Today I’m delighted to be featuring Casemate Publishing and to bring you a preview of some of the exciting historical fiction they have recently published or have coming up in the next few months.
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Commandos: Set Europe Ablaze by Richard Camp
Summer 1943. Defeatism hangs in the air and Britain stands alone. Two US Marines are sent to the Scottish Highlands to learn from the brutal British Commando training regime, with the ultimate mission to “set Europe ablaze”.
Pitiless forced marches, dangerous live fire exercises and hazardous assault courses building their physical endurance, and a strong sense of brotherhood develops between the British soldiers and the two Marines.
Splinter on the Tide by Phillip Parroti
Having survived the sinking of his first ship, Ensign Ash Miller USNR is promoted and assigned to command one of the sleek new additions to “the splinter fleet,” a 110-foot wooden submarine chaser armed with only understrength guns and depth charges. His task is to bring the ship swiftly into commission, weld his untried crew into an efficient fighting unit, and take his vessel to sea in order to protect the defenceless Allied merchant vessels being sunk by German U-Boats.
There Was A Time by George H. Wittman
It is the summer of 1945, the last and very dangerous days of World War II. The Office of Strategic Services is in close, cooperative contact with Ho Chi Minh and the fighting cadre of the Viet Minh, working against the Japanese. In the closing months of the war, the OSS parachute a team of special operations soldiers into Tonkin, northern Vietnam.
Based on the little-known true story of American and Viet Minh collaboration in 1945, the novel challenges the accepted dogma of both those supporting and opposing the American role in the Vietnam conflict. Its contemporary relevance is a mirror of what is always the case in international affairs: today’s enemies can and may be tomorrow’s friends – and most importantly, the reverse is true also.
Appointment in Tehran by James Stejskal
Tehran, 1979. While the world’s eyes are on the Embassy siege, one man has another mission – to retrieve a lost nuclear weapon. When radical Iranian students seize the U.S. Embassy compound in Tehran and take over fifty diplomats hostage the U.S. President has to negotiate with a government that wants only to humiliate the United States. When talks fail, the President must turn to the military to bring the Americans home by force. As preparations are made for an audacious rescue, an American intelligence officer hides alone in a Tehran safehouse with a secret. He is protecting a powerful weapon known as the Perses Device, which is now at risk of being captured and employed against the United States. The Agency Director orders that it must be brought out at all costs.
Read an extract from Appointment in Tehran here.
The Spandau Complication by Bob Orkand
Hot on the heels of a dressing-down by the U.S. Commander Berlin, U.S. Army Major Harry Holbrook receives an unexpected luncheon invitation from the Soviet commandant of Spandau Prison, where the last three remaining Nazi war criminals are incarcerated. A contact in East Berlin alerts Holbrook that the Red Army faction will attempt to assassinate West Berlin Mayor Willi Brandt and the U.S. Commander at the opening of the Fifth Annual German-American Volksfest.
Set in the divided city of Berlin in the mid-1960s where recent incidents have brought the world closer to nuclear war than ever before, this debut novel brings a complex tapestry of events to a breathtaking conclusion.