‘Just for ME’ is an adventure story based on the life of David Lane who – following the death of his parents as a teenager – inherits a vast fortune which then leads him down a path of alcohol abuse, followed by a litany of failed relationships with many disastrous business ventures.
Eventually he turns his back on his self-indulgent lifestyle, recognising that his wealth and influence can be a real power for good. It’s this dramatic change of heart that sees the launch of his highly innovative ‘Pedal Power Programme'.
Thirty internationally-known playboys undertake a series of gruelling annual cycle rides at various exotic locations across Europe, garner vast sums from sponsors, private companies and the public at large for a range of charitable causes.
The book focuses on one such ride – the Garda 150. Here, Team 30 attempt their biggest challenge yet as they cycle round the iconic lake at the height of summer, in the gruelling heat, in support of their chosen charity for M.E. – a cruel, debilitating illness that affects over 250,000 people in the UK and millions of sufferers worldwide.
The venue for David Lane’s stay is the awe-inspiring Excelsior Le Terrazze Hotel, which stands majestically over the beautiful lake below.
Unbeknown to Team 30, their valiant, philanthropic efforts are being undermined by a network of corruption within their own organisation, as greed, betrayal and violence rear their ugly heads, threatening to destroy David Lane’s hard-fought reputation and bring his beloved programme crashing to its knees.
John Martin has written three children’s books and ‘Just for ME' is his first novel. His daughter has suffered from M.E. for 26 years and was the inspiration for this book.
Published by Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie, ISBN-13: 978-1784653316, available from www.amazon.co.uk
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