About jameshigham

English, Northumbrian, Australian, half Russian, in love with France and Sicily, with respect and affection for friends in the States, Canada and South Africa, now back in the UK. Background often in education but also a former storeman, DJ, builder, screenprinter, gardener, shop assistant, thespian, stage manager, military and various other ventures. Love sailing, rugby, cricket, a wide range of music, walks in the forest, the snow and rain, good company, a single malt [neat], Drambuie, a nice red or real ale with a decent steak, vodka with dried fish and gherkins. Main addictions – sailing, wimmin and dark chocolate, in no particular order.

Masquerade … a saga in three parts

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This is a massive book in terms of scope and length – around 1500 pages, it’s a saga or rather an interconnected series of many short tales on a theme.  Begun in 1996, it was really only completed in 2018 – you’ll find far greater detail here.

It’s essentially commentary on most human issues and political situations we encounter, written into an action-thriller-erotic romance-horror.

As for the plot, it’s the story of a man embarking on a grand adventure but people see him coming, they have their own agendas, they all wear masks – everyone wears a mask and it’s rare to find someone of integrity behind that mask.

He and others are swept up in events in a changing political landscape in Europe, they learn things they should not and are forced to flee across the continent, hidden by sympathetic citizens, then betrayed and forced to flee again.

When their closeknit group turns out to be not so closeknit, it’s time to go on the offensive.

The longer explanation is at the end of that link.

Some administrative notes

Reading a book online is not easy, so Masquerade is designed to be read vertically on an iPad or similar, each chapter navigating to the next.  No iPad?  Feel free to transfer text to another medium in order to read it more easily.

The pictures or sketches in this online version are NOT for commercial use, they only exist to give online readers a rough idea.