Blackest of Lies

By Bill Aitken

Historical fiction | Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

1916. Britain is deep in the grip of the Great War, spilling the best of its blood in Flanders’ fields. Morale at home is low. But one thing is certain: war minister Lord Kitchener will see things through. So when Kitchener is assassinated by the IRA, how will the public react? How will British troops at the Front take it? It’s up to MI5 to handle the situation, and quickly. Lieutenant Chris Hubert’s suggestion of lookalike Colonel Henry Farmer staves off the announcement of Kitchener’s death. But when ‘Kitchener’ is sent off on a mission to St Petersburg, it’s in the interests of friend and foe to ensure he won’t come back. Now, only Hubert and Special Branch officer Anne Banfield can save Farmer from a torpedo in the cold, dark waters of the Pentland Firth. The U-Boats are waiting...

Bill Aitken is a former Royal Air Force officer who served in the UK, Cyprus and Norway. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional. Although he has written several books on IT subjects, this is is first foray into the dark art of fiction writing. Bill now works as a Competence Architect for the oil and gas industry in the Middle East. In his spare time, he paints and writes far too much code for his own good.

David Neilson

David Neilson

3 May at 08:38

Mysteries surrounding Lord Kitchener's 1916 death at sea have led many to suspect a conspiracy. Now Blackest of Lies, a World War I thriller, offers a plausible reason for intrigue against the British military figurehead. It's up to MI5 officer Chris Hubert, struggling to recover from a gas attack at Ypres, to avoid the loss of morale on the western front if Kitchener's sneak assassination by the IRA becomes known. Tension rises as Hubert's ingenious plan is assailed on all sides, not just by forces opposed to the British Empire (including the impressive Gallagher, Bill Aitken's IRA enforcer, ruthless spies and an engaging and elegiac U-Boot captain) but even dark elements within Whitehall itself. Rising to a climax of utter mayhem as HMS Hampshire goes down off the Orkneys, Blackest of Lies introduces a vulnerable and resourceful main character, giving his all to save the friend he's placed in jeopardy. Atmospheric and skilfully plotted, this admirable début will leave many wondering if there's not something to the rumours.

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