It's 1980 and, in the shadow of better known political dictatorships, the isolated island state of St Christopher is in the uncompromising grip of lawyer Dean and his cohorts who have stepped over the line that separates duty from personal gain.
Laws on St Christopher are designed to suit the personal needs of those in the powerful echelon and to maintain the status quo. Opposition is disposed of, the media is muzzled and the right to a free voice is denied.
Colonel Stavros controls all security forces. He carries out the wishes of the corrupt Dean with a ruthless efficiency, but has his own agenda - he aims to assume total command.
'Footsteps to Nowhere' brings dictator Dean up against the determined Sandy McGee, who heads the underground movement. Under threat to his family, Sandy recruits popular sportsman Duncan Andrews who, together with the feisty Fiona, challenges the system. Isolated from the rest of the world with no resources to call upon, the small group of resistance fighters takes on the security forces.
The enforcer has to be removed. Whether that will be sufficient to force a return to freedom remains to be seen.
About the Author
David Hortle was born at Longford in Northern Tasmania. He completed his education to university entrance level, but went home to the family farms; fourth generation on one and fifth generation on the other. Marriage and four children followed. When the farms became uneconomic, he sold out and moved to Queensland when he obtained the position of manager of a new wool buying enterprise. This was very successful, and he finally took over the ownership of the business. Upon retirement, he found that he was just as busy. Hobbies include photography and writing. This novel was started in 1994, the original theme being the thin line between civilisation and barbarity. This theme changed to the abuse of traditional power, to which it is related. David Hortle has also self-published a booklet about the history of farming practices employed on Tasmanian farms over the last one hundred years.
Number Of Pages: 341
Published: 1st May 2006
Publisher: Sid Harta Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.449