Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Author Spotlight: Bill Talcott

Today I will talk to Bill Talcott and his Remnants of the Past series. here is what he has to say:

A long time ago I had written a story that I called ‘They Were Gods’, and before I had a chance to do the rewrites and editing, I set it aside to write a short twenty or thirty page story for a group of friends that I played video games with. The story turned out to be so much more and would eventually be called "The Mission".

The story takes a band of mercenaries to a distant world known as Valdorion. For me, the most amazing thing about "The Mission" is not so much the story, it is how the characters are a part of me. In reality, there is a part of me in each character I write. Yes, even the villain, Senator Tyrell!

The idea for the story came at a time when my own government had drawn a line in the sand, forcing the people of the country I live in to do what it told us was right. We were told that we were either with our government or with the terrorists. To this day, I resent the fact that we were being manipulated into believing something that we may not of otherwise believed.

Today, we tiptoe through the political minefield towards health care reform and my latest book, "Shield of Health" reflects how politicians can use health care for political gain. Don’t worry; Shield of Health is a fictional story and a prequel to The Mission. I wouldn’t dare bore you with politics.

I am currently finishing my rewrite on Shield of Health. In it, we’ll learn how our merry band of mercenaries known as the Undead, come to be on the distant world of Valdorion. We also learn the fate of the Ella Marie, the military freighter used to take the Undead to Valdorion. We’ll learn a lot more about Don Grisio and Vince Jacobs, two characters who appeared briefly in the Mission. We will also learn that most of what our government feeds us is lies.

About Bill: 

My Wife and I reside in Niles, Michigan, approximately 50 miles east of the big lake. After reading an author bio by John Varley years ago, I decided to give writing a try. I now spend my mornings before going to work either writing or editing something I’ve written.

Both books are a part of a series called "Remnants of the Past".

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Get Lenin

Today I would like to welcome Robert Craven and his book "get Lenin".

Robert, tell us about yourself?
I was born July 2nd 1966 and I am currently living in Dublin, Ireland. I have had my first novel Get Lenin published by Taylor Street Publishing, an independent press based in San Francisco. I started writing in my teens, short stories, poems, song ideas as I was playing bass in various bands around the city.

I have worked as a Graphic Designer and Desk Top Publisher for various Dublin publishers learning the ropes and in 2000, collated my diaries from the years of gigging & turned them into a novel. Titled ‘Vocals preferred, own transport essential’ I pitched it for about a year without success. In 2004/05 I started writing Get Lenin, have since had the sequel ‘Zinnman’ published and here I am today!

I have a full-time job, married and a father.

I write CD / download reviews for ‘Musicians Together Magazine’, an Irish on-line magazine featuring local and international acts; a real pleasure as I get to listen to great music and write about it!

What is the title of your book(s)?

I have 2 novels published – Get Lenin, Zinnman, and the third installment of the series titled ‘A finger of night’ has been submitted to the publisher.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

About 15 years ago, I read a review of book titled ‘Lenin’s Embalmers’ by Ilya Zbarsky and read further about the history on Germany’s invasion of Russia in 1941. Lenin’s mausoleum was shipped in its entirety 1000 miles to the Urals. I thought it’d make a great premise for a novel about a crack German unit sent in to steal it and bring it back to Berlin. For Zinnman, I came across an article in the Daily Mail about Edward, Duke of Windsor plotting to re-take the English throne and his admiration for Hitler. Hitler had gone on record that the only person in England he’d deal with was Edward.

What genre does your book come under?

Thriller, historical fiction, action-adventure, espionage.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Get Lenin: Eva Molenaar: Ingenue, muse, model, assassin – she’s uncovered a plot and she’s the only one who can stop it.

Zinnman: 1941 – The Duke of Windsor wants his throne back and he may just get his wish…

Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

Both novels are published by Taylor Street, a small press, but growing rapidly.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Get Lenin’s first draft took a year, in the end it took about 5 years to write, pitch and get published. Zinnman flowed a bit more quickly and the first draft took about 5 months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

The Eagle has landed, Charlotte Gray, Fatherland, The little drummer girl, Where Eagles dare.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Get Lenin is plotted from May 1933-41 and covers the rise of Nazism across Germany through the eyes of Eva Molenaar, she witnesses first-hand the brutality of the new order and her journey takes her across Europe to 1938 when she undertakes her first mission as a spy. There’s plenty of action from the middle part onwards – a bit like a roller coaster.

Zinnman is a break-neck read and follows 6 months on from the end of Get Lenin.

Reader comments

 Get Lenin

Having read several world war two espionage books over the years, I found this to be a moreish and addictive read. Starting with Hitler’s inception into power in the nineteen thirties before war. Get Lenin tells of a young Polish woman called Eva who works as a secret agent and uncovers a plot by the Germans to steal the body of Lenin in order to undermine the morale of the Soviet Union during the invasion. While employed as an agent she rubs noses with several well known people notably Oswald Mosley as well as Himmlers pet favourite the sinister Thor Shenker of the SS. This book is a tale of love,war and conpiracy and is recommended to anyone who likes spy stories. without an over complicated plot. A great read by Robert Craven and a deserved 9\10


Robert Craven's sequel to his ground-breaking "Get Lenin" thriller kept me focused from the first page to the very last word. Romance, intrigue, danger, rousing adventure and pulse-pounding battles set in Europe during World War Two make for one of the best reads I've had in recent months. This is a book I've been waiting for since I read his "Get Lenin". The story ends with a pretty clear hint that there'll be a third book forthcoming. I hope I'm right about that. Robert Craven is a fine writer who hopefully will be around for a long time to come.

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