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Bailiwick Gold (the novel)

Updated on March 12, 2014

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Shortly after the Channel Islands were liberated following five years of German Occupation in World War II, rumours began to spread that hidden treasure, and 'spoils of war' had been hidden all over the Channel Islands by German soldiers stationed on the islands during the Occupation. These rumours were further fed over the following years by the sight of a number of German tourists allegedly seen rooting around in hedgerows (amongst other odd locations), most notably in the Channel Island of Guernsey.

Now it seems very likely that German soldiers might have felt the need to plan ahead for what could be an insecure future, especially when faced with the temptation of easy material gains. What better place to hide or bury such treasures than on an island lying clear of the front lines of war? Naturally survivors would come back to search for their hidden treasures, and those who feared they would not survive the war could well have left disguised messages, letters or treasure maps that would benefit relatives in the event of their death. This thrilling novel, now available as the Ebook Bailiwick Gold explores one such possibility. This book will make an excellent and affordable gift for anyone who owns a digital book reader such as a Kindle.

James Cassaday (Author)
James Cassaday (Author) | Source

About Bailiwick Gold

The story begins in 1943 during World War II and gives the background as to how five gold bars are both procured, and then ultimately hidden around the Channel Island of Guernsey by German Lieutenant Carl Schmidt. Unfortunately for Schmidt he is sent away from Guernsey in disgrace, and does not survive the war, (although he leaves a tantalising clue as to where the gold bars are hidden).

At this point the plot moves to 1996 and begins to follow the progress of the various individuals who have heard the legend of these missing gold bars and are racing against each other to track them down and secure the lost treasure for themselves. This is complicated by the extremely dangerous tides and currents that surround the Channel Islands and the lack of complete information as to where the gold has been hidden.

A gripping and intriguing novel that refuses to be put down as you follow the dangers facing those who are following a treasure trail that is incomplete, at the same time as the main characters are in a race against less savoury individuals who will stop at nothing to obtain this gold for themselves.

Who Would Enjoy This Book

This book will have an appeal to a great many people for a number of reasons, and I would suggest it as particularly ideal for the following readers.

Anyone who has an interest in treasure hunting stories and adventures.

People who enjoy reading about World War II, and more specifically the German Occupation of the Channel Islands.

Keen sailors or yachtsmen who love sea adventure stories and have a good knowledge of the dangers currents and tides pose to small vessels and inexperienced sailors.

Anyone who loves a bit of romance in a novel.

Individuals who like suspense novels.

Those who have an interest in the Channel Island of Guernsey

About the Author

James Cassaday was born in 1934 and had a close shave from an early death during World War II when a German bomb (intended for Portsmouth dockyard) annihilated his family home in nearby Gosport. James is convinced that this incident influenced him in his choice of 'life saving' careers, and he went on to join the Merchant Navy briefly, before then joining the Royal Air Force and becoming a coxswain in the Marine Craft Section, (the peacetime equivalent of Air Sea Rescue). James ultimately went on to pursue a long career in the Fire Service, which gained him The Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society Award for saving life, and the award of the Queen's Fire Service Medal for distinguished service.

When James Cassaday finally retired from the Guernsey Fire Brigade he held the rank of Chief Fire Officer (Fire Chief). He still lives in Guernsey to this day where his interests now centre on writing, gardening and sailing.

More Books by James Cassaday

If you enjoy Bailiwick Gold either in print or as a Kindle edition you might also want to read James Cassaday's other two books. Check out the links below for more information on these exciting Ebooks.

Rough Sea Justice. This book tells the story of a man who accidentally kills two assailants who are attempting to rob him. Fearful that he will go to prison for using excessive force, James Cook (our hero), fakes his own death and goes on the run in his small yacht 'Zephyr'. The plot follows his adventures as he avoids both the law and those who seek revenge against him.

St Elmo's Fire. This novel tells the story of ex-Seaman Jack Druce, who has joined the fire brigade back in the 1950s. Before too long Jack comes to bitterly regret the day he failed to look away when he first glimpsed the St Elmo's Fire phenomenon during his seafaring days. His bad luck quickly gets worse as he makes the mistake of agreeing to join a group of rogue ex-firemen who are plotting to steal a priceless work of art.


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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thank you Jodah, his books are very good, and his first one 'Rough Sea Justice' was nominated for entry into a competition for 'best first novel by a new author' by the original publisher.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful hub promoting your dad's work Misty. His books sound intriguing and I'm sure will attract readers in the categories you mention. All the best.