Discover What War Can Make or Break in ‘Directive Sixteen’

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Author’s absorbing story of WWII and family bonds will be featured at the May 26-28, 2011 Book Expo America in New York City.

In a war-torn era, two brothers find themselves at the opposite sides, fighting against each other. Will blood prove thicker than water or has the war drowned out the voice of reason? Readers are about to find out as author Dick Leech deftly blends action, adventure, history, and family into one exciting read in Directive Sixteen.

The Kiernans are a wealthy Catholic family, whose loyalties in the Second World War become hopelessly divided. Lord Dunkerry had married a German heiress before the Great War and their two sons have grown up bilingual. The elder boy and heir, Mark Kiernan, is a tear-away. After being expelled from Eton, he drifts into the Spanish Civil War on the side of the Falangists, emerging as a candidate for Hitler’s SS. Adrian goes to Sandhurst and gets commissioned into the Life Guards. When Mark boards a military glider as part of the plan to invade Britain, a fatal showdown seems inevitable...

A story that is a natural for the film industry, Directive Sixteen draws you in from the very first page—from the short, grim prologue at a London prison to a magnificent Edwardian party in Mayfair in Chapter One; from an Eton Wall Game to a multi-turreted medieval castle, against a snowy alpine scenery in Chapter Three; from being scaled at midnight by two roped climbers above a frozen Lake Neusiedler on the former Austro-Hungarian frontier to the hero’s loss of his first love; from his joining the Falangists during the Spanish Civil War to his meeting a new friend in the shape of a Condor Legion pilot in the back of a field ambulance; and that’s only the beginning.

The author weaves a rich multi-layered story with an appeal that is not merely visual or about exciting personalities and romantic subplots. The international political and military history in the twenties and thirties provides a lush backdrop for this sweeping tale.

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About the Author
Dick Leech was educated at Truro School, Cornwall, and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He lost his army career after being seriously wounded in action. He studied as a mature student at St. Martin's School and Goldsmith's College in London; worked as a professional artist on cruise ships, then in the United States, Europe, and the Mediterranean, besides teaching for five years in England. He works mainly on commissions now, including a Prime Minister, several large group portraits, and racehorse Desert Orchid. He is writing a second novel. Leech is married with three grown-up children.

Directive Sixteen * by Dick Leech
Publication Date: January 4, 2005
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