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Published by The Book Guild,
28 March 2018. ISBN: 978-1-91236229-5
We learn an organisation exists which was originally
called “The New Brotherhood” but is now known just as the Organisation. The
“Chair” reigning supreme over it is a Margaret Rotheram.
One evening in her Mayfair mansion,
Margaret is watching the television and learns of five captives being held by
the so-called ISBJ. The pictures show them all blindfolded and tied together.
The threat is that they will all be beheaded in the week leading up to Ramadan.
To Margaret's horror one of the
captives is a high-ranking member of the Organisation, Mikhail Morozov, real
name Michael Frost. She gives urgent instructions to look into the ISBJ and to
find Michael, they need him alive. But who can she trust, she knows she has
“doubters” in her midst, wanting to bring the Organisation down?
We then go back in time and learn
that as a child Margaret (real name Alice Newman) was taken from her family to
be brought up by a Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Rotheram. She grew up in Reigate and
attended all the right schools. She had a determined mind of her own and when
she joined a Pony Club, she attracted the attention of a secretive member of
the Organisation. He put her name forward as good material to join them and
when she went to Cambridge they decided it was time to “trap” her.
The story then turns to how Michael
was recruited. He was born into a poor Irish family and never seemed “quite
right”, he always had nightmares and even during the day he saw scaly creatures
and used to believe them real. He learned to manage these “images” and took up
boxing which helped focus his mind. He also became an expert in Japanese sword
play which he loved.
Later Michael passed his eleven
plus and at a young age joined the Tank Corporation where a member of the
Organisation recognised that Michael was quite exceptional. He put in a report
that he would make good recruit material.
So, begins the story of how two of
the most influential members are brought into the Organisation and how they go
on to achieve success in making it a power to be reckoned with while all the
time remaining elusive. Its tentacles reach all over the world and manage to
manipulate even the greatest and most powerful countries.
A rather interesting book,
revealing how large organisations manage to persuade people to believe they are
serving a worthy cause. The hold they have on members makes sure they remain
loyal and everything is conducted in secret, with sometimes devastating
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
lives in Wembley and works as a programme manager, implementing new technology
and new operating models in global financial institutions. Leigh previously lived and worked in New
Zealand and Australia including working for the Royal Australian Navy where he
ran teams servicing weapon systems on warships. Leigh started writing when he
left work to look after his mother.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.