David L Atkinson

Biography

Born in Sunderland in 1950, retired after 34 years teaching and then a further 6 years working in a bank.
I began writing in 2009 and have published 9 Patrick A Steele stories, a dystopian novel and 2 collections of original poetry.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I began writing many years ago and I started with poetry, don't ask me why, it just seemed to be appropriate at the time. However, I have always wanted to write a book and actually started in with planning fifteen years ago. It didn't go anywhere and I think that was because I'd been influenced by reading something about needing to plan thoroughly! It's not me. I gave up on that book, time passed and the urge was still with me so four years ago I began. It's rather like eating the elephant, one mouthful at a time!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My most recent publication, Cessation, is a departure from the genre I have been writing within up to now. It comes under the heading of SF/dystopian style although I find 'dystopian' to be a rather depressing categorisation. It is also a response to my own political persuasion which I must hasten to add cannot be described as conservative or socialist, not capitalist or communist, more Christian humanist. I find abhorrent the greed that runs all of the countries of the world and Cessation is a possible outcome of that selfish greed. Having said that it was also my aim to delve deeper into human interactions and this I believe has been achieved.
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Where to find David L Atkinson online


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Books

Flight into Secrecy (What happened to Flight 370?)
Series: Steele, Book 9. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,760. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Steele is given a task to complete that finds him on the ill-fated Flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur. Hours later he awakens in a cell in a place and country of which he has no knowledge. Can Steele extricate himself from this seemingly hopeless situation? This story is a speculative journey based upon the data and misinformation surrounding the loss of Malaysian Flight 370 in March 2014.
Grace and Favour
Series: Steele, Book 8. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,210. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Steele has had to accept changes in life style and yet he is required once again to tackle a situation of injustice, but has concerns that he is being commissioned to act by the authorities. Patrick is working alone trying to recover a youngster kidnapped from parents with a high profile role in the UK establishment. Will he recover the kidnapped child or fail and become subject of retribution.
Earth plc
Series: Steele, Book 7. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,640. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A man is found dead in the massive Kielder Forest in Northumberland and the initial reports suggest suicide. A member of Patrick A Steele’s team feels that is not the whole story and an investigation ensues that leads the team into conflict with some of the most powerful people in the UK. Steele can mete out his own brand of justice initially but Steele needs to tread carefully.
Castled
Series: Steele, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,790. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Patrick Steele is placed in a position unfamiliar to him when his own personal space is burgled. The consequences are extensive at a personal level and to his property. The ghost of a previous operation drives Steele to take measures to retrieve the artefacts stolen from him and to avenge the death of a member of his team. He is handed a possible solution but there arises a threat to his identity.
Cessation
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,640. Language: British English. Published: December 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
The story is a speculative journey into a possible future that may lie ahead of us all. Our modern day lives are permeated through with the need for electricity and its production. The story begins in 2023 a couple of years after the lights go out for the last time. Our group of survivors are thrown together on a farm called Serendipity but as time passes the size of the group waxes and wanes!
Inceptus
Series: Steele, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,350. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In this the 5th Steele novel Patrick tackles the person who has been surreptitiously dogging his footsteps over a number of his adventures.
A Changed Reality
Series: Steele, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,740. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Patrick A Steele has discovered an injustice which involves organised crime and kidnapping for the sex trade and he applies his unique skillset to disrupt the evil group behind these heinous atrocities. He travels across europe and the usa but does emotional entanglement influence his effectiveness?
The Biter Bit
Series: Steele, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,710. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Patrick A Steele, accountant turned Robin Hood, is crusading again. Steele has developed a relationship with the Gurentai, a sub-group of Japanese Yakuza who have given him a Swiss bank account and retainer allowing him to build an empire.Everything seems fine until he is drawn into solving the problem of lawless youths targeting tourists in York. All goes pear-shaped when a friend is shot.
The 51st State
Series: Steele, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,980. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The nemesis of what is wrong in the world is applying his skills to drive a wedge between the USA & the UK - why? Patrick Steele is an accountant with training in a variety of physical abilities. He has made himself a self-styled Robin Hood who isn't afraid to take action and support the lost cause. He feels the need to apply his skills to maintain UK sovereignty! What is the US up to?

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