The Laxenburg Message

The well-reviewed first book in the Kingdoms Fall series, The Laxenburg Message, is now available for purchase both in paperback and as an e-book (Kindle, iBook, and Nook formats). Get the e-book now for only $0.99. Click on a link to purchase. Thank you.


Summary: David Gresham, a British Lieutenant from Manchester who has fought on the front lines at Ypres, and Captain James Wilkins, son of Lord Bartlett, are recruited into the fledgling Secret Intelligence Service following the British landing at Suvla Bay on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915. Gresham and Wilkins undertake a series of missions that indirectly spark major events in the Great War and throughout Europe. In the first novel of a planned three part series entitled “Kingdoms Fall: The Laxenburg Message”, Gresham and Wilkins travel to Greece to prepare for the British landing at Thessaloniki, rescue Serbian King Peter, and plot to undermine the Hapsburg dynasty in Austria-Hungary as they learn how politics and power are changing across Europe.

Portland Book Review says: “”Edward Parr’s historical fiction features breathtaking scenes portraying real events from World War I in his Kingdoms Fall series. . . . [T]he story is easily addictive as the reader is caught up in some remarkable events. Non-stop action drives the story to its conclusion and it avoids feeling like a history lesson even though it is historically based.”

Early review on

Thrilling and enjoyable story about the First World War. Before there were Nazi’s and the Holocaust and Pearl Harbor, there were kingdoms and empires crumbling across Europe, there was the Armenian genocide, there was Gallipoli and Verdun. Although a British spy story on it’s face, “Kingdoms Fall – The Laxenburg Message” (the first book in a series of three) is a saga about the war itself and about how the world was changing, or at least how it appeared to be changing to the two main heroes of the story – a clever and vicious young Lieutenant from the streets of Manchester and an even younger but brilliant Captain who is the son of a Lord and top student at Eton. In this first book, we meet the young spies and see them mature – I can hardly wait to see where they go from here. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction, spy stories, or military fiction. It’s an exciting, fun and suspenseful story that will remind you why WWI was called the “Great War.” Review by J. Short.

Franzenburg Castle in Austria


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