Nick Wastnage is a crime writer, an optimist, and lover of things wild and wonderful. This eclectic mix makes his books different from other crime novels. His life hasn’t been dull, and he’s used his rich life-experiences to write books with unique, compelling plots that twist and turn, where the characters are multi-layered and life-like. He’s written ten books and short stories. At present, he’s in the middle of writing a trilogy, The Harry Fingle Collection, about a crusading journalist, Harry Fingle, dedicated to publishing the truth, regardless of threats to his life. Playing Harry, the first in the trilogy, is available now.
Nick was born in a small, seaside town in Essex, England. After school, he joined The Royal Marines as a Lieutenant, and led a troop of marines in a military operation in Borneo, where he was shot and airlifted from the jungle to a nearby hospital. During his time in the marines, he learnt about leadership, dealing with stress, and dedication to achieving a goal. His most cherished moments were leading and working with his team to achieve their mission.
He spent five years in the marines, and then went into business, where he was able to blend his understanding of human nature, experience of stress, and goal-setting logic –all learnt from the military – with business expectations, and bring about some success.
Over the years, he’s experienced a few death-defying moments, business success and failure, near bankruptcy, and some sporting achievements. He’s enjoyed much personal happiness, and been touched by tragedy. He thrives on adversity – thinking, Where one door closes, another opens.
He’s sanguine about life, and doesn’t see his past as special, just stuff he’s been through. He works hard to use his life experiences and understanding of people to make his books realistic, compelling, and as good as he can get them. Most of all, he wants the reader to enjoy them.
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Three Mind Games
Oh, What a Night! An urban-fantasy, where the author invites a few of the villains and good guys from his books to a wacky party.
The Night I Met Me. The night a man's double turns up and reminds him of his murky past.
Harry and His Unfinished Business. Harry Fingle witnesses a bloody murder in a coffee shop in Istanbul and realises the bullet was meant for him.
The Bloodied Black Heart
Who gifted Becky’s new heart?
A heart plucked from a dead person – killed in a terrorist atrocity – and transplanted into another young woman becomes the magnetic force that draws a man and a woman together, and lands them both in the middle of an international crisis, where extremists threaten to nuke London, and the couple face certain death.
The Night I Met Me
The chilling tale of the night a man met his double.
A knock on the door on a dark, windy night brings a stranger into to a man's house. The man and the stranger look alike. As the evening unfolds, the stranger reminds the man of their disturbing past.
Love, Life, and Loss
Fifteen stories of Love, Life, and Loss.
The author and his two sons, who collaborated in this book, intend to donate all royalties to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) – an independent, humanitarian, medical aid organisation, committed to providing aid where it is most needed.
Harry and his Unfinished Business
A short Harry Fingle story – part of The Harry Fingle Collection.
Harry Fingle witnesses a bloody, violent murder as he sits, drinking a coffee, in Istanbul’s bustling, exotic, and ancient covered-market, The Grand Bazaar.
Three more frightening encounters, during his short stay in the city, tell him his enemies are back and they’re out to get him.
Oh, What a Night!
(5.00 from 1 review)
A bizarre, hilarious urban-fantasy short.
The author invites all the villains, drug-dealers, mafia bosses, policemen, spooks, and hookers from his books to a funereal-themed, fancy-dress, extravaganza, choreographed by an undertaker.
Wacky, outrageous – a touch violent.
It was so good, I might do another one.
Death in The Fishing Net
Nearly a year after Monroe Lidlington hauled his wife’s dead body from the sea, he’s arrested and charged with her murder. His new wife, Stevie – twenty years younger than him – and his son, Greg, reluctantly come to the view that he’s guilty, until Greg unearths a massive cover-up by his mother’s ex-employees that points to Monroe being set-up. As Monroe’s guilt seems unlikely, tragedy strikes.
Killing Sam Forever
When Jerome Millar discovers that Sam Crichton – a man he thought he’d killed thirty years previously – is alive and wants retribution, he’s concerned, and hires an assassin. Sam, meanwhile, discovers that his wife is sleeping with Jerome. Shocked by his wife’s infidelity and the shooting of a friend, where the bullet was clearly intended for him, Sam fast tracks his plan for Jerome’s demise.
The Wrong Menu
Ralph Launcier is a celebrity chef, successful restaurateur, drug dealer and a murderer. When Cameron, his brother-in-law, unearths his past crimes, Ralph fears his world is about to crumble, and plans for Cameron’s demise.
Cameron flees. Ralph pursues him to a remote, cliff-top cottage, surrounded by crashing seas. A deadly fight breaks out, and only one of them survives.
(4.40 from 5 reviews)
Giant international corporations stoop to murder. The CIA and MI6 sanction illegal, immoral activity. People die. Harry Fingle–an investigative journalist, searching for his brother’s killer–becomes a pawn in a real-life game of chess played out by the security services. He’s gagged to stop him publishing, an assassin is briefed to kill him, and his ex-lover is stabbed.
Murder He Forgot
Some years ago I attempted to kill my wife – twice. I was deranged. My crime, and all that followed, was so shocking and life-changing that I thought I should write it all down. You see, I lost my mind: well for a bit, and couldn’t remember my wife, my failed attempts to murder her, or the car crash, until I …
No. I shouldn’t tell you anymore. It’ll spoil the story. Guy Middleton.
Electronic Crime in Muted Key
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
Enter the enigmatic world of Barry Carter; a man who lives two lives and believes his sinister plan to scam millions and fake his death is foolproof. He’s right, until his bitter lover and distraught wife seek him out for retribution. But the police want to question him about a murder, a stolen dead body and an international cyber crime. A frantic chase ensues and there can be only one winner.
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- For Nothing
on May 26, 2011
A fast-moving and entertaining read with masses of action. Nicholas Denmon’s gripping mafia tale kept me riveted until the end. His description of the characters is realistic, three-dimensional and described in a way that makes them easy to visualise and lifelike. It’s full of authentic gangster dialogue and exciting well-described scenes. The skilful and pacy plot twists and turns in unexpected ways. I look forward to the next one.
on July 03, 2011
If you want an unusual and entertaining read, try Clip, by Kenneth Wayne, the compelling story of a man, Charles Journeyman, who watches a sex video and sees himself caste in the major part. Journeyman teaches English in Japan and, although he enjoys his fair share of hedonistic pleasures, was not in the place where the clip was shot and has never played a role of any kind in an adult movie. But the clip goes viral, people recognise him and his life changes dramatically. Kenneth Wayne’s novel is both surreal and believable at the same time, a paradox achieved by the author’s fluent style, authentic descriptions, fast-moving narrative and gritty, realistic dialogue. Essentially a sci-fi thriller, it’s a unique and extraordinary book that is highly enjoyable, well written and worthy of five stars.
Kenneth Wayne has pledged to donate all royalties from the book to the Japanese earthquake disaster fund.
- An American Branch
on Jan. 14, 2012
An American Branch, like Clip, another of Kenneth Wayne’s books, is unusual, entertaining and compelling.
Who would have thought that a story about the politics and infighting of the branch of an American university in Japan could be so page turning? But it is, and made so by the well-written, readable and flowing style of the narrative.
Charles Journeyman, the author’s protagonist, who also plays the major part in Clip, finds solace from his sexually-tired wife, and the impossible antics of the university’s hierarchy, in the vivacious and erotic mother of one of his pupils.
But when he discovers that her motives are not as honest as he’d thought, and her son has his own agenda, Charles’s life starts to fall apart.
An enjoyable read: empathetic, life-like and touching. Well done.
- Wackos to Obliterate
on Sep. 19, 2012
A thoroughly entertaining, enjoyable and interesting short read.
Who would have thought a book about Internet political trolls, life spent in RV campsites, and duck hunting could make for such a good book? But that is exactly what the author, Kenneth Wayne, has managed to do extremely well done.
I’ve read two other books by the same author – Clip that tells the amusing and intriguing story of a man who discovers he’s the lead in a pornographic video clip that he knew nothing about, and An American Branch, about the political and sexual shenanigans at a Japanese-based branch of an American language school. Both were five star reads. Wackos to Obliterate completes the author’s trio of accolades.
George and Mavis Kincaid, two early retirees, have been touring the US in their RV for three years. They stop at a site in Indianapolis where George becomes involved with a group of political trolls and Mavis turns to writing romantic fiction – which she finds lucrative and enjoyable. When they’re befriended by a younger, duck-hunting couple they at first welcome them with open arms until they believe that the couple have other, more sinister intentions.
It’s Kenneth Wayne’s fluid, easy style of writing that lets the reader glide through this intriguing story, while learning about Internet trolls, the lifestyle of RV owners and users, and duck hunting – as a bonus, you get to find out how to prepare and cook the freshly-culled waterbirds. By the time you’ve reached the middle, you’re well immersed in the Kincaid’s unusual existence and the mystery involving their newfound friends, and want to read on to find out what happens.