If you have had a chance to read my wartime thriller ‘Farewell Leicester Square’ I hope you enjoyed it.
It was written because I love what I call “old-style” World War Two thrillers: action books in which a hero battles against the odds.
I grew up on Jack Higgins and Alistair MacLean, on ‘Warlord’ comics and the fantastic ‘Commando’ book series, and wanted to write the sort of book I loved to read.
During my research I travelled to Belgium, Luxembourg and Jersey; read prodigiously on SOE and the Resistance; and interviewed many veterans themselves.
As well as soldiers in uniform I have always been interested in those who risked their lives in their occupied homelands: members of the Maquis and Armée Secrète in France and of the Comet evasion line which helped downed airmen in Belgium, smuggling them through France to neutral Spain.
The courage of these people, who had no uniform to protect them and so faced a concentration camp or execution if they were captured, was immense.
In ‘Farewell Leicester Square’ I tried to capture some of that spirit of Resistance inside a thrilling plot line.
This was my first novel. I tried hard to craft the book I had envisaged when I wrote the first words on the first page.
It gave me great pleasure to write and I hope it gave you some pleasure to read too.
Please consider taking a few seconds to rate it and perhaps write one or two lines by way of review.
It helps so much to know there are other readers out there who love these kinds of books just as much as I do.
FAREWELL LEICESTER SQUARE is now only 77p on KINDLE.
2005. Terrorists target London in an attack which makes headlines around the world. Elsewhere, a fishing boat makes a remarkable find: a World War II bomber, hundreds of miles from where records show it disappeared. The two events combine when journalist Jon Kilkade takes a blood-curdling phone-call. It describes a suicide mission to destroy London. Not in 2005, but during the chaotic final months of the Nazi Third Reich. The action in this fast-paced novel switches from occupied Jersey to the lives of SOE and Resistance fighters in Belgium. At its heart is a deadly circle of Nazi fanatics intent on creating a final blitz which would see the people of London wiped from the face of the earth. A riveting thriller in the tradition of Jack Higgins and Alistair MacLean.
WHAT READERS SAY:
“A great tale of WW2 daring, intrigue and heroism told in a gripping way.”
“Captivating from beginning to end. A thoroughly enjoyable read.”
“The story keeps the reader wanting to find out what will happen next.“
“Superb. I loved this novel for so many reasons– believable characters, excellent research and an exciting plotline. I was caught in the storytellers trap from beginning to end.”
“A good enjoyable read. Kept me captivated from start to finish.”
“Excellent thriller. It’s well researched – lots of stuff about SOE and the resistance.”
“Thoroughly enjoyable read.”
“An almost excellent read. If you enjoyed the TV series “Secret Army” and “Kessler” then this book has the same feel about it.”
A new five star for WW2 SOE/resistance thriller, Farewell Leicester Square:
“I have a strong interest in stories of the Second World War, and once I began to read Farewell Leicester Square, I could not put it down. The characters simply leapt from the page and the suspense and tension gripped me. I even found myself holding my breath at various points when a character was in a dangerous situation. This book is historically authentic and clearly was very well researched. I look forward to John Kilkade’s next book!”
“A thoroughly enjoyable read. Full of intrigue and some shocks along the way. Historical wartime descriptions are incredibly accurate and deftly pull you into the story. It’s almost as if you’re there. Looking forward to the next one by Mr Kilkade.”
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of intrigue and heroism “A great tale of WW 2 daring, intrigue and heroism told in a gripping way. Well researched and I’m sure based on detailed gleaned from true stories of the people who risked their lives to help other. Recommend.”
“The book starts in the modern day but soon goes back to WWII and sets up an interesting character who escapes Jersey before the island is occupied by the Nazis. I didn’t know where the story was going and it really zipped along once the main mission started. Lots of action and intrigue. Loved it and well worth a read.”
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! “I loved this novel for so many reasons – believeable characters, excellent research and an exciting plotline. I was caught in the storytellers trap from beginning to end. If you like history and true to life characters and a smashing plot, this is the book for you.”