Blue Gold by David Barker @BlueGold201 @urbanebooks #KindleUnlimited



The near future. Climate change and geopolitical tension have given rise to a new international threat – a world war for water. This most vital of resources has become a precious commodity and some will stop at nothing to control its flow.

When a satellite disappears over Iceland, Sim Atkins thinks he knows why. He is given the chance to join the hallowed Overseas Division and hunt for the terrorists responsible. But his new partner Freda Brightwell is aggrieved to be stuck with a rookie on such a deadly mission.

Freda’s misgivings are well founded when their first assignment ends in disaster – a bomb destroys a valuable airship and those responsible evade capture. Seeking redemption, the British agents follow the trail to a billionaires’ tax haven in the middle of the Atlantic ocean and uncover a web of deceit that threatens global war. Whom can they trust?

As the world edges ever closer to destruction Sim and Freda must put their lives on the line to prevent Armageddon – and protect the future of ‘blue gold’.

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Blue Gold: The world war for water provides a gripping story for international thriller fans!


I really love a book that is set not too far into the distant future as there are still so many recognisable traits of today, with the addition of anything is possible too. Now everyone knows about global warming and well in this story the changes to stop it happening were just a little too late . Water has become a much sort after commodity causing world unrest. Well things hadn’t progressed for the better in a lot of ways and so it soon turns into a, get in first and take control before someone else does, sort of situation. I quickly found myself in an all action quick paced thriller. Well ok the two saviors in the story aren’t quite Jason Bourne, even between them, but they get ten out of ten for effort and pure entertainment value from me!

The two main ‘good guys’ come as inexperienced Sim Atkins a satellite specialist and Special Agent Freda Brightwell as they are thrown together to find themselves in the right place at the wrong time with some hefty experienced terrorists. It leaves them on the wrong side of the law with only one option that will take them on one hell of a journey. They have to prove their innocence and come out on top if the world is to regain some sort of fair balance and them their good names back. I just loved the scenes where Freda ran circles round Sim they were just brilliant, though I did feel for him in his lack of experience.

The dialogue is rich and the action is just awesome making it a brilliant read but one in which you need full concentration as it switches between present and past. Loved the film and book quotes which you can check how many you actually managed to pick up on at the end of the book along with some real facts. These made me stop and think. We take so much for granted and it has left me with the what ifs flying round my mind.

The good news is this is the first of a series with book 2 out very soon.


David Barker

I live in Berkshire with my wife, daughter and three pet rats. I spend half my week travelling into London where I work as chief economist for an international fund, and spend the other half writing at home.

My debut, Blue Gold, was published by Urbane Publications in May 2017 and its sequel, Rose Gold, is scheduled for May 2018.

I attended the Faber Academy How to Write a Novel course in 2014 with the best-selling Ali Land (check out Good Me, Bad Me). And I appear on the Radio Berkshire monthly show Radio Reads with Bill Buckley and Claire Dyer.



Twitter: @BlueGold201




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