A FLINTSHIRE author releases his 10th novel this month, inspired by the world of detectorists.

The latest book by Ray Sullivan, from Deeside, Bronze, is published on Monday, September 18, and is based in and around Mold.

Having previously served in the RAF, joining at age 20, and pursuing a change in career 24 years later, the 66-year-old recently retired from a lecturing role in the aeronautical engineering department at Coleg Cambria.

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Bronze was inspired by Holywell detectorist Simon Dunning and an old friend of the author, Doug Simpson, an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) consultant working in and outside of the UK de-mining and clearing brownfield sites of unexploded ordnance. Doug is currently part of a team working at Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, clearing the ground of unexploded ordinance from the Second World War.

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In the book, lead character Bronze is an EOD consultant and detectorist detective who is consulted by North Wales Police in the violent murder of a nighthawking detectorist.

The investigation takes Bronze back to Pristina where he helped to de-mine mass graves after the Kosovo conflict and finds him attempting to disarm a 20-year-old IED planted by his arch enemy Misko. The book culminates in a dramatic explosive ending in a converted mansion just outside of Mold.

Bronze is on preorder in eBook at Amazon until September 18, when the paperback and hardback versions will be available to order.