Seed of Satan by Simon Laffy


(Blog tour review, followed by an excerpt on page two of this post.)

Seed of Satan tells the story of twins William and Michael Weiss. Despite being twins, William and Michael couldn’t be more different. William’s personality is much like that of his German father: arrogant, disdainful of his supposed inferiors, and fiercely loyal to Germany.  Michael is a kinder, gentler soul who had little in common with either his brother or his father, feeling a greater kinship with his English grandparents.  It’s no surprise that when war breaks out, they find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

Karl Ziegler is a chemistry student, working on his Masters degree in the immunology field. His work catches the attention of  military agents looking for researchers whose work might potentially lead to the creation of new weapons.  Specializing in germ theory, Karl is promptly recruited and sent to a top secret lab where the goal is to create a devastating biological weapon to use against Germany’s enemies.

Fans of historical fiction will find it hard to put down this impressive debut novel from Simon Laffy.  His writing style keeps the reader engaged throughout, with vivid characters in credible situations that fit the circumstances and chaos of wartime.

I enjoyed reading this book very much, and I’ll be watching for future novels from this author. If you enjoy historical fiction, you don’t want to miss out on this one!

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of the author.

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Author: Simon Laffy
Title: Seed of Satan
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: October 1st 2016 by ACM RETRO
Rating: 4 stars

About the Book

Some things should not be messed with.

Somewhere, fools are playing with fire.
Sometimes, a slight mistake can tip the balance.
Someone is about to kill us all.

Deep in the heart of the Kaiser’s Reich, scientists work desperately to produce a form of germ warfare that could provide the elusive breakthrough on the Western Front, thereby bringing ultimate victory to the Central Powers. One young Englishman is willing to risk his all to try and prevent them from succeeding.

About the Author

Simon Laffy, after 30 years of professional music making, is extending the ladder and contributing to the arts and culture magazine, Trebuchet, writing ‘Make Better Music’ – an insider’s view to the creative processes and the obstacles to climbing that mountain.

He’s also working on his third novel.

His first book, SEED OF SATAN, takes us deep inside the Kaiser’s Reich, where scientists work desperately to produce a form of germ warfare that will provide the elusive breakthrough on the Western Front. They hope to end the years of stalemate and slaughter by bringing total victory to the Central Powers. One young Englishman is willing to risk his all to prevent them from succeeding.

His second offering, RED SUNRISE, is a literary thriller based in the Pacific southwest at the end of WWII that brings the reader into the mind of a warrior turned anti-war hero. He seeks redemption for the loss of both his ship and his family, but how can his natural fighting spirit triumph against the growing tide of US Cold War policy?

Born in the middle years of the 20th century, Simon wasted little time before signing three recording contracts with major record labels, working as a composer, performer, producer and live artist, and appearing on 35 albums, several film soundtracks, many headline and support tours, and numerous TV & radio appearances.

In 2004, Simon’s continuing music career saw him become a member of Manraze, a glitter punk experiment alongside Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols and Phil Collen of Def Leppard. While also working commercially with members of Duran Duran, he gathered enough latent material to start writing novels.

Simon has plotted synopses for a further nine historical fiction mysteries, including:

– FIRE IN THE NIGHT, based upon the Great Fire of London and intended as a ‘Bourne meets Perfume’ thriller;
– TOMORROW MAN, in which a half-Cherokee clairvoyant foresees the assassination of President Lincoln, attempts to alert the White House and gets drawn into the murder conspiracy; and
– FROM THIS DAY ON, a murder/mystery political intrigue involving time travel and set in 2948.

Simon’s novels are breakneck lights-out rides through the big story scenery of familiar historical events with hairpin twists and telegraphic destinations. Do we ever really know the whole story?

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