When I finished 'The Key' I was sure that was the end of the New Atlantis series. I knew I'd miss New Atlantis, but you do have to move on.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on your take, I was not ready to move on. I got an idea for a new book and I couldn't leave it alone. I was challenged with the idea of turning one of the world's most despised villains into a hero.
It was quite a challenge I quickly realised. What saving grace did the Gestapo have? Well, for one thing they weren't, for the most part, Nazis as I thought. They were cops who just got a new remit and more power.
Even so, there had to be more than 'I was just doing my job,' to save my hero. So I had him only being new to the Gestapo (1936) and blackmailed into joining from the criminal police (KRIPO). And he already had a guilty conscience.
What was interesting for me was the effect this Gestapo agent had on New Atlantis. There were those who wanted him rejected because of what he was. Those people then brought the violence of the old world into the peaceful New Atlantean world.
So this book really challenged both me and my world. I will be interested to see what my readers think when it's published.
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