Vulkan: the evil empire's last gamble Paperback – 7 Jul 2015
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About the Author
David Shirreff has been a writer all his life, but this is his first thriller to see the light of day. After university and some years on the hippie trail he started as a reporter in Turkey and then on the wider Middle East. That was followed by a career at Euromoney and The Economist, based in London, Frankfurt and Berlin. He travelled extensively during this period, mostly in Western and Eastern Europe. Vulkan was a long time cooking, having been conceived in the uncertain years before the fall of the Berlin Wall. It languished in a bottom drawer when interest in the Cold War waned. But today’s geopolitics show that the spirit of the Cold War, and the level of distrust that accompanied it, are far from dead. As well as many articles, David Shirreff has written two serious books on finance (“Dealing With Financial Risk”, 2004 and “Don’t Start From Here – We Need A Banking Revolution”, 2014). He has also written and produced three musicals in collaboration with composer Russell Sarre (“Broke Britannia!” 2009, “EuroCrash!” 2011, and “Barack and the Beanstalk”, 2014). David has two sons and lives in London.
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17 August 2015
An imaginative plot, combined with a good style and seemingly authentic knowledge of all the places described, makes this cold war spy thriller compulsive reading. (Was the writer formerly in some intelligence service??). The story starts at a cracking pace, slows down a bit two thirds of the way through - which enabled me to put it down - but then winds ups into an exciting race against time to stop the evil ones from obliterating New York. London and other western cities as the body count mounts. The plot seems quite prescient given the ratcheting up of the cold war again by Putin's Russia and reports of mysterious submarines in the Baltic, and also frighteningly plausible. The way the plot develops reminds me of a James Bond story and maybe it would make an excellent spy film. Anyway I found it to be a gripping read - one of those pins and needles books that one takes into the loo and only realises how long one has been sitting there reading it when the tingling feet remind one!!
13 August 2015
This is a very exciting book and whilst I could put it down - that was only for a moment or two. It is a kind of John LeCarre meets Ian Fleming - but much better written than Fleming. There are delightfully detailed and wonderfully described scenes (especially the river scenes in London), fast paced passages and enough politics to make you remember what the Cold War sometimes felt like. I would really recommend it for anyone interested in the Cold War and politics to read it just for fun. A great holiday book but not just that. More please.
4 August 2015
This is a gripping, fast-paced thriller that is so fantastical you almost believe it could happen. The reader is taken on a mad dash across continents and underwater, with plot twists, double-crossings and action aplenty. Evil, intrigue, murder and politics make this a great holiday read.
and the author demonstrates an extraordinary command of his research into the worlds of espionage and nuclear technologty as wel17 August 2015
This book has a frighteningly believable plot, and the author demonstrates an extraordinary command of his research into the worlds of espionage and nuclear technologty as well as taking us into wonderfully varied locations. Gripping!