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  • 27 May 2017 – Excellent time at the ‘Meet the Author’ event at the Loughton Festival discussing Zero Night.
  • 4 May 2017 – Big spread on Castle of the Eagles in today’s print edition of The Daily Mirror.
  • SUB-LIEUTENANT ADAM BERGIUS DSC: Sad news is the passing on 3rd March 2017 of one of the last men involved in the XE-Craft operations against the Japanese in 1945, former Sub-Lieutenant Adam Bergius. He was a diver on HMS XE-4, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his gallantry. A lovely man whose conversations and letters aided me enormously with researching The Sea Devils. A true British hero!
  • 10 March 2017 – Lovely time on The Tony Fisher Show, BBC Essex, this afternoon. From 02:11:10
  • Mark BBC Essex

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04swykx

  • DIARY DATES: I shall be appearing shortly on the following radio shows discussing Castle of the Eagles:

BBC ESSEX – The Tony Fisher Show on 10 March at 2pm

BBC OXFORD – The Kate Orman Show on 16 March at 11.45am

BBC NORFOLK – TBA

  • 23 February 2017 – Castle of the Eagles is published! Available from all good bookshops!
  • 17 February 2017 – Had a great time recording an interview for Dublin City FM‘s Book Bound discussing Castle of the Eagles. Broadcast next week.
  • 15 February 2017 – Great morning at the Muckleburgh Collection in North Norfolk researching the types of vehicles that will be appearing in my next book Ghost Riders, published by Da Capo in 2018. Its the thrilling story of how a small US Army cavalry reconnaissance unit saved the world’s most famous horses in the dying days of World War II.

M24 Chaffee & Me

 M24 Chaffee light tank

Jeep

Jeep (called a “Peep” by the recon guys)

M8 Greyhound & Me

My favourite – the M8 Greyhound Armoured Car – the main vehicle of US Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadrons

M24 Chaffee

M24 Chaffee – a big 75mm gun on a little tank, but thin armour compared with the Sherman beside her. Not much use against most late war German tanks!

  • UPCOMING EVENT: I shall be appearing on the Tony Fisher Show, BBC Essex on Friday 10th March at 2pm discussing my new book Castle of the Eagles.
  • 6 December 2016: Up at Holkham Beach in Norfolk today exploring some of the settings used in one of my favourite books and war films: The Eagle Has Landed

The Eagle Has Landed Poster

Sutherland & Agutter PinesDonald Sutherland & Jenny Agutter in 1975 in the pines behind the beach. Its unchanged today:
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(Below) Sutherland as Liam Devlin, signalling the Dakota full of German paratroopers from the dunes on Holkham Beach:

Liam Devlin Beach

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  • 25 November 2016: Tune in to Colne Radio on Sunday 27th November at 1pm to The Film Programme with Heather Cartwright where I will be discussing the film adaptations of Castle of the Eagles and Zero Night. Link: http://www.colneradio.com
  • 11 November 2016: US version of Castle of the Eagles cover, for release July 2017 Castle of the Eagles US
  • 4 October 2016: Essential Media has renewed its option on Zero Night as the movie project continues to develop.
  • 3 October 2016: Very pleased to announce that Castle of the Eagles, my forthcoming escape drama, has been optioned by Hollywood giant Entertainment One for feature film development.
  • 27 September 2016:  Filming at home today in Norwich with French channel RMC Découverte.French Filming
  • 4 August 2016: New cover design for Castle of the Eagles – echoing those great military thrillers of the ’60s and ’70s.

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  • 21 July 2016: At the RAF Museum at Cosford (even better collection than the one at Hendon!). Thrilled to see my favourite WWII aircraft, the Focke-Wulf FW 190, up close and personal.FW190And my second-favourite, the Hurricane!Hurricane
  • 21 June 2016: Interviewed on the Mark Forrest Show on BBC Radio about the history of the George Cross in light of the public campaign to award one to the pensioner who tried to save MP Jo Cox. From -0:25:43 – Mark Forrest Show
  • 7 June 2016: Filming a new National Geographic documentary  NatGeo

Mysteries of World War II presented by Dr. Sam Willis.

  • 4 June 2016: Very enjoyable day speaking at the Loughton Festival about the private world of Adolf Hitler. Many thanks to the organisers and to all who attended!
  • 27 May 2016: I was a guest on the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 today discussing President Obama’s controversial visit to Hiroshima. Full interview from 07:00: The Jeremy Vine Show
  • 18 May 2016:  Fantastic review of The Sea Devils in the Australian News Weekly – Book Review
  • 17 April 2016: Watch Mark discussing The Great Escape, Operation Valkyrie and other fascinating WWII dramas in Top Tens of Warfare, Episode 7: Secrets – Quest TV
  • 27 March 2016: Watch Mark in Top Tens of Warfare, Episode 4: Vessels – Quest TV
  • 27 March 2016: First peek at the fantastic cover for my new book Castle of the Eagles – due November 2016 in the UK & US

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  • March – April 2016: Watch Mark in the new 10-part Discovery Channel series Top Tens of Warfare on Quest, Sundays at 10pm
  • First peek at the cover for Holocaust HeroesHolocaust Heroes 2
  • 30 January 2016: Very enjoyable speaking engagement discussing Zero Night in Chelmsford, Essex
  • 8 November 2015: Nice review of Zero Night in the Australian magazine News WeeklyThe Warburg Wire Job
  • 28 October 2015: Interview on BBC Three Counties Radio with host Iain Lee on unexploded German bombs in Britain Iain Lee
  • 20 October 2015: Brilliant audio version of The Sea Devils released, read by actor Mark Meadows (from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus). The Sea Devils Audio Download
  • 28 September 2015: Very good review of Zero Night in The Gulf News, the Middle East’s main English-language daily: Zero Night
  • 3 September 2015: Watch Mark in the new American Heroes Channel documentary Evolution of Evil: Tojo Evolution of Evil
  • 3 September 2015: Fantastic review of Zero Night in The Wall Street JournalWall Street Journal
  • 3 September 2015: East Anglian Daily Times feature on The Sea DevilsHollywood author
  • 30 August 2015: Nice review of Zero Night in the Galveston, Texas Daily NewsZero Night
  • 24 August 2015: Fun day filming a new History Channel documentary Combat Trains, episode on Hitler’s special train, the FuhrersonderzugHitler's Train
  • 14 August 2015: Interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live discussing VJ Day (from 1:17:00) Stephen Nolan Show
  • DIARY DATE: On Monday 17 August I shall be a guest on The Tony Fisher Show on BBC Essex. Tune in at 2pm to hear me discussing my new book The Sea Devils
  • 16 July 2015 – nice review of Guarding Hitler at War History Online Guarding Hitler
  • 18 June 2015 – fantastic review for The Sea Devils in Eye Spy Magazine

Eye Spy Review

  • 8 June 2015 – Zero Night has been nominated for the prestigious 2015 Kirkus Prize for Non-Fiction
  • 1 June 2015 – in London today filming a new Discovery Channel documentary “Evolution of Evil” on wartime Japanese leader General Tojo, airing in the US later this year

Hideki Tojo

  • 15 May 2015: ‘Three Minutes of Mayhem’ – BBC Radio Documentary on Zero Night

Three Minutes of Mayhem

  • 12 May 2015: Interviewed on BBC Three Counties Radio, from 50:00:

BBC Three Counties Radio Interview

  • 8 May 2015: Filming a BBC documentary on Zero Night

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  • 23 April 2015:

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Being interviewed for the forthcoming Discovery Channel  documentary series “Mad Science: Nazi Killer Bugs” onboard a German U-boat in Bremerhaven

4 thoughts on “Latest News”

  1. Just read Zero Night. I think it would make an engrossing and exciting film. I read Great Escape many years ago as a kid, and saw the film many years later when it came out. I think Zero Night has a great story to tell to another generation.

  2. Welcome, thank you for writing a book about the Yangtze Incident. It is sad that history has lacked accuracy in respect of HMS Concord even though the restriction of the 30 year rule has long gone. Your book together with others have corrected the assumption that Concord met Amethyst at the mouth of the Yangtze. It is unfortunate that the Amethyst memorial within the National Memorial Arboretum also states that the meeting took place at the river mouth.
    A big thank you from the few left from the well loved HMS Concord

  3. Wow, what a fantastic website, I’ve learned more from your site about the Obersalzburg than when I visited the Bertchesgaden area several years ago.

    Fantastic job.

  4. Hello Mr Felton,

    Have just read your recent book “Castle of Eagles” and found the whole story most intriguing, but so enlightening. So many high ranking war personnel in one location would seem far to obvious that escaping was the major priority, but that easy for us to say now with so much history behind us. I must admit to a touch of sorrow for the Italians for being duped, and a reluctance to commiserate with the British and Commonwealth prisoners to some degree as they were exceptionally well looked after – will be interesting to see the comparison with “Zero Night” which I have yet to read. I have no knowledge of the non commissioned prisoners well-being in Italian prisons but would not believe they had anything near the benefits of the Villa Orsini and Vincigliata Castle.

    A small item if you could enlighten me is the “mysterious stop” the train always made for 5 minutes prior to crossing through the frontier to Switzerland – why was this, do you know?

    Will look forward to more of your books, thanks for the education.

    Regards, Dave Christensen

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