Sporting Tales: Culture Man

A tale of action, suspense and romance, set in Winchester, England's ancient capital

A novel of 230 pages available as a paperback and Kindle eBook on Amazon.

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Product Description

Rob's "Year of Culture" gave him purpose last year: to perform and blog about a cultural activity each week. This year he's at a loss until a mix-up at his ex-girlfriend Marianne's laboratory leads to limited superpowers. He resolves to win the local tennis tournament, the Hampshire Cup. His best friend, Paul, and his physio, Kate—who can't resist a superhero on the books—help him. Meanwhile, a supervillain stalks Winchester stealing cultural artefacts—all of which, oddly, have featured in Rob's blog. Nicknamed the Velvet Vandal by the local press, the crimes become more ambitious and Rob is drawn in.

Soon he, Paul, Kate and Marianne are entangled in a summer of mystery and adventure. Who is the Velvet Vandal? What role does Marianne's sinister professor play? And can Rob's powers lead him to discover his true calling? Amongst the rooftop battles, daring raids on an Oxford laboratory, hopes of romance, an escaped anteater, and the morally dubious attempt to win the Hampshire Cup, a thrilling climax approaches.

How To Buy

Purchase the book at (UK), (US), or see the List of Locations below for all countries. Select either the Kindle Edition or Paperback format box.
Price: Ebook = £2.99 (UK), $3.99 (US); Paperback = £5.99 (UK), $6.99 (US). Equivalent prices are charged for other currencies and countries.

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Full List of Locations

The story is available at the following Amazon sites. These links take you to the Kindle Edition. To choose the Paperback click on the format box labelled Paperback. The paperback version is only available at the following sites: UK, US, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Japan. (To directly access the Paperback, replace B00AFZG26Q with 148191295X in the url.) (Amazon UK site) or (Amazon US site) (Amazon France) (Amazon Germany) (Amazon Italy site) (Amazon Spain site) (Amazon Netherlands site) (Amazon Canada site) (Amazon Australia site) (Amazon India site) (Amazon Japan site) (Amazon Mexico site) (Amazon Brazil site)

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