• Factual historic research and relelvance
  • As you read you can follow the vocal inflection of the Victorian time
  • A ripping tale, James Bond with a knuckle duster instead of a Walther PPK
  • Available both as an Amazon Kindle and Paperback edition
  • Awaiting a radio drama version
  • Beautifully illustrated


  • None really
Relevance and appeal

Final Verdict

"It's a nice yarn, told at a breathless pace and easy to read. I enjoyed it. It is a sort of detective story, with a Richard Hannay type of hero straight out of a John Buchan thriller, and it goes with a swing.” Professor R. Angus Buchanan Emeritus Professor History and Technology - University of Bath Author of ‘Brunel: The Life and Times of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’

‘April 1852: Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the eminent Victorian engineer engages the services of Harry Brooke. Crucial documents have either been stolen or disturbed at his house in London. Brooke, a renown private investigator travels on the GWR train from Paddington to Bristol to meet Mr Brunel.’

‘At the celebrated ‘Swindon Break’ Brooke is attacked by an unknown assailant. There is a violent scuffle at the station, but Brooke is prepared. Rather than face being caught and questioned the assailant takes his own life.’

‘The question is – how did the assailant know Brooke was travelling on that train? And at that time? Clues are few and the stakes are high. Brooke must uncover the identity of the ‘dark forces’ which lurk to destroy Brunel’s most ambitious…’

‘Isambard Kingdom Brunel has long suspected interference in one of his most prestigious schemes: London to New York via Bristol on one single ticket – a seamless journey. First Class travel by land and by sea; at this time, an unrivalled proposition.’

‘Brunel is determined to reveal the identity of his adversary. He engages the services of Harry Brooke, once of the 44th British Infantry Regiment; a survivor of the recent Afghan campaign who is now a private investigator in Victorian Britain with a somewhat colourful past.’

‘But first Brunel sets Brooke a task to see if he is able to place his trust in him……….’