Germ warfare thriller based at oil terminal

The Quiet Way by Robin Melhuish, formerly of Hemel Hempstead.

The Quiet Way by Robin Melhuish, formerly of Hemel Hempstead.

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A former Hemel Hempstead man has penned a thriller, with some of the story taking place in the town.

Robin Melhuish, who lived in Adeyfield, Hemel Hempstead and was a pupil at the Cavendish School, has written about terrorism and germ warfare based in locations he has lived in in the UK.

A large part of the story takes place at the Buncefield Oil Terminal and the town centre, with other locations in Chester and London.

The book, The Quiet way, has received reviews on Amazon and one said: “A top-notch thriller comparable to Nelson DeMille’s John Corey novels. Lots of plot twists as Detective Chief Inspector Alan Hanks and his team race against time to prevent the biggest loss of life in peacetime Britain as the result of a terrorist attack that could either be a massive bombing in England or a worldwide pandemic. Melhuish writes with authority and delivers a realistic, riveting tale that does not disappoint.”

The story follows the threat of a mega scale catastrophe and the authorities suspect an Al Qaeda member in the country, a lab assistant is kidnapped from a research lab and the aggressor has taken 30 tons of ether with him. The task facing DCI Hanks is a big one.