Karen’s Killer Book Bench: SHADOWS OF THE MIND, Whispers of the Past Book 2 #Historical #Thriller by Owen Clough

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Whispers of the Past Book 2


The Continuing story of Whispers of the Past…

Samuel McInnes aka Mack, headshot and wounded severely in the attack of Auckland in 1863, recovered consciousness on HMS Esk heading to Scotland via Sydney, Australia.

Sam is mistakenly repatriated to Scotland as the army believe this is where he is from. With loss of memory, his life becomes complicated, as he falls for a young nurse on the voyage who has a secret that she would not reveal to him until he is fully recovered.

Out of place, out of sync, he finds himself in an alien world. Memories from another time come and go as he tries to adjust to his new life all the time attempting to remember who he is, and how did he come to be here. always hoping his memory will return. Will he get home to his own century?

The second book in the Whispers trilogy.

Whispers of the Past Book 2


HMS Esk, Tasman Sea

I was born on the 18th May 1863, at the age of thirty years old or thereabouts. Nobody has a clue, but, they reckoned that was how old I was when I regained consciousness.

My birth place was aboard HMS Esk a 21 gun, three-masted single screw coal-fired steamship, pounding across the Tasman Sea to Australia from New Zealand. My parents are unknown, so is my birthplace but they think it could be Scotland. The weird thing is even the army had no idea who I am; they thought I was an officer, so they took that at face value. The nurse said, according to the document in my pack my name was Samuel Mack.

When I looked at myself in a  mirror, I saw I was over two metres tall. When I mentioned the word metres all I got was none of that froggy stuff here Lieutenant, you are about 6ft 5 inches. I didn’t understand that, but I had just been born so there will be a lot of things I’ll have to learn. I am big in build, as I seem to tower over everyone. Wide in the shoulders with blue eyes that looked thoughtful, at this time, though, my eyes had dark circles around them. With an open smile and good teeth, I was brown as a berry, not just my face and arms, but my chest, back and legs as well. Everyone who looked at me thought this was a bit unusual. Nobody takes their shirt off in public or even show their legs, so how I got this colour, I have no idea. I also have been told I lost a bit of weight, but this was normal for a person in my condition.

I was strong with large hands no doubt this goes with my size, I have no idea really, but that sounded okay to me. At this point, I was unsteady on my feet. It had nothing to do with the ship I was on, no, it was because they said I had been shot three times in the head, and it will take time for my balance to come back. When I walked or tried to, I hung onto the railings or supported myself against the walls of the ship, anything that was firm. It didn’t happen very often as I had this angel with me all the time, who assisted me and made my life as comfortable as possible. I did not mention my hair colouring, completely wrapped in bandages and I had no idea at this stage the colour.  I am clean shaven though I noticed the bristles on my face are whitish and when I looked down at the family jewels, it’s white as well. I thought as I’m newborn that will darken up when I’m older.

Like all births, it was painful, not for the mother this time but me. I awoke to excruciating pain in my head; my eyes were full of water as I screwed up my face in agony. The nurse was there like a shot with some pain killer; eventually it eased to the point that I could take an interest in my surroundings. When I was coherent, the nurse, her first question was, ‘Do you know your name?’ I frowned and thought, how do people who are just born know their name, ‘I have no idea,’ I replied. So that was when she opened my pack and found the document with my name on it. They now call me Sam.

About the Author Owen Clough…

Leaving school at the age of fourteen, Owen travelled around New Zealand on a working holiday. Then at the age of seventeen joined the Royal New Zealand Airforce, where he spent eleven years on different bases including a time overseas.

He married his wife Kaye at twenty and they are still together today. Over the years he’s had various jobs from driving the big red buses in Christchurch to selling dairy products.

He owned two businesses, a coffee bar/tearooms, and a limousine. Then in 1995 he joined the tourist tram operation in Christchurch and spent the next twenty years with the company, including a year in Auckland helping to set up their operation.

After surviving the devastating earthquakes of 2010 in Christchurch they sold their home after it was repaired, and both Owen and Kaye hit the road in their 5th wheel motor-home. He is now retired, they have two grown children and one Granddaughter.

Owen, a keen Genealogist, motor caravaner, and rugby fanatic with a love of history, has put his hobbies to good use.

He always wondered what it would be like to live back in the turbulent times of New Zealand’s history and wrote his first book with this in mind. ‘WHISPERS OF THE PAST’ is a historical fiction and the first book of a trilogy.

The second book is ‘Shadows of the Mind’ That is now published and ‘Clearing of the Mist’ rounds up the three book series.

Links to Owen’s website, blog, books, etc.


Email: owen.cloughbooks@gmail.com

FB : https://www.facebook.com/Book1WhispersofthePast/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Book2ShadowsoftheMind/

Shadows of the Mind on Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0473454076/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Whispers of the Past Amazon:

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**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Owen is giving away an ebook copy of SHADOWS OF THE MIND to one lucky reader who comments on his Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.

Thanks, Owen, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

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5 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: SHADOWS OF THE MIND, Whispers of the Past Book 2 #Historical #Thriller by Owen Clough

  1. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Owen, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I really enjoyed your excerpt. Such a great description of a man trying to identify who he is with no memory. 🙂 Thanks for coming back to share the second book in the series!

  2. An interesting take on the mind and memories. Enjoyed the excerpt and, of course, I Tweetedh. Best of luck with your sales!

  3. bn100 says:

    interesting cover

  4. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    Quite the background, Owen! One can see how you can grow your stories.
    Thanks, Karen and Owen.

  5. Eileen AW says:

    What an interesting tale. Thank you for sharing and joining us.

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