Children of Pleiades
Rise of the Henge
Children of Pleiades
Rise of the Henge
Lloyd Pilling Tosoff’s sixth novel is the first in a two-part series. An ancient, historical human drama unfolds, as four generations of a sacred bloodline are haunted by a murderous act perpetrated by an ancestor, who along with his only son, first settled the Salisbury Plain of Southern England. Children of Pleiades follows the timeless human struggle enfolded by cosmic forces of good and evil that have existed since the beginning of time.
As a star seeded bloodline unfolds on the ancient Salisbury Plain of Southern England, its children are caught up in the timeless struggle between good and evil. Rise of the Henge, the first in the Children of Pleiades series, is a human drama that reflects superstition, folklore, and belief in an Otherworld of pixies, faeries, angels, and legends of visitations from star men.
Horst of Skerrabra risks the lives of his family, crossing the dangerous waters between the northern Isles and what is now the shores of Scotland, to begin a trek across the barren English midlands to find the destiny of a sacred lineage of celestial origin. The shadow of a murderous act follows four generations of offspring whose fate it is to bring the Great Henge into being under the light of Pleiades, the stars of the Seven Sisters, prominent in the night sky.
“An ancient, cinematic tale with believable characters whose interpersonal passions and conflict could be from any time over the course in history. An accurate portrayal of the unchanged human condition and belief in legend and superstitions brought to life by the author.”
– Gary Dunham
Escape from Konigsberg
Escape from Konigsberg
Based on a true story, Escape from Konigsberg is Lloyd Pilling Tosoff’s fourth novel. After watching his beloved home of Königsberg fall into communist hands during the last days of WWII and faced with unspeakable tragedy, 16-year-old Walter Heinrich bravely escapes, along with his two young sisters on what may have been the last coal train to Berlin where Walter begins a quest that changes his life forever. A coming of age war novel that touches the heart.
Escape from Königsberg is an epic human drama set in the former German province of East Prussia during the last days of WWII. Based on a true story, it follows one family’s struggle to survive the brutal onslaught of the Soviet Red Army, and the Allied bombing campaign that leveled the 700-year-old city. After watching his beloved home of Königsberg fall into communist hands and faced with unspeakable tragedy, 16-year-old Walter Heinrich bravely escapes, along with his two sisters aged six and 10, on what may have been the last coal train to Berlin before the tracks of the Prussian Eastern Railway are destroyed. Captured by German soldiers, Walter is faced with a harrowing stay at the Mausbacher Waisenhaus in Berlin, before escaping and setting out on a quest that changes his life forever. A complex plot that takes the reader on an intimate journey that pits the indomitable human spirit against the evil and devastation of war, Walter’s story is an accurate portrayal of the suffering of the German people as a result of Hitler’s criminal regime. Filled with adventure, narrow escapes from death, unlikely friendships, bittersweet reunion and a touching love story, Escape from Königsberg is a gripping novel. Love, loss, and hope define this beautifully written novel.
“a beautifully depicted love story (in the midst of) the impossible predicament of so many Germans at the time—loyal to their native land but also left at the mercy of an insanely criminal regime.”
– Kirkus Reviews
Glory Bound is Lloyd Pilling Tosoff’s fifth novel and is based on true events from his own father’s memoirs, as well as scant knowledge of his paternal grandfather’s life. Set in the European war theatre, Northern Canada, and the remote mountains of western Bulgaria, this novel tells of one man’s experience of WWII and the backstory of a lost heritage as a father’s escape from religious oppression, and his son’s fight against Hitler, requires them to reclaim their lost years.
To take the life you are given and raise it up to a higher purpose against all odds is to define the term, “Glory Bound”. Born and raised with neither means nor opportunity to go beyond the humble beginnings of his heritage, Ted Dimitroff was a man of courage that defied the odds against him. It was the spring of 1941 when the 17-year-old walked into the Canadian Army recruiting office in Prince George, Canada and lied about his age to join in the war effort against Nazi Germany. Many like Ted, had forefathers who fled their homelands and left behind an unspoken past. This is the story of a father and a son, both of whom shared life circumstances that required them to reclaim their lost years.
“The author flawlessly weaves the story over multi-generational characters who endure life altering trials, tribulations, bigotry, poverty and war. It is a fascinating and gripping journey filled with lovable and heroic characters.”
– Tom Szczesniak
Point of Return
Point of Return
Lloyd Pilling Tosoff’s first novel is also first in a three-part series. The action filled crime thriller reached #2 in UK Kindle Crime Fiction and has Bond-like swagger. It is a non-stop, thrilling page turner that has naïve accountant Ian MacLeod caught up in a murder conspiracy after being hired under the guise of an auditor for the Glasgow based accounting firm RIA. After realizing he has been set up as a patsy for a crime he did not commit, he is forced to pit his intellect against the ruthless Scottish mob.
After a failed marriage and the loss of his job, naïve accountant Ian MacLeod returns to his hometown of Glasgow. A budding romance with Scotland Yard profiler, Kyla Fraser is interrupted when MacLeod takes a job as a “night auditor” contrived to set him up for a murder he did not commit. He finds out that the ruthless Glaswegian mob is behind his newfound troubles, and he makes the grievous error of absconding with their money as a ploy to negotiate his way out of his predicament. Pursued by the police, MI5, and the mob, MacLeod turns to Kyla for help but seems to get even more inextricably caught up in Bond-like intrigue that takes him on a cut to the chase, that ends in an exciting showdown with top mobsters Alistair Ascot and Douglas McMurphy, on the banks of the River Clyde.
“This is a fast-paced novel that will entangle you in a web of political and corporate corruption, as well as introducing you to the Glasgow underworld. This is a mile a minute ride that you will not be able to put down (I read the entire 307 pages in one-day). This book will become a classic in the British crime genre, guaranteed it is definitely worth the read.”
Book two in the Ian MacLeod action series, and Lloyd Pilling Tosoff’s second novel, begins with the former accountant charged with possession of mob money, and he is extradited back to the UK from the Cayman Islands where he and Kyla had fled mob retribution. A conspiracy unfolds as MacLeod searches for the mob’s Highland bunker in an exposé of political intrigue and dirty secrets spanning from the seedy streets of East London to the Home Office itself.
Being in possession of mob money catches up with MacLeod, and he is extradited back to the UK after he and Kyla help Natasha, a young victim of the sex trade, kick her heroin addiction at a healing center on the Cayman Islands. Kyla finds out that Scotland Yard and the Home Office are rife with corruption at the highest levels, and calls upon former spy and lawyer, Nigel Cambridge to help free MacLeod by cutting a deal that takes the trio on a jaunt into the Scottish Highlands. Political intrigue and the sexual secrets of the UK’s most powerful men are interwoven into a complex plot, driven by a conspiracy contrived to set MacLeod up for revenge by mobsters Ascot and McMurphy. An exposé that delves into the sex trade on the seedy streets of East London and offers a glimpse into the life of exotic call girl, Justine Prothumo, reverberates all the way up to the Home Office. Pure escapist entertainment with grit.
“Vanquished starts where Point of Return leaves off and it is a thriller too. Lots of unexpected surprises and turns in the story. As I got close to the end, I started slowing down my reading to make it last longer. I only wished that there were another 200 pages! Both books have a great ending that would be hard to predict.”
The finale in the Ian MacLeod action series is Lloyd Pilling Tosoff’s third novel. Young, tech savvy mobster Joseph McMurphy is intent on avenging his father’s death with a sanction against MacLeod‘s life. Pursued into the rugged terrain of the Cairngorm Highlands, MacLeod faces the greatest ordeal of his life.
After their secluded croft in the Scottish Highlands is discovered by mobster Joseph McMurphy, MacLeod and Kyla flee in a light aircraft across the frigid waters of the North Atlantic. The daring escape ends in a crash landing on the shores of Iceland where Ian MacLeod begins yet another chapter in his troubles with the Scottish Mob. The heir to murdered Glasgow mobster Douglas McMurphy’s criminal empire, seeks revenge after seven years in pursuit of the man he holds responsible for his father’s death. Joseph McMurphy is a sex and cocaine addicted sociopath, who has rebranded his father’s crime syndicate to bolster his legitimate image as a CEO. A gangland sanction against MacLeod’s life ultimately ends in the rugged terrain of Scotland’s Cairngorm Highlands where MacLeod faces his greatest ordeal. A compelling and riveting finale.