Alliances and betrayals, power and prestige play out across the globe in John Bushby’s espionage novels.
The period between the last century’s two world wars was the crucible from which our present world was forged. Alliances and betrayals, power and prestige – the meat of espionage played out across the globe. This is the world upon which author John Bushby focuses in his novels. Born in the post-World War II era when America, having subdued fascist aggression now face an even more vigorous enemy, Bushby looks back to write about the choices that men and women made in the wake of the First World War, when they could not imagine another, even deadlier struggle. Following a thirty-year career in global finance and banking operations John Bushby brings his experience of the world to shape the background against which his characters operate as they find themselves drawn into the human dramas that the impending world cataclysm has spawned.
Born in New Jersey and having worked and lived in over 30 countries, Bushby introduces characters based upon real people, thrown into real situations of life and death. A retired US Navy Lieutenant Commander with 67 combat missions over North Vietnam, he knows the adrenaline rush of combat aviation. Having walked down the same street s in Europe and Asia as does his characters he provides the insight and subtle shadings to help the reader feel that he or she is in those places.
Currently residing in Flanders, New Jersey, the author is now working on a new series of espionage thrillers.
John’s new book, Whispers of Peenemunde, is now available at Amazon.com. It is the next in the Harry Braham series of espionage novels.
In 1939, as war descends on Europe an American becomes involved in trying to save refugees from the Nazis. From Havana, to Berlin, to Lisbon, ship owner Rick Kasten outraces the Gestapo to get his passenger safely into American waters. With the help of a mysterious Hungarian woman and members of the newly formed OSS, Kasten weaves his way through a tangled web of intrigue and danger to find that he and his friends have become Shadow Soldiers in a new kind of war.
Shadow Soldiers is available for purchase at Amazon.com.
The Warszaw Express
From the air battles over the trenches of the western front in World War One to the bedrooms of decadent post war Paris, Harry Braham is transformed from aviator to espionage agent. The Warszaw Express takes the reader through the intrigue an tumult of the Europe that evolved after the Great War, a time when Bolshevik armies stood to sweep away the new republics and replace them with the darkness of communism. In the streets of Germany a new force was emerging that would plunge the entire world into an unspeakable evil. Harry Braham sets out to become one of the first Americans to battle against both the Red army and the Black specter of the Nazis.
The Warszaw Express is available for purchase at Amazon.com.
The Rhinemaiden’s Song
In Germany, as 1935 draws to a close, Hitler is preparing for his conquest of Europe. For those who had read his book, the plan is all there, death and destruction await. The German war machine is gearing up and new and very dangerous weapons are being designed. But Hitler has another surprise for the world. He is staging a grand coming out party with the 1936 summer and winter Olympics as his back drop. As he builds up the propaganda onslaught, the seemingly unbounded success of National Socialism is attracting the interest of financial partners from all over the globe.
In The Rhinemaiden’s Song Harry Braham, ex-fighter pilot and full time espionage agent takes the reader on a twisting path of intrigue and danger. Secrets that the Gestapo and the NKVD want to uncover are only part of the dangers facing Braham. His mentor and old friend Raymond Kingman has disappeared from a luxury train in the snowy Alps and it is Braham’s job to find out what has happened to him and to understand the meaning of The Rhinemaiden’s Song. Along the way he finds beautiful women willing share their secrets and their bodies with him. And, as usual, he has to find out who he can trust.
With Harry Braham once again at the controls, The Rhinemaiden’s Song hurtles into the middle of one of the twentieth century’s epic struggles.
This title and all of John’s titles are available for purchase at Amazon.com.
The Last Voyage of the Paramaribo Queen
In the waning days of 1941, the United States is only months away from being at war with the Axis powers. Despite years of military build up, America remains ill-prepared to deal with the Nazi menace. War has spread across Europe to the very shores of the Atlantic coastline. In Berlin, Admiral Doenitz, head of the Kriegsmarine’s deadly U-Boat force is putting the final touches on Operation Neuland with which he intends to bottle up America’s merchant fleet before it can come to Britain’s aid.
Rick Kasten returns to battle the agents of the Third Reich. Still aching for his lost Aurelia he plunges back into Nazi-occupied Europe and right into Hitler’s capital to try to torpedo the High Command’s plans. From New York to Lisbon, Berlin, Paris and across the stormy Atlantic Kasten is on the trail of the worst of Hitler’s henchmen. Men will die and Britain will starve if Kasten fails to stop the U-Boat menace. Romance and adventure return as Kasten and his men seek out the enemy. From gilded salons in the heart of Berlin to the steamy waterfront dives of South America, Kasten takes the fight to the enemy.
The White Raven
The setting for The White Raven is 1934, just as the horrors that will befall Germany and the rest of the world are taking shape. Against the background of fascism and evil a grand event, designed to spur international cooperation in the skies, the Challenge Internationale de Tourism 1934, a sort of aviation Olympiad was held. Teams from various European nations participated in what was hoped might create better understanding and relationships through air tourism. Planes and pilots from nations that would be caught up in a death struggle a mere five years later participated hoping to show off their skills. Of course, Germany entered teams that would form the core of the Luftwaffe. Germany entered the Messerschmitt 108, a two-seater precursor of its feared Bf-109 that would see service throughout Europe in the decade to come.
In 1934 not all Germans are solidly behind their new Führer and plots to remove him and wrest control of the country from the Nazis were underway. The military would only bow completely to the power of the Reich once Hitler did something about the actions of Ernst Röhm and his Sturmabteilung (SA). At the end of June 1934, in an action known as The Night of the Long Knives he did just that by arresting the leadership of the SA and executing its leadership.
Fear runs rampant throughout Germany and many people turn to clandestine escape routes to safer locations far from the stomping jackboots in the streets. One woman, titled and wealthy, has created her own network, the shadowy White Raven. Rumors of its existence trickle through Berlin, but no one knows who or what it is. Her purpose is to simply defeat the powers of darkness that are consuming her country.
Against this background, Harry Braham, businessman, expatriate and American espionage agent finds himself caught up in a plot by a small cadre led by members of the secret Abwehr who, if they cannot completely rid the nation of Hitler, want to remove his praetorian guard and take control themselves. To gain their ends they will use blackmail and murder. Braham must now decide between saving his friends from certain death at the hands of the Sicherheitsdienst and the Gestapo or cooperate with evil.
The White Raven takes the reader on a wild ride through these turbulent days.