found out about the misappropriation of funds. He discussed it with Mr. Hays, who suggested that a company audit would be better than having the cops scrutinize the company accounts. Dad went along with it ... but he wasn't fully convinced, so he approached Mr. Bryan (Lucas) wanting to know his standpoint. Lucas was convinced that they should approach the police. But of course, Lucas had to follow the company protocol and keep silent until he had a chance to discuss and get agreement on his plan of action from the board of directors.'
He took a deep breath, and continued.
'Dad was waiting to hear from Mr. Bryan when catastrophe struck. Mr. Hays was found murdered in Lucas's office room, and Lucas was taken into custody as the primary suspect. When the police started their investigation on Mr. Bryan's murder, Dad wanted to tell them all about the embezzlement of company funds. That's when he received his first threatening letter ...'
George looked around the room nervously.
'The letter stated that if Dad went to the police regarding the fraud, then he would have to face the consequences. After that, obviously, he got a little scared. He didn't tell me or Mum anything at that point. He decided to wait for a couple of days before he got the police involved. He wasn't sure if someone from the office was playing a prank on him. There was always a chance that an employee was dissatisfied with the company and was threatening him, using the situation in office.'
He continued, 'After a few days, Dad tried to meet with Lucas. He made an appointment to see him, but then he got another letter, saying that he shouldn't meet with Lucas and that if he revealed any knowledge of the fraud to the police, they would kill Mum and me. I think at that point Dad got really scared and realised this was more serious than he had anticipated. He looked so nervous when he got home, Mum couldn't get him to tell her what was wrong. Then last week ...'
George looked a little frightened and lost in thought.
'What happened last week George?'
'Dad has a personal assistant, Rose, who works very closely with him. She is aware of most of Dad's operational activities. When Dad first discovered the money laundering, he didn't discuss it with Rose, even though she is very loyal and one of his oldest personnel assistants. But last week, Rose was part of a meeting between the finance director and the business director, where they were discussing the missing money. They think Dad is trying to hide the issue and Rose got very flustered about it. She tried to discuss it with Dad but he just asked her to stay quiet, since he can't talk about the letters to anyone without compromising our safety. He decided to approach Mr. Parker with the issue and give him all the details. Just as he was about to go for the meeting, he got his third threatening letter. It was extremely graphic about how they were planning to kill Mum, Elena and me, if Dad discussed the fraud with anybody in the office. It's almost like someone is watching every move he makes. This time the blackmailer also wanted Dad to silently surrender to the police, and accept the fraud as his crime.'
Alex, Harry and Angela were aghast.
George started sniffing as he spoke, 'It doesn't stop there. Just after he got the letter, Elena went missing from her school for three hours. After a lot of panic, Dad found my sister in the nearby supermarket store. Elena was picked by a man who portrayed himself as dad's best friend and took her on a tour of the town in his car. It was all done so cleverly that the nanny who went to pick her up did not even see this man take Elena away. Dad was about to go to the authorities when he received another letter, stating that this time he found Elena alive, but next time he won't, if he doesn't follow their instructions. They want him to surrender to the authorities next week. Dad had a difficult time trying to pacify the nanny who was miffed about Elena being picked up by dad's so called friend. Dad, of course, didn't tell her the truth.'
There was absolute silence in the room.
George shook his head as if he couldn't believe what had happened, 'My dad looks like a defeated man. He has booked tickets for me, Elena and Mum to leave for the United States next week. We are going to stay with my aunt until this mess is sorted out. I can't leave him like this. But ... when I refused to leave, Dad got more nervous and stressed about it.'
George paused before saying, 'Dad won't fight. He might give in to the pressure and even take responsibility for the crime.'
'What do I do?' George asked in earnest, 'I want to save him!'
All of the others were numb with shock and distress. Even in their wildest dreams, they hadn't anticipated this.
'George, if you are in such a bad situation, why did you keep quiet this morning?' Alex asked angrily, 'Instead of pretending to play, if you had told us sooner, we could have started thinking of how to help you.'
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Table of Contents
ContentsChapter 1 – DAY 1,
Chapter 2 – DAY 2,
Chapter 3 – DAY 3,
Chapter 4 – DAY 4,
Chapter 5 – DAY 5,
Chapter 6 – DAY 6,
Chapter 7 – EPILOGUE,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR,
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The Trainee by Brenda Shaw is a quick-paced mystery involving young adults. One day, George Colier tells his friends Alex, Harry, and Angela that his father and family are being threatened. Alex who would like to become a private investigator talks the others into going undercover at their summertime jobs in hopes of aiding Paul Collier. Will the young investigators discover why Mr. Collier is being blackmailed? Will they be able to foil the criminals? I enjoyed the story even if at times it seemed unrealistic that these young sleuths could outwit the criminals and outsmart the police. The characters are likable and work well as a group. It's a fun read and I recommend it to adults and young adults.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Trainee Undercover is a young adult action and adventure thriller written by Brenda Shaw. Alex Brian and his friends, Angela, Harry and George, had been boon companions since they were small. His friends were all starting summer jobs in a week, but they had this first week of summer to spend together. As usual, they all met up at Harry’s house. Harry’s parents had a huge place with a modified garage that had been adopted as the group’s hangout. They had a badminton game planned for that first morning. As usual, George was late, but this time, he also seemed distracted and played more of a lackluster game than usual. Harry and Angela won easily, and Alex was rather unhappy with his unsporting partner. After a large lunch provided by Harry’s mum, George finally revealed the reason for his distraction. His father had been receiving anonymous threatening letters regarding the embezzlement of funds he discovered at Pat Pharma, where he was the Chief Operating Officer. The letter writer threatened to harm his family if he spoke to the police, and even went as far as to abduct George’s little sister and return her unharmed as a warning. George’s father decided to send George and the rest of his family back to the United States. Alex and his friends were stunned by the news, but Alex also saw a fatal flaw in George’s father’s plan. Pat Pharma was an international corporation with business interests all over the world. His family would be put in even greater peril if sent away. The four young adults knew that they could do something to solve this crisis, and, working as a team, they were determined to make it happen. Brenda Shaw’s young adult action and adventure thriller, The Trainee Undercover, is a fast-paced and exciting coming of age tale. I enjoyed seeing how the four friends decide to tackle a real world problem as a team, and marveled at the imagination and ingenuity they exhibit as they do so. Alex, as the budding private investigator, is brilliant as he masters his recurring nightmares about armed assailants and puts himself in some perilous situations as part of his first real case. Shaw gives the armchair sleuth plenty of clues and red herrings to ponder along with Alex and his friends, and the solution is by no means a predictable one. Her characters are well-defined and authentic, and her writing style is fluid and smooth. The Trainee Undercover is highly recommended.
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite The Trainee Undercover by Brenda Shaw is both mystery and thriller, a story that is intensely emotional and loaded with surprises. The story features compelling themes like intrigue, murder, blackmail, and corruption, and the reader will be trapped in a guessing game, wishing they knew who is behind the conflict that drives this thrilling story. Paul Collier, the COO of one of the big pharmaceutical companies, has just found out that billions of pounds are being stolen from the company. But then he is blackmailed into silence. Things get worse when the CEO of the company is accused of murder. Who is behind all this? Watch what happens when four teenagers decide to take a complex investigation into their own hands. I loved the idea behind this book and the characters are awesome. The fact that the crime is being investigated by teenagers, kids with no certain idea of what they are getting into is not just tragic, but intriguing. There are so many scenes that will increase the pulse of the reader, like when Alex sees the “man in the black raincoat,” gun in hand, and walking directly towards him under the shadows, and he couldn’t call out for help or alert his friends of what is happening. Working undercover as a trainee in the pharmaceutical company is also very risky stuff for a teenager and it is happening in this spellbinding novel. There is a lot of action in this story and the conflict is powerful. The plot is beautifully imagined and executed with mastery. Brenda Shaw has a gift for character and I loved how she allowed the traits in her characters to unfold, and how some of these characters evolve through the conflict. The Trainee Undercover is a page-turner, a thrilling read that will have readers enthralled throughout.
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite The Trainee Undercover by Brenda Shaw is a young adult thriller. Paul Collier is high up in a pharmaceutical company and he knows something that others don’t want to get out. His family is under threat if he says anything so he decides that they should all go away. But things take a turn for the worse when a body turns up and Paul’s son, George, together with his friends, Harry, Angela and Alex, all find themselves embroiled in the mystery in a bid to help Paul. Four children with no detective skills pitted against a team of ruthless professional criminals – it’s bound to end in disaster. But on which side? Can the kids outwit the pros or will it all come crashing down on Paul? The Trainee Undercover by Brenda Shaw is a fast-moving thriller, full of action. It was one of those edge-of-the-seat reads, a white-knuckle ride that starts off quite innocently, with four teens getting ready to spend the summer together, but soon evolves into a rollercoaster adventure. There are twists and turns along the way that keep you hanging on, waiting to see what will happen next. This is a very cleverly written plot with plenty of excitement and danger. The characters were developed to a stage where I felt as if I could identify with them, and the story was written in a way that drew me in so I felt as though I were living the story with the characters. Excellent book, well-suited to the target audience, but also one that plenty of adult readers could get into. Looking forward to more from Brenda Shaw.
Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite Teens take on a big pharma corporation in The Trainee Undercover by Brenda Shaw, an exciting and action-packed new adult suspense novel. Alex is charming and charismatic, and profoundly intelligent. He has just finished school and is beginning the summer holidays with no plans for his future. To Alex's parents and peers, it seems like he lacks ambition, but, in reality, nothing has stimulated his intellect enough to make it his career. However, that changes on the first day of his holiday. George, Harry, and Angela are Alex's closest friends and get together daily. Today, George brings the unpleasant news about his father, Mr. Collier. Mr. Collier is in some trouble at the company where he works. He has received a letter demanding that he confess to certain crimes related to his company or else his family will suffer. Alex, Harry, and Angela make the decision to help the family by researching and gathering information about the crimes. Alex goes undercover at Mr. Collier's company and learns more than he bargains for. The information and evidence that Alex discovers make him even more determined to catch the real criminals. However, the danger becomes real and escalates when Mr. Collier's adversaries consider Alex a threat and target the teens. Will Alex and his friends survive the summer? The Trainee Undercover by Brenda Shaw is a dramatic and gripping young adult novel filled with suspense and intrigue. The book begins with a chilling scene and, as the story unfolds, the plot intensifies, gathering momentum until it finally snowballs to an explosive conclusion. The storyline is clever and intense with outstanding characters who have distinctive personalities. Alex, Harry, Angela and George are highly intelligent and ingenious. I was impressed with Alex's analytical thinking, how he thinks outside of the box, and isn't afraid to act on his instincts. It is refreshing to read a book where the protagonist uses his intellect and follows his gut feelings. This book is a sensational suspense novel that will captivate readers from their teens on up.
Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite The Trainee Undercover by Brenda Shaw is a thrilling, action packed adventure for the young at heart. Dreams really do come true ... well, not exactly. Alex Brian wakes screaming from the same dream every morning. Could this dream be a sign of future events? Alex and his friends gather together to have some fun before their summer trainee jobs begin. But something is obviously wrong with George. When George explains his family dilemma, they all jump in to help their friend. Embezzlement and murder, and a mysterious “nefarious scheme” quickly lure Alex and his friends into its trap. Going undercover, each one with a task to perform, each one willing to take a risk, they become a “bunch of teenagers playing with danger.” Brenda Shaw’s The Trainee Undercover is on the edge entertaining! Shaw’s belief that “teenagers are extremely intelligent, intuitive and ingenious” certainly is revealed throughout the narrative, and her years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry aid the plot as well. The vacillation between maturity and childlike behavior stereotypes the average teen, but the youthful group penned in the story far outclass the norm. The young hero is charming and quick-witted, able to talk his way into pretty much anything, and his trio of friends is gifted with their own unique personality traits. All are risk takers, who find themselves down the rabbit hole of adventure and danger, and somehow manage to come out unscathed. These kids take the Power Rangers to a whole new level. The action accelerates and the events transpire quickly over a few days - thrills, spills, dangerous situations, and despicable villains run rampant. Although as an adult I found some of the plot unrealistic, (namely the parental roles), this novel is sure to be a hit for the young adult audience.
A gripping fast paced thriller. In this fast paced action thriller, Alex, Harry, George and Angela are four teenagers who have been friends for a long time. The summer holidays have arrived and as usual they are all at Harry’s house, however, when George arrives he is clearly agitated, and with good cause, they are soon to discover. Reluctantly George tells his friends what has happened. His dad, Paul Collier who is a high level executive at Pat Pharma has admitted to him that he is scared. Although the innocent party, he appears to have been the catalyst in events which have escalated out of control, and the only way he can keep his family safe is to send them away for the summer. There has been a murder at work, a colleague has been held for questioning by the police, and now he is being watched, and what’s more, someone seems to be one step ahead of him all the time, and is sending him threatening letters. On hearing George’s story, Alex, Harry and Angela all decide that they must help Paul discover who is threatening him, and so Alex and George talk to Paul, and with his help Alex manages to get a summer job at Pat Pharma. The job gives Alex inside access to the company, and with his new found ability to gather insider knowledge, and the others using their own unique skills, the group make a formidable team. However, as they rapidly become more involved in the case it is apparent that there is a lot more going on secretly than they could ever have imagined. In their quest to help Paul the friends uncover deep resentments in Pat Pharma, and as the skeletons begin to come out of the cupboard, they realise that their investigations have put them into a very precarious position, as they find themselves pursued by dangerous criminals. Despite being on a mission which is fraught with danger the friends’ comradeship, loyalty, tenacity, and friendship shine through, not only to each other, but also to those around them. This is a truly fantastic adventure thriller which keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. Packed with murder, mystery, and intrigue this story is one that you just cannot put down.