Friday, 8 July 2011

Book Blurb Friday #19 Top Secret


 Each week she posts a photo that could be the cover of a book. The aim is to:
‘Write a book jacket blurb (150 words or less) so enticing that potential readers would feel compelled to buy the book.’ 

Here is this week’s book cover. My blurb follows.

Image copyright Lynn Obermoeller

Top Secret

Packing up his mother’s house after her death, journalist Harry Makepeace comes across her old sit up and beg typewriter. He runs his fingers over the dusty keyboard, remembering the nights he fell asleep to the tapping of the keys as his mother worked on her latest assignment.

Reluctant to throw away such a potent reminder of her, he decides to refurbish the machine and in doing so discovers a scrap of paper caught under the platen. The words ‘Top Secret’ cause him to examine the platen more closely and the imprints he detects lead him into an investigation that could bring down the governments of two powerful nations.

Security personnel determined to prevent the facts from emerging stop at nothing to maintain the status quo, and as each of Harry’s contacts meets with  fatal ‘accidents’, he despairs of ever revealing the truth. Who can he trust? Who will help?

(150 words, excluding title)

30 comments:

  1. Oooooooooooh, that sounds very exciting. We are totally gripped and want to hear more :)xx

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  2. Yes indeed - that promises to be a good meaty tale too - lots of intrigue and suspense.

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  3. Once again I'm convinced. I'll definitely buy the book!

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  4. SOLD!

    I would buy such a book.

    Pearl

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  5. Wow, Janice, I was messing around with ideas involving the platen, also. All those imprints, one on top of the other, for years and years, should surely reveal something if only we can read them! Then I ran into a surplus-words problem and scrapped the idea.
    Good for you, making it work, and work well. I'd read this book.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  6. Promises to be a super exciting read!

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  7. This is excellent! So just what is this secret that so many want to keep from airing? I wonder...

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  8. Oh, my goodness...there's definitely a book in this premise!
    You and I started in a similar vein, then went in vastly different directions, didn't we?

    I thoroughly enjoyed your great read...:)

    Lynette

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  9. gripping - when are you going to write all these books? please!

    best wishes, Isabel

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  10. International intrigue is always fun, this would be a definite addition to my reading list. ~ Calico Contemplations

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  11. Yeah, another blogger also posted this book - the plot sounds intriguing!

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  12. Difficult to say ! Can't even suggest Inspector Barnaby because he doesn't handle government problems of two powerful nations, as he is far too busy in Midsomer region and Morse is not good either,he has enough to do in Oxford. Linley and Frost are also out of question. I think only the FBI can handle this ! They love to get involved in government problems.

    PS. Have bad memories with these typwriters ! I learned typing on such a thing ! I can tell you my poor fingers ! What a progress I made from that mechanical thing to a computer ! That makes me antique !

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  13. I love a mystery and this one sounds great. Love the "accidents" part.

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  14. I love that what I'd assumed to be a sentimental little story turned out instead to be a global conspiracy. Whoever Harry's mom was, she rocks! Sounds like a great read!

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  15. Great story developing here. And I wonder, was dear old Mum also offed by someone who didn't want the secrets to get out?!

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  16. Well, Harry's mama was onto something! I love these types of thrillers, where the "everyman" character has to rely on his instincts and turn into a super spy to stay alive. I'll be up reading this one past my bedtime.

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  17. Okay, keep on writing so we can find out! Nice.

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  18. Oh wow! The suspense...! Who? I'd like to read the rest of it ;-)

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  19. Oh, good one! A perfect start for a movie script, too... the kind my hubby loves to watch! :-)

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  20. Love the old typewriter and we anxiously await the book.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

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  21. Oh my goodness! Write the book, Janice. I want to read it. :)

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  22. I like this - a direction I wasn't expecting: government corruption! International intrigue. Will he save his country?

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  23. You absolutely need to write this best seller.

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  24. Oh my goodness, your blurbs always make me want to read the book. I wish this one was real, I would definitely be looking for a copy.

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  25. That's a fantastic blurb! Wow!

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  26. That would have me buying the book

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  27. I'd be buying this if you wrote it!

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  28. JANICE,

    very exciting but I don´t know if I could write the same in 150 words, only.

    I´ll follow you...why didn´t I do that before?

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