David Ebsworth wrote the first draft during 2011, then went to Northern Spain to visit the locations and make factual corrections, before doing all the re-writes during 2012. The story was originally 190,000 words but was trimmed down to its fighting weight at a mere 150,000.
David: "The latter stages have been a team effort, of course, thanks to the platinum-plated insights of my editor, Jo Field; the artistic brilliance of graphic designer, Cathy Helms; and the professional efficiency of Helen Hart, Sarah Newman and Joanna Zefron at SilverWood Books. Mostly though to Ann's unfailing and dogged commitment to studying every draft and amendment in her role as "ideal reader"."
For anybody who's not seen it yet, here's the link to the Book's Theatrical Trailer on YouTube...
|Launching The Assassin's Mark|
September 1938. Spain's Civil War has been raging for two years, the outcome still in the balance. But rebel General Franco is so confident of winning that he has opened up battlefield tourism along the country's north coast. Jack Telford, a left-wing reporter, finds himself with an eccentric group of tourists on one of the War Route's yellow Chrysler buses. Driven by his passion for peace, Telford attempts to uncover the hidden truths beneath the conflict. But Jack must contend first with his own gullibility, the tragic death of a fellow passenger, capture by Republican guerrilleros, a final showdown at Spain's most holy shrine and the possibility that he has been badly betrayed. Betrayed and in serious danger.