Firstly I wish to thank Amber Choudhary of Midaspr for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Rule Brittania by Alec Marsh
‘This is a wonderful period piece. Alec Marsh skilfully takes us back to the 1930s and the crisis of those times. The result is an immensely readable treat!’ – Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
The first book in a light-hearted historical adventure series set during the mid-twentieth century.
Follow the adventures of Cambridge historian and mountaineer Ernest Drabble as he travels to Cornwall to inspect the decapitated head of Oliver Cromwell – a macabre artefact owned by a Dr. Wilkinson. Drabble only tells one person of his plans – Harris, an old school friend and journalist.
On the train to Cornwall, Drabble narrowly escapes death, and soon discovers that he has become embroiled in a pro-Nazi conspiracy headed by a high-status member of the British government… Meanwhile, Harris has been kidnapped and is being pressured for information…
In this race against time, what fate will meet Drabble, Harris and the head of Oliver Cromwell?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Well, this is pretty spiffing! In this, the first book in the Drabble and Harris series, the two old school buddies and best friends don’t spend a great deal of time with each other but this just makes every single chapter a cliff hanger to get back to each of them. Both are gentlemen, highly educated and well respected in their fields. Drabble a Cambridge historian and mountaineer, while Harris is a well-respected newspaper reporter.
When Drabble confides in Harris that he is going to Cornwall to confirm that a Dr. Wilkinson is in possession of Cromwell’s head. Of course, Harris does what most reporters do best, he has to tell someone, who tells the wrong person and a chain of events begin. The year is 1936 and the week is that which King Edward and Mrs. Simpson hit world headlines. This is a bit of behind the scenes ripples that are taking place in parliament but in a fictional sense. It makes breathtaking reading.
The characters come to life with their humour, and the whole era I just fell into step with, the dialogue and romance of it all. The political side sent me cold and totally blew me away. I was carried away with the story, the anguish, the horror and power of it all.
These events make for one wild unpredictable ride, murder, kidnapping, torture, romance, and crazy overland chases with a gorgeous top of the range de-luxe car. Fascists, parliament and Winston Church. My heart raced, I laughed, I whooped and gasped. What a tremendous story. It left me thoroughly shell shocked, devasted, cheering and wanting more. This is a magnificent Debut! Highly recommended!!
I wish to thank Midaspr for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alec Marsh was born in Essex in 1975. He graduated from Newcastle University with a first class degree in history.
Beginning his career on the Western Morning News in Cornwall, he went on to write for titles including the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Times and London Evening Standard.
In 2008 he was named an editor of the year by the British Society of Magazine Editors. He is now the editor of Spear s Magazine, a title focused on luxury lifestyle.
He is married and lives with his family in west London.
Rule Britannia is Alec’s first book, and inspiration for it came in part from Martin Pugh’s ‘Hurrah for the Blackshirts’ – a history of Fascism in Britain between the wars.