Front Cover, 2013 - Fiction - 297 pages
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What if... Queen Elizabeth II had no legal right to the British throne?
What if... The Queen's entire line, all the way back to George III's fifteen children, was... illegitimate?
SUCCESSION is based on a little known historical fact.
Across the world, two-and-a-half billion people sit glued to the broadcast of Princess Diana's funeral. In Bayonne, New Jersey, surgical resident Dr. Emma Parks watches the somber proceedings over her morning coffee, then hurries to get ready for work. Today's shift, she expects, will be no different from any other... fixing broken bodies, one emergency at a time. But Emma couldn't be more wrong. Today, she'll discover a lover's betrayal. Today she'll save a man's life using a procedure she was never trained for. Today she'll receive a mysterious call from a man riding in a London taxi. And, before the day is out, she'll be suspended from her job.
But that's just today...
Tomorrow, a very determined killer will try to end her life.
Emma Parks always figured her life was pretty ordinary. She's about to discover how extraordinary it really is.

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Reviewed by Rattan Whig for Readers' Favorite
Succession by Douglas Schofield begins rather simply with a look in at the wedding reception ceremony of the Prince of Wales in 1759, an otherwise
obscure event, the significance of which will reverberate throughout the book and have an impact of immeasurable proportions on the real life events. The book is a winding yet gripping tale of how the effects of this badly conceived wedding transcend generations and centuries and provide the British Royal Family with a "royal pain."
The book captures in vivid details the plain and simple, yet eventful, life of Dr. Emma Parks. Emma had been a fighter all her life. As a child she fought to remain sane while her world around her was falling apart. As a teenager she fought to earn her education, as a doctor she fought hard to earn her respect, and now as a kidnapped individual she is fighting to live. The only question remains in her mind - why me? A brilliant doctor, and an even better human being whose undeclared, possibly unrealized need for affection and companionship is about to lend a cruel blow to her career, is spun off into events far above her understanding and beyond her worst nightmares. In a matter of hours, her world is turned upside down and the seemingly life changing events of the preceding days pale in comparison and are reduced to forgotten, insignificant memories compared to the events unfolding before her eyes. At one point it seems like a bad dream. It’s anything but that.
A brilliantly written, steadfastly composed and extremely well researched book. This book has all the qualities to become a bestseller. It is action packed, keeps the reader on their seat, does justice to the characters, has a bit of romance, and tells a winding, gripping tale about arguably the world's most loved and hated royal family.


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About the author (2013)

Douglas Schofield was raised and educated in Canada, where he earned degrees in History and Law. Over the past three decades, he has worked as a trial lawyer in British Columbia, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. During those years, he prosecuted and defended hundreds of cases of murder, sexual assault and other serious crimes. He currently holds the position of Assistant Solicitor General in the Cayman Islands Government, focusing primarily on civil litigation. Although he dabbled in creative writing for many years, Flight Risks (2010) was Mr Schofield's first published novel. It won high praise from readers and has recently been re-issued by Miwk Publishing in the U.K. His second novel, Succession – a thriller set in New Jersey and England during the traumatic days immediately following Princess Diana's death in Paris – was released in paperback in the U.K. in June 2012. Succession has been optioned for the screen by Sidney Ganis. Mr Ganis is the former President of Paramount Pictures, former Chairman of Columbia Pictures, and immediate Past-President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His production company, Out of the Blue Entertainment, operates from the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City. Five-time Oscar nominee Caleb Deschanel will direct from Mr. Schofield's screenplay of the novel. Mr. Schofield is currently at work on his third novel, Time Of Departure, based on his prize-winning screenplay, Time Out Of Mind. IN THE WORKS: DAY OF GRACE – the sequel to Flight Risks FALLING REIGN – the sequel to Succession

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