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Richard V Frankland

Richard’s early working life was as a construction engineer, a career that took him abroad to work in Zambia and Jordan for one of Britain’s leading consulting engineers. Returning home he joined a major japanese corporation, administering large civil and industrial projects in Europe, Africa and the Far East. It was during this period that he had the idea for his first novel and early chapters written. A career change, to help run a small family business, gave him the time to read for a Masters Degree in Maritime Studies, a subject that had been of lifelong interest to him. It was due to the encouragement of his wife and friends that he took up writing again completing his first novel, A Cast of Hawks, which was published in 2010. The sequel, Batsu, followed in 2012 and the third book in the Ian Vaughan thriller series, Shadows in Sunshine, was published in January 2015 followed by In Treacherous Waters last year. Shadows Beneath The Long White Cloud continues Ian Vaughan’s adventures. He is currently writing the sixth book, presenting further challenges for his hero to overcome.

Apart from writing he gives talks on maritime history and is a keen member of the RAF Yacht Club; when time permits he dabbles in water colour painting.


  • Shadows Beneath the Long White Cloud


    When a North Korean deep-sea trawler runs aground on the shores of Okinawa, what is found onboard links it to possible illegal gold smuggling.

  • In Treacherous Waters


    The brutal death of British SIS agent David Patterson whilst conducting an undercover investigation into illegal arms trading in Angola raises questions regarding his wife's stepfather, Jan Vermeulen.

  • Batsu


    As his family struggles to cope with the aftermath of their kidnapping, Ian Vaughan’s worst fears are realised when news reaches him of the release of two terrorists intent on revenge against him and the powers that thwarted their anti-imperialist ambitions.

  • Shadows In Sunshine


    Greed and death lay in the shadows as Vaughan finds himself embroiled in conspiracy and danger, challenging both his judgement and his courage.

  • A Cast of Hawks


    A knife at his wife's throat and his two young daughters gagged by rough hands; Ian Vaughan spun round in alarm only to be knocked unconscious by the stranger he had just helped.

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