London, 2045. Three months into the Coffee Wars and Britain’s caffeine supplies are at critical levels. Brits are drinking even more tea than usual, keeping a stiff upper lip and praying for an end to it all.
A secret Government coffee stockpile could save the day … but then mysteriously disappears overnight.
One man is asked to unravel the missing-coffee mystery. His name is Pond. Howie Pond. And he’s in desperate need of a triple espresso. Meanwhile, his journalist wife, Britt, is hunting royal fugitive Emma Windsor on the streets of the capital.
Can Howie save the British Republic from caffeine-starved chaos? Will the runaway royal be found? And just what will desperate coffee drinkers do for their next caffeine fix? Find out, in Paul Mathews’ latest comedy-thriller set in the Britain of the future…
Chapter 1 (short extract)
As Howie picked up the cup, all the espressos, mochas and cappuccinos that had stood on his desk over the last fifteen years flashed before his eyes. He realised now that he hadn’t fully appreciated them at the time. Back then, they’d been just another part of his working day. But now they were gone, they were all he could think about. He was filled with a sickening sense of guilt when he remembered how one or two of them had sat there, going cold, and had eventually ended up being tossed in the rubbish. Then an idea came to him. Perhaps there was still a discarded coffee cup round here, left behind from last week, with traces of real coffee clinging to the bottom? Just a few drops of the real stuff might kick-start his system. But he quickly jettisoned that idea. He wasn’t that desperate. Not yet. Though he might review the situation in ten minutes’ time.
We Have Lost The Coffee is the third book in the ‘We Have Lost’ series and carries on from where #1 Amazon US best-seller We Have Lost The Pelicans left off. It’s packed with more humour than ever before, bundles of exciting action in London and beyond, and is guaranteed to set your pulse racing more than a quadruple shot of espresso. Catch up with Howie, Britt and friends – as well as some enemies – as you travel forward in time to 2040s London.
The e-book costs £2.99 (€3.99 in the rest of Europe and $3.99 in the US) from Amazon. An audiobook will be released in the autumn.