Recent Fiction Releases

If you haven’t yet seen, them, look for these titles! THE SACRED SCROLL and CITY OF GOLD are published by Penguin Books and also available as eBooks from Amazon. THE ACCURSED is published by Piatkus and is also available as an eBook from Amazon and as an Audio Book (read by Peter Wickham) from Isis. INTO DARKNESS is published by Endeavour, and is available as a hard-copy paperback and as an eBook from Endeavour and Amazon. CITY OF THE HORIZON, CITY OF DREAMS & CITY OF THE DEAD  are the first three of a six-novel crime series set in Ancient Egypt, all published as eBooks by Endeavour, and available from them or from Amazon.

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The Great Escape

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Here’s my latest – just out – available from amazon and Endeavour Press as an ebook. Quite a lot of fascinating research went into this one and it’s a much better story than the old Steve McQueen movie makes of it – especially the aftermath of the escape and the way the Germans treated the recaptured prisoners.

A whole book could be written about the RAF police investigation into the Gestapo in 1946 as well. My book was originally published by Hodder Headline in 2002 by the way! It was a privilege to go to one of the reunion dinners of the escapers; and I’m still in touch with one of them, who was made much of everywhere he went when he visited me in Paris.

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David Stirling – Who Dares Wins

11141119_10202893818065216_1806842008479384594_nThought I’d mention this short biography of David Stirling which came out recently as an ebook and which is available from Endeavour Press and amazon – he was quite a guy and I think his story is a fascinating one.

David Stirling was the founder of the Special Air Service.

And he was the man who created a new type of warfare – special forces operations. When the Second World War broke out he abandoned his plans to climb Mount Everest to enlist with the Scots Guards Supplementary Reserve of Officers.

One year later he joined ‘Layforce’, the nickname for 8 Commando.Stirling became convinced that a highly trained unit could operate behind enemy lines with a devastating impact.

After a severe injury obtained from a parachuting accident, he had plenty of rest time to plan exactly what this unit could do. Desperate to get his voice heard, Stirling abandoned his crutches and broke into the headquarters to confront the men in charge.

Incredibly, Stirling got away with it, and managed to get both General Ritchie and General Auchinlek on side.He gathered around him 66 men from ‘Layforce’ and they become the first members of the new Special Air Service.

But the first mission of the new unit was a disaster…

So how did Stirling manage to pull things back, and convince those in charge not to abandon his plan? And what daring exploits shaped the man who dared to change the way the British Army worked?

Anton Gill’s short biography examines Stirling’s before, during and after the war, creating a compelling portrait of the man who founded the SAS.

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