Hey guys. Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Russian Lieutenant, and I am bringing you a guest post. Enjoy
Title: The Russian Lieutenant
Author: Peter Marshall
Release Date: 26th March 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Count: 178
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52635890-the-russian-lieutenant
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Russian-Lieutenant-Peter-Marshall/dp/1913340724
Summary: When a Russian warship arrives in Portsmouth Dockyard, a handsome uniformed officer strides down the gangway to meet Marina Peters, an English girl of Russian ancestry, who had discovered him on a dating website. She works for the Royal Navy, so they have much in common.
What they do not know is that their romantic quayside tryst is being observed by agents from MI5, leading to a series of dramatic events involving the security services of the UK and USA.
Marina, a bright and intelligent thirty-year-old career woman, has been seeking something new in her life. So it is with a mixture of expectation and anxiety that she has “waited for her ship to come home”. But what follows is an unexpected introduction into the ruthless world of international espionage.
The Russian Lieutenant – the main ‘protagonist’
- The central character in the story is Marina Peters, a smart and attractive career-minded young woman with a challenging job in the communications section of the Royal Navy HQ in Portsmouth.
- She lives alone in a comfortable small flat overlooking the Solent where she began to recognise that at 30, she had not yet discovered the relationship she had hoped for. With some misgivings and reluctance, she decided to explore the idea of computer dating sites.
- Her grandparents, Vlad and Marina Petrov, were immigrants from Southern Russia in the 1930s and through their hard work, they created a small business in London selling imported fabrics. This expanded in the post-war years and they became British citizens and changed their name to Peters. Their two sons expanded the business and one of them, Victor, married and settled in Putney where Marina was born. She went on to do well at school and university, but was not interested in the family business and instead started a public service career which eventually took her to Portsmouth.
- In her on-line searches she was beginning to feel disillusioned until one evening there was an image on her screen which caught her interest. The information described him as a widower in his thirties, and he was wearing the uniform of a naval lieutenant – he was handsome and he was Russian. His name was Alexei Aldanov and it deserved a second look…. and a third look … and Marina also had thoughts about a future opportunity to visit the country of her ancestors.
- But she did not suspect that he was a spy! And in her complicated involvement with the secret service investigations which followed, she impressed her MI5 interrogator as a possible future recruit to the department and a new career.
Peter Marshall was born in Wiltshire, educated at Trowbridge High School and began his professional life as a reporter with the Bath & Wilts Chronicle at the age of sixteen, a career which was interrupted by National Service when he joined the Royal Navy. Marshall gained an RNVR commission and served as a Sub-Lieutenant based in Portsmouth and Germany for two years, followed by seven years as a reserve officer.
He moved to Portsmouth and was Deputy Naval Correspondent for the Portsmouth Evening News before becoming a freelance reporter, representing most of the UK national press. He also worked for the BBC as a reporter on radio and TV before joining the BBC staff as a News Editor. He then moved to Visnews, a BBC subsidiary which provided TV news coverage for broadcasters around the world, where he became Executive Editor and then General Manager. During this period, he was elected as Chairman of the Royal Television Society in 1986.
At Visnews (which later became ReutersTV) Marshall played an instrumental and early role in developing the use of satellites for global news coverage, which led him to work in the United States for fourteen years, firstly with INTELSAT and then as President of Keystone Communications (now part of France Telecom’s Globecast network). While in the USA, he served as President of the SSPI (Space and Satellite Professionals International) and on his retirement, he was elected to the Society’s “Hall of Fame” in recognition of his pioneering role in the development of satellite services for international broadcasters.
In his retirement years, Peter Marshall has returned to his “roots” as a journalist, working as co-author and editor of numerous books related to the satellite and space industry with the acclaimed American space scientist and futurist Dr. Joseph Pelton. He went on to write two biographies and a travel book before turning to fiction and drawing on some of his past experiences for this, his first novel.
He now lives in Gillingham, Dorset, where he is currently busy working on a sequel to “The Russian Lieutenant” (as well as editing another biography!).