Summer of the Long Knives

Summer of the Long Knives

Synopsis After an attack by a band of roving Nazi Brownshirts, Lisel Ganz, an artist’s model in Berlin, suffers brain damage that gives her psychic powers. Taking refuge in the home of artist Albert Entrater, Lisel meets Konrad, a Catholic priest secretly involved in a plot to assassinate Hitler. Lisel preempts the plan when she is escorted by her SS officer fiancé to the Chancellery garden where she shoots Hitler at point blank range. Albert Entrater escapes to NYC where he learns about the altered political reality in Germany, and in a feverish City odyssey, sees both Konrad and Lisel again. Safe in his brother’s NY home, Albert is an unconscious survivor — as are all who read the story. A coda reveals that 3 decades later, in 1964, Albert Entrater and Dr. Anne Frank Koestler, another more famous survivor, are mutual admirers of each other’s creative work. Metadata Publication date: Sept. 22, 2014 Print edition: 5 x 8 perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 192 ISBN: 978-988-12196-9-5 Price (paper): US$16.95 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 42,000 eISBN: 978-988-12196-5-7 Price (e-book): US$6.99 Blurbs The Summer of the Long Knives packs so much into a short space. The background of 1930s Berlin creates depth, the characters’ colour, the plot style, and excitement. L.B. handles all of her elements very nicely indeed. –Iain Pears,English art historian, journalist, author ofAn Instance of the Fingerpost, The Dream of Scipio, The Portrait, and Stone’s Fall I was so caught up in The Summer of the Long Knives that I read it like a thriller, while being imaginatively influenced by it like a dream. I was delighted by the sureness of tone and familiarity with the facts, by the subtlety of the characterization – and especially by Lisel’s character development – and by the pattern of poetic images that accumulated just in the tail of one’s eye, so to speak. Also, the marvellous historical imagination. It was more serious, in the best sense, than almost every other contemporary novel I’ve read. I’ve almost given up reading contemporary novels for that reason – they have no moral depth, no interest beside the confirmation of whatever nasty little compromises one had made in one’s own life. But The Summer of the Long Knives, without any preaching, and in the lightest, more ironical way, really hits the great and terrible issues of our time. The novel is also an extraordinary experiment in what George Steiner has called alternity: for Bassen, time has a complex geometry in which alternative branches of it can morally influence each other. So the novel also has a philosophical depth that makes it unusual. – Frederick Turner, Founders Professor of Arts and...

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Smokescreen

Smokescreen

Synopsis: At an ancient café in Cairo, two veteran spies plot a covert mission to resolve — once and for all — the Israeli – Palestinian conflict. The pledge: Israel will make a major concession as part of the peace treaty. In Singapore, Jethro Westrope, a magazine journalist, stumbles onto the scene of a murder: the beautiful Niki Kishwani directs him, in her last breath, to a digital recorder, evidence that puts Jethro’s life in serious danger. And, much worse, he is framed for Niki’s murder. Jethro sets out to find Niki’s killer and is drawn into a web of deception and intrigue involving officials from the Singaporean, Israeli, and American governments, each with a complex, competing, and potentially deadly agenda. Against this pulse-pounding backdrop, Jethro races to find answers and save himself —yet nothing is as it seems. He finds himself at the centre of a political plot so diabolical and sweeping in its world implications that he is stunned to discover tomorrow’s news headlines today. He is being set up not only as a murderer but as an assassin, and something much larger than his own fate is in his hands. Metadata: Publication date: Jan 21, 2014 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 66,000 eISBN: 978-988-12195-3-4 Price (e-book): US$6.99 Print edition: 5 x 8 Page count: 332 ISBN: 978-988-12195-8-9 Price (paper): $16.95 Blurbs: Devious! Diabolical! Lurid! Intelligent and deftly plotted. Pick it up if you dare. Put it down if you can. —Ruth Harris, million-copy NYT bestselling co-author of Hooked and Brainwashed Khaled Talib’s novel Smokescreen is a cocktail of Deighton, Ludlum, Hitchcock, and two parts adrenaline. — Keith Thomson, author of the New York Times Bestselling novel Once A Spy   In this action-packed thriller, Khaled Talib explores the little-known relationship between Singapore and Israel, spinning a web of international intrigue that expands across the globe as inexorably as it tightens around his protagonist’s throat. — Jon McGoran, author of Drift I have published two novels set in the police and security services in Singapore, and I am here to tell you that Smokescreen is nearer to the truth of that closely controlled little country than you might believe. It is a gripping and creepy tale of how governments can rig the way we all see the world. — Jake Needham, author of The Umbrella Man and The Ambassador’s Wife Times of Israel Quiet Fury Books Crime Fiction Lover Janice Gable Bashman Digital Journal Arab Daily News TR Emeritus Thriller Ink Egypt Today Simply Fabulicious Write to Sell your Book OmniMystery News The Book Haven Musings and Marvels Digital Pubbing Book to the Future Crime Thriller Hound Millennium Post Thriller Journal Examiner SilverKris Fiction Frenzy...

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