Synopses & Reviews
A bold new thriller from the best-selling author of The Hangmanand#8217;s Daughter series
In 1886, Ludwig II, the Fairy-tale King of Bavaria, was deposed after being declared insane by doctors who had never met him. He died mysteriously soon thereafter, his eccentric and beautiful castles his only legacy. In The Ludwig Conspiracy, master of historical suspense Oliver Pand#246;tzsch brings the Mad King back to life.
An encoded diary by one of Ludwigand#8217;s confidants falls into the hands of modern-day rare-book dealer Steven Lukas, who soon realizes that the diary may bring him more misery than money. Lukas teams up with a beautiful art detective, Sara Lengfeld, to investigate each of Ludwigand#8217;s three famous castles for clues to crack the diaryand#8217;s code as mysterious thugs and Ludwigand#8217;s fanatical followers chase them at every step. Just what in the diary could be so explosive?
"This gripping thriller brings together the present and the past with high-action adventure in a bold, entertaining storyline." and#8212;Shepherd Express (Milwaukee)
"Pand#246;tzsch makes clever use of Bavariaand#8217;s equivalent of the Kennedy assassination in this excellent stand-alone . . . Pand#246;tzschand#8217;s sophisticated plotting and good use of a real-life historical puzzle place this far ahead of most Da Vinci Code wannabes." and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
From the bestselling author of The Hangmanand#8217;s Daughter, a historical thriller set in contemporary Bavaria, about Ludwig II's mysterious death and the long-lost diary that could unlock its secrets.
In 1886, Ludwig II, the fairytale king of Bavaria, was deposed after being declared insane by doctors who had never met him. He died mysteriously soon thereafter, his eccentric and beautiful castles his only legacy.
Master of historical suspense Oliver Pötzsch brings the Mad King back to life in The Ludwig Conspiracy. An encoded diary by one of Ludwigs confidants falls into the hands of modern-day rare-book dealer Steven Lukas, who soon realizes that the diary may bring him more misery than money. Lukas teams up with a beautiful art detective, Sara Lengfeld, to investigate each of Ludwigs three famous castles for clues to crack the diarys code as mysterious thugs and Ludwigs fanatical followers chase them at every step. Just what in the diary could be so explosive?
With this thrilling and twisty tale, Oliver Pötzsch establishes himself as the Bavarian Dan Brown.
Two authorities on future warfare join forces to create a taut, convincing novel—set in 2026—about a besieged America battling for its very existence.
What will the next global conflict look like? Find out in this ripping, near-futuristic thriller.
The United States, China, and Russia eye each other across a twenty-first century version of the Cold War, which suddenly heats up at sea, on land, in the air, in outer space, and in cyberspace. The fighting involves everything from stealthy robotic–drone strikes to old warships from the navy’s “ghost fleet.” Fighter pilots unleash a Pearl Harbor–style attack; American veterans become low-tech insurgents; teenage hackers battle in digital playgrounds; Silicon Valley billionaires mobilize for cyber-war; and a serial killer carries out her own vendetta. Ultimately, victory will depend on blending the lessons of the past with the weapons of the future.
Ghost Fleet is a page-turning speculative thriller in the spirit of The Hunt for Red October. The debut novel by two leading experts on the cutting edge of national security, it is unique in that every trend and technology featured in the novel — no matter how sci-fi it may seem — is real, or could be soon.
About the Author
OLIVER PandOuml;TZSCH, born in 1970, has worked for years as a scriptwriter for Bavarian television. He is a descendant of one of Bavariaandrsquo;s leading dynasties of executioners. Pandouml;tzsch lives in Munich with his family.
Lee Chadeayne is a former classical musician and college professor. He was one of the charter members of the American Literary Translators Association and is editor-in-chief of ALTAandnbsp;News.