Troubador Stasiland

Released: 28/03/2019

ISBN: 9781789018028

eISBN: 9781838598945

Format: Paperback/eBook

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After a messy divorce, Ed Blake is trying to forget the past by spending the summer driving around Europe in his silver Porsche. He gets no further than a small town on the river Elbe when he is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Although in what is now a united Germany, this is the former Communist East, once ruled by the feared secret police, the Stasi. This is Stasiland. The past has not gone away, Germany’s political tectonic plates are shifting, maybe heading for the sort of chaos last seen in the 1930s. Ed finds himself pulled into a whirlpool of violence as right-wing extremism starts to shake the foundations of Europe.

This is a novel about here and now. What happened to Ed Blake could happen to you.

Rolf has six e-books available on Amazon, most also as paperbacks. They are:

No.1 "Last Weiss", set in Nazi Germany and Norway during the final year of WW2.

No.2 "Coffin Corner" follows the fortunes of a new airline in 1960s Singapore.

No.3. "Bear Bugger Cruise" goes to the Caribbean, where a man is reported overboard, but no one is apparently missing.

No.4. "Night Watchman" combines aviation and Westminster politics.

No.5. "Road to Mandalay starts in the French Alps, but a cyber problem takes us much further afield.

No.6. "Stasiland" is the eastern part Unified Germany, where political extremism is on the rise.

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Great read. The author wrote a story that was interesting and moved at a pace that kept me engaged. The characters were easy to invest in.

by Cristie


An interesting story line. Part tourist guide to the European Eastern bloc, some romance, a critique on right wing political parties all wrapped up with an interesting plot that didn't disappoint. If you are wondering where this story is going just hang in there for I found it a rewarding read.

by Zuzu


This book surprised me in the sense that I found it to be rather amusing. The narrator, Ed, an Englishman having his own kind of mid-life crisis after separating from his wife, is all set to travel across Europe in his own version of a gap year. His observations are witty and his interactions with other characters give the impression of a hapless, aimless man who is just looking for adventure.

The style of writing was easy to engage with and the plot was interesting. Ed makes a vast number of journeys across Europe and each time he mentions that 'Google tells him it is x kilometres to his destination' it gives you a sense of his middle age and need for adventure but within certain planned parameters (despite his attempts to be free and go with the flow).

The plot is timely in that it deals with issues of immigration, borders, racism, fascism, politics and the future of Europe. The host of characters are vividly described and feel authentic. It is a bit of a stretch that a random Englishman would be enlisted by German police to help with their enquiry but, who knows, maybe this has happened in real life?!

I initially wasn't sure about the era in which is was set as the title made me presume it was either when East and West Germany were still separate entities or shortly after the wall came down. However, it has a contemporary setting and feels so much more relevant because of that.

by Alison


Rolf Richardson

After a career as a British Airways pilot, finishing on 747s, Rolf took to travel photography, with over 15,00 photo sales, and cruise lecturing, In these various roles he has visited over 110 countries.

Time now to write about some of those places and he has chosen the route of popular 'faction': fictional stories set in factual places and events. His aim is an easy read, a mix of adventure, history and romance.

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