Blog Tour: Guest Post by Sealed With Death Author, @JamesSilvester1 @UrbaneBooks @lovebooksgroup

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Still new to the top secret Overlappers intelligence team, and on her first `hit' alone, Lucie Musilova has an attack of conscience and nearly botches the operation, taking a bullet wound before finishing off her target. Though her injuries are minor, she is chastised for her carelessness and assigned desk duties. Here she investigates a number of disappearances of European women from Britain - the women all missing without trace until the body of one is discovered, raped and murdered. Lucie learns that tens of women have disappeared, all with little investigation. As she digs deeper she begins to uncover a terrifying international conspiracy that potentially threatens not just her life, but to topple Governments....  

Guest Post:

Blame Timothy Dalton. Seriously, if you read my books, either the ‘Prague Thrillers’ series or the adventures of Lucie Musilova and roll your eyes heavenwards in disbelief at what you read, then you can blame Timothy Dalton. Not that he twisted my arm and talked me into trying my hand at writing of course, but it’s thanks to him that I first began to develop what some might call a style; or at least it’s thanks to a particular performance.

If you’ve never seen the opening half of ‘The Living Daylights’, even if Bond films aren’t your cup of tea, watch it. Devoid of quips and in no mood to suffer fools, the new 007 waits as a brooding assassin, his eyes searching for threats as a Russian General scrambles from a window at the Bratislava conservatoire, seeking sanctuary in the West. It’s dark and tense Cold War stuff, and Dalton excels as a reluctant agent; a man good at his job but who hates doing it.
“Stuff my orders,” he tells a colleague threatening to report him to ‘M’, “if he fires me I’ll thank him for it.”

That characterisation fascinated me then and has stayed with me ever since, working its way into the thrillers I write. Superheroes are brilliant to watch, but are un-relatable in the world of spy thrillers. The world may need heroes to save it, but those heroes should be real people; flawed, reluctant and every bit as imperfect as real people are. That for me as a reader is what keeps me interested and keeps the story grounded, wherever the plot may take us. 
Lucie Musilova is (I hope) such a hero; a capable, confident woman, haunted by her past and her vulnerabilities but overcoming them to do a job she isn’t sure she wants to do at all. Her next adventure is out on 11th July, and I very much hope you enjoy it.

About the Author:

James Silvester's debut novel and sequel, Escape to Perdition and The Prague Ultimatum, reflected his love both of central Europe and the espionage genre and was met with widespread acclaim. His new series features strong female protagonist Lucie Musilova, a character fully reflective of Europe’s changing cultural and political landscape. James lives in Manchester.   

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