The Kingdoms Fall series tells the story of the First World War from the perspective of two British officers who are recruited into the fledgling Secret Intelligence Service. As agents David Gresham and James Wilkins pursue their missions for Great Britain, they see (and some times cause) events that shook the very foundations of Europe during the the Great War as the monarchies and dynasties of ancient Europe collapsed.
In the first novel, The Laxenburg Message, Gresham and Wilkins will pierce the heart of the Hapsburg dynasty in Austria- Hungary. In the second novel, The Korniloff Affair, they will become embroiled in the Russian Revolution. And, in the third novel, The Wieringen Proposal, the Hohenzollern dynasty of Germany will be their target. All three books will be published in commemoration of the centennial of the Great War, which began on July 28, 1914 and ended on November 11, 1918.
To many people, especially Americans, the First World War has been eclipsed by the Second. We think vaguely of the First World War as one that started when a nobleman was assassinated, that there were troops tied down in trenches for years, that poison gas was first used, that Mel Gibson died at Gallipoli and Lawrence of Arabia defeated the Ottoman Empire. These novels attempt to round out that story by exploring the events of the war throughout Europe, ask why those events occurred, and wonder where the world was left at the end of four years of death and destruction. The story focused on two young, optimistic and unlikely friends, role models perhaps for the future James Bond, that some readers may find reminiscent of Patrick O’Brian’s Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin or Bernard Cornwell’s Richard Sharpe and Patrick Harper. The writing style has also been influenced by Ian Fleming, John Le Carre and George R.R. Martin.
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