The East Sussex author writes a fast-paced crime thriller with an ecological focus

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Ben Westwood

Ben, 46, said: “The Constant Gardner meets Dexter, Green Shoots is a tale of grief and revenge, a fast-paced crime thriller with an ecological focus.

“The novel reflects my passion for protecting nature, especially the rainforest, which I was fortunate to visit several times while living in South America.

“I hope readers will find my novel a refreshing take on the thriller genre—an eco-thriller. I wanted to write a novel that reflected the current challenges people are facing. Most importantly, the book contains optimism and solutions rather than just documenting the problems. The inner story of the book is the main character John’s journey through grief, based on my own experience.

“In the beginning, grieving journalist John Adamson is brought back from the brink of suicide by a mysterious phone call.

“John then sets out to find the truth about the death of his wife Christina in South America.

“The man on the phone gives John clues as to what really happened, but also advises him to investigate a spate of business deaths, all of which are found with the same cryptic message: ‘Green shoots will grow from their ashes. ‘

“From the protest-filled streets of London to the devastated jungles of Ecuador, John is unwittingly drawn into a deadly conspiracy, but who is behind these murders and what is the connection to his wife’s death?

“I’m also releasing a soundtrack of songs about grief and healing. I’m a singer-songwriter and have already released two albums. I have written a collection of songs that reflect the book’s themes. The Green Shoots soundtrack is available on Spotify, iTunes and all major music distributors.

“I’m working on a sequel. This is my first novel. I have written several travel guides including Rough Guides and Moon Handbooks to travel destinations such as London, Ecuador and Peru. Before that I was a journalist with The Daily Telegraph and still freelance occasionally for newspapers.

“I’ve been a journalist since I was a student. I then switched to travel writing and after lockdown I decided I no longer had an excuse to be too busy to write a novel!

“I started my journalism career in London with student publications and as a freelancer for The Independent. After a stint abroad teaching English, I trained at City University Journalism School and joined the Telegraph Media Group. There I worked for five years mainly in news and travel, both online and in print. I then worked in public relations in the fields of tourism and education for two years. Over the last ten years I have combined speaking with freelance writing and have written several travel guides.”

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