Beneath Gray Skies by Hugh Ashton

By Hugh Ashton

David Slater, a conscript within the Nineteen Twenties military of the Confederacy, faces a hindrance. whilst he and his regiment have been shipped to Germany to assist level a coup there, his Limey fellow-soldier Brian was once performing unusually. David now has the alternative of reporting his ally to his commanding officials, or conserving quiet and simply doing his task: getting ready for the coming of Bismarck, the large Zeppelin flying Hitler and his Nazi cohorts to fulfill their new allies, the Confederates.

Beneath grey Skies follows the adventures of David and people round him in a earlier that by no means happened-where the Civil conflict by no means happened, and the Confederacy survived as a pariah slave-holding state into the 20 th century. Confederates, Unionists, British and Germans plot and counterplot in a tightly woven story of espionage, treachery and romance.
The solid of Beneath grey Skies contains rogue British agent "Bloody Brian" Finch-Malloy, hard-drinking Henry Dowling, and Christopher Pole, a slave who escapes from the hell of the Confederacy-living opposed to a backdrop that incorporates genuine historic characters. Adolf Hitler, Hermann Goering, and Dr. Hugo Eckener, the intense anti-Nazi Zeppelin captain, all stay back during this "extraordinarily well-written piece of brain sweet that turns into increasingly more tough to place down" (Christopher Belton).
 Almost with out knowing what has occurred, David reveals himself a part of a conspiracy in the Confederacy that comes with "Bloody Brian", that is operating to avoid the airship's arrival in Georgia, to grab the mysterious worthy treasure on board the Bismarck, and to halt the unfold of slavery to Europe.As David Slater and his President, Jefferson Davis III, confront one another at the doomed dirigible, David needs to ask himself once more the place his loyalty lies: to his nation, or to a better morality.
Beneath grey Skies is the 1st released novel by means of Hugh Ashton, a British-born author and journalist at present residing in Kamakura, Japan.

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He noted the other’s rather shabby suit, patched and darned in a few places, which contrasted with his own dapper appearance. ” This last was painfully true, as Davis was all too well aware. The so-called “Allies” in the Great European War had claimed to be fighting a moral war, and as such had severed all commercial ties with the slave-holding Confederacy, at least for the duration of the conflict. The Triple Alliance powers had either possessed no merchant navy to speak of, or were blockaded so effectively by the British fleet that trade with them had been impossible.

How perfectly foul. ” he asked the Foreign Secretary, worriedly. “From what I know of these Nazi blokes, yes, it’s possible. ” “Slavery in Europe. And it’s at least partly something to do with us, isn’t it? ” “There’s one thing we must do,” replied the War Secretary. “We must make sure it doesn’t ever stand a chance of happening. And we mustn’t forget the possibility that Hitler will start to re-arm Germany. ” snorted the Chancellor of the Exchequer. ” There were nods all round the table. Every man in the British Cabinet had lost a son, a nephew or some other close relation in the trenches of Flanders, the beaches of Gallipoli, or the hell of Mesopotamia, and had no wish to see a repeat of the Great European War.

Just give my ego a few minutes to revive itself and I’ll be ready. ” David passed the bottle over. “Ah, you’re a gentleman, David, even if you aren’t an officer yet,” said Brian, shuddering as the moonshine went down, and passing the bottle back to David. David won that game too. -o- The next week, the Captain sent for David. “Sir,” said David, saluting as he entered the office, and stood at attention. “Had that Limey in to see me about a half an hour back after prayers. Tells me you whupped him at chess once, and you keep on doing it.

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