Undeclared War: Paths of Error

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This is what reviewer Deian Vincent said of Undeclared War when Paths of Error saw brief publication by Jacobyte Books.
'Set within a seaside town ... makes for bleak reading. But it showcases the interweaving of the characters and the images they have chosen for themselves perfectly. If Quadraphenia stoked your fire then you'll certainly get off on this ... Roll on books two and three.' More

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About Sam Smith

Editor of The Journal (once 'of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry')and publisher of Original Plus books, I was born Blackpool 1946, have recently moved from Cumbria to Blaengarw at the head of a Welsh valley. Prior to picking up my state pension I almost made a living as a freelance writer/publisher/editor. My last day job was as an amusement arcade cashier, I have also been a psychiatric nurse, residential social worker, milkman, plumber, laboratory analyst, groundsman, sailor, computer operator, scaffolder, gardener, painter & decorator........ working at anything, in fact, which has paid the rent, enabled me to raise my three daughters and which hasn't got too much in the way of my writing. I now have several poetry collections and novels to my name.

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About the Series: Paths of Error
Paths of Error is 3 views through the same window of time, more a triptych than a trilogy.

The first, Undeclared War, sees rebel-born Tom Newson fighting his way out of Paignton, into the army, through Cyprus and out of the army. In 60s Brixham he discovers drugs. In Crete he finds a life worth living. Back in Brixham he meets up with an old girlfriend. But he ends up, lost, dealing in 70s London...

Blue, in Constant Change, begins as an idealist with no ideals. His way is found through women. Rejected by his first girlfriend he drifts into the Merchant Navy, only to jump ship in Sri Lanka. Through an American girl there he discovers Buddhism. In London, through an Irish girl, he comes back to boozy earth with a bump. The mother of his children leads him to a brief rural idyll...

As Recorded is told throughout in dialogue, gives us the post-war childhood in Paignton of all the characters. This is Pete's story, and he wants to be more than his nickname, Sniff. He becomes a boxer, a lothario, a shady entrepreneur; even incarcerated he is dangerous to others, and to himself.

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