The trilogy begins !
Since the day he was born, Malcolm McClain led a charmed life. By his mid-twenties he was a household name throughout Europe, recognized as one of the finest professional soccer players in the world. Then he’s shot down over Yugoslavia and captured by the Nazis.
The Second Book in The Spider Trilogy
When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, the Nazi regime tossed dissidents into labor camps to break the will of the people. Every day Czeslaw Orlowski, an orphaned teenager, fought for his life in the camps then escaped to become a thorn in the side of the oppressors…
Guy Butler’s Novels of Courage and Daring Span the Nazis’ Third—and Fourth—Reichs!
Kept me glued, page after page
I am a fool for war novels. This is one of the best I have read in a long time. The characters are vividly portrayed, the action is compelling and the story line is very different. I think it could make a great movie. Brad P. & George C. would make a great one, two punch.
Guy Butler is a Consummate Storyteller!
Guy Butler is a consummate storyteller. His knowledge of the time period and his research into the details pleased my historic and adventurous heart. A Gordian Web is a wonderful, roller coaster of a read!
I grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. My father Malcolm had an amazing career in England as a professional soccer player. During World War II, Malcolm signed up for the Royal Air Force and in 1943, he was shot down over Yugoslavia and captured by the Nazis, who wanted to use him in propaganda to demoralize the British public.
The local Partizani resistance broke into the POW camp and spirited my father out, but no one else. This launched a fevered hunt with my Dad as the prize pawn.
I wanted to write an historical thriller based on Malcolm, but needed a character to play off his wealthy, cosseted background.
My father-in-law Chester was born in Germany. He was orphaned and left in the custody of his Polish stepmother just before the war. She also had a son, and to protect him, she swapped the boys’ birth certificates. The Nazis believed Chez was the Polish child and threw him into their labor camps, from which he escaped. He was perfect for the role.
In Balls, I had Chez, a Polish resistance fighter known as the Spider, lead the raid that rescued Malcolm from the POW camp.
Numerous friends who read the first draft were intrigued by the Spider, so I left a few unanswered questions at the end of Balls of Leather and Steel. This let me launch directly into the second book, A Gordian Web, in which the Spider is the central character.
The last book of the trilogy, The Final Fandango, is now completed and ties up all the loose ends. The three books total almost a thousand pages and took four years to write. At the outset I could never have dreamed of the immense satisfaction this venture has given me.
Remy, now seventeen, leaves on August 8, 2015, to play for the Taxofit Academy U-19 team in Cologne.read more
One of my logistic problems in “A Gordian Web” was to get the heroes out of the center of Berlin as the Russian armies closed in for the kill…read more
I had booked my train tickets from Cologne to Berlin on-line from Orlando…read more
The Cerano Hotel is my kind of hotel; clean beds, hot shower, free wi-fi and located right in the middle of town…read more