AN AUTHOR from West Stoke has published his first novel.
Lord Stoker is wandering the Great Plains of the American West when he stumbles across a female survivor of a vicious attack.
Traumatised and rendered mute by her experiences, Stoker resolves to escort her to St Louis and leave her with the authorities.
However, his plans are foiled by enigmatic explorer, Richard Burton, who has a role for Stoker in his own mission for the Crown. The stakes are raised by the arrival of Buller, Stoker’s brutal and hot-headed brother, and the psychotic blackmailer, James Maybrick.
Stoker is drawn into a whirlwind of deceit, depravity and violence as he struggles to protect the girl he rescued. His journey takes him into America’s ferocious frontier, where secrets are revealed and blood is spilled. Games of cat and mouse unfold but is Stoker the cat or the mouse?
Dick Warburton lives in West Stoke, Chichester. He gained a first class degree in creative writing and film studies at Portsmouth University.
During his time at university, Dick wrote more than 50 articles on cinema for the student newspaper and last year he received a Masters degree in Film and Philosophy from King’s College London.
He is currently assisting two authors with their own work including a novel and a screenplay.
He said: “I have always been fascinated by the polymath explorer, Richard Burton. I discovered he had visited America around the same time Stoker is set and this helped to form the plot.”