“A great crime thriller that gives you a glimpse into a very dark world, indeed.”

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Dark Ship
WITHIN THE SHADOWS

WITHIN THE SHADOWS

After a Westminster businessman is murdered, newly appointed Detective Inspector John Oulton gets his first case. Young, dedicated and eager to make an impression, Oulton begins an investigation that would shatter his world.

An obscure tattoo, found on the back of the victim’s neck, leads to a shocking revelation that propels Oulton’s local London murder into a global and deadly man hunt. Intrigue and dedication soon turn into complete obsession; the pressure building with every step closer to the truth.

Oulton’s life becomes a fog of paranoia where distrust is the only key to survival and time is the enemy.


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WITHIN THE SHADOWS
ISBN 9780244912123
First Edition
Published 13 January 2018
Copyright © Nicholas Averill
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"If you like Cornwall, tales of Smugglers and Pirates along with a good twist of modern conspiracy this book is just for you!"

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Within the Shadows
WITHINTHESHADOWS

DARK SHIP

When a local reporter inadvertently photographs bloodstains on a luxury yacht in Penzance Harbor, it is revealed that it had been found drifting lifelessly in the Atlantic. This discovery quickly captures the imagination of the national press. In response, Revenue and Customs agent, Simon Jenkins is called to the Royal Naval Base in Portsmouth to meet with Vice Admiral Wilkinson.

The meeting reveals a shocking secret that turns Simon’s world upside down as he finds himself leading the reformed Preventive Service. Teamed up with ‘smuggler-turned-coast guard’ Michael Williams, the pair are propelled into a dangerous investigation that unearths ghosts from Michael’s past and leads them on a deadly chase that questions their own morality.


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DARKSHIP
ISBN 9781291359091
First Edition
Published 30 April 2013
Copyright © Nicholas Averill
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About the author

First I would like to state; I do not read books. I have read a handful of books in my time, most of which are film adaptations, screen plays (my favourite of these being “Withnail &I”). My concentration doesn’t last long when reading a book before my mind wanders to a different place. It took me six years to read Howard Mark’s autobiography “Mr Nice”.

Born in Staffordshire in 1975, with the exception of wanting to become an astronaut, I always wanted to be creative. As far back as I can remember I had a fascination (sometimes destructively so) with film special effects. Countless toy cars ended their lives in the process as did my parents’ patio doors.

This passion for film led me to want to be a designer of sorts. At school the term Graphic Design seemed to fit my intentions and so I undertook work experience as such in my last year. But then I realised the restrictions and “rules” that governed graphic design and so moved towards Fine Art, namely sculpture.

I began to experiment with different mediums and materials, ultimately carving lumps of stone at University. Then I was indoctrinated into the vivid and wonderful world of ‘Sound & Image’; a course nose diving towards extinction for University political reasons (we were the final year to do this course).

Here I learned about sound design, animation, film editing and storyboarding. This was a great outlet and having access to cinema standard equipment.

Then the internet was born. This paved way to getting ones work in front of a potential global audience and so I enlisted a friend of mine who had recently learned HTML. He created a website for my work as I watched by. The act of creating the graphics and the site itself became of obsessive fascination to me and I quickly learned it for myself.

Post University I got a job at Staffordshire University eventually teaching web design software to students. After that I became a web designer, then a graphic designer and now I create graphics, animation and film for an international manufacturing company.

Along my journey of discovery I inadvertently collected a skillset to create film. But creating film was an unachievable dream.

In 2006 whilst on holiday in Cornwall I pondered on an idea about modern day piracy in England. Pirates with technology being pursued by a modernised Preventive Service. I grabbed some letterhead stationary from a bureau of the holiday cottage we ere staying and began to outline characters, a rough storyline and a plot (that later became the fourth chapter of Dark Ship).

Soon after, we acquired an iPad and I found a writing app. Seven years later I had self published Dark Ship. Very shortly I started work on Within The Shadows. Five years later I had now two novels. Both of which had received extremely good feedback.

My want to create films had become realised by my unknown ability to create stories with film like qualities. They say everyone has a book in them. I had literally no idea I had a book in me.

I urge everyone to create. If there is a story in your mind, write it. Punctuation, style, phrases - these are all things that come with the process. The key, the most important element is the idea. If that idea is there - the story will follow.

I achieved my childhood desire. I still don’t read books.


All works are fictitious. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.