I love a good thriller and am delighted to be part of the launch celebrations for The October Men by David Impey and would like to thank Helen Lewis at LiterallyPR for inviting me to take part. Usually I don’t know what book an author is going to bring along to stay in with me, but as it’s publication day for The October Men I had a pretty good idea today!
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Staying in with David Impey
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag David. Thanks so much for agreeing to stay in with me.
I think I have a good idea of the answer to this question, but which of your books have you brought along to share with me and why have you chosen it?
Hi Linda. Thanks for asking me along. I’ve brought my first published novel The October Men along with me. It’s a conspiracy thriller about the evidence of time travel as opposed to a linear narrative from the point of view of the time travellers.
(Sounds so exciting and Happy Publication Day David.)
Thanks Linda. I wanted to share The October Men with you because I tried to write it in a way that examined the different aspects of what might happen in a world which has been affected by the intervention of people with different agendas – some more benign than others – over the course of the last 150 years.
So I wrote the book in a ‘mosaic’ style, a series of vignettes which, by themselves, may mean little but, when taken collectively, build up into a cohesive story arc. There’s no protagonist, unless you count you, yourself the reader. I’ve tried to write it so that you are put in the centre of the evidence and you are asked to try and make sense of what is going on as you proceed through the book.
I hope you enjoy it.
(I honestly think this sounds fascinating. I think readers always affect a book because they bring their own experiences to the reading so this approach really appeals to me.)
What can we expect from an evening in with The October Men?
Those people who have already read the book have pretty much all said the same two things: that it’s a page turner (one reader said the book kept her from attending to all the work she should have been doing!) and it goes off in a completely unexpected direction towards the end.
The story examines various events in recent history – the assassination of JFK, the Roswell Incident the Wall Street Crash – as well as art fraud, stock market dealing and espionage. It also is set in a number of locations including London, Oxford (my home town), New York, The Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein and France among others.
Whilst I said the novel is built up of short vignettes, many of them interlink and most end of some sort of a cliffhanger. So, I have been pretty brazen about trying to keep the reader hooked.
This is a novel to spend the evening with. In the company of an excellent bottle of wine.
(Ironically, I’ve been to all those locations so settling down with The October Men and revisiting them sounds a plan to me!)
What else have you brought along and why have you brought it?
I have brought you a Bitcoin and a winning ticket for El Gordo.
If you had bought a Bitcoin in October 16th last year and sold in December 16th when the price peaked (at $19,343.04), you would have trebled your money. If you had bought in June, the profit would have been nearly five-fold; if you’d bought in March 16th, the value would have gone up sixteen times!
(Oh my goodness. The value of hindsight eh?)
By contrast, the top prize for El Gordo in 2017 was over €200 million and was shared by the locals of a village bar in north-western Spain.
Now, tell me, if you could go back in time, what would it be for? And what would you do with the proceeds? Is it for yourself, or for someone you love?
(What questions David! If I could go back in time and get my hands on those fortunes I’d certainly spend some of the money travelling, but I think I’d give the majority to my local hospital as it seems to be dying a rapid death through lack of funding.)
Thanks so much, David, for staying in with me to introduce The October Men. It’s usually me who asks the questions and I’ve had a really interesting time. Good luck with today’s launch of The October Men. It sounds great.
The October Men
Otto Parsons, a brilliant Oxford physicist, is missing. His early experiments on zero gravity machines have produced unimaginable results. His professor, Dan Sibley, has to secure funding for their work or close the project down. A wealthy organisation has made him an offer to secure the project’s future. Only now, it seems his backers may have an altogether more sinister agenda. Wheels are in motion that cannot be stopped.
What is it that connects their work with the assassination of JFK, the Roswell Incident, the Wall Street Crash and a mysterious cache of priceless art?
And who are the shadowy partners of the October Foundation?
The answers will threaten the safety of everyone on the planet.
The October Men is the stunning debut from David Impey, full of twists and turns that will keep you gripped. If you like well-crafted thrillers by John le Carré and Colin Dexter or thought-provoking science fiction by John Wyndham, then The October Men is the novel you must read.
The October Men is published today, 20th March 2018, and is available for purchase here.
About David Impey
David Impey is a debut writer and when he’s not writing, he is an avid musician and an awful cricketer. David lives in a village near Oxford UK with his patient wife and insane dog.
You can follow David on Twitter @David_Impey1.