Wednesday, January 22, 2020

FROM WAR HISTORY ONLINE ~ The Liberation of Belgium

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September 2019, people all over Belgium are celebrating the 75th anniversary of its liberation from Nazi Germany during the Second World War.
75 years ago, Belgian citizens first welcomed their Allied liberators after living under a repressive, dictatorial regime for four years.
Due to the disarrayed German retreat after their defeat at Falaise and the aid of the Belgian resistance, the Allied forces spread through the country like wildfire. However, many incidents and fierce battles occurred which tend to be lost in the bigger stories of history.

Monday, January 6, 2020

NEW FROM ROBERT CRAVEN ~ Eagles Hunt Wolves

For fans of John le Carre, Mick Herron, Ian Fleming, Phillip K Dick and Alastair Maclean – meet Eva Molenaar.





1946: The guns have fallen silent over Europe.
For now.

Searching for her lover Nicklaus Brandt after a mission three years earlier with the French Resistance in Lyon, Eva finds herself in lawless war-torn Berlin.

Reunited with her old MI6 handler, Henry Chainbridge, she finds Brandt in a secret holding cell for Allied Intelligence in the British Sector of Berlin.

He has information vital to the Allies.

Hitler’s last offering; a vengeance weapon of frightening capabilities is now in the hands of the reclusive American billionaire Edgar Halidane and his cadre of fanatics.

Under the aegis of Allied command, Eva is dispatched to investigate and finds herself battling with old enemies who have taken the embers of Hitler’s vision and plan to re-ignite a divided Europe.

And pays a heavy price on her last mission.

It began with Get Lenin and now ends with Eagles Hunt Wolves.



This is the 5th adventure in the Eva series. It is set a year after WW2 in the ruins of Berlin. It draws on many sources, capturing the spirit of the blockbuster page turner. It has elements of horror, adventure and conspiracy. It is an alternative history; Churchill makes an appearance, he offers his armoured train to assist MI6. 


Researching the codes I laised with Dr Yossi Elran at the Weismann Institute to fine-tune codes that the allies have to crack, www.weizmann.ac.il/pages  His help was invaluable.
Eva is a strong female character, not passive to the action but propels the story forward. It is through her eyes that the chaos is revealed. Her journey will appeal to women readers as the action unfolds.


I was inspired by Lionel Davidson, Stephen King, Peter Benchley and Grahame Greene. This is the espionage of dead letter drops, written codes and secret messages. The action swings from the coast of Spain to the far reaches of Russia where an experiment recreated from the bowels of Hitler's bunker causes widespread destruction and a clock is set ticking to stop its devastation at the heart of Europe.


It started with the publication of Get Lenin in 2011 and finishes here in January 2020.
Get Lenin
Zinnman
A Finger of Night
Hollow Point
Eagles Hunt Wolves



Monday, December 30, 2019

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Firefly Warrior Woman of the Samurai Book 1 by India Millar Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance







There are some who believe that the honor of a samurai is reserved for men.

But they are wrong.

Keiko was born the daughter of a samurai. But as a mere younger sister, her future was to run errands for her lovely elder sister and obey her father. Until the day it fell to her to defend the honor of her sister and her family... 



Mantis 
Warrior Woman of the Samurai Book 2




Keiko’s men are dead, slaughtered by peasants in a desperate attempt to obtain food for their starving families. She is the last of her line; without her, the noble and ancient house of Hakuseki will die.

In order to try and save her family name, this noble samurai warrior woman is forced to humble herself at the feet of the local daimyo. When he ridicules her and takes the family estate for himself, the samurai code of bushido says there is only one thing left for Keiko.

Vengeance.

Keiko plots to take revenge for the actions of her greedy noble lord and revenge against the men who wanted to buy her and keep her as their slave.

Just like the praying mantis, Keiko lures her enemies into a sense of safety before taking her revenge… 




Chameleon
Warrior Woman of the Samurai Book 3




Keiko’s revenge on her enemies is almost complete. Like her namesake, the chameleon, she has changed herself to attract and entrap the men she seeks. Now, just one man remains unpunished. But before she can complete her vengeance, karma destroys her plans cruelly. Niko—her adopted younger sister—has been kidnapped. Keiko is sure she knows who is behind the abduction, but she cannot act alone to get Niko back. She is forced to turn to the most unlikely ally to help her—Akira, the most feared yakuza in Edo.

Karma forces Keiko to change her colors to get what she wants. She has become as adaptable as the chameleon. But first and last, she is still a warrior woman of the samurai. 




I started my career in the heavy industry of British Gas and ended it in the rarefied atmosphere of the British Library. Now, I share a blissful early retirement on the wonderful Costa Blanca, living in a male dominated household with my long suffering husband, a cat and a dog. 



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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Man in the Dragon Mask by Amanda Roberts Genre: Historical Fiction


The Man in the Dragon Mask 
by Amanda Roberts 
Genre: Historical Fiction


One Face

Two Men

And A Secret That Could Destroy An Empire

At the dawn of the Ming Dynasty, the emperor will do anything to ensure the future of his empire. Building the Forbidden City in fulfillment of his father's dreams is only the beginning.

But few people share the emperor's vision.

When a consort's betrayal has devastating consequences that rock the imperial court, the emperor discovers that the fight for the dragon throne has only begun. 






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Amanda Roberts is a USA Today bestselling author who has been living in China since 2010. She has an MA in English from the University of Central Missouri and has been published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies around the world. Amanda can be found all over the Internet, but her home is AmandaRobertsWrites.com. 





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