Beneath Gray Skies by Hugh Ashton

By Hugh Ashton

David Slater, a conscript within the Nineteen Twenties military of the Confederacy, faces a issue. whilst he and his regiment have been shipped to Germany to aid degree a coup there, his Limey fellow-soldier Brian was once performing unusually. David now has the alternative of reporting his ally to his commanding officials, or protecting quiet and simply doing his activity: getting ready for the arriving of Bismarck, the large Zeppelin flying Hitler and his Nazi cohorts to fulfill their new allies, the Confederates.

Beneath grey Skies follows the adventures of David and people round him in a earlier that by no means happened-where the Civil warfare by no means happened, and the Confederacy survived as a pariah slave-holding state into the 20 th century. Confederates, Unionists, British and Germans plot and counterplot in a tightly woven story of espionage, treachery and romance.
The forged of Beneath grey Skies contains rogue British agent "Bloody Brian" Finch-Malloy, hard-drinking Henry Dowling, and Christopher Pole, a slave who escapes from the hell of the Confederacy-living opposed to a backdrop that incorporates genuine historic characters. Adolf Hitler, Hermann Goering, and Dr. Hugo Eckener, the bright anti-Nazi Zeppelin captain, all stay back during this "extraordinarily well-written piece of brain sweet that turns into progressively more tough to place down" (Christopher Belton).
 Almost with no knowing what has occurred, David unearths himself a part of a conspiracy in the Confederacy that incorporates "Bloody Brian", that is operating to avoid the airship's arrival in Georgia, to grab the mysterious useful treasure on board the Bismarck, and to halt the unfold of slavery to Europe.As David Slater and his President, Jefferson Davis III, confront one another at the doomed dirigible, David needs to ask himself once more the place his loyalty lies: to his state, or to the next morality.
Beneath grey Skies is the 1st released novel by way of Hugh Ashton, a British-born author and journalist at the moment dwelling in Kamakura, Japan.

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With all their talk about the purity of the German race, they’ll probably want to try and sweep all the German-speakers in Europe into a new empire. That would mean most of what was Austria-Hungary, and parts of Poland. And don’t forget all the rubbish about the Jews. ” “This isn’t the Middle Ages. You can’t go around expelling a whole race of people from your country,” objected the Home Secretary. “Whatever you may think, this is what Hitler’s saying. There’s a crackpot called Julius Streicher from whom Hitler’s got most of his ideas, and let’s face it, the Jews have never been very popular in that part of the world.

Thank you, Sir Edmund,” sighed the Prime Minister. He envied and resented the Secretary’s ability to drop names and dates so easily, but he agreed with the analysis in this case. ” The men round the table sighed. “That sounded to me,” remarked the Prime Minister, with the ghost of a smile, “like something similar to a sigh of relief that we haven’t gone so far in Britain. Lloyd George’s lunacy happily never took final form here, thank goodness. ” He pressed a bell, and a servant entered. ” The table responded.

From what I know of these Nazi blokes, yes, it’s possible. ” “Slavery in Europe. And it’s at least partly something to do with us, isn’t it? ” “There’s one thing we must do,” replied the War Secretary. “We must make sure it doesn’t ever stand a chance of happening. And we mustn’t forget the possibility that Hitler will start to re-arm Germany. ” snorted the Chancellor of the Exchequer. ” There were nods all round the table. Every man in the British Cabinet had lost a son, a nephew or some other close relation in the trenches of Flanders, the beaches of Gallipoli, or the hell of Mesopotamia, and had no wish to see a repeat of the Great European War.

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