Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Fiends 2: The Blood Red Army - out now!

An unexpected treat arrived in the post this morning. The lovely people at Black Flame sent my author's copies for FIENDS OF THE EASTERN FRONT: The Blood Red Army. This is the second volume of my Fiends trilogy, but you don't need to have read the first book [Operation Vampyr] to enjoy this one. The Blood Red Army is told from a Russian soldier's point of view during the Siege of Leningrad, as Rumanian vampires try to enforce the German blockade of the city near the Arctic Circle.

The book is written in the first person, a method I hadn't used for a decade, not since my first and best Doctor Who novel, Who Killed Kennedy. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed writing in the first person. It frees you from the shackles of trying to describe everything or give an accurate overview of events. Plus first person storytelling really gets you inside the head of a single character while enabling the author to hold back information they don't want the reader to have yet. It's a wonderful way of building mystery - no wonder pageturner scribes like Dick Francis used it so frequently!

Anyway, The Blood Red Army is officially published in April, but it isn't far away...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice review of one of your books over at 2000AD Review: http://www.2000adreview.co.uk/reviews/extra/2006/books/fiends-eastern-front/operation-vampyr.shtml