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Dakin DuKane
A teller of tall tales
A teller of tall tales
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With the cold war in its infancy, Washington demands to know what a small party of Army Engineers from the new Thule base is doing in Pearyland in Northern Greenland. The military inform them of an investigation into a B29 plane that crashed four years earlier. The aluminium plane is suddenly rusting at an alarming rate. Aluminium does not rust. When it is confirmed that experts can suggest no natural causes, first instincts are to accuse the Russians, second to see if its possible to weaponise this newly discovered phenomena. Four civilian scientist join the engineers to begin a preliminary investigation. 

Shortly after their arrival, radio contact is lost with the party leaving Washington suspecting Russian involvement. Tensions are heightened when aerial photographs of the area show their site to be fire damaged, possibly by mortar fire. Washington grapples with setting up a rescue mission despite lack of available logistics in the area, the nearest ship being a coast guard cutter currently undergoing sea trials that has just been repaired in Iceland. The military deploy a three man team with a dual mission; to be their eyes on the ground and to find the Russians. Their initial reports contain nothing of note until the coast guard cutter arrives in the area and twenty-fours later is lost. The reports then become increasingly bizarre and frightening all of which leaves those in Washington with only one possible explanation. Or does it? 
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‘First Strike’ is the third book in the series that chronologically follows ‘Gunn’ and begins in Germany December 1946.

Falkenhagen was the Nazi’s most top secret factory both during and before World War 2, Only twenty five kilometres from the centre of Berlin Falkenhagen was so secret that only true part members were allowed to work there, forced labour was only introduced in1943 when its production was switched over to the manufacturing of nerve gas, but what was it producing all those years earlier? Falkenhagen is now firmly under Russian control and has become the most heavily fortified part of mainland Europe and all attempts to uncover its secrets have met with failure. Just what have the Russians inherited and are so determined not to let the west uncover?

Allied intelligence is more than ever desperate to find out answers, especially as archivists slowly trawling through reams of Nazi documents are horrified to learn of the potential existence of another final German wonder weapon. A modified V2 rocket with a new type of fuel that increased its potential range to include the United States, chillingly codenamed ‘Eagle’. Is this the possible explanation why Falkenhagen has been turned into a Russian fortress? At the outset of the cold war have the Russians really inherited this technology? Do they have the capability to complete project ‘Eagle’ and thus render the defence of the United States virtually useless?

Gunn and Laszlo are reluctantly tasked to find the answers, they too know of the Allied failures up to date and are intent on not being another statistic on that list. A seemingly innocent car crash switches their focus in a different direction where they meet a reclusive Swedish philanthropist, and much to the annoyance of the intelligence services head in another direction. Slowly they begin to uncover something far more sinister, so frightening that it finally makes the intelligence community sit up and take note. Something that could not only threaten the current nervous peace in Europe but possibly the World.
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An Odd Road is the story of Walter Gunn’s life from his birth, through his formative years growing up with his parents and two sisters in 1920’s London,. His first ever holiday, leaving school at fourteen to join his father working at the Pickfords warehouse and the roundabout fashion of how Walter ended up joining the Army just before his eighteenth birthday, a year prior to outset of World War Two.
Following his fledgling Army career Walter finds himself as part of the British Expeditionary Force sent to France at the outbreak of war in September 1939, where he and the rest of the BEF are forced to endure the harsh winter weather, the boredom of the phony war and the increasing belief that the top brass don’t know what they’re doing.
Culminating in the opening salvo’s of the German Blitzkrieg of May 1940 where the British forces are suddenly rapidly retreating, Walter finds himself volunteered for that fateful mission which is the beginning of ‘Gunn’. This is the second book in the Walter Gunn series and is a prequel to the successful ‘Gunn’ which chronologically follows this story. Approx 195 pages, 44500 words.
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Gunn is now published in both paperback and ebook formats. Visit the website now, [www.dakindukane.com], to order your copy and read the first chapter free or download it from the link to the ebook. 
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