Love, deception and murder dominate as thriller writer James Silvester delivers the first in the Lucie Musilova series. Britain is a hotbed of racial tension and economic uncertainty. Only Sir Geoffrey Hartnell, an ageing but hugely respected MP, can bring about a successful resolution to the talks, but a ghost from the past threatens to bring the UK to its knees. Lucie Musilova meanwhile, is a young woman running out of places to hide. Half British, half Czech and rejected by both countries in the aftermath of Brexit, she meets ‘Mr. Lake’, the eccentric Head of a branch of the intelligence services known as ‘The Overlappers’, and is press ganged into service on the Huxley case……
Today another guest post written by the author to share with you. Enjoy!
It’s always a joy to work with bloggers and be invited onto their sites, and it’s with great pleasure that I take the opportunity to plug my latest offering, ‘Blood, White and Blue’, the first in a new series of thrillers featuring my half Czech protagonist, Lucie Musilova. Lucie is a tough customer in many ways and I hope that you’ll find the story exciting and maybe even a little thought-provoking. If truth to be told though, it wasn’t excitement that motivated me to write the book, but rather anger and fear.
In late June 2016, a friend of mine, walking her four year old boy home from nursery, was abused in the street by two men. While they didn’t physically hurt her, she was badly shaken and scared. Why were they targeted? Because days before, Britain had voted to leave the European Union, and my friend is Hungarian. Her crime was to talk to her son in their native language; behaviour which the pair made clear, was no longer to be tolerated on British streets.
I could offer you a hundred more examples of friends and family who have suffered thanks to the new climate enveloping the country, not least my own wife, an EU citizen who works in the emergency services, and what they go through terrifies me. I fear personally for my loved ones and I fear for the wider community – people who are supposed to be our friends, colleagues and partners, but who have been set up as voiceless scapegoats to take the blame for the failures of others. I look too at the future with ever growing trepidation. What guarantee can I offer my kids, always taught to respect and relish their joint heritage, that when the self-interested buffoons holding court in politics and the media have run out of foreigners to blame, they won’t turn on those like them, who have a parent from another country?
This was how Lucie Musilova was born, as a vessel into which all these experiences, that anger, hurt and frustration could be poured. Bitter and resentful when we meet her, Lucie is a former military Chaplain who shed blood for Britain, only for the country to turn its back on her in return. Nonetheless, when a long-forgotten foe threatens to bring the government and the country crashing down, Lucie is pressganged into service once more and finds herself fighting for a country that hates her. Why does she do it? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out, but I’d like to think that rather than being consumed by the anger and fear that led to her creation as she unravels the mystery, she is driven instead by a faint, but never extinguished ray of hope, and the knowledge that it is always darkest before the dawn.
Thank you, James Silvester and LoveBooksGroup.
About the author
James Silvester’s debut novel and sequel, Escape to Perdition and The Prague Ultimatum, reflected his love both of central Europe and the espionage genre and was met with wide spread acclaim. James has also written for The Prague Times and his work has been featured by Doctor Who Worldwide and travel site An Englishman in Slovakia. James lives in Manchester.