A Chance Kill – Can individuals shape destiny? Or is it all by chance?


(PAGE ONE and DYMOCKS NO.1 BESTSELLER. Read A Chance Kill Part I)

An old-fashioned love story weaves through an authentic wartime thriller.

Based upon my grandmother’s experience, seventeen-year-old Polish catholic Dyta Zając finds herself forced away from wartime Warsaw due to her family’s shadowy connections. Dyta’s time on the run sets her on a path towards confronting the ultimate Nazi.

Half a continent away, an RAF bomber crew embarks upon Britain’s little-known first offensive of the war. In a story of fear versus hope, the unspoken limits of loyalty are exposed and the value of a compromised life is contested. Courtship edges Dyta’s destiny closer to that of members of the RAF crew – and toward the Allies’ most brazen covert operation to strike at the Nazi elite.

But more dangerous than the enemy, however, is the assumption that your enemy’s enemy is your friend…

A flavour from the novel:

The black-uniformed officer ushered Dyta to the open car door. She bent double through the doorway. In doing so, she plucked the capsule from inside the waistband of her skirt and sat down with a cough, her hand politely covering her mouth for a moment. Using her tongue, she carefully moved the pill back from her teeth. She would be strip-searched, beaten, interrogated, tortured and, eventually, killed. The Gestapo man squeezed down next to Dyta, slammed the door and tapped the driver on the shoulder. The car lurched away. Dyta thought over what she had learned and what she had failed to learn: her failures left her no other option.

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Click to read A Chance Kill Part I

In researching A Chance Kill, I met with professional historians throughout Europe and learned more about Warsaw before it was flattened, Prague’s nest of wartime conspirators, the ‘James Bond’ gadget workshop within London’s Natural History Museum, and Britain’s little-known first offensive of World War Two.

If you like this novel and could help spread the word, it would help me to justify to my wife why I should spare time from my relatively better paid careers (I’m a part-time teacher and journalist) to produce more painstakingly ( – painfully, she would say – ) researched novels. Please tweet, chat and share – and help get A Chance Kill in front of people who will enjoy it. Many thanks, Paul.

Next Book Signing (Hong Kong):

Friday 8 May, 7.30-9pm, Chart Room, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay. Contact paulletters@gmail.com or the yacht club.

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