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.
Thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours and Matador books for my copy of the fascinating ‘Stasiland’ by Rolf Richardson.
I have always held an interest in the Stasi and any tv shows or books on the subject always pull me in, I’m a massive fan of the Stasi series by David Young, so when I seen this one I was instantly interested.
Ed Blake is on a tour of Europe, Now divorced and financially secure, he sets off in his Porsche to discover Europe and maybe himself.
Whilst on a river boat tour, he stumbles across the body of a local politician, and finds himself arrested then accused of the murder.
Once his innocence is proven , Ed becomes a pawn in something of a power battle between the Stasi, the local police and the political party who’s leader he found dead.
In honesty, on picking up this book there was both an intrigue, but probably an apprehension of something very dark and deep to come, don’t judge a book by its cover!
Yes, the elements of corruption, and manipulation from the Stasi are prevalent and this book is about extreme politics and a murder but this is a bright, fascinating, gripping read.
Engaging , emotional, and funny, at times I was completely engrossed. So far from what I expected, this book is an excellent, quick read, the writing is great, the story is better and you can only like Ed and his adventure.
This is a book that feels very current, very relevant to the world we are now living.
I would love to read more of Ed, but imagine this is a standalone. In that case, I’ll settle for more from Rolf Richardson please,
ROLF RICHARDSON is a mongrel English/Norwegian who loves to travel, starting with service in the RAF, flying Britain's first jet fighter, the Meteor; thereafter 25 years as a British Airways pilot on Argonauts, Britannias, VC10s and 747s.
He then became a roaming photographer, visiting around 110 countries, with over 15,000 photos now sold. He has worked his passage on cruise ships by giving lectures. Taken 3 months to drive round Australia.
A few years ago he set out to put his experiences to further use by writing a series of 'Easy Read' books: thrillers with a dash of history, romance and humour.