Martin Langfield has been Foreign Correspondent and Bureau Chief for Reuters since 1987, working mostly in the Americas. He has reported from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru, Cuba, Madrid, Miami, London and New York. He also worked as an English teacher in Paris. Martin read French and Spanish at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University and played drums in the Footlights band. His interests include music, alternative medicine and comparative religion. He was born 1962 in Peterborough, Cambs, UK and lives in NY with wife Amy. He has one son, Christopher.
In Times Square the sound of snowploughs scraping the street is identical to the sound of escaped snow dragons. So it's one or the other.
So what's this about a huge lizard coming to NYC? Hasn't that been done?
THE SECRET FIRE
Sotheby’s, London, 1936. A paper by Sir Isaac Newton is sold at auction to a bookseller’s agent and within minutes of leaving the auction house, he is killed and the paper stolen. For the Nazis are desperate to get their hands on a Newton formula that will unleash the Secret Fire – a weapon beyond all imagining that can wipe their enemies off the face of the earth. And this document is the key . . . unless the French Resistance and SOE operatives also on its trail can stop them. New York, 2007. Katherine Reckliss learns her grandmother’s SOE radio has started picking up disturbing messages from occupied France, warning that a V1 containing the Secret Fire is being launched by the Nazis. Its target? Present-day London. So begins the desperate race to halt the Secret Fire – both in 1940s Nazi-occupied France and modern-day London. The clock is ticking as history starts to re- write the future in a new and terrifying script . . .
‘A race against time and an ancient secret … full of puzzles and moves at a good lick’ Observer ‘Splendidly rewarding. One of the strangest and one of the best novels I have read for a very long time’ Shots
PUBLICATION DATE: April 2009
THE MALICE BOX
When Robert Reckliss is sent what seems to be a copper puzzle box, he has no idea his life is about to undergo violent transformation. That night, an acquaintance kills himself in curious circumstances; the following day, an old friend reveals the existence of an arcane weapon that could wipe the western world from the face of the planet.
And the responsibility for hunting down this weapon, this Malice Box, lies with Robert. The weapon is primed to explode in seven days and Robert must undergo a quest – a series of trials around Manhattan – in order to track down the keys vital to prevent detonation.
In a desperate race against the clock, Robert trails the streets of Manhattan guided by Terri, a mysterious psychic, and under the constant gaze of the sinister Watchman. Higher forces are battling to prevent him completing the quest – for the Minotaur and Unicorn are circling their prey . . .
The Malice Box is a thriller unlike any other.
PUBLICATION DATE: February 2007