A SOUTHPORT writer has published the second book in a gripping spy trilogy about a young father who goes undercover to foil terrorist attacks on the North West.
Journalist Roland Lloyd Parry, 41, who is an editor for the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency in Paris, has released House of Birds on Amazon.
In January 2019, the Champion revealed that the father of three had written his first spy thriller, House of Lads, set locations across Merseyside, including Bootle and Litherland.
In the first novel, father-of-one Azo Coke, a pizza-delivery man and petty delinquent from Bootle lands up in jail after a fight in a Liverpool pub, but he is recruited to work spying on a gang of violent extremists in return for his slate being wiped clean.
In House of Lads, Azo Coke foiled a bomb attack by a gang recruiting young homeless men in Liverpool – but lost his girlfriend Maya in the process. House of Birds sees him back on her trail, delving into an underground dungeon where the gang is preparing to force Maya and a kidnapped refugee, Jala, to carry out a new plot. But the pair have plans of their own!
Southport-born writer Roland Lloyd Parry has worked as a journalist around Europe, Africa and Latin America. His travels have taken him to weird and wonderful places, but his creative imagination has always wandered back to his native northern England.
Mr Parry said: “Azo’s adventures are grounded in the streets, docks, pubs and terraces of Liverpool but touch on universal themes: class, identity, migration, alienation. In the books, Azo strives to protect his son, his friends and his city while discovering, in a series of bloody twists, the truth about his own identity and that of the parents who abandoned him – his immigrant father and English mother.
“In the new book, Azo goes deeper into the darkness. He experiences things that we all experience but also things that we would hope never to face,” Lloyd Parry said.“He’s an ordinary person trying to survive. But what makes this story special is its location. With its amazing history and character, North West England is the perfect setting for a thriller.”
Readers can buy both novels in Kindle and print versions at amazon.co.uk