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Quintrell’s White follows two men who must stop the leader of a pro-Nazi secret society. What was the inspiration for the idea behind this thrilling novel?
This is the fourth in a series and, when I began, the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 was on the horizon. I’ve written a lot about military history, both fiction and non-fiction, but had never got beyond a superficial knowledge of the Great War. I quickly found there was much more to it than the horror of mud and trench warfare on the Western Front. This was an era also of adventure, rapid technological development, intrigue, and political instability across much of the world. So there were no shortage of exciting scenarios to consider. For this book, the chance to get Pancho Villa and the Russian Revolution into the same story was too tempting to miss.
Captain John Quintrell is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some themes you wanted to explore with his character?
In the first book, Quintrell’s Black, his back story is gradually revealed. Basically through an injustice as a young soldier, he has spent most of his life as a mercenary of sorts in Africa. The War tempts him to return to Europe and enlist in the Belgian Army. Across the arc of the four books an underlying question is whether through the war he can gain some kind of redemption and regain the life he had always wanted. Basically it’s about someone trying to find their true place in the world, but in a world which is in complete chaos.
I enjoyed the historical references and alternate history in this book. What research did you undertake for this novel?
I read lots of books and personal testimonies of those who fought, but as ever that information really needs to be filtered. The aim has to be for the research to be deployed so as to provide a background sense of the time and to provide a framework for the plot. The risk is forcing too much of it in to the story so that it becomes a barrier rather than greasing the wheels. Hopefully, I’ve got the balance right.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
Having spent the best part of six years producing the four book series, I wanted to try something completely different so am working on a book of short stories in a different genre (think old Twilight Zone TV!) and I’d expect that to be completed by the end of the year. After that I expect I will get drawn back into Quintrell-type books again. However, to say whether they could involve him again would be to give away the end of Quintrell’s White…
The actions of Kurt Draxweiller, the leader of a proto-Nazi secret society called the Ultima Thule Verband, could tip the balance in favour of the Keizer’s Germany.
Two men must stop him: The Dragon, who is the Tsar’s most trusted assassin; and Captain John Quintrell.
To get to Draxweiller they will have to fight U-boats, battle with Pancho Villa’s Mexican rebels during the raid on the US town of Colombus, and defeat a revolutionary plot in Petrograd, the Russian capital.
Along the way, Quintrell and his handful of loyal men will settle lots of old scores. But not all of them will survive…
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Quintrell’s White is based on historical events that affect global politics. In this book, Clive Hawkswood creates a plot that is both fascinating and engaging. The year is 1916 and the world is threatened by the first world war. The political climate is hot with opposing camps flexing their muscles. Every country wants to appear superior and some parties are causing political unrest. America is going through difficult times. The political landscape is hostile as there are elements that are causing political instability and Russia is not safe politically either. Certain individuals and groups are plotting events that will cause massive damage to the entire world.
Amidst this confusion is a character known as Kurt Draxweiller who is the leader of the cult, Ultima Thule Verband, that operates in a similar manner as the Nazis. Kurt Draxweiller is a danger to the world. His followers are a threat that needs to be dealt with otherwise world peace will be at stake. Infiltrating Ultima Thule Verband is not going to be easy and the story does a fantastic job of blending both mystery and suspense around this cult. Kurt is an enabler of the Keizer’s Germany, something pro-peace parties do not appreciate. Kurt Draxweiller has to be stopped using whatever means possible and this overriding need throughout the book kept me turning pages. Tsar’s most reliable assassin, the Dragon and captain John Quintrell can stop him. The men are both powerful and prudent in how they move and I appreciated the slow and deliberate buildup of both characters.
Quintrell’s White is a thrilling story that constantly kept me on edge as I was never sure where the story was going next. The journey to get Kurt was thrilling to follow. Reading about the fights with U boats and encountering Mexican rebels was fascinating and showed sides of the war that I never considered. Plot twists I rarely saw coming kept things consistently interesting. You will love this book if you are an enthusiast of political stories that touch on historical events. The adventure, suspense and smooth flow of the story are some of my favorite elements in the book.
Clive Hawksood knows when and how to grab the reader’s attention in his narration. His use of suspense in the book keeps you guessing as you read on. The author’s sense of humor is worth mentioning too. Witty and funny lines pepper the story. Clive Hawkwood has created intriguing characters who excellently executed their respective roles. I recommend Quintrell’s White to readers who enjoy a good political and historical thriller that has a quality story line.
Pages: 407 | ASIN: B07XJR5NHM