The Dangerous Life of a Spy Told in New Historical FictionPR Web
Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) June 04, 2012
Jane Austen once said, Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies. This quote holds especially true when a country is at war. It is this fundamental that is presented in author W. Patrick Langs third book in his Strike the Tent series, Down the Sky (published by iUniverse).
When Lang decided to write a novel, it made perfect sense the story would include two elements he knew best, military intelligence and the Civil War.
I wanted to develop the complexities, pressures and conflicts exerted on people swept into the war known variously as the War of the Rebellion and the War Between the States, explains Lang. Intelligence is the business of collecting, analyzing and disseminating information for the purpose of decision-making. Regardless of the historical and political context, it cannot be mechanized. Its based on human nature.
In Langs tale, Claude Devereux, from Alexandria, Virginia, has worked his way up to the rank of Brigadier General of the volunteer Union forces. But Claude is harboring a dangerous secret he is a Confederate spy. With the code name Hannibal, he burrows his way into the heart of the Lincoln administration and slowly gains the presidents confidence. Despite being pursued by counterintelligence agents and suspected of disloyalty, Hannibal manages to pass critical information on to Richmond and the Confederacy.
Everything is about to change when Hannibal realizes he has lost the trust of his comrades and that there is one man who will do anything to bring him down. The peril grows as the war reaches its climax.
In this third tale in the Strike the Tent series, Claude Devereux is forced to face the prospect of exposure. Now, only time will tell if he can nd a way to escape his enemies before it is too late.
About the Author W. Patrick Lang is a retired military intelligence officer, current military consultant, and a lifelong student of the American Civil War and the Lincoln assassination. He is the author of The Butchers Cleaver, Death Piled Hard, and Intelligence: The Human Factor. Lang lives with his wife in Alexandria, Virginia.
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