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Identity Cards - Nothing to hide nothing to fear...? ( Spawater Chronicles II ) Government control-freak paranoia and the surveillance state Paperback – March 31, 2007


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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Can Write Will Write (March 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955488915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955488917
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,647,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Over two thousand years ago the Romans came, saw and conquered Britain.
They stayed for a few hundred years, give or take, until rising Villa prices, the ferociousness of the local lions and the quality of home brewed wine convinced them to take all roads back to Rome.
No Romans remained. Britain, both sides of Hadrian's Wall, became a Roman-free zone.
Except....
There was one little town where the Roman bugle-song anthem of retreat, 'Legitus Quickitus', was not heard. One town where the Romans and the locals, ears full of soap, were so busy splashing around together they missed the thunder of the departing last night chariots of fire. And as there were no cabs due for another 15 hundred years - and that's if you believe the cab office - the town's Romans decided to stay.
The town grew, thriving on the naturally occurring spa waters, nurtured by the river Fons and hardened by the combination of original Brits and Roman bath lovers. The last bastion of the Roman Empire, it is now a mighty town indeed.
The town's name? Spawater, home of the legendary Spawater Baths.
The Spawater Chronicles are the tales of its citizens, and how they take on the world and win.

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When we read Tighe's first book his style reminded me of Douglas Adams Hitch Hiker's Guide series. Now I think he may have found his own unique style. Humour keeps a reader keen while the twisted story line offers a different perspective on an issue of national importance in the current nervous climate. Little pieces of the story, such as a pro-ID card character forgetting his office ID and being refused entry by people who knew him, really pulled the debate in focus. Try something different and read Identity Cards with a couple of friends. It will fuel a lively debate and you can share the funny bits. Sniggering to yourself on the train to work worries the other passengers. It's not necessary to read the books in-order but does flesh out the characters in a way that leads to a feeling of knowing them as people and explaining their thoughts and actions. --Mark Atkins - review

When Spawater is selected as the guinea pig for universal government ID cards, our friends are thrown into a tizzy. One is even selected to run the database, threatening his friendship with the others. Meanwhile, nefarious "architects" from out-of-town are trying to steal the town's ancient Roman baths. But their ID's show them to be OK! What is to be done? Can the cards be trashed, the friendship repaired, and the baths saved, all in time for drinks at Lifeboats'? Stay tuned...
--Libby Cone - Author War on the Margins

More About the Author

Author Barry Tighe is not a Roman, though he has met a few, and
does not come from Spawater.
He discovered the ancient town by accident when he fell asleep on a train
from Paddington. Noting how people were paid in cash for painting
themselves silver and standing stock-still in the town centre, he decided
that such a career in Spawater amongst the Romans was far more interesting
than his previous life as an information technology instructor.
Accordingly he joined the Spawater Gladiators' supporters club, bought a toga and told the boss what he could do with his IT job.
And has been starving ever since.

Over two thousand years ago the Romans came, saw and conquered Britain.
They stayed for a few hundred years, give or take, until rising Villa prices, the ferociousness of the local lions and the quality of home brewed wine convinced them to take all roads back to Rome.
No Romans remained. Britain, both sides of Hadrian's Wall, became a Roman-free zone.
Except....
There was one little town where the Roman bugle-song anthem of retreat, 'Legitus Quickitus', was not heard. One town where the Romans and the locals, ears full of soap, were so busy splashing around together they missed the thunder of the departing last night chariots of fire. And as there were no cabs due for another 15 hundred years - and that's if you believe the cab office - the town's Romans decided to stay.
The town grew, thriving on the naturally occurring spa waters, nurtured by the river Fons and hardened by the combination of original Brits and Roman bath lovers. The last bastion of the Roman Empire, it is now a mighty town
indeed.
The town's name? Spawater, home of the legendary Spawater Baths.
The Spawater Chronicles are the tales of its citizens, and how they take on the world and win.

Youth Market is volume one of The Spawater Chronicles, a
series of seven, relating the adventures of a group of friends, descendents of the Romans, in the old Roman town of Spawater. It tells how they handle cruelty to battered chickens and cruelty to intelligent television viewers.

Volume two sees the introduction of Identity Cards to Spawater. Up with this the Romans shall not put.
Volume three and the government wish to build a Super Casino in town. This entails flattening Lifeboats', the friends' drinking club, for a car park.
It also means demolishing the Spawater Refuge Centre, home of victims of gambling, drinking and drugs, world famous locally as Losers' Corner. The friends object - Lifeboats' is their second home.
Volume four (to be published 2008) tells the story of the government's attempt to build a nuclear power station in the Spawater hills just outside town. It's a power thing.
Volume five (to be published 2009) finds Jady inviting Alison, everyone's favourite Spawaterian, to be his candidate to run for Member of the European Parliament.
'But I know nothing about politics and nothing about the European Union,' protested Alison, baffled. 'Then you are the perfect candidate.' Volume Six? well, I have not finished writing it yet, but it involves the usual gang.

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When Spawater is selected as the guinea pig for universal government ID cards, our friends are thrown into a tizzy. One is even selected to run the database, threatening his friendship with the others. Meanwhile, nefarious "architects" from out-of-town are trying to steal the town's ancient Roman baths. But their ID's show them to be OK! What is to be done? Can the cards be trashed, the friendship repaired, and the baths saved, all in time for drinks at Lifeboats'? Stay tuned...
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