I had the great pleasure to meet the author at the Llandeilo Lit Fest last month and get a signed copy of this. David is a true authority on the Spanish Civicl War and held a great illustrated talk about it, almost forgetting to plug his great books at the festival over the enthusiasm in the discussion.
I’ve read and reviewed “The Assassin’s Mark” on this blog prior and to be honest, I didn’t think the excellent finale of “The Assassin’s Mark” with its unexpected twist could be continued with a second book. Well, David Ebsworth proved me wrong. There are more lose ends to tie up that I had thought of and new plot ideas, as well as a lot more to tell about the Spanish Civicl War. I love it when sequels don’t repeat a formula but dare to take different directions.
While book one took place in a very brief period of time in 1938, this novel takes its time, literally, and captures a wider spectrum of historical events and politics. Hero Telford finds himself in a hot spot following the finale in book one and needs to get out of it soon.
This takes us on a journey through war torn Spain from 1938 until the end of the war. He tries to escape to safety through a minefield of dangers and enemies, travelling across the country and on the way giving us insights into the situation in various locations, all of whom provide yet another perspective on the war: Areas occupied, besieged and captured, scenes of destruction and violence.
New characters bring also further perspectives on the war while the suspense and drama provide a gripping and engaging storyline. This is truly excellent, as a sequel, as a stand alone and as a portrait of the war. Historically astute and well researched this is highly recommended.
At the Litfest David discussed the Welsh involvement in the war; how the Spanish Civil War is still important; how it’s been portrayed in popular literature; and some of the stranger than fiction facts that inspire him to keep writing novels on the subject…
Wrexham based David Ebsworth has written six historical novels since 2009, when he retired as negotiator and regional secretary for the Transport & General Workers Union. Until the Curtain Falls is his latest political thriller, set in the final months of the Spanish Civil War and a sequel to his 2013 best seller in similar setting.
David Ebsworth is the pen name of writer, Dave McCall, a former negotiator and Regional Secretary for Britain’s Transport & General Workers’ Union – which gave him a passion for people and political history that features so strongly in his novels. He was born in Liverpool (UK) in 1949, growing up there in the ‘Sixties, but has lived, since 1981, in Wrexham (North Wales) with his wife, Ann – who also happens to be his “ideal reader” and main mentor.
Since their retirement in 2008, the couple have spent about six months of each year in southern Spain. They have also been keen travellers to other parts of the world, including various other countries of Europe, China, Nicaragua, Colombia, the United States, Canada and KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Dave believes strongly that you should never write about a place without having visited and checked out the locations.
He began to write seriously in 2009 and maintains a strict daily writing and marketing routine – though he still manages to find time for a regular morning swim, as well as for sailing. You can find him writing, most mornings, in Wrexham’s Caffè Nero, or Guardamar del Segura’s Pastelería Monge.
Dave is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the International Brigades Memorial Trust, the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society, New Writers UK, and the Alliance of Independent Authors.