Blog Tour · Extract

#BlogTour The Man In The Dark By Jonathan Whitelaw @urbanebooks @JDWhitelaw13 #LoveBooksTours

Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for The Man In The Dark By Jonathan Whitelaw and I would like to share an extract, with all of you. Thank you very much to Kelly from Love Books Group for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂

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Publisher: Urbane Publications
ISBN13: 9781912666461
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Release date: 26 09 2019
Price*: Kindle £0.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £8.96 (GBP)
Kindle $1.22 (USD)/ Paperback $14.95 (USD)
Pages: ~ 360
You can get this book here:
Amazon UK

Description of the book: The Devil’s back – and he’s STILL not had a holiday.

There’s another mystery to solve – a woman kidnapped by terrorists and the world trying to find her. While he hates doing God’s bidding, The Devil can’t resist trying to put one over on Him. But nothing is EVER that simple.

While The Devil helps the London cops crack the case, there’s trouble in the Underworld. And two of humanity’s greatest backstabbers – Brutus and Cassius – are sharpening their knives with an eye on stealing his crown.

It’s a race against time to find the girl, be the bad guy and maybe stop the apocalypse.

Extract: ONE

The Pope’s private quarters deep within Vatican City were quiet. Only an old, ticking clock on the mantelpiece disturbed the stillness of the place. It was peaceful, serene even, just what you’d expect from the office of an elderly man of great power.

All the hallmarks were there. The mahogany desk, the lack of computer, a set of reading glasses perched neatly on top of a writing ledger. There was even room for an old- fashioned inkwell, two fountain pens with the Pope’s sigil branded up their shaft.

Light was easily flowing into the room from an open window. The sky outside was warm and blue, the first hints of a Roman summer making everything very comfortable. The clock ticked on and on, stopping for no one, even if there was nobody around to hear it. Nobody but the large, ornate crucifix that hung from the opposite wall. It wasn’t going to mind the noise.

It was just as well. The second hand ticked over, then over again, then over for a third time. But, where the fourth consecutive tick should have sounded, there was nothing. Ordinarily this would have been cause for concern. However, this was the heart of the Catholic church. Out of the ordinary wasn’t always out of the ordinary. For an institution founded on fable, legend and tradition, the non-ticking of a clock was hardly a reason to think the world was ending.

And besides. The battery had probably just run out. Not that there was anybody around to hear or notice the silence. The crucifix on the wall wasn’t going to change the double As.

Only there was cause for concern. A pretty big cause for concern. The last time the clocks had stopped in Vatican City, there had been a visitor. In the short time since that incident, the story had become the stuff of myth. This was the Catholic Church, it liked to keep its secrets secret. But this one had, pardon the expression, spread like wildfire.

The Pope had never been the same since that night. His hair had turned whiter, his eyes a little wilder. Gone was the good sense and diplomacy expected of a modern world leader. In its place the rantings and ravings of a Dark Ages fanatic.

He’d spoken of meeting The Devil, coming face to face with the incarnate of evil. He’d even been saved by the creature, his heart stopped from stopping. The foul beast from below had sought his guidance, come to him for advice on matters he’d never been able to divulge.

And as a result of this now fabled meeting there had been a few changes to the way things were done around the old place. Centuries old rules were brought back in from the cold, the whole institution taking on a more careful, commanding persona to the wider world. The good Catholics, and everyone else, needed protecting from The Devil, who was very much real. Especially now that people were throwing themselves at the feet of a new, amoral business in Scotland that promised to give them the world.

IWusCtCJ_400x400.jpgAbout the author: Jonathan Whitelaw is an author, journalist and broadcaster. After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism. Subjects he has covered have varied from breaking news, the arts, culture and sport to fashion, music and even radioactive waste – with everything in between. He’s also a regular reviewer and talking head on shows for the BBC and STV. The Man in the Dark is a sequel to the bestselling HellCorp. His debut novel was the critically acclaimed Morbid Relations.

Twitter: @JDWhitelaw13

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