#Bookreview – What happened in Vienna, Jack? by Danny Kemp

A great review for the first book in the Lies and Consequences series.

Book reviews

What Amazon says

A robbery in London. The murder of a priest at the end of World War Two. A genocide in Namibia. The discovery of the remains of Hitler’s secretary.

Something connects all this. Former British spy Jack Price knows the answer, and he’s willing to die to keep the secret. The problem? He’s not the only one who knows.

It’s the lies that are not heard, but kept as secrets, that own us all. Deep in the world of espionage and deception, how far is Jack willing to go to fulfill his mission?


★★★★★ – “A great spy novel with plenty of surprises and plot twists.”

★★★★★ – “Reminded me of Robert Ludlum. A very good read.”

My review

What Happened in Vienna, Jack? is a magnificent story of espionage set in Britain and true to that country, its people and reputation down to the very last detail…

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra – Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp

A present from Sally Cronin. Such a lovely gift.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Author Daniel Kemp keeps us entertained daily on Facebook with his witty jokes and funny images.. by popular request he has agreed to do an open mic night for us here today….

About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp, ex-London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver never planned to be a writer, but after his first novel –The Desolate Garden — was under a paid option to become a $30 million film for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company what else could he do?

In May 2018 his book What Happened In Vienna, Jack? became a number one bestseller on four separate Amazon sites: America, UK, Canada, and Australia.

Although it’s true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows best; murders laced by the mystery involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories…

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paper product.

A strange one

I didn't have my glasses on....

not sure how this amazon product is educational or robust, 
but i’ll agree it’s unique and not surprised it’s ‘in stock.’
maybe the fact that the frog scored a roll of toilet paper appeals?

Puzzles for Adults Jigsaw Puzzles 1000 Pieces for Adults Kids
– Frog Toilet Golf Educational Jigsaw Modern Home Decor Unique Gift
  • 1. Good quality and robust puzzle pieces – 500 pieces.
  • 2.Puzzle is one of the magical games that never go out of style. Enjoy your free time with family and friends, working together with family or friends to complete a puzzle can not only exercise logic and sensory coordination. But it also gives you the opportunity to develop a closer relationship with others and create a joyful atmosphere. Muscles are also used to increase cognitive skills
  • 3. IDEAL FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN – Perfect for having fun alone or with family and friends. Puzzles are…

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A Damocles Tear

The sun was disappearing into a distance sky

As a woman walked home with a tear in her eye.

A laugh shared at work, but there’s no one at home.

Few understand what it’s like to be really on your own.



Home to thoughts of weakness, desolation, and fear.

The only consolation lies within the tear.

Regrets and confusion with things that have past.

What should have been forever failed to last.



Loneliness is worse in a troubled mind.

Nowhere to hide with no safety to find.

Alone at night without a helping hand.

Life is suspended by the merest strand.



© 2018, Danny Kemp All rights reserved.

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Free Until April 24th

WHY—a Novella

(also available in Portuguese)

A Review:
Drama, erotica, passion, suspense; they are all here.
A bipolar plot pitted with oodles of painful depravity, a collection of which can only be found in the depths of London’s underworld. Yet the power of love shines through, supplying blanket after fluffy blanket of a beautiful romance.
Such a lover!
A man for all seasons and reasons, but with a heart for only one woman.
What a woman!
Sigh…….A five-star romance with a beautifully and poetically crafted ending which will tear your heart-strings to shreds.



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An agricultural treasure.



El carro me recuerda a mi padre. Me contaba, que su segundo trabajo era el de transportar mercancía a Madrid, y lo hacía con su carro tirado por mulas. El carro es un emblema de lo que ha sido el trabajo agrícola durante años, en las familias del campo. Todo se hacía con esfuerzo, a pie, con la fuerza de los animales. El carro es un ídolo, un dios, en ese  altar de los recuerdos del pueblo. Los perros, las mulas, los bueyes, tantos animales, que hoy ya no tienen la importancia que tenían en mi infancia… Quiero hacer honor también a la rueda prehistórica, el invento matriz de nuestra historia. Sin ella nada de lo que vivimos hoy hubiera sido posible. Gracias a ese impulso de la rueda y el carro y las mulas y los caballos y los bueyes… Así nacieron las rutas, los caminos reales, la caminería…

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A Review of A Covenant Of Spies

A detailed and well-presented review showing the depth of knowledge the reader had.

Daniel Kemp’s latest book ‘A Covenant of Spies’ is everything that I have come to expect from him; an erudite, complex tale, that is so well developed, that he quite seriously, makes me wonder if he really does know something that the rest of us can only imagine.

Just in case you’re not familiar with Daniel Kemp’s work…He writes political thrillers and A Covenant of Spies is the fourth book in his ‘Lies and Consequences’ series. His books are beautifully researched and crafted into stories navigating the world of his protagonist Patrick West. It’s a device that not only introduces the reader to the murky world of lies and spies, it also delineates the passing of time in, what to the reader, becomes a strange unfamiliar and alien place in the 20th and early 21st centuries.

The narrative is driven by dialogue between Fraser Ughert and Patrick West. Despite having known each other for many years, and on occasions worked together, there are vast areas of the Secret Services about which West knows little. Ughert is advanced in his years and he tells tales of the Cold War, spies busy with subterfuge, spies who were up to their necks in events that could shift the balance, the potential disaster of a war on humanity. We are dazzled by the sheer amount of spies of all nationalities; this book really demonstrates that there really is A Covenant of Spies.

But come on, this is fiction, isn’t it? Really? Well think again…

Cast your mind back to the first of November 2006. Alexander Litvinenko was a former officer of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and KGB. After speaking critically about what he saw as corruption within the Russian government, he fled retribution to the UK, where he remained a vocal critic of the Russian state.

On the first of November 2006, Litvinenko suddenly fell ill and was hospitalised in what was established as a case of poisoning by radioactive polonium-210; he died from the poisoning on 23 November. He became the first known victim of lethal polonium 210-induced acute radiation syndrome.

The former Russian spy was poisoned with a cup of tea in a London hotel. Working with Scotland Yard detectives, as he lay dying, he traced the lethal substance to a former comrade in the Russian secret service.

Litvinenko knew that he was dying; we watched him die on television.

Reports found that Litvinenko was killed by two Russian agents, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun and that there was a “strong probability” they were acting on behalf of the Russian FSB secret service.

Marina, Litvinenko’s widow, says that she, and the coroner examining his case, are disappointed that the British government has blocked a public inquiry into his death.
The coroner had argued that an inquiry was necessary because vital evidence couldn’t be considered by a normal inquest.
Speaking to Jeremy Vine on The Andrew Marr Show, Mrs Litvinenko said that she’s worried that it will not be possible to achieve justice until an inquest is completed.

Is that enough to convince you? If not try googling 4 March 2018, Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military officer and double agent for the UK’s intelligence services, and his daughter Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury, England, with a Novichok nerve agent, according to official UK sources and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Spies are facts; they are there and British history is littered with them. You couldn’t make it up,”people say, when crazy things happen, when we are face to face with “breaking news” on the news channels. The cases above are straight from that genre…reality bites and the sagacious, adroit mind of Daniel Kemp weaves a tantalising, beguiling tale.

A Russian spy, Nikita Sergevovitch Kudashov, wants the British government to give safe passage to his Granddaughter in Russia and it falls to Patrick West to investigate why Kudashov wants this. The Granddaughter has information that would be useful to our country…why shouldn’t the government grant Kudashov’s request? As a spy himself West is suspicious…and he, and Fraser Ughert deliberate into many long nights as to Kudashov’s agenda.

If you’re a fast reader, slow down, there’s an abomination here that could just happen; a hideous Orwellian manipulation…I’m saying no more, other than it’s only spoken of in little snippets, little morsels here and there, maybe just a sentence or two. Daniel Kemp gives you the clues, don’t miss them; a shudder ran up my spine as I read.

It’s no secret that I love Daniel Kemp’s work. He tussles with my mind with conundrums that I could never dream up. Seasoned readers of the ‘lies and consequences’ series will love ‘A Covenant of Spies’. New readers, I envy you. You are in the hands of a master storyteller…enjoy.




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I have four novels including the #1 book, What Happened In Vienna, Jack? in the top five books on this Goodreads list of 100.
All are available in Kindle Unlimited. Three are audiobooks with two more coming shortly. Three have been translated into Spanish with one of those three being translated into Portuguese as well.


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#SirChocolatestory – Sir Chocolate and the Valentine Toffee Cupid

Something for the children to listen to and to read.

Writing to be Read

Growing bookworks Jan 2020 Growing Bookworms

My sons and I have been working hard to bring some of our free Sir Chocolate stories and “How to Make” videos to children who are at home due to COVID-19. Greg and I are recording audio versions of our free stories and posting them to our new YouTube channel with a link to the free PDF download of the illustrated story. We are also creating free animated videos of our recipes and step-by-step instructions on how to make some Easter creations. The PDF instructions are also available for free as a download on my children’s books and poetry, blog https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/.

This endeavor is part of Gregory and Michael’s outreach and community service project which has been put on hold while the schools are closed. We thought this was a nice way of keeping it going. It gives them an interest as they are helping me to…

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Two are one when love decides
But naught does last if either lies.
Too often deceit will play a hand
With stabbing pain left to withstand.

But wait not the Hell that beckons me,
As it will end my search for sanctuary.
My life was full and love was given
And I have had my taste of Heaven.

© 2020, Daniel Kemp All rights reserved.

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