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An Errant Youth in Uniform
by Bryan Marlowe 

UK price: £7.99       US price: $11.99
Format: Paperback
Size : 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
Pages: 278
ISBN: 978-1907294471
Published: March-2010


Archibald Sinclair Cholmondeley (pronounced Chumly), the glib-tongued and picaresque, street-wise youth, who first appeared in Memoirs of an Errant Youth, is caught out at last – called up for National Service. He chose the Royal Air Force in which to serve his time, because old soldiers had told him, ‘There’s less ‘bull’ in the ‘Brylcreem Boys Brigade’ and blue had always been his favourite colour.’

He still doesn’t miss an opportunity to make a bit of cash on the side. He is the bane of his superior officers, challenges authority and gets into scrapes, but always manages to talk his way out of trouble. Finally, to everyone’s surprise, he proves his worth and makes the grade.

Cover design by Laura Martin. Find her artwork and photography at www.caelitha.deviantart.com

About the author

Bryan Marlowe was born in the City of London in 1930. He left school at the age of 14 and had innumerable jobs before being called up for National Service in the Royal Air Force from 1948/50. He rejoined the RAF in1951 and retired in 1971. He worked for twenty years with a Northern Police Force. On retirement he took up voluntary work with Witness and Victim Support, co-ordinated Neighbourhood Watch schemes and worked as a newspaper columnist. He has travelled extensively and lived abroad. He now lives in southeast London.

Those of us who enjoyed Bryan Marlowe's last book "An Errant Youth" have an opportunity to follow the further adventures of Archy Cholmondeley in "An Errant Youth In Uniform". This is a fun read, as Archy is at his clever best squeaking out of tight situations, figuring new ways to earn extra cash, and leaving his less ambitious fellow R.A.F. recruits behind while he strives to improve his lot. Mr. Marlowe has left the door ajar at the end of the book for more of Archy's escapades in the future. I hope he doesn't make us wait too long.

Carl M. Miller
Bolivar, MO U.S.A.

Review by James Drew

Based in no small part on the youthful adventures (and misadventures) of
its author, Bryan Marlowe, An Errant Youth in Uniform sees our hero
Archibald (Archie) Sinclair Cholmondeley (pronounced 'Chumly') called up
for National Service just after the end of World War Two, and thus forced
to put his journalistic ambitions temporarily on hold to serve his time in
the Royal Air Force. Sharp-witted, sharp tongued and subversive, Archie
quickly becomes the bane of his COs but, as in his first outing, rarely
misses a trick or an opportunity to make a little cash on the side. His
relationship with Felicity still seems solid - but will he keep his
wandering eye in hand long enough to keep the girl? That would be

Marlowe has already proved his ability to deliver slick, well-paced page
turners with his previous work in the thriller genre, such as A Kind of
Wild Justice and Settled Out of Court, but he is never more in his stride
(and I hope he will forgive this reviewer) than when he is talking about
himself, and that's why Archie is probably his best-defined, most likeable
character to date. In addition, the brisk formality of the dialogue is far
more suited to a military setting in post-war England than it has seemed
to be with some of his other work, in which the characters' speech has
sometimes seemed at odds with more modern-day settings.

Here, however, the characters' verbal interaction only adds to the charm
of the story, and, coupled with the wryly amusing nature of Archie's
hijinks, allows the novel as a whole to be enjoyed as a perfect bedside
companion. Marlowe makes us care for what happens to Archie and, when you
have your readers onside, you can't be going far wrong. Recommended.

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Also by Bryan Marlowe:

As Long as There's Tomorrow...
By Bryan Marlowe       
UK price: £11.77     US price: $21.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 5 x 8
Pages: 394
ISBN: 0-595-39621-6
Published: May-2006

A romantic saga dedicated to those who have lost the love of their life and live in hope of one day regaining it.

Tarnished Heroes       
by Bryan Marlowe 
UK price: £8.38     US price: $15.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 5 x 8
Pages: 228
ISBN: 0-595-40750-1
Published: Aug-2006

It's the cold war in the Far East and a chain of deadly circumstances forces two former world war heroes to form an alliance to save those they love in a final desperate act of heroism and redemption.

A Kind of Wild Justice.
by Bryan Marlowe        
UK price: £8.63    US price: $16.95
Format: Paperback
Size: 5 x 8
Pages: 242
ISBN: 0-595-43194-1
Published: Mar-2007

Be warned; don’t be fooled by Gary Remington’s gentlemanly demeanour. He’s a tough, war-hardened ex-sergeant major, who exercises unremitting relentlessness in whatever he undertakes. He’s now on a mission of merciless vengeance and he’ll take no prisoners!

Settled Out of Court      
by Bryan Marlowe 
UK price: £8.00     US price: $14.95
Format: Paperback
Size: 5 x 8
Pages: 204
ISBN: 0-595-47705-4
Published: Nov-2007

Tense, gripping and with a rich seam of black humour, Settled Out Of Court is the latest thriller from Bryan Marlowe—a man with a literary mission of his own.

Leaving Mercy to Heaven  
by Bryan Marlowe 
UK price: £7.99     US price: $10.85
Format: Paperback
Size: 5 x 8
Pages: 288
ISBN: 978-0956051967
Published: Feb-2009
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Leaving Mercy to Heaven is a bang-up-to-date, dramatic action-packed tale of revenge, intrigue, betrayal, and romance, involving terrorism, modern Casablanca, and the Israeli Secret Service


Marlowe's Manuscripts

(From Up Front)

James Drew takes a trip down memory lane, with a shameless plug for his one-time journalist-cohort turned published novelist, Bryan Marlowe. Not heard of him yet? Well, that's why he's a 'cult hero'. Read on...

Bryan always takes pleasure in his work...It does seem like a long time ago. Eleven years, in fact...before falling in love with Brussels (where he arrived via a circuitous journalistic route, taking in The Yellow Advertiser in East London http://icessex.icnetwork.co.uk, which explains why he's a West Ham supporter), your 'umble hack Drew started scribbling in the ancient northern town of York, where a certain UP Front editor Tony Mallett (yes, him again), made a big mistake - he gave him a job as a journalist.

The sadly-defunct free-sheet The York and District Advertiser was where Drew first won his spurs and, if you're wondering when I'm ever going to get to the point of this yarn, don't worry, it'll be any second now.

Because, at this time (told you), Drew also came into the orbit of one Bryan Marlowe, a letter-writer extraordinaire, a man with more bylines in The York Evening Press (www.yorkpress.co.uk) than many of its journalists. Drew, anxious to score points against the 'Tizer's fiercest rival (ah, memories), shamelessly bribed the man with competition prizes, free meals and more than a few sherbets, to ensure that Marlowe's missives began flowing into another newspaper.

The York Press (as they are now called) had the last laugh, unfortunately - doubtless stung by their plucky rival's chutzpah, they offered Bryan a job as a columnist. Which he took, the swine...[Good point - exactly why are we giving him a plug, Drew? - ED]

But enough of the past - Marlowe, who was born in London in 1930 (revenge truly is a dish best served cold) and left school at the age of 14, has long lived the rover's life. Conscripted for National Service in 1948, he served two years, was demobbed, then worked for Siemens and rejoined the RAF as a regular in January 1951.An RAF regular from 1951-71, he then worked for a further 20 years with a northern police force. His extensive foreign travels, combined with his life's career path, inform the genuinely exciting narratives of his four books to date. Up to press, these are As Long As There's Tomorrow, an intensely personal romantic saga about love lost and regained, Memoirs of an Errant Youth, a tongue-in-cheek account of the author's early years of employment in wartime Britain and the immediate post-war period of austerity, Tarnished Heroes, a cold-war thriller set in the Far East and A Kind of Wild Justice, an ex-sergeant-major-turns-vigilante page-turner.

Memoirs of an Errant Youth - By Bryan MarloweAs Long As There's Tomorrow - By Bryan MarloweA Kind of Wild Justice - By Bryan Marlowe

And, just for those readers wondering what the connection is between Bryan and Brussels, be informed that he says he'd "very much like to revisit the capital of Belgium, so long as the G+Ts are on Drew's tab". Just what we need in town - another writer...[Drew, you're fired - ED]

For more information on the man Marlowe and his work (he's currently working on a fifth, Settled Out of Court), go to http://www.diadembooks.com/tomorrow.htm, where you'll also find links to purchase all of his thus-far published tomes. Happy reading!

Brussels-based freelance journalist Tom Slaughter reviews Settled Out Of Court by Bryan Marlowe.

 Considering that he only turned to novels two years ago, Bryan Marlowe proved himself prolific and more than adept at handling a range of genres, from the whimsical nostalgia of Memoirs of an Errant Youth, via the military rough and tumble of Tarnished Heroes, to riveting revenge yarn A Kind of Wild Justice.

 Settled Out Of Court runs along similar lines to …Justice, but Marlowe’s choice of a sociopathic, revenge-driven young man as central character lifts the narrative into the realm of psychological study, as well as being a cracking read.

 Dermot Baxter is the man with a plan – his father Rex died in jail after being wrongly imprisoned for the murder of his au pair lover. Still at home but distant from his mother, Baxter embarks on a calculated mission of revenge against all those members of the law and judiciary whom he believes must pay for the injustice. But the law is slowly and surely closing in…

 Marlowe’s own police experience (he worked for 20 years with a northern force in the UK) is put to good use here; the dialogue between the ‘coppers on the case’ is believable, even if it occasionally seems forced between Baxter and his mother. By the same token, the writer’s gift for creating enjoyable page-turners has once again been employed – that we are suckered into sympathising for a cold-blooded killer is an impressive turn from Marlowe, and there are more than enough twists and turns, coupled with genuinely suspenseful set-pieces, to keep thriller-hounds happy. Recommended.