Billy Day is an emotionally intelligent teenager - though with self-doubt and a troubled history - living in a rundown district with his lone parent father; ex-army, ex-prisoner. Close to his father Billy’s familiar with the realities of life.
The Billy Can Bomb opens with Billy viciously attacked. Kevin Knight intervenes to rescue him. Despite their differing backgrounds, Kevin is affluent, high achieving middle class, Caribbean, they instantly click.
The Billy Can Bomb adventure follows the two tracking down a gang selling drugs in their town. As the story unfolds Billy’s positive relationship with his father comes alive. Billy constantly wonders how his father, who served in Northern Ireland, acted facing extreme danger. This is answered when Billy reacts instinctively to confront the drug gang to better them.
Billy and Kevin’s character differences are probed when they discuss how to catch the pushers. Kevin sees everything in personal terms, whereas for Billy it’s a game of outwitting King, the drug gang leader.
Nor is it about revenge, rather, devising strategies to overcome the gang’s willingness to use force.
Awakening into maturity Billy’s determined no one was going to defeat him. His father, with special forces training was, sure enough, inside of him, speaking softly, directing his actions.
The Monesse Mystery is a rich, complex adventure, exploring how the two friends face the consequences of war, deceit and redemption as they investigate the theft of an art treasure.
Split between Billy’s provincial hometown and the Landes village of Kevin’s French pen pal where they discover a Commonwealth War Grave for a Black South African soldier.
In a nearby village is a memorial to ten American fliers killed in action during 1944.
“OK, Kevin”, I finally said, “listen to me. Don’t even consider asking questions. You’re about to enter my domain. A place you’ve not been before and, hopefully to God, where you’ll never go again.
“Don’t even consider contradicting what I’ll say. We’re existing on borrowed time, of that I’m sure.
“I’m not cold steel anymore Kevin, I’m death reborn, no longer scared of the other side’s horrors. I’ve been there. Nor am I a guardian angel, the nice guy to the rescue, sorting everyone’s problems out.”
Billy’s confidence is shattered when some drastic turns exclude him from the life he seeks. Realising that he is being forced into silent anonymity, he lashes out, first with vandalism, and then by joining God’s People Rising, a cult which assures him of his specialness and proper place in the world. At first unaware of the danger, he follows blindly, only to find that he is being lead into infamy. Once caught, is it possible to break free?