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Blood Summit – the blurb

More complex than Dan Brown.  More thrilling than Le Carré.  Closer to the truth than either.

Counter-terrorism expert Helen Gale has one job: to protect the Presidents and Prime Ministers of the US, Britain, China, France, Russia, Germany, Canada and Italy at the Children’s Summit in Berlin.

The Reichstag is the most fortified building on earth.  Yet terrorists take world leaders, tycoons, one hundred innocent children and Helen’s husband captive.  Then the executions start.

Helen is suspended from duty and sued for negligence.  Yet she alone sees the mastermind behind the siege.  As US special forces plan a deadly assault, Helen must enter the shattered hulk of the Reichstag to stop a bloodbath.

“The genuine article: clever and melancholy: a security-pass into a world-within-a-world” – Matthew Parris on Robert Pimm.

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OK, everyone.  Help me.  Ahead of publication of my new novel, Blood Summit this autumn I am drafting the blurb for the back page.  What do you think of the above?  Would it make you want to read the book?  Comments welcome: do use the comments box or send me an e-mail.

I’m crowdsourcing comments and you, faithful readers, are my crowd.

And thanks for all your comments on titles.  Excellent comments from different people in different senses.  For now, I’m going with Blood Summit.

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Short story: Moscow 1993: The Second Phial

Here is a complete short story, set in the Moscow of 1993.

In the early 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia experienced rapid, chaotic, change.  For many Russians, the transition from communism to capitalism meant hardship, uncertainty and suffering.  For a few, it brought untold riches.

Nearly everyone had to adapt to changed circumstances and work out new uses for old skills.

Like all my stories, The Second Phial is a work of fiction which springs entirely from my imagination

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A doorway in Moscow.  Photo: Robert Pimm

I wrote the story a few years ago and have decided to publish it now in search of feedback.  If you like it, I have a few more like this.  If you don’t like it, tell me also; I might take it down again.

Of course, I hope you enjoy it.  But be honest in your feedback.  If you want to be super-honest and are worried about hurting my feelings in public, send me an e-mail 😉

 

Moscow 1993: The Second Phial

Friday and Saturday nights she always went out, my beautiful Lyuba, trip-trapping down the evil-smelling stairs to the bright lights of Moscow City.  Sometimes, in the heaving crush of the new hard-currency clubs, she fell in love with American or British boys.  She never knew why it happened so fast.

Lyuba never knew either why I always stayed up until she came home.  She never could know why I loved to sit, dressing gown clasped round my knobbly knees, to see her lips grow bright as she told me how she had fallen in love again.

What she did know was that, once she slept with them, they never came back.  Sometimes this made Lyuba melancholy and she sat out in the yard, tears frosting her cheeks as she wept for her lost lovers.  She never knew the difference between the first phial and the second.

But she kept right on falling in love, right up to the end.  So did the boys.

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Body Politic? Blood Summit? Or Show Me the Head of the President?

You’re shopping for a fast-paced, intelligent action thriller.

You spot three books, set in Berlin, which you think might meet the bill.

The Reichstag in Berlin: setting for my new novel

One of them is called Blood Summit.

One of them is called Body Politic.

The third is called Show me the head of the President.

On which do you click?

Please let me know in the “comments” section below.

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Women in fiction: Atomic Blonde and Blood Summit

A review of the forthcoming thriller Atomic Blonde describes it as “the biggest action role for a woman on screen to date”.

Sounds good to me.

Atomic Blonde (2017) – trailer

A piece in the International New York Times by Jessica Manafi, which appeared in the Austrian Standard on 22 May, argues that Lorraine Broughton, the MI6 spy who is the heroine of the movie played by Charlize Theron, is getting closer to equality by (more…)

Tatiana speaks: how to enjoy the Hotel Stories

Tatiana speaks:

‘If I am honest, I am surprised that although many readers are enjoying the first few Hotel Stories, in particular The Two Rooms and The White Blouse, not so many are enjoying the latest Stories.

In fact, this makes no sense at all.  This is because the latest two stories, Ask for Scarlett and The Swedish Woman are some of the best stories of all.

Click the links, and you will see what I am meaning.

What is more I am noticing that some people are buying all six Hotel Stories separately!

I am sorry to say that this is not logical.

This is because if you are buying even two Hotel Stories, the cheapest and best way and if you are asking me most sensible way all round is to buy Hotel Stories: The Complete Collection.  In this book you can read six Hotel Stories.  I guarantee this is best value and also a wonderful book.  You can buy it on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Thank you for listening.’

Tatiana

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Like Science Fiction? Try Biotime

What if a technological innovation came along so all-transforming that it reversed the advance of civilisation?

It has happened before.

In recent centuries we’ve got used to the idea that constant technical innovations – the steam engine, electricity, air travel, antibiotics, contraception, the Internet – mean that, to quote the song, “Things can only get better”.

Tell that to the collapsing dregs of the Roman Empire.  Or the Aztecs. (more…)

The Swedish Woman: ‘Please, Tatiana, show mercy!’

‘Please, Tatiana, show mercy!’

But Tatiana does not show mercy.  You can find out why in my 2016 Hotel Story, the sixth in the series.

If you have read any of the Hotel Stories, you will enjoy this one.  If you haven’t read any, The Swedish Woman is a great place to start.

How to enjoy The Swedish Woman;

  • You can read The Swedish Woman instantly via this free chunky excerpt;
  • You can buy The Swedish Woman from Amazon;
  • Best option: scoop up all six short stories in one package in Hotel Stories: The Complete Collection (price: slightly more than buying one story);
  • If you can’t afford it or don’t like paying for stories, no problem: write a comment below and I’ll send you a free Word copy of the first short story in the series, “The Two Rooms”.  It would be great to hear from you.

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