The Thriller Writers: No Time to Fail
May 11, 2023
Caleb Pirtle III
Thrillers are stories to remember. They may be fiction. But they are all based on a nugget of truth.
It is a dangerous world in which we live.
Battles are being fought, and we never hear about them.
They are fought in secrecy.
They are fought upon a landscape we seldom know exists.
One nation against the other.
One man goes to war.
We may never know his name.
But he fights to keep us safe in a world of turmoil.
In a world of espionage.
In a world where, often, one mistake is the difference between life and death.
The thrillers of Paul Hollis venture into the days of the Cold War.
A time of communism.
A fear of communism.
John Anthony Miller journeys into Nazi-occupied Paris.
A time when Hitler is marching.
A time of the holocaust.
I am deep in Los Alamos.
A time of the Atomic Bomb.
A time of spies.
The equation was simple to understand.
Whoever has the bomb wins the war.
Thrillers are stories to remember.
They may be fiction.
They are all based on a nugget of truth.
Surviving Prague by Paul Hollis
During the 1960s and early 70s Cold War tensions were escalating.
Confrontation threatened every innocence we knew.
The 2 super powers watched and waited, preparing for nuclear holocaust.
The world’s safety depended on this threat of mutual annihilation; it was the only thing keeping us safe.
A grim logic soon emerged, nuclear disarmament was not achievable but nuclear war was unthinkable.
When 3 of Zita’s MI6 colleagues mysteriously die in Prague and she is marked with terminate on sight orders, an American government analyst called Doc breaks through the Iron Curtain to save his partner from Communist forces in Czechoslovakia.
But before they can go they must take care of a few small matters concerning a sadistic serial killer stalking them and stop a few rogue nuclear weapons before they cross the border to western Europe.
When Darkness Comes by John Anthony Miller
Paris: 1942 Three lives intertwined in Nazi-occupied Paris: Paul, a brooding banker whose family was killed by the Gestapo, Rachel, a teenage Jew who leads her family’s escape from the Germans,
Claire, a demure bookstore owner who finds courage and conviction – all confronted by an infamous Nazi collaborator.
In the sprawling network of catacombs underneath the Left Bank of Paris, they hide thousands of Jewish refugees, giving them new identities and leading them to safety.
Together they move forward, outsmarting a ruthless enemy, overcoming obstacles, defying danger, moving farther and faster, almost invincible-until an innocent bystander notices something amiss and their entire world collapses around them.
Conspiracy of Lies by Caleb Pirtle III
It was the race for the bomb. America was at war a long way from home. Hitler’s war machine was storming across Europe. Russia feared the German threat and secretly wanted to become a world power, more feared than it already was.
All three nations knew that whoever split the atom and developed the Atomic Bomb first would rule the world.
A stealth operation within the U. S. Government dispatched their man with no memory to Los Alamos where physicists, chemists, and scholars were frantically trying to build the bomb.
Ambrose Lincoln was himself a human experiment, a man whose mind had been erased by electronic shock treatments because the rogue operation believed he could be more effective if he wasn’t shackled by fears and memories of the past.
It would be his duty to uncover and silence those who were stealing America’s most vital secrets and selling them to Russia and Germany.
If he fails the United States might well lose the war, and Lincoln finds himself embedded in a conspiracy of lies where nothing is as it seems to be.