A Novel By Andrew Nelson
Joe Burnett was living the dream; retired young from the corporate world and volunteering with his local fire brigade.
It didn't last.
First the black summer fires sweep through, then strangers start shooting at him, then he meets the mysterious Jessica. He's barely had time to walk his dog before his safe, ordered world disappears, and he crashes head-on into a merciless international criminal organisation and the corruption it propagates.
‘Bruised, battered, scraped and still choking on sand. Just a normal bloody Tuesday’
‘I think it’s a Friday.’
‘Well that fucking explains it then.’
The king brown snake was not happy. Even on a good day these are aggressive, venomous snakes. Today had not been a good day. The fire had driven him hard and only luck had saved him.
It hurt him but did not damage him. He was beyond reason, six-foot-four of unfettered fury as she danced back across the room, dodging the bed, back to the wall...
I wish I could be cool like Joe Burnett, the hero of The Accidental Strike Team. Unfortunately, I am considerably older and way more pedestrian than Joe. After a successful career as a contract accountant, I left Sydney for the shores of Lake Macquarie with my wife, Maria and our dog Bear.
A rookie with the local RFS Brigade and a keen small boat sailor, I found time to write this, my first novel, a dream I have cherished for decades. I hope you enjoy it!
PS I borrowed Joe's bike for the photo shoot.
Judith Flitcroft, author of Walk Back in Time
"The Accidental Strike Team was a great read. It moved along an action packed trajectory which included creative use of today's technologies such that you could almost feel the physics of it all. The game plan of the bad guys was held in tension against the multiple skills and abilities of the lead characters of the strike team all of whom made you realise how great teams can arise out of today's ambient human context quickly and innovatively. In this regard, Nelson suggests a positive response to today's challenges is the dominant force and this is what makes us shine even if there is an uncertain outlook for a time. Congratulations! A book of ideas, pace and strategy."
H. A. Weston