“Geoff was born in East London as the Second World War came to an end, probably within the sound of Bow Bells. Following a conventional grammar school upbringing, he was convinced by his stepfather to give up the notion of becoming a journalist and get a proper job as an articled clerk to an old-established firm of City chartered accountants at the princely sum of 20 guineas per month.
Geoff’s professional career took him to Brazil for five years and then back to London where he joined an investment bank with interests in the world of film making and pop music, after which he branched out by establishing a chain of retail stores. An ambitious move into the leisure industry in Portugal eventually saw him back into the world of financial alchemy in the City of London where he participated in the spectacular rise of a fledgling public company, and sadly, as the recession of the early 80s took hold, its demise.
More recently, true to the adage, “cook by name and cook by nature,” Geoff’s holdings have included interests, not only in a hotel chain, a leisure complex, and a water park, but also a restaurant ship on Canary Wharf. As retirement looms, Geoff now runs two restaurants on the Algarve, where he works flat out “cheffing” for eight months a year and writes for the other four.”
Since he started his first street newspaper and lending library at the age of eight, Geoff’s passion has been writing and will continue to be so until the ink dries up.
Geoff’s first full length novel, “Pieces for the Wicked” was published in 2010 and deals with the financial intrigue and white collar terrorist activity at a time when the aftermath of the Iraq war show that the ticking time bomb of civil and religious unrest could easily be manipulated to provide a vacuum for the rise of another dictator once the occupying forces have retreated.
His latest work, “The Sator Square” takes a number of contemporary themes and weaves them in into a number of complex plots dealing with savage revenge, family and career problems and, at its heart, the desire to manipulate religious extremism as a tool to achieve far darker and sinister aims than appear on the surface. The work, although finished in terms of “beginning, middle and end” is still very much a work in progress.
Geoff has also written two three-act stage plays in the “Bloodlines” Trilogy. The controversial “Painful Truth” and “The Last Chapter” have been published on Stageplays and will shortly be available on Smashwords.
He derives his inspiration from old timers like Frederick Forsyth, John Le Carré, Len Deighton and, more recently, David Baldacci, Jeffery Deaver and Lee Child.”
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Pieces for the Wicked
by Geoff Cook
Trouble-shooting UK accountant, Mark Redgrave, discovers that nothing is as it should be when he moves in to take charge of an ailing public company. Embroiled in an international web of corporate deception, internal politics and fraud, he finds himself dealing with a front for funding Islamic terrorism and a plot to install a despotic dictator in Iraq.
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