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A flavour of Art Marvik's first mission for NIMS ahead of his second in Dangerous Cargo

Former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik, now working undercover for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad, (NIMS) is about to embark on his second mission in Dangerous Cargo, published by Severn House in the UK on 31 May 2016.  I thought  as a prequel you might like a flavour of his first mission for NIMS in Silent Running  which is available in paperback and as an ebook.

Silent Running - An Art Marvik Marine Crime Novel by Pauline Rowson

Adrift after leaving the marines, Marvik finds himself being used as bait to catch a ruthless killer whose slaying spree spans the decades.

It's a mission that will put all his skills and training to the test- a dangerous assignment that could cost him his life

Silent Running opens on the Isle of Wight on the South Coast of England.

Sunset over Newtown Harbour Isle of Wight, featured in Silent Running by Pauline RowsoneBy the time Marvik reached Newtown Harbour the  wind had risen but the rain had come to little more than a few threatening and  erratic flurries. He secured the boat and made for the cottage feeling  troubled. A blackbird flew squawking into the air. On the surface everything  looked the same. The cottage door was shut, the windows too; it was exactly as  he had left it that morning. But there was something.

He scrutinized the garden and surrounding  area. There was a branch of a shrub broken but nothing else. The rear door was  locked and the alarm still set. He disengaged it and stood motionless for a  moment, listening. Only the sound of the wind and the birdsong came to him. He  studied the kitchen. Nothing had been disturbed or defiled. The kettle was  exactly where he had left it on the dark blue range, the kitchen cupboards  closed and his lap top computer was on the table in the centre of the room. He  stiffened. No, that was wrong. It wasn’t exactly how he had left it. It had  been moved just perceptibly. Or was that just him getting compulsive, obsessive  and paranoid?

Sunset over Newtown Harbour Isle of Wight, featured in Silent Running by Pauline RowsonHe crossed to it and studied  the  computer and the table around it. The lid was down. It was the same distance  from the edge of the table, the chair was in the exact position and yet as he  studied both he knew that it was  fractionally different. Was it just his  imagination? His eyes swung to the door which led into the hall and his pulse  quickened. It was ajar as he had left it but he remembered looking back as he  had set the alarm before leaving and like a snapshot the image reframed itself  in his mind. Having a photographic memory was a gift and he’d developed that to  become a skill over the years in combat. The door was open slightly wider than  when he had left and Charlotte couldn’t have done that because she had been  beside him when he had set the alarm.

Swiftly he went through the rest of the  house looking for more signs of the intruder. He found them in his bedroom and  in the living room. They were minuscule and would not have been noticed by  anyone else but he knew exactly where and how everything had been left. There  was a drawer not quite closed, a book slightly at an angle, a tube of  toothpaste moved ever so slightly in the bathroom. Whoever had  been here had  been no common burglar because nothing had been stolen or wrecked. He had no  television, no valuables, no money lying around, only his lap top and that was  practically an antique. Whoever had entered the house had been expert, but not  expert enough. His blood was pumping fast, the adrenaline was coursing through  his body – not caused by fear or anger, he swiftly acknowledged, but by exhilaration.

He recalled the flash of light he’d seen  earlier through his binoculars and knew that Charlotte had been correct.  Someone had followed her here and someone had been watching the cottage.

Hope you enjoyed that short extract.

Silent Running and Dangerous Cargo can be purchased online or from any good bookshop.  They are also available for loan in libraries.

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MAY 31ST, 2016 @ 5:41:40 BST

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