In Line of Fire (Secret Soldiers of World War 1 - Book 2) by David Hough
Publication date: 18 February 2015
Format: Amazon Kindle
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October 1914. Antwerp is under siege and two British spies, Captain Wendel and Lieutenant DeBoise, are caught up in the decimation of the city. While they look for an escape, Wendel and DeBoise are given a new mission: to rescue a member of the Belgian Royal Family who is not only trapped on the German side of the battle line near Ypres, but is also unwilling to cooperate in any rescue efforts.
The mission leads Wendel and DeBoise to face the full force of the German onslaught in the first battle of Ypres. Will the duo come out of it unscathed? And will they be able to get the cantankerous Belgian Royal out from the German side?
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How would you describe this book?
In Line of Fire is an adventure story set in the First World War. The action covers the Siege of Antwerp and the First Battle of Ypres in 1914.
What inspired you to write this book?
My plan was to follow the adventures of Wendel and DeBoise, the two protagonists in my previous book, In Foreign Fields. That story ended when they reached safety in Antwerp. But the city was soon to come under siege and fall to the German onslaught. In this book, Wendel and DeBoise escape from Antwerp, only to become embroiled in the First Battle of Ypres.
How did you research the topic?
I bought numerous books detailing the realities of the conflict zones. I also searched the internet for anything that could tell me what it was really like. Finally, I used the experience of actually visiting Ypres and seeing for myself the places where the action occurs. The most moving part of that trip was to visit the Tyne Cot cemetery where so many unknown soldiers lie buried.
What was the hardest thing in this book to write?
I had a plot for the fiction part of the story. I also had books which told me what happened in reality. The most difficult part was in marrying the two together. I aimed to create a novel that would be exciting because of its plot and yet authentic because it followed the course of the actual battles. I hope I have succeeded.