Book Review

Stasiland Blog Tour

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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.

Book Information:
Written by: Rolf Richardson
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 3036 KB
Print Length: 178 pages
Publisher: Matador (11 Mar. 2019)

Where to Buy

Amazon UK

My Review

Looking for a really fun read that doesn’t have the grim darkness of your typical political thriller? Imma shove this book your way. Honestly, I love intrigue, I love some darkness, but the fact that this one could do it without getting so heavy was impressive.

The pacing is really well done, it never feels too short and everything is answered in terms of closure for the ending which is always a happy day for me. I thought that our protagonist Ed was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the predicament(s) he got into. Just a man wanting a peaceful vacation and gets swept into some political mess in which he’s been ‘volun-told.’

The characters are all interesting in their own right, the plot is so much fun too. I know I keep using this word a lot but it’s not often I get to read a political thriller with some humour and light-hearted moments. It’s the perfect sort of quick read that you can get your teeth into and still have a mystery solved and resolved!

Three cups of coffee from me, thank you, Anne and Matador, for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion on the blog tour!

About the Author

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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.

The Rest of the Tour

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By TheCaffeinatedReader

A Caffeinated Reader and Musician, destined to write lacklustre book reviews with the over-ample amount of free time.

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