Trouble with Toads

by Peter L. Ward



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/17/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 180
ISBN : 9781466983274
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 180
ISBN : 9781466983281
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 180
ISBN : 9781466983298

About the Book

Bigotry, selfishness, and lust for position and power thrive in a sleepy twenty-first-century rural English village. The quietude of the surrounding rolling hills and woodlands is not all it seems. Self-appointed busybodies from the upper ranks of the community take it upon themselves to direct the lives of others. But they are amateurs at the game. At the same time, foreign investors move in to exploit mineral wealth potential that lies buried not too deeply in the strata beneath the quaint cottages and old church. The whole area of East Sussex is ripe for gas development. Local democracy is abolished on a “go it alone” whim of the new right-wing British government. Each community must now earn its own keep. The village of Denbridgehurst swiftly evolves into a place of fear and intimidation. Four elderly power women take over and connive with Russian oligarchs keen to exploit the riches underground. Meanwhile, the national government threatens to run a new motorway past the village, taking out the fourteenth-century church. Enormous opposition is formed and led by the women. Conservation organizations are called in to scour the area for rare or endangered species. These could hold up the planners. The Russians have other ideas. Their true intent is to build a hidden Hadron Collider beneath the village.

About the Author

Peter L. Ward is a former chief producer in BBC Education who happens to live in a sleepy Sussex village. His trilogy for children (Trafford Books) Freedom of the Waves has been awarded glowing comments from top critics from The American Review of Books, ForeWord Reviews, Kirkus Reviews, and BlueInk Reviews. Ward’s first book, The Adventures of Charles Darwin (Cambridge University Press) has been translated and published in seven languages.