Forbidden Island by Malcolm Rose

Forbidden Island

Written by Malcolm Rose

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Science, history and mystery collide in breathtaking fashion in this chilling and spine-tingling conspiracy thriller where cover-ups abound. Inspired by a real island in Scotland used for anthrax testing, this eerie and contemporary thriller will keep readers on the very edge of their seat, in the style of Malcolm Rose's acclaimed Kiss of Death.


Forbidden Island by Malcolm Rose

When Mike and his friends decide to go for a day's cruising around the coast of Scotland, they are surprised to come across a mysterious barren island that doesn't show up on any map or satellite image. Determined to explore it, they make some chilling discoveries: piles of bones, evidence of explosives, and a strange old abandoned building full of scientific equipment - including gas masks. But still none of them quite realizes the trouble they're in until a helicopter flies in and blows up their boat, leaving them stranded...and falling desperately ill.


'A brilliant thriller, fast-moving and highly readable. It's also a thoughtful and effective parable of modern Britain.' Books for Keeps

'A top thriller and short text packing in a hell of a plot' The Bookseller

'For once, an intriguing adventure which is rooted in reality. Fast-paced, chilling and utterly gripping as events inexorably unfold.' Sonia Benster, Children's Book Expert

'a real page-turning story...a splendid and very accessible blend of science, history and mystery.' SecEd Magazine (the voice for secondary education)

About the Author

Malcolm Rose

Until Easter 1996, Malcolm was a Lecturer in Chemistry at The Open University. He carried out research in analytical chemistry, particularly in the area of health, and taught mainly organic chemistry. However this left very little time for fiction writing, resulting in much of it being tackled after midnight. He is now a full-time writer.

A word from Malcolm:

I began writing stories while I was carrying out research at York for my DPhil degree in chemistry. Writing became a means of escape from everyday life. While I was at York, my then girlfriend (now wife) read my efforts and commented that I ought to try and get something published. I had never thought of writing as anything other than a hobby. Besides, as I thought then, a budding chemist couldn’t possibly be any good at it! Anyway, I joined a writers’ club to find out how to submit a manuscript to a publisher and, to cut a long story short, found a publisher in William Collins for my first novel, Rift.

I am now over half a century old, married to Barbara and have one son (Colin) who is an architect. I read all of my stories aloud to Barbara and Colin and they help me with their comments. My thirty books can be classed mainly as thrillers or crime and you’ll find a list of them – with descriptions – under ‘Books.’

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240 pages
Interest Age: 10+


Malcolm Rose
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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

29th May 2009




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