The story continues two years after Eddie and Helen’s wedding. One of the prime suspects in the death of his first wife, Melanie, is brutally killed at his own garage. Shortly after, an attempt is made on the life of a former associate of the victim. Eddie faces up to the reality that Melanie could now be seeking a savage revenge for her death. A confrontation whilst driving home one evening makes Eddie a prime suspect in a murder investigation. He and Sean are reunited in a search for the truth, unaware that a tragic event from both their pasts threatens to tear apart the very fabric of their own existence. Is Melanie out for revenge? Is Eddie capable of murder? Can Sean and Eddie find the answers and prevent their own worlds from collapsing.
Targeted Age Group:: 16+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I had completed my first book called Renatus and had left it on a bit of an open ending. This gave me the idea for a second in the series, and a year later it was done.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters were already there from Renatus and their stories were easy to continue, though the writing still had its moments where I was stuck as to where to go next.
A voice snapped Eddie out of his thoughts, “Are you Okay? I’ve been talking to you for ages and you haven’t even answered me”, Helen asked.
“God, Jeez I’m sorry, I was miles away. It’s been a funny week”, he answered, forcing a smile.
Helen found him at times to be a tough nut to crack. She could read in to emotions and feelings as if it were a light being switched on. She could always sense when things were troubling Eddie, but as soon as she felt it was necessary to ask him about it, the darkness surrounding him would suddenly disappear and he would be his usual ebullient self. With other people she has always been able to pick up on when something ‘is up’, be it good or bad. Eddie has always been a mystery, their first meeting, the wedding he had planned, her fortieth birthday party, he had given nothing away. It is as if he is sub consciously half a step ahead the whole time. She has no reason to doubt him but there are occasions when he can fascinate and infuriate her in equal measure.
“What were you saying?” He asked.
“I was asking which looks better, the blue top or the red top?” She answered.
“For later, definitely the blue”, he replied, without really looking.
“Ok, blue it is”, she said, knowing that she was going to be wearing the red.
Helen often worked alongside Sean, advising him with some of the cases that the Renatus team took on. Although she regularly saw him, she was still excited about seeing Lucy and little Freddie again. She was Freddie’s godmother and that was as near to motherhood as she could get. She and Eddie seemed destined not to be able to have children, and with no reasonable explanation as to why. Both of them were fine in every sense. The doctors concluded that just as some women would fall pregnant almost by thinking about it; there were women who just would not. They were sent on their way with the advice of, ‘If it happens, it happens’, ringing in their ears. This was the only true area of frustration, and to a degree, sadness, in their lives, but Freddie in part made up for this. It had been too long since they had all seen each other, and she was more than looking forward to it. The four of them had become very close in the last couple of years, and there was this bond between Sean and Eddie that seemed to go beyond friendship. This was reflected in the closeness between her and Lucy.
Sean too was feeling on edge. Although he was not fully back at work he still requested case notes to be sent to him on a regular basis, and would delegate anything he felt he was not able to deal with. He had not long received the intercepted reports on the garage death and the attempted hit and run incident. Like Eddie, he had also spotted the same connections, and with him, alarm bells were also ringing.
The day of Eddie and Helen’s wedding had revealed that the presence of Melanie was out there. A young woman who was near to death had murmured Melanie’s name and the circumstances surrounding her death. This was quickly flagged up onto the Renatus databases and a team were tasked with monitoring her.
Rachel Harris was the head of a small humanitarian charity that did a lot of work in the third world countries. Just over two years ago she had been in Ethiopia and had contracted malaria. She had been back in the UK for a few weeks when she became unwell and her condition deteriorated rapidly. She was in a coma for weeks before she eventually; and somewhat miraculously recovered. There was a period of recuperation for a few months before returning to her work, which took her abroad for many months at a time. This piece of information, coupled with the fact she lived a long way from where Melanie had died, meant the Renatus team took the view she presented a very low risk to any potential targets. They still monitored her closely when she returned to the UK, because; living through their hosts, these entities would exact a savage revenge if they encountered those responsible for their deaths. The team often found that after the briefest of times, she was abroad again, and the whole state of alert would be stepped down until her return. However, this return trip had caught everybody out. A local uprising had endangered the lives of all non nationals in the area, and the British military had to airlift everybody out. She had touched down in Brize Norton a few days earlier, which meant she had slipped back into the country unnoticed. By the time they had caught up with the situation, Ricky Porter was already dead. Crisis point was reached with the attempted hit and run against Andy Hall a few days later. Rachel had now disappeared, and Sean was bracing himself for a conversation he had hoped never to have.
Hi, my name is John and I was born in Portsmouth in 1968. I currently work in the security alarm industry and it was seeing a few clients with their own published works that got me wondering what it was like to have your own written book on the shelf at home. I’ve always had a hankering to write a book and it was reading a detective story by an author of who I am now a huge fan that finally inspired me. I began with a vague idea of a story line and this grew over time and eventually took on its own form. When they say a book writes itself at times they are not wrong. Finally after nearly 18 months of burning the midnight oil, stealing hours on days off, lunch hours and evenings on standby waiting for the phone to ring, all hunched over my laptop typing away, I finally had my first draft of Renatus, my first novel. Another 6 months of rewriting and editing (huge thanks to my wife Beccy who was able to spot loads of stuff) it was finally uploaded in January of 2013. A paperback link has followed, and I now have my written work on my own bookshelf at home. The book has been slowly selling and although I would love it to be a success I am equally happy that it has reached a number of people and have thoroughly enjoyed the writing process. Renatus 2 has been written and worked on over the course of 2013, and finally on February 1st, 2014, it was uploaded and made available on kindle. A week later and the paperback version is now available.
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