Troubador Below the Thunder

Released: 01/02/2013

eISBN: 9781780887463

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Below the Thunder


Robin Duval’s follow-up to Bear in the Woods is a heart-in-mouth tale of international conspiracy, self-discovery and romance.

One summer evening in Bavaria, fortyish history professor Bryn Williams – more Frasier than Bond – falls simultaneously into love and mortal danger. He becomes a target for MI6, Mossad and an American hit man. Oblivious to his predicament, he continues his holiday in America. Walking alone in a National Park, he stumbles on a newly dead body. He is arrested for murder, and released only when evidence of a third party emerges. But when he discovers the identity of the killer, and reports it to the San Francisco police, his motel room is blown up. With no-one to turn to, he flees north.

He is intercepted in the mountains by a cousin, who works for MI6. And by the woman he fell in love with in Bavaria. They persuade him – against his better judgment – to help frustrate a plot to destroy the American President. He is drawn into a web of conspiracy and deceit whose true nature only gradually becomes apparent.

As the narrative races towards its unexpected and shocking climax, the hero discovers untapped reserves of talent – as lover and as man of action.

This is also a tale about the underbelly of American and international politics. About the secret forces that drive people and nations towards destruction

Selected Reviews of BEAR IN THE WOODS...

This is a cleverly crafted thriller which I found difficult to put down. Set mainly in the USA during a presidential election campaign, the writer's knowledge and understanding both of that country's geography and history - particularly of the Civil War battlefields - is impressive and help to keep the reader forever wondering what on earth is coming next. The essence of a good page-turner, which this most certainly is. The writer understands human psychology and the fears and pressures brought on by events seemingly outside one's control. There is an eerie fascination in trying to divine why exactly all this is happening to our hero, which is not resolved until the final pages. A brilliant debut novel.
David Burton Evans

Hugely enjoyable, the plot led me a merry dance. Lots to think about in the characters and what they had to say about life. I also learnt a lot about american history in the process of reading the book and decided that I am not going to take any short cuts when driving through the States.
p.s. Are there really recorder groups and, if so, are they really like this?
Clare Sayers

A new author to salute... A likeable English academic's tale of a lecture visit to Chicago, inexplicably threatened by persons unknown, turning into a frightful nightmare and much derring-do. The theme picks up as religious, sexual, political and personal complexities intrude, all nicely marshalled and neatly resolved. Along the way, enjoy gently sardonic views on the American way of life, and informed writing on food, music and notably the Civil War battlefields. A remarkable debut.

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Robin Duval

Robin Duval was born in Liverpool and educated at King Edward's School Birmingham, University College London and the University of Michigan as a Fulbright Scholar. The greater part of his career has been spent in the film and television industry as a writer, producer, executive and regulator. From 1999 to 2004 he was Director of the British Board of Film Classification, for which he received a CBE. He lives and writes in West London.

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