Ian Macdonald


The author was born and educated in England and served in the British armed forces. He subsequently became a financial adviser and retired as an executive in a financial planning firm. He took up writing as a hobby upon retirement and he now lives in Ontario with his wife. His writing has a military or law enforcement theme to it as his interest lie in that field.

Smashwords Interview

Where were you born
I was born and raised in Liverpool during WW11. My father was a policeman and my mother was a housewife. My mother died when I was ten years old and my father re-married when i was thirteen. I joined a military college when I was fifteen and upon graduation from there served for nine years with the British Army.
What prompted you to start writing
Actually it was my father's death that prompted me to take up writing. I learned more about my dad after he died than I knew whilst he was alive. They were little things here and there, but added together they painted quite a picture. There was so much that I didn't know. I then realized that my boys would be in the same boat as I had kept so much to myself about my early life and military service. This prompted me to write a brief auto biography about my life for their benefit. I had never written before, but once I had completed it I then thought I could actually write a book if I put my mind to it. That was how it all started.
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Section Five
By Ian Macdonald
Series: The Shadow boys, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,320. Language: Canadian English. Published: November 13, 2013. Category: Fiction
Section 5, or The Shadow Boys are Canada's anti terrorism unit. They operate off the books and are not constrained by law. Their sole mandate is to get the job done. How they achieve it is of no consequence.They must protect Canada's interests and its people - and they do. This book takes you along to show you just how and why these teams are necessary in today's troubled world. Enjoy the ride.
The Unforgettable Journey
By Ian Macdonald
Series: The Shadow boys, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,010. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2013. Category: Fiction
A young man who had just lost his wife to cancer, was persuaded by friends to get away for a while in order to recover. He took their advice and took a train ride across Canada. The people he met and they stories they told him his friends could never have imagined in a thousand years. They certainly did change his outlook on life and he did on theirs also. This was an amazingly unforgettable trip.
The Shadow Boys
By Ian Macdonald
Series: The Shadow boys, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,090. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2013. Category: Fiction
(2.00 from 1 review)
The story outlines the exploits of a special group of government agents. They operate outside of the established norms in order to protect Canada and its citizens. How they achieve their goals is never questioned. They must however get the job done and they do. The tasks they perform are scary, but in today's world vitally necessary.These guys keep Canada safe, despite their methods of doing so.
Costly Vengeance
By Ian Macdonald
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,560. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2013. Category: Fiction
(2.00 from 1 review)
The financial collapse of 2008 caused hardships to many people. One banking Family angered its investors by calling them grasping peons who were victims of their own greed and they were blameless. Some concerned citizens in West Virginia set out to teach them a lesson in humanity and they did. However, that came at a price. One perhaps they would rather not have had to pay.
The Courtroom
By Ian Macdonald
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,570. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2012. Category: Fiction
A simple routine audit of a firms books reveals some unbelievable atrocities. It shocked the auditor to her very core. White slavery and murder became involved and this was merely the tip of the iceberg.Domestic terrorism would also become a feature. However, everything is not always as it seems. The judge and both attorneys hear news that leaves them speechless in the middle of the trial.

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Smashwords book reviews by Ian Macdonald

  • Bleak Winter's Heart on July 28, 2013
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    The story line is very good and quite gripping. It is a little overly descriptive in places and less so in others. I enjoyed reading this book - keep it up.
  • With The Angels on Aug. 08, 2013
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    I really enjoyed the exploits of Tristan Banks. The storyline was griping and moved along nicely. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading others by this author. Keep them coming.
  • Red Die on Aug. 17, 2013
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    I enjoyed reading this book. It was fast paced, held my interest and that is what a good book should do.The storyline was gripping and I was certainly never bored reading it. I would recommend this book as an excellent read. It has the odd flaw, hence my four star rating - but this is not a university term paper - it a book and a damn good one. Well worth the read. Congratulations on a job well done
  • Shooting Crows At Dawn on Aug. 17, 2013
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    I found this book to be an excellent read from start to finish. Fast paced, gripping and totally believable. The characters were vividly described and one could identify readily with how they would think and act in real life. That is because they do act this way and David has captured it perfectly in this novel. I could not put this book down once I started it. Good Job, David -keep 'em coming.
  • Darke Revenge on Sep. 10, 2013
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    I was gripped by this book from start to finish and found it difficult to put down. It had a very compelling storyline and one that grabbed hold of your attention and held it throughout. This book lives up to its genre of Thriller and Suspense and for fans of this I heartily recommend this book. I really enjoyed it - well done excellent work and I will certainly read more of your books.
  • Don't Call Me Baby on Oct. 20, 2013
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    I really enjoyed reading this book, I couldn't put it down. The characters jumped right off the page and her descriptive talent is excellent. The plot line was very well developed and the characters were totally believable. This young lady has talent and if you are a fan of this genre she is definitely worth reading. I was not disappointed and I am sure you won't be either. Keep up the good work, Betty, excellent job.