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There's nothing more intriguing than a true-life thriller, where the protagonist maneuvers through a world of high-stake drugs, espionage, and terror. Along the way, he unwisely falls in love with a woman whose commitment to her cause is greater than the love she shares with him."I Was, I Am, I Will Be" chronicles the life of a young British man, born into wealth, prestige and a family name dating back to the 1600's. But this storied background isn't enough to save John Hugo Coventry from the lure of easy money when the opportunity arises. Partnered with two men, they perpetrate a scheme to defraud the British Government out of money. When the wheels of the fraud fall off and the authorities close in, Coventry is faced with a life changing decision. Work undercover for the British Government's Customs and Excise Department or go to prison. To save his own skin, he chooses to help the government by secretly collecting information on a gang of drug runners. Coventry soon discovers the gang is smuggling more than drugs and is highly connected to terrorists in both Ireland and France. Now working with British Intelligence as well as the Customs and Excise Department, he relays information about IRA plans to smuggle arms and illicit drugs into the United Kingdom, as well as giving the authorities the low-down on the people involved. Feeling frightened and alone, he takes comfort in the arms of Michelle, a well-known member of the Action Directe terrorist group in France. Passion ignites, and the two become improbable lovers, forever connected by a deep seeded bond. But she has no idea he's a spy, and Coventry is torn between his love for her and his obligation to the British Government. Along the way, he learns of the connection between Michelle's Action Directe group and the notorious Baader Meinhoff gang, a left wing terrorist group in Germany. He realizes her convictions to the cause are incredibly fervent and is terrified he will loose her to the violence. Already in enough trouble of his own, Coventry knows he should walk away, but the love he feels for Michelle keeps him in a stranglehold. Michelle is unwilling to drag him deeper into her dangerous world, and begs Coventry to leave Britain and escape to South Africa where her connections in the South African Army will keep him safe.During one of her visits to South Africa, Michelle hands him a cardinscribed with the words, "I Was, I Am, I Will Be". He has no idea what it means and is left puzzled by her goodbye. Missing both Michelle and his family, he finally decides he's had enough of being undercover and on the run and arranges his return to Britain. Going home means certain jail time but Coventry is ready to pay the punishment for his crime.It's the only way to break free from the government's grip. While in prison, he's severely beaten by IRA insiders looking for some payback, so the government reduces his sentence and sets him free. Upon his release, he's shocked to hear of Michelle's death and the secret she'd kept hidden from him. The Customs and Excise Department offers him more undercover work, but Coventry has had enough of their fun and games and decides that maybe he'd be better off starting a new life in the United States. As much as he hates to leave England and his family, he knows a fresh start is for the best and boards a plane for the flight to America. Sitting in his American hotel room, sipping on a tall, stiff drink, he opens the newspaper to read that the Baader Meinhoff gang has decided to stop their terrorist attacks. The newspaper story ends with a message from Baader Meinhoff, "I Was, I Am, I Will Be." A chill runs down his spine as he remembers the inscription on Michelle's card. He can't help but reflect on everything he's been through over the last few years and wonders, "What the hell was I thinking?
About the Author
John Coventry John Coventry was born near Liverpool in North England. He's led an incredible life, travelled extensively, met many interesting people and done many interesting things. "I Was, I Am, I Will Be" is the true story of his life and is his first foray into the world of writing. His story is one of passion, intrigue, and secrets. At times, painful to write, it is glimpse into a dark and clandestine world few dare to enter. Trish Faber Trish Faber was born in Markham Ontario, Canada, the youngest of five children. She began to write at the age of five, using her family as characters in her first epic novel, "The Rabbit Family". Although never formally published, the single, handwritten, and self-illustrated copy of "The Rabbit Family" did make appearances at the local school, grocery store, bowling alley and bridge club meetings, courtesy of an enthusiastic mother and her large purse. Trish is grateful to her family for allowing her to develop her imagination and creative flair without ever passing judgment. She realizes that at times this must have been difficult. Trish holds an Honours Degree in English and History from the University of Western Ontario, and a life degree in the trials and tribulations of being a restaurant owner, an academic tutor and life skills coach, as well as a business owner. She likes music, sports, tomato soup, and has secret aspirations of one day becoming a rock star. Most of all, she loves spending quality time with her friends and family. "I Was, I Am, I Will Be", written in collaboration with John Coventry is her second full-length novel. "Pierre's Story" - the sequel to "I Was, I Am, I Will Be" is also available through Wonder Voice Press.