During the Cold War of the 1950s and 1960s the author served in the Intelligence Corps in West Germany and Berlin, reporting to GCHQ. He was serving in Berlin in August 1961 when the Berlin Wall went up and in October 1962 at the time of the Cuban missile crisis, Berlin being the recognised retaliation point. He spent his final year in the army at GCHQ. After leaving the army he served with NAAFI in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Cyprus, Gibraltar and at Sharjah, Masirah and Salalah in the Oman. He was serving in Salalah at the time of the Dhofar rebellion and when the SAS fought the rebels at the bloody, semi-secret battle of Mirbat.
Ficción, Alternate History
Descripción del libro
Winston Churchill and Harry S Truman oppose Stalin in their endeavour to restore the independence of the three Baltic States at the end of WWII, enlisting the help of the Estonian Forest Brothers, the SAS, WWII generals and "black ops" agents. The action takes place mainly in Estonia and partly at Chequers, Berlin and the Kremlin.
Público al que se apunta
Home-grown historians and action lovers interested in modern European history. A wide age range but a niche market.
The action focuses on Estonia, a country not in the headlines until Putin's expansionist ambitions persuaded NATO to send task forces to all three Baltic States.
Most well known post WWII "alternate history" novels are based on Germany winning the war.
Examples: Fatherland, Robert Harris. SS-GB, Len Deighton. Dominion, C.J. Sanson.
"An Honourable Smokescreen" is different. It will appeal to readers of those novels but will additionally include readers interested in a more bona fide version of what should and could have happened if Churchill's "Operation Unthinkable" had been accepted by the military planners and if more in depth vetting had been in place to uncover Kim Philby, who almost single-handedly scuppered "Operation Jungle".
Forty years ago this would have had a 95% male appeal. In today's world still predominantly male, but a larger female readership.
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¿Qué colores quieres que tenga tu diseño?
Otros requisitos relativos al color
Blue, white and black, the colours of the Estonian flag, to shape the colours of the sky.
Red would be the colour of the Kremlin. Green the trees, identifying forested areas.
Atributos de estilo
Necesidades de diseño
LOOK & FEEL
- I have in mind an illustration approach, not photographic.
- If possible, somehow incorporate the colours white, black and blue, the colours of the Estonian flag.
ELEMENTS TO TRY
- In the foreground the silhouette of the back of an armed Estonian Forest Brother( a couple of trees somewhere to pick up on the Estonian forests)
- looking at a split image of the Kremlin on one side
- a readily recognisable image of Tallinn in the other.
- This would take up the bottom half of the cover with the top half perhaps of a turbulent sky in the colours of the Estonian flag, blue, black and white.
- The weapon the Estonian Forest Brother in the illustration would carry is a PPSh sub-machine gun with a pistol grip and a home-made short stock, their weapon of choice.
- The weapon should be visible and ready for action.
TEXT TO INCLUDE & FONT
- The font for "David Bowers could be in Impact"
- The font for "An Honourable Smokescreen" could be in Stencil.
- Both name and title should appear in the sky portion, in the upper half of the image.
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