By Samborombón Bay: The Hunt for Carl von Menen

Genre: Action Adventure, Conspiracy Thrillers, Historical Thrillers, Suspense Thrillers

For Fans Of

John le Carré, Frederick Forsyth, Alistair MacClean, Ian Fleming, Helen Dunmore

Book Summary

'By Samborombón Bay: The Hunt for Carl von Menen' is the sequel to my debut novel 'Out of Mecklenburg: The Unwilling Spy'.

Forty years after German Foreign Office diplomat Carl von Menen disappeared in Argentina, former British secret agent Richard Blandy is tasked with finding him. Can Blandy uncover the truth about the events of 1945? And whatever happened to the half-tonne of gold von Menen took with him?


This follow-up to 'Out of Mecklenburg' is set four decades after the events of the first book, with a forcibly retired British secret agent turned investigator attempting to piece together what happened to von Menen, the protagonist of the first story, after WWII.

The writing remains to a high standard and the mystery at the heart of the plot compelling but it's worth noting that, given the different era and the different motivations of the protagonists, the style and tone necessarily diverge from that of the first. This story is a mystery rather than high political intrigue and this protagonist unearthing old history rather than making it. Those who enjoyed the first book will likely enjoy the second but should bear in mind that each entry in the series is its own beast.

I'd recommend reading the books in order; however as the plot of the first novel is summarised organically within the events of this one, it should also work as a stand-alone book. Definitely worth a read, especially for those who like intrigue, and the Argentinian settings remain a consistent highlight.

Duncan Moore, Amazon reader

About the Author

I spent most of my life working in the investigative field of the security and intelligence community, and now live a quieter – but not too quiet – life in West Sussex. I have a keen interest in history and my writing heroes are Frederick Forsyth and John le Carré.

How did I become a writer? It’s quite simple, really. A few years ago I was in an airport trying to find a good story to read on my long-haul flight. I’d read all of the Forsyths, le Carrés and MacCleans the WH Smiths had in stock, and the others just didn’t grab my attention.

I thought to myself: why not write the story you want to read? So I did! And then I wrote another. I can only hope that you enjoy reading my spy novels as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.

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