Spring, 1919. James 'Max' Maxted, former Great War flying ace, returns to the trail of murder and treachery he set out on in The Ways of the World. He left Paris after avenging the murder of his father, Sir Henry Maxted, convinced the only man who knows about the mysterious events leading up to Sir Henry's death is elusive German spymaster, Fritz Lemmer. To find out more, he enlists in Lemmer's network under false colours and is despatched to the Orkney Isles, where the German High Seas Fleet has been interned in Scapa Flow. His mission: to recover a document secreted aboard one of the German battleships. But the information it contains is so explosive Max is forced to break cover and embark on a desperate and dangerous race south, pursued by men happy to kill him to recover the document. The breathless chase will take Max from the far north of Scotland to London and on to Paris, where the world's governments are still bartering over the spoils in the aftermath of the Great War. The stakes could not be higher. It is life and death for all concerned.
|Publication date:||3rd July 2014|
|Publisher:||Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
Closing date: 12/12/2021
Following on from the breathtaking adventures of World War I flying ace James ‘Max’ Maxted in The Ways of the World, this fast-paced historical thriller is the second instalment in Robert Goddard’s The Wide World trilogy. In 1919, after avenging the murder of his diplomat father, Sir Henry Maxted, in Paris, Max washes up on the shores of the Orkney Isles, on a mission to recover a dangerous secret document from an interned German ship in Scapa Flow. Convinced that the shadowy German spy chief Fritz Lemmer holds the key to his father’s murder, Max has entered his employ under false pretences, but soon finds himself diverted from his original purpose when he realises the deadly potential of the document he has been sent to find. Complex and compelling, this well-plotted sequel follows one man’s desperate quest, against the backdrop of a war-ravaged Europe struggling to establish a fragile peace.
Robert Goddard was our Guest Editor in March 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire. He read History at Cambridge and worked as an educational administrator in Devon before becoming a full-time novelist. His bestselling novels are: Past Caring, In Pale Battalions, Painting the Darkness, Into the Blue (winner of the first WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award and dramatized for TV in 1997, starring John Thaw), Take No Farewell, Hand in Glove, Closed Circle, Borrowed Time, Out of the Sun (a sequel to Into the Blue), Beyond Recall, ...More About Robert Goddard