It’s 1943, and Jack Ross, a talented young recruit to the British special forces was flown to a village near St-Omer, France, along with Roland Keene, an Irish-American volunteer to the British army. Their mission was to find out how successful the Allied bombing raids had been on the V2 flying bomb installations. The Nazi V2 project could have a devastating effect on the future of the war.
Jack and Roland joined with the local Resistance cell and quickly established a good working relationship. But incidents occur that point to a mole in the ranks.
Jack’s primary source of information was Sofia, a young girl who was one of the most active members of the group. She was brave, smart and tireless, and Jack found himself falling in love.
Twenty years later, and one of the suspects decides to go back to the village to clear his name. His arrival immediately triggers a murder. Two investigative journalists agreed to help Jack tackle the job of finding the real mole but find themselves in a battle with a group of fanatical Nazi sympathisers.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My new book, The Night Drop, is a story of two British agents working with a French Resistance cell in the marshlands of Northern France. Their heroic work helped the Allied forces to drive the Nazi army out of France and onward to 'Victory in Europe.' The inspiration for the book was a visit a few years ago to the La Coupole (The Dome) museum in St Omer, in the Pas de Calais, France. The museum has been created in a vast dome that, during WW2, was used to house and launch V1 and V2 rockets. These were Hitler's last-ditch secret weapons that he thought would turn the tide of the war against the Allies, leading to the final great Nazi success. The main targets for the rockets were London, because of its importance and proximity to the French coast, and Antwerp, the large Dutch port that had, in the late summer of 1944, become the main supply port for the Allied forces fighting to bring freedom to the rest of Europe. The devastating rocket attacks had resulted in 6,000 people killed and 32,000 houses destroyed. Allied leaders needed to know if their massive bombing campaign had managed to stop the rocket attacks. The La Coupole museum is well worth a visit and brings home to us why a united Europe is so important today. St Omer is surrounded by many beautiful lakes, rivers, and canals. It is a landscape dominated by huge trees and small villages and is extremely quiet and remote. In addition to La Coupole, many other things that feature in the book are real. The tiny war cemetery on the top of a hill, the cottage, and chain ferry where Jack and Sophia lived and the cottage where Steve and Emily stayed are all real; the rest is imagination. I read many civilian recollections of the war, in and around St Omer, and hope that it showed the resilience and bravery required by ordinary people to survive in a country that was occupied by a ruthless army.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
At first, I just have the type of person I need, then I think of a suitable name. From then the characters grow with the plot. Some stay as they are, but the others change and develop the plot progresses. Particularly the main ones. In this book, they are around 25 years older by the end of the book, so they also changes them.
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