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Jenna | 23 comments Mod
Happy New Year 2009. I am happy to say I added about 140 books to the k. u. k. bookshelves over the past three days, frittering away valuable study time to do so...

Hopefully you may find a title or two of interest to you. The focus is mainly 1850-1918.

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I just added The Last Prince of the Mexican Empirea recent novel of Maximilan.

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Jenna | 23 comments Mod
Der Spiegel Nr. 6 2009 is devoted entirely to the Habsburgs. For those who can get a hold of a copy.

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Finally getting around to adding some recent fiction books set in this era.

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Alan Bardos | 2 comments The Assassins

My book 'The Assassins' has just been published by Endeavour Press as a Kindle book. It's historical fiction and is about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.


Synopsis :

A heart-racing story of love, royal duty and political intrigue set at the outbreak of war.

1914. Tensions are reaching boiling point in Europe and the threat of war is imminent.

Johnny Swift, a young and often brash diplomatic clerk employed by the British embassy is sent to infiltrate the ‘Young Bosnians’, a group of idealistic conspirators planning to murder Franz Ferdinand, the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in a bid to liberate their country from the monarchy’s grip.

Johnny has been having an affair with his employer’s wife, Lady Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Smyth, and suspecting he’s being cuckolded, Sir George Smyth packs Johnny off on a mission to infiltrate the Young Bosnian cell with every confidence that that’s the last time he’ll be seeing his cocky young clerk.

But Johnny has a lot of living still to do and is not the type to embrace his ‘destiny’ when it starts to look like it will ultimately end in an untimely death.

In an action-packed thriller, the compelling and tragic story of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his beloved wife ‘Sopherl’, Sophie, the Duchess of Hohenberg, in Sarajevo is played out against a backdrop of simmering international tensions that have world-changing political reverberations.

Johnny manages to infiltrate the Young Bosnian conspriators’ cell, helped by Lazlo Breitner, a Hungarian civil servant in the joint ministry of finance and a staunch monarchist acting on an anonymous tip-off about a serious threat to the Archduke’s life during his forthcoming visit to Sarajevo by a group of young local dissidents.

However, Johnny soon realises he’s in over his head, with gambling debts and a taste for beautiful women the very least of his problems as he struggles to survive on his wits in an increasingly complex world of political espionage and deadly threats.

In a convincing re-telling of the tragic real-life events that precipitated a world war, Alan Bardos manages to take the known facts – that the conspirators were young nationalist fanatics, able to dream of revolution but unable to act without the backing of the prominent Colonel ‘Apis’ Dimitrijevic, or that the whole thing was Apis’ idea, and that it was the Colonel himself who actively sought out, recruited and instructed the assassins for his own political agenda.

Whichever’s the case, in no time at all Johnny Swift finds himself embroiled deep within an increasingly deadly political situation that spans Europe and threatens to drag Britain to the coming inevitable war. Unable to trust anyone, and with the very lives of the royal couple unexpectedly in his hands, Johnny tries to avert catastrophe.

Using both fictional and actual characters and events, Bardos has crafted a heart-racing story of love, royal duty and political intrigue which expertly uses the historical evidence available to create a believable narrative arc, ultimately allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions as to what actually happened on one fateful day in Sarajevo…

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Alan Bardos | 2 comments My book the 'Assassins' is currently on sales for 99p for the next four days. Assassins

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Tom Maentz | 2 comments The Reign in Spain Fall & Rise of the Spanish Monarchy by W. Kristjan Arnold
Check out 'The Reign in Spain' by Galician author W. Kristjan Arnold. Examines the Royal family's struggle to bring democracy to Spain. Entertaining and educational, with direct lineage to the Habsburgs!

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Lisa (violaashford) | 5 comments The Arnold book sounds interesting. I hope to get around to it!

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Tom Maentz | 2 comments For Royalty buffs curious about 20th century Spain's remarkable transformation from dictatorship to democracy, and the Spanish Royal Family's epic struggle to regain the throne: The Reign in Spain is now available in paperback at Amazon. Reviews are stellar!

The Reign in Spain: Fall & Rise of the Spanish Monarchy

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