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November 10 , 2007

Heavy Waters


Heavy Waters - a tale of undersea warfare and high politics between 1940 and 1956; from the fall of France in the Second World War to the Suez crisis.
Among the characters who drive the book are:
Commander Crabb the British frogman whose disappearance has a hundred year Whitehall clampdown,
General de Gaulle who overnight took on the job of leading the French,
Lord Suffolk who smuggled nuclear material to safety,
Madam Portes the powerful mistress of the French Prime Minister,
Karl a young German struggling to find his place in his defeated homeland,
Lieutenant Sheppard of the Royal Navy who is charged with infiltrating agents behind the Iron Curtain,
Melanie one his agents who we follow into East Germany.
This is a book for readers with a large literary appetite who don`t like to be bored. The author fuses pure tale-telling fiction, historical re-construction and fascinating archive material. Through archive material we hear the voices, the language, of the time. The British Cabinet taking weighty decisions, the messages flashed from the Admiralty to its ships and hitherto unpublished extracts from two sources: extracts from the journal kept by a resourceful young Belgian Bank official getting away a vital stock of diamonds and the diary of Miss Nicolle, a secretary on Lord Suffolk`s team.
Heavy Waters also reveals the Allies plan for a Tsunami bomb and in an intriguing twist, links the disappearance of Commander Crabb to the American response to the Suez Crisis.

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