BLOG Sunday 12 July

The thrill of THE CHASE begins

The Chase, the second novel that completes the pair, Spying for Napoleon, was released on Amazon this week. It opens with unexpectedly sinister scenes on France's Côte d'Azur after Napoleon's escape from Elba, and in springtime London, which is convulsed by riots. Meanwhile, the Prince Regent sets up an intelligence inquiry into his own regiment, the Tenth Hussars, and a private pursuit of the beautiful but elusive Lady Sophia Hamilton. For the cover, Endeavour Press have chosen a dramatic -- and brilliantly relevant -- image of the charge of the Tenth Hussars at Waterloo. Purchase the Kindle edition here.


The latest news about this remarkable novel (see the extract below) is that Bob now has an international agent in New York and has been invited to submit the novel to a major UK publisher. Congratulations to this gifted writer!

Latest Extract
Return to Hiroshima ~ Bob Van Laerhoven ~ Belgium

Hiroshima - Mitsuko spends the night in Hotel Ikawa Ryokan - Dobashi-Cho - March 11th 1995

Night falls, but I don't go dancing in a disco. I walk into the nearest hotel and book a room. I can't sleep, but I'm not surprised. I toss and turn in the tiny bed. I miss the familiar curves of my belly and feel like a ghost lost in the wrong body. I wasn't raised with other people, I was raised with shadows, and dreams like a puff of breath in the neck when you're alone. A girl can create her own world in such circumstances, a world in which everything has meaning. On Hashima, books and rubble were the focal point around which my existence seemed to turn. Rubble was everywhere. The island was one massive industrial ruin.

The Mentor’s Critique
Return to HIroshima ~ Bob Van Laerhoven

Bob, I found it agonising to have to select an extract from your first 30 pages, because they introduce such compelling storylines and utterly distinctive characters—what to choose from your astonishing narrative? In the end I have let Mitsuko speak because her voice begins the novel. You have great gifts as a writer and, provided your complex plot holds up in Return to Hiroshima, I predict that you will be a great gift for the right publisher. That is, a publisher looking for the skill, panache and trenchant seriousness of a writer like Keigo Higashino, with whom I have no hesitation in comparing you.

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