"A deeply layered gothic work that never stops surprising."
Jeff Crook, author of the Jackie Lyons Mystery series
Misery Bay is a picturesque fishing village on the Eastern shore of Nova Scotia, a seemingly idyllic location. But the islands and hidden coves hide something more sinister... Continue Reading
Misery Bay is a picturesque fishing village on the Eastern shore of Nova Scotia, a seemingly idyllic location. But the islands and hidden coves hide something more sinister. Illegal immigrants and drugs are being smuggled in for the escort services in Halifax. Special Constable Garrett Barkhouse has spent twenty years fighting these twin scourges, but now he’s burned out and planning to retire. However, his boss, Deputy Commissioner Alton Tuttle, has other plans. He entices Garrett to return to his old home town and establish a police presence on the Eastern shore. What he expects will be light duty—Garrett quickly discovers—is anything but. An unexpected murder of four young girls leads him into a thick web of interconnecting drug pushers, illegal immigrants, and prostitution.
While he tries to get a handle on events, Garrett is sucked back into many of the relationships from his childhood. The cast of colorful characters includes Roland Cribby, a scallop fisherman and all around unpleasant character, old man Publicover who has just married his fifth wife, beautiful reporter Kitty Wells, and Garrett’s cousin, a giant of a man who is an enforcer for the Longshoremen on the waterfront in Halifax.
An offshore oil rig, conveniently outside Canadian territorial waters, becomes the focus of the investigation. Global Resources CEO Anthony DeMaio has developed a nice sideline to the oil business. When Kitty Wells—the beautiful reporter—tries to investigate, she is swept up by the machinations and kidnapped into sex slavery. As a series of hurricanes push in from the North Atlantic, Garrett and Lonnie find themselves fighting not only drug lords and CEOs but also the elements that threaten to topple the oil rig and kill everyone on board.
"Not one second is peaceful in MISERY BAY. Angus has done a truly amazing job at keeping the pace at top-speed while producing characters that are unforgettable!"
"It’s become a cliché to call a book a page-turner, but this one really is. If it were a movie, and it would make a good one, I would advise, don’t watch alone."
Neal Burdick of the St Lawrence Plaindealer
Beneath the streets of London lie many secrets. Subterranean rivers carve channels through darkened caverns. Hidden laboratories and government offices from WWII offer a maze of corridors and abandoned medical experiments. Lost in the depths are the contents of a looted Spanish galleon from the days of Henry VIII. And even deeper lies a Nazi V-2 rocket that contains the most horrible secret of all.
Carmen Kingsley, in charge of London projects for the British Museum, and Scotland Yard Inspector Sherwood Peets race to unravel the mysteries before the great city succumbs to the English Sweat, a frightening disease from the age of the Henrys.
Unknown to them, their partners in tracing the disease began their own efforts more than sixty years earlier during WWII when a top secret British mission is sent to the far northern regions of Norway to stop the Nazis from developing a biological weapon that was to be airmailed to London via the V-2 rocket.
It all comes to a climax beneath the city with the discovery of a horrifying species of genetically altered “super rats” that threaten to invade London and the British Isles in a manner more horrifying than anything ever envisioned by the Germans.
A race to unveil the secret of Laki, a volcano on the southern shores of Iceland, pits our heroes—a sixteen-year-old Viking girl from the tenth century, a German geologist from World War II, and a former Secret Service agent protecting a female volcanologist—against evil forces with a plan to cause an eruption using explosives, altering the global climate through the release and forcing the price of oil to skyrocket.
Everyone and everything on Laki is in danger, including the possibility of ever unraveling the mysteries of the place, as it faces burial beneath a carpet of lava flows. Caught underground by the fracturing physical breakup of Laki, everyone finds themselves ensnared by Laki itself—an unseen, implacable foe that seems everything but a benign presence. Every move they make appears to be guided and controlled by an intelligence that permeates the netherworld.
Only gradually, through all the conflict between the various factions, does everyone begin to realize that it is Laki itself that has always been in charge.
An unusual genetic anomaly found in a mummy from central China sends world famous archaeologist Dr. Marcia Kessler to a top secret meeting in Washington D. C. Soon, led by China expert Eric Logan, the scientists are on their way to retrieve a 20,000-year-old body frozen in a Chinese glacier that may contain the answer to the genetic mystery.
What ensues is a fast-paced expedition that must play hide and seek with Chinese authorities, while dealing with the crazy world view of a billionaire creationist, all set against the backdrop of a spreading world pandemic that brings anarchy and chaos to much of China and threatens to engulf the entire world.
The story comes to a climax in a remote Buddhist monastery in the Bogda Feng mountains of central Asia. With the world succumbing to a terrible illness, our scientists struggle to understand what is happening and to decipher markings on a strange object discovered in an ancient burial vault. Is it related somehow to the sickness? Is it proof of life elsewhere in the universe? Is it the terrible creation of an enlightened group of monks thousands of years in the past?
Flypaper is a highly contemporary science fiction thriller dealing with many current issues, including new DNA discoveries, the threat of a mutating pandemic and the debate between the world views of creationism and basic science.
There is vast treasure hidden in an almost impregnable Central African fortress surrounded by cliffs. The mountain is a honeycomb of ancient tombs and palaces, as well as the ancient burial place of a Nubian queen mysteriously wedded to a Roman. Young Winston Churchill, a prisoner during the Boer War, is offered a secret deal for freedom by Britain’s enemy Louis Botha: with Botha’s agent, Zeila, Winston must seek out and protect the greatest secret of the dark continent, a fabulous Nubian treasure known only as Mapungubwe Hill.
But a rogue member of the British royal family, Lord Sterne, is also after the treasure. Can Winston and the lovely Zeila both survive being entombed? And will their relationship go further than their mission?
Decades later, in the middle of a raging World War II, Winston’s special agent Martin Rand struggles to unlock Mapungubwe’s secrets again before German forces, lead by Nazi-sympathizer Lord Sterne, can overwhelm and capture it. Will Winston prevail over the Nazis, or will the Nubian warriors take matters into their own hands? And will Winston’s secret tryst with Zeila come back to ruin everything?
Chris Angus Award Winning Author On The Bryan Lee Whatley Show
June 09, 2015 - Interview by Dag Rambraut on SFFWorld.com
February 03, 2014 - Interview by Morgen Bailey
January 24th, 2013 - Review by Steven Moore (Thriller and Sci-Fi Author)
November 28, 2012 - Interview by Nadine Tomlinson
November 23, 2012 - Blog by Jenny Milchman
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Chris wrote several non-fiction books under his full name, Christopher Angus. They are well worth checking out.
You'll find a short description of each below.
This volume shows the outdoors in all its moods, from swollen brooks in springtime to white-capped autumn lakes, from the wandering Oswegatchie River to the dark tarns of Nova Scotia. The author promotes the pleasures of his excursions yet cautions against encouraging too much human impact.
Since the days of the pioneers, St. Lawrence County's diverse waterways, fertile soils, and dense forests have drawn a rich cultural mix of peoples. These early settlers built the colorful barns, mills, and lighthouses of a working community. Over time, the area was transformed by one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, the St. Lawrence Seaway; by the great educational institutions of the valley; and by modern industries like Corning, the high-tech creator of windows for the space shuttle.
St. Lawrence County is bracketed by two great vacation meccas, the Thousand Islands and the Adirondack Park. Artist Frederick Remington's island retreat at Ingleneuk and Henry Rushton's Canton boat works are no longer with us, but the port of Ogdensburg still boasts elegant nineteenth-century homes. Rushton's crafts can still be found at exhibitions at Paul Smith's College or gracing Lake Flower in the village of Saranac Lake. Daily life in hamlets such as Star Lake, North Creek, and Blue Mountain Lake can still evoke a simpler time.
The Oswegatchie begins its journey in whitetail forests and ends in Holstein farmlands. It rises deep in spruce woods first ventured into by Native Americans and a handful of Jesuit priests and spills, finally, into the St. Lawrence river. Along its path are 135 miles of navigable waters, tall pine eskers, black flies, bogs, mosquitoes, down-at-the-heels villages, coyotes, the rare moose and wolf, power boats, riverside camps, and kids rope diving into deep black pools. This collection of writings about the Oswegatchie includes essays by Hallie E. Bond, Donald Morris, Maurice Kenny, Christopher Angus, Nina H. Webb, Clarence Petty, Neal Burdick, Dick and Barbara Tiel, Charles Brumley, Mason Smith, Christine Jerome, Michael Kudish, Paul Jamieson and Gary Randorf.
The biography of an Adirondack legend whose tireless efforts are credited with much of today's preservation policies in the Adirondacks.