As I have mentioned in my Bio, Five Cards to Kiev is based on the experiences of my Grandpa in the Second World War.
This is a fact I mention to anyone who asks about my book, but I always cringe a bit when I say it.
Captain Jimmy Jones is a bounder, a cad, possibly a bit of a psychopath, and certainly happily ensconced along the narcissist continuum. My Grandpa, as far as I can remember, was nothing like that. I thought this would be a good place to make that public!
My Grandpa was stationed at Mission 30 in Moscow. He spent a good chunk of the war there. And that's why he managed to be in Hitler's bunker less than a fortnight after Hitler and Eva had committed suicide, and only a couple of days after Berlin fell to the Russian Army.
The family story goes that my Grandpa was wondering through the bunker and found a souvenir. He found out that Hitler only wrote in red ink, so that if there were orders sent throughout the Reich, everyone knew it was from the highest authority. Although most of the bunker had been cleared out, there were a few piles of paper in a corner. Gramps rummaged through them and found a document with red ink all over it. A sly, rapid moment later and he'd got a pretty unique piece of World War Two memorabilia.
The family stories of Grandpa had a big effect on me as a child and I'm touched and honoured to be able to get this close to getting this fictionalised version of those stories out into the world.
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