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Fair game: THE  STEPS OF ODESSA (Spire Publishing: ISBN: 1-897312-72-5; £7.99) is James Watson's 10th novel aimed at Young Adults. Previous settings of his stories have been Spain (The Freedom Tree), Chile (Talking in Whispers), Angola (Wo Surrender) and East Timor (Justice of the Dagger).

The novel describes the struggles of talented soccer player Natasha Kaltsov to be selected for the national Under 19s team. However, sensational revelations by her investigative journalist father, Victor Kaltsov, concerning government corruption, draw her and her brother Lonya into a perilous situation where sport meets political terror.

The climax and resolution of this story occur immediately prior to the Ukraine elections of 2004 and the dramatic finale takes place on the Steps of Odessa, made famous by the film director Sergei Eisenstein in The Battleship Potemkin.

The book is dedicated to Giya Gongadze (1969-2000) whose own journalistic career ended with his murder; and to journalists everywhere who risk limb and life in pursuit of communicating the truth.

For further information, please go to the author's website www.Watsonworks.co.uk (email: Watsonworks@watsonworks.co.uk). His email address is: Jim.Watson@hotmail.co.uk



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