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Bomber: 20-year-old Sadiq likes cars and girls, but now he is accused of terrorism. As the clock ticks down to the detonation of a bomb in the city centre, dark forces congregate and Sadiq must make his choices, unaware that others may have made them for him. Can he alter his future? Can he stop the bomb? A chilling, short suspense story with many twists, about divided loyalties and power. More
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About J.D. Hughes

I'm a writer living in the Peak District of Derbyshire, England. In a past life I was a commercial scriptwriter and film-maker. I'm still fond of film, but love writing.

I hope that readers will download my short ebooks and get a taste of how I write, and if it's to your liking let me know. If it isn't then you can also tell me - all feedback is good feedback. Subscribe to my blog and get advance notification of new short stories or novels. I will also be posting stuff that I find interesting or quirky.

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***** LATEST: My new novel, AND SOON THE SONG, is out now at
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The Hall came into sight; not a light showed. It stood black and massive against the sky, blacker than the night, a mouth of darkness waiting to suck in the innocent.

Charlie Chelford, hotshot New York photojournalist, is tasked with an unwelcome assignment to photograph billionaire businessman, Sir Marcus Tilling, in England. She has no inkling of the ancient terrors that are rushing to meet her and will change her life, forever.

Fresh from London’s Wormwood Scrubs prison, penniless ex paratrooper Tom Buchanan struggles against the odds to keep on the straight and narrow. He finds a job as a security guard. But there is no security for Tom as he uncovers the mystery of his lost childhood and faces the ultimate test against a supernatural entity that seems to have limitless power.

In an East Harlem cell, gang member and killer Angel Diaz feels the desperate need to escape. He needs a miracle, but then he does have divine help.

Ex-fashion model Elyssia Jordan, locked in an Ashbourne mental asylum, finds an unconventional way to get out… and get home.

And, eyes full of the moon, a huge, black dog dreams of the song, dreams of death.

Deep in the wilds of Derbyshire, England, mediaeval manor house Hearthstone Hall draws them to its cold stones - the boy, the girl, the dark man and the others. They will have no choice, for they will all hear the song and the hunger will be assuaged.

Lost to the gaze of God, Hearthstone waits.

Waits for the guests.

Waits for the children.


NORTHMAN, my supernatural, mystery thriller is out now on Amazon.

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It's quite a fat book. With lots of pages. Think Dan Brown meets Stephen King in a Celtic village with several fly-by-wire Tornado aircraft and a dead Viking berserker, coupled with a timeless romance and unspeakable evil...then forget the bit about Dan Brown and Stephen King and buy the book, which I hope you will find well worth it.
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Review by: rebecca underwood on Jan. 31, 2013 : star star star star
This is a damn good little thriller lots of twists and hidden secrets. I was a little confused by the ending and had to re-read it but a thoroughly enjoyable read,( i was waiting for Jack Bauer to pop up and save the day! ) Excellent writing from this intelligent author. Definitely worth a read.
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Review by: Brandon Luffman on Nov. 21, 2012 : star star star star
An excellent and well-written story. The twists are quite good and even when you think you know what's coming, you find that there's more than meets the eye.

The ending was a bit confusing and could have been more clear and explicit about what really happened. Otherwise, a very good story!
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Review by: Larry Berkman on April 30, 2012 : star star star star
This was a decent little thriller. I wish the author had written more, though. The end seemed convoluted, as if the author had wanted to turn this into a full-fledged novel but then decided against it. J. D. Hughes definitely has a talent for drawing the reader into the story. His descriptions of setting and action are phenomenal. While a portion of the climactic ending was foreseeable, the rest was not. I just wish he had written more, especially with regards to the last section, which left me a tad confused and wanting more...
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Review by: TheBigBookworm on April 24, 2012 : star star star star star
A very good thriller! I wished that it was longer. If you want twists then this is it. This is every bit as good as the top names in the field. Definitely one to read and enjoy.
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Review by: Danny Culpepper on March 25, 2012 : star star star star star
I, like the other reviewers, was surprised by the twists. I am not a fan of terrorist activity or stories that are violent and end as this one did, so that is not what received the 5-star review. It was the thrilling suspense the author created. I can only imagine those who are fans of this sub-genre will find it exhilarating and edgy.
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Review by: Mark Gandolfi on Jan. 12, 2012 : star star star star star
J.D Hughes writes so well that I'm tempted to think he is a famous author with a pseudonym. This is a great little story for me, even though its a tad outside my normal reading style. Can't wait for more- and don't I sound like a fan...sad :) but it has to be 5* again.
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Review by: RW Bausch on Jan. 01, 2012 : star star star star star
If you want a short thrillerish book then this works very well. the main character is how I imagine these guys to be, caught in a situation that is hard to get out of. It was very twisty and i didn't suss the ending at all.
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Review by: Jez on Dec. 30, 2011 : star star star star star
Good read! Thought I'd got this down on the first few pages but then it did the twist and had me trying to guess the end, then it twisted again. I'd like to read a proper novel from this guy(?)
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Review by: Lisa Tobin on Dec. 29, 2011 : star star star star star
I read this short story after reading The 500, another of this author's works, and it was completely different. I am not normally a fan of spy thrillers, but this one gripped me throughout and had me wondering what would happen next. The writer has a fresh approach and a nice use of English but keeps to a tight style suitable for this sort of story. The story illustrates the devious nature of international politics and its victims in a very economical, tense way. Recommended.
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