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Napoleon’s Drop by Michael Fass
Following his defeat at Waterloo in June 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte is exiled on St Helena, a remote island in the South Atlantic. Here, the ex-emperor and his companions are imprisoned at Longwood House guarded day and night by over 3,000 soldiers and sailors.
Meanwhile, his supporters in Great Britain, the Americas and on the island itself, plot their hero’s escape while officials at the Alien Office in London work ceaselessly to prevent it. As tensions rise across the Atlantic World, Robert Fulton, the American inventor of the world’s first submarine, Nautilus, is persuaded to lend his underwater craft for a daring rescue attempt to be launched from Buenos Aires that will bring Napoleon to freedom.
Michael’s historical fiction novel re-creates the world of Napoleon’s final years including many historical figures that bring the story to life. See the cast of characters.
Reviews for Napoleon’s Drop…
“An extraordinarily good read…
The blending of rich, well researched historical material, covering events across several continents, brought together under an eloquently written and suitably pacy storyline makes this a very decent read indeed. Of interest to scholars of 19 century British /American history, fans of the Napoleon / St Helena story and those who enjoy immersion in well developed and totally credible key characters. A highly recommended read in this, the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death.”
Salute Me When You See Me by Michael Fass
After a successful start as a young officer in the pre-war British Army, Johnny Fass became one of the best known trainers of men in the war-time Household Division. He subsequently achieved success as a junior staff officer before reaching the pinnacle of his career when he joined the staff at COSSAC the organisation responsible for the planning of Operation Overlord, the D-Day landings in Normandy.
Here he found himself working at the highest levels of the politico-military direction of the war in the West.
Sailing for France in June 1944 he was killed in action outside Caen shortly afterwards whilst in command of the First Battalion, Welsh Guards, eight days after the birth of his son.
This is the story, by his son Michael, of the father he never knew. It weaves together one of the most critical events of WWII with the social history of the era.
Reviews for Salute Me When You See Me…
“This is an incredibly genuine and open account of the life of Lt Col Johnny Fass. The extracts from his diary cut straight through to the emotions felt in the years leading up to the invasion of Normandy.”