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J Ryan - Author

About the Author

J Ryan enjoyed driving fast cars round test tracks in her previous working life as an advertising copywriter for the motor industry, but the heroes in Missing Dad are based on the extraordinary young people she has had the privilege of working with at a local school.

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Missing Dad 5 Justice

Missing Dad 5 Justice

Author: J Ryan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

'The past can cast long shadows.' Missing Dad Book 5: Justice deals with the tragic murder seventeen years ago of Lisette, wife of the charismatic and mysterious French aristocrat Christian Rochelle, who has become more of a father to Joe than his own dad. Joe and Becks set out to solve the mystery of who was the accomplice who let the murdering Contessa da Palestrina into the ultra-secure Chateau L'Etoile? It is a quest that will take the teenagers close to a terrible death on more than one occasion, as they journey to Surat, the Indian diamond-cutting capital of the world, and onwards to Naples, riddled with its casual murders and mountains of toxic waste. But it is in the seas off the Northwest coast of Scotland where the story reaches its terrifying climax. We're heading relentlessly for the world's third largest whirlpool, on board a ship loaded with smuggled missiles, with a nuclear power plant that is going into meltdown.

Missing Dad

Missing Dad

Author: J Ryan Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2018

Sixteen year old Joe St Aubin and girlfriend Becks Bowman learn the hard way to deal with the criminal underworld where his father, secret agent Commander Julius Grayling, has disappeared.

Missing Dad 4 Mission

Missing Dad 4 Mission

Author: J Ryan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2018

Missing Dad series has instantly gripped young readers with its emotional intensity and fast paced plots. Popular with school librarians for use with 'reluctant readers'. The fourth book in this established and successful series with powerful appeal to girls as well as boys due to a strong-minded heroine At the start of Missing Dad Book 4: Mission, the main character Joe is in the darkest place he has ever been. He has lost all hope of finding his father alive, failed his exams and is self-harming. But girlfriend Becks is always at his side, and Monsieur Le Comte - 'like a father to me, all the time I was looking for mine' - remains a rock for Joe. Gradually, the feeling builds that something extraordinary is going to emerge from this awful darkness; and it does, with a plot twist that will have readers gasping. The title of this fourth novel in the Missing Dad series is a strong clue to the action that starts to roll like a juggernaut after Joe's shocking discovery about his father's secret past. Here we have all the traditional and fun aspects of spying, such as a Bentley gunship, a casually murderous arms dealer and a nuclear-powered stealth ship loaded with munitions. But we also have the huge emotional tug of Joe's deepening love for Becks; and his desperate, reviving hope of finding the father he has longed for so much. The settings as ever are as dramatic as the action, from Monsieur Le Comte's magical chateau in Provence to lethal chases in the Bentley. As with the earlier books the main dynamic of the whole series remains the strong emotional undertow of a boy desperate to find his missing father

Missing Dad 4

Missing Dad 4

Author: J Ryan Format: eBook Release Date: 21/03/2018

At the start of Missing Dad Book 4: Mission, Joe is in the darkest place he has ever been. He has lost all hope of finding his father alive, failed his exams and is self-harming. But girlfriend Becks is always at his side, and Monsieur Le Comte - 'like a father to me, all the time I was looking for mine' - remains a rock for Joe. Gradually, the feeling builds that something extraordinary is going to emerge from this awful darkness; and it does, with a plot twist that will have readers gasping. The title of this fourth novel in the Missing Dad series is a strong clue to the action that starts to roll like a juggernaut after Joe's shocking discovery about his father's secret past. Here we have all the traditional and fun aspects of spying, like a Bentley gunship, a casually murderous arms dealer and a nuclear-powered stealth ship loaded with munitions. But we also have the huge emotional tug of Joe's deepening love for Becks; and his desperate, reviving hope of finding the father he has longed for so much. The settings as ever are as dramatic as the action, from Monsieur Le Comte's magical chateau in Provence and lethal chases in the Bentley along the Corniche, to the heart- stopping climax in the sea off the Isle of Skye.

Missing Dad 3

Missing Dad 3

Author: J Ryan Format: eBook Release Date: 28/11/2017

Joe St Aubin and girlfriend Becks Bowman have the awful suspicion that his secret agent father could be working for the wrong side - a drugs gang leader and poisoner, the Contessa Palestrina. Worse still, they have discovered that this lethal woman hates Monsieur le Comte de la Rochelle, who has become a father figure to Joe during his quest to find his dad. When new girl, Talia, arrives at Joe and Becks' school, they suspect that she is the Contessa's daughter. Their worst fears are confirmed when Talia invites them to her birthday party in Paris, saying that Monsieur's son Arnaud will be there. In Paris, they tail the Contessa into her poison laboratory in the Catacombs, but she locks them in there. They blast their way out, but Joe has picked up a mobile phone smeared with a contact poison. He is close to death when Monsieur saves him with an injection. At the party, Talia collapses. With Monsieur, the teenagers pursue the Contessa to his yacht in Marseille. She has taken Arnaud hostage with a deadly remote control poison bracelet, and demands that Monsieur sails to England. During the violent storm that follows, tragic revelations emerge about Monsieur's past, and Joe's life is about to change forever...

Missing Dad 3 Wasted

Missing Dad 3 Wasted

Author: J. Ryan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/11/2017

Joe St Aubin and girlfriend Becks Bowman have the awful suspicion that his secret agent father could be working for the wrong side - a drugs gang leader and poisoner, the Contessa Palestrina. Worse still, they have discovered that this lethal woman hates Monsieur le Comte de la Rochelle, who has become a father figure to Joe during his quest to find his dad. When new girl, Talia, arrives at Joe and Becks' school, they suspect that she is the Contessa's daughter. Their worst fears are confirmed when Talia invites them to her birthday party in Paris, saying that Monsieur's son Arnaud will be there. In Paris, they tail the Contessa into her poison laboratory in the Catacombs, but she locks them in there. They blast their way out, but Joe has picked up a mobile phone smeared with a contact poison. He is close to death when Monsieur saves him with an injection. At the party, Talia collapses. With Monsieur, the teenagers pursue the Contessa to his yacht in Marseille. She has taken Arnaud hostage with a deadly remote control poison bracelet, and demands that Monsieur sails to England. During the violent storm that follows, tragic revelations emerge about Monsieur's past, and Joe's life is about to change forever...

Missing Dad 2

Missing Dad 2

Author: J Ryan Format: eBook Release Date: 28/03/2017

In Missing Dad 2: Twisted, Joe and girlfriend Becks are precipitated back into the criminal underworld where his secret agent father disappeared. And where Monsieur, the one man who could lead Joe to his father, has vanished. On a half term trip to the South of France, Joe and Becks have a terrifying encounter with their old enemy, drugs baron Bertolini - and with a teenager who looks startlingly familiar. They learn from Monsieur that this is his son, Arnaud, lost to him and in the clutches of Bertolini and a deadly cocaine habit. Determined to try and get Monsieur's son back to him, Joe and Becks have to go into hiding in a safe house in Bristol provided by Monsieur. But the dark tentacles of Bertolini's empire reach out to Joe again when he receives an offer: Monsieur's son will be sent back to him if Joe returns to his old job as the drug gang's driver. Joe has made his decision when suddenly Arnaud bursts back into their lives - desperately ill as he weans himself off the cocaine, and on the run from Bertolini. They put Arnaud on a plane for the South of France but are seen by Bertolini's mob, kidnapped and taken to the drug baron's mountain hideaway in Corsica. As Joe and Becks call on all their wits and courage to deal with the gun-toting Bertolini and his crew, the action ramps up from a moonlit battle on horseback on the French Camargue, to a breathtaking fight to the finish in the Corsican mountains - and confirmation that Joe's father is still alive... Missing Dad 2: Twisted is a heart-stopping thriller that will appeal to new and old fans of the Missing Dad series alike. It is suitable for young adults aged 12+.

Missing Dad 2 Twisted

Missing Dad 2 Twisted

Author: J. Ryan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2017

In Missing Dad 2: Twisted, Joe and girlfriend Becks are precipitated back into the criminal underworld where his secret agent father disappeared. And where Monsieur, the one man who could lead Joe to his father, has vanished. On a half term trip to the South of France, Joe and Becks have a terrifying encounter with their old enemy, drugs baron Bertolini - and with a teenager who looks startlingly familiar. They learn from Monsieur that this is his son, Arnaud, lost to him and in the clutches of Bertolini and a deadly cocaine habit. Determined to try and get Monsieur's son back to him, Joe and Becks have to go into hiding in a safe house in Bristol provided by Monsieur. But the dark tentacles of Bertolini's empire reach out to Joe again when he receives an offer: Monsieur's son will be sent back to him if Joe returns to his old job as the drug gang's driver. Joe has made his decision when suddenly Arnaud bursts back into their lives - desperately ill as he weans himself off the cocaine, and on the run from Bertolini. They put Arnaud on a plane for the South of France but are seen by Bertolini's mob, kidnapped and taken to the drug baron's mountain hideaway in Corsica. As Joe and Becks call on all their wits and courage to deal with the gun-toting Bertolini and his crew, the action ramps up from a moonlit battle on horseback on the French Camargue, to a breathtaking fight to the finish in the Corsican mountains - and confirmation that Joe's father is still alive... Missing Dad 2: Twisted is a heart-stopping thriller that will appeal to new and old fans of the Missing Dad series alike. It is suitable for young adults aged 12+.

Cyfres Alphaprint: Ti'n Werth y Byd!

Cyfres Alphaprint: Ti'n Werth y Byd!

Author: J. Ryan, R. Newton, A. Oliver Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/04/2016

Post-Jazz Poetics A Social History

Post-Jazz Poetics A Social History

Author: J. Ryan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2010

African-American expressive arts draw upon multiple traditions of formal experimentation in the service of social change. Within these traditions, Jennifer D. Ryan demonstrates that black women have created literature, music, and political statements signifying some of the most incisive and complex elements of modern American culture. Post-Jazz Poetics: A Social History examines the jazz-influenced work of five twentieth-century African-American women poets: Sherley Anne Williams, Sonia Sanchez, Jayne Cortez, Wanda Coleman, and Harryette Mullen. These writers engagements with jazz-based compositional devices represent a new strand of radical black poetics, while their renditions of local-to-global social critique sketch the outlines of a transnational feminism.

Post-Jazz Poetics A Social History

Post-Jazz Poetics A Social History

Author: J. Ryan Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/06/2010

African-American expressive arts draw upon multiple traditions of formal experimentation in the service of social change. Within these traditions, Jennifer D. Ryan demonstrates that black women have created literature, music, and political statements signifying some of the most incisive and complex elements of modern American culture. Post-Jazz Poetics: A Social History examines the jazz-influenced work of five twentieth-century African-American women poets: Sherley Anne Williams, Sonia Sanchez, Jayne Cortez, Wanda Coleman, and Harryette Mullen. These writers engagements with jazz-based compositional devices represent a new strand of radical black poetics, while their renditions of local-to-global social critique sketch the outlines of a transnational feminism.

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