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An Anthology
Short Thriller Fiction; Full Length Adrenalin–

Stephen Leather, Alex Shaw, JH Bográn, Stephen Edger, Liam Saville, and Howard Manson, with an introduction by Jake Needham.

You are embarking on an expedition into the dangerous, deadly world of assassins, spies, cold-blooded killers, rogue robbers and ruthless revenge. Of course the stories are great. They wouldn’t be here otherwise. But the inspiration was to create an opportunity for some brand new writers to work alongside a few seasoned writers and a few bestsellers and then see their work published with the best in the business.

The result is a collection of eight short stories that delight in the ultimate dirty deed. Everybody dies, but some deaths are just more entertaining than others. We’ve found those for you, and this anthology is here to introduce you to the work of these excellent thriller writers: established, and up and coming masters of the short story form.

DEATH TOLL is available from Amazon.


Praise for Death Toll:

“Action, violence and cold-blooded ruthlessness, this compilation of thrillers has it all. Six authors, six different styles, one great read.” –Jack Silkstone

“Nothing excites me more than discovering new writing talent – and this book is bursting with it.” –Stephen Leather

“You have a real treat in store for you here, my friends. These guys tell great stories; stories that feel so real you’ll be looking over your shoulder. They just do it in an extraordinarily economical way.” –Jake Needham

“When I was growing up I loved to read boys stories and this without a doubt is a wonderful collection of just that. This anthology is like reading a grown-up Boy’s Own Annual stuffed full of conmen, an unsuspecting husband, spy craft, an assassin, Australian soldiers in Afghanistan, terrorism, and some old fashioned burglary. A thrilling ride through stories packed with adventure or misadventure.” – Cat Connor


Stephen Leather is one of the UK’s most successful thriller writers. He was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shovelled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London’s Burning, The Knock and the BBC’s Murder in Mind series.

J. H. Bográn, born and raised in Honduras, is the son of a journalist. He ironically prefers to write fiction rather than fact. José’s genre of choice is thrillers, but he likes to throw in a twist of romance into the mix. His works include novels and short stories in both English and Spanish. He’s a member of the International Thriller Writers where he also serves as the Thriller Roundtable Coordinator.

Alex Shaw B.A.(HONS), P.G.C.E was head of Drama at Pechersk School International, Kyiv, Ukraine, in the late 1990s before leaving to start his own Kyiv based consultancy, dealing specifically with the markets of the former USSR. He was subsequently head hunted for a division of Siemens, where he was tasked with business development in the former USSR, the Middle East, and Africa. Hetman was Alex’s first novel and took twelve years to complete. Published in 2009, it gained critical acclaim in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) and later became a #1 UK Kindle Bestseller.

Liam lives in Sydney Australia with his wife, two children, and their German Shepherd.He is a former member of the Australian Army and has studied at the Royal Military College Duntroon. Liam also served for several years as a police officer in his home state of New South Wales, and currently works full time in a regulatory and enforcement role with a public sector agency in Sydney.Predator Strike is his first book, and the first in a series of planned novellas featuring Australian Defence force Investigative Service officer, Captain Sam Ryan.

Stephen Edger is the best-selling author of INTEGRATION, REMORSE, REDEMPTION and SNATCHED. He is in his early thirties and lives in Southampton with his wife and young daughter. Stephen has worked in the finance industry for the last ten years since graduating from University with a law degree. It is his experiences in these fields that have helped create the imaginative stories he shares with readers.

Howard Manson is the author of 72 Hour Protocol: A spy-thriller/love story Kirkus Reviews praised for ‘depth and nuance…strong characterization and an impressive ear for dialogue,’ and our favorite quote: ‘Manson’s clear technical knowledge of the work Sunday does, whether interrogation or inflicting pain, is impressive.’