What if war is perpetrated for the wrong reasons?
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On a cold morning in May 1914, British Prime Minister H.H. Asquith receives a letter containing the outline of a disturbing proposal. The murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria Hungary was the ideal alibi to start a war that could annihilate Germany’s expansionist dreams forever. This shady proposal, coming from an important ally, forces the tormented Prime Minister to summon the other members of the Triple Entente for a face-to-face meeting at Edinburgh Castle. Yet, despite the Entente's formal agreement to reject the plan, the Archduke is killed one month later in Sarajevo.
Who is behind this?
In The Scapegoats, the debut novel by S.R. Pessoa, the answer to this question becomes a major secret shared by important nations for almost 100 years. That suddenly changes when Professor Michel de Villenborg finds a diary containing a mysterious message. The claim that the masterminds behind the assassination of the Archduke remained unpunished propels him into a thrilling chase across Europe to reveal one of the most well guarded secrets of the twentieth century. With the help of his friend Robert Persons, Villenborg travels to five different countries, deciphering riddles and risking his life, while hunted by a secret organization that had only one relentless objective: protect the diary that he had just unearthed.
The Scapegoats is a captivating historical thriller filled with suspense, mystery, and romance.
Based on the famous assassination that triggered the First World War, the story will help you understand, in a breathless pace, the historical context behind the beginning of the conflict, and immerse yourself into a network of politics, intrigue and espionage.