Requiem in Sarajevo Dan Yeager

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Published: June 24th 2015

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Requiem in Sarajevo  by  Dan Yeager

Requiem in Sarajevo by Dan Yeager
June 24th 2015 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 253 pages | ISBN: | 6.12 Mb

Summer 1914: a calamitous war has just begun in Europe, but just how close did celebrated detective Chief Superintendent Robert Ford come to changing history?Europe, Summer 1911 and Chief Superintendent Robert Ford, head of London’s MetropolitanMoreSummer 1914: a calamitous war has just begun in Europe, but just how close did celebrated detective Chief Superintendent Robert Ford come to changing history?Europe, Summer 1911 and Chief Superintendent Robert Ford, head of London’s Metropolitan Police Special Branch counter-subversion and sedition department, is assigned on the King’s directions as personal protection officer to Prime-minister Henry Asquith as he finishes an official tour of major European capital cities.

Ford’s reputation precedes him and he has been chosen due to the series of assassinations of politicians attending gala events earlier that year. No one knows who is conducting such a campaign, but it is suspected whoever it is their goal is clear- destabilize the old alliances and bring about war. Ford breaks the first lead in the case when he foils an assassin who utters one word, ‘Intelligentsia’, and then agrees to assist Ford .However, Ford is discouraged to drop any investigation by cabinet Minister William Olivier who claims it has been the work of a lone Serbian gunman and no one else.

Olivier, a member of the ‘Intelligentsia’ whose intention it is to destroy the current European order by war to further their own economic gains, and his conspirators must find a new group to finance to bring about their ends. Enter Colonel Apis, head of the Bosnian secret police, founder of the ‘Black Hand’ movement and sponsor of radicals Danilo Illic and Gavrilo Princip, key members of the ‘Young Bosnians’.Spring 1914. A member of Ford’s elite unit infiltrates the Intelligentsia as its founder’s butler. Before he is discovered and water-boarded by his employer Lord Charlton Boyd he gains one tantalizing piece of information to Special Branch.

‘Ferdinand, Sarajevo’. But, in attempting to escape and pass on his intelligence he is hunted down like a fox by horses and hounds and is murdered. Ford tries to convince Asquith to allow him leave from his London duties to break the case within the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Europe. Olivier has Asquith’s ear and convinces him Ford has no place being involved in protection duties within a competing and hostile empire. Ford is forced to go under the auspices of being a Pinkerton’s detective on unpaid leave.Ford travels from the heart of Belgrade and eventually to the Bosnian capital seeking out the young Serbian radicals whose goal is to break free from the Hapsburg dynasty.

He has also secretly assigned Scotland Yard detectives to try and track the conspirators. But Ford is too late, the conspirators have already made it to Sarajevo, they know the Heir Apparent is coming and his murder will be their catalyst to spark a revolution. Colonel Apis assigned his deputy Major Tankosic who has been assisting Ford but seems to always lag one step behind, and how have these simple student boys had the money and wherewithal to move so easily around the country? Ford ends up in a confrontation with Tankosic who knows as much he does it seems- UK industrialists and politicians have backed a murderous conspiracy.

There are seven assassins lying in wait in Sarajevo, ‘and you’ll never get them all, Ford.’June 1914. Ford arrives in Sarajevo and seeks out the sycophantic head of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s protection team. He is convinced about the conspiracy but he cannot persuade the Archduke. It is only when one of the assassins with a bomb tries and fails to kill the Heir Apparent on the Appel Quay that the plans for the Archduke’s itinerary are changed.

Ford insists that he travel as protection officer with the Archduke or at least as his driver. His request is refused.They commence on the original route in error as Gavrilo Princip stands in wait. The car by chance stops in the street adjacent to Gavrilo Princip. Ford is the only one to take any action.....



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